From tragedy to horror

July 22, 2010 2:12:06 PM PDT
A family tragedy on Staten Island - a mom and her four kids killed in a fire - took a horrific turn. Police now say the fire is a murder-suicide.

Cops say the eldest son, 14, killed his mother and siblings, set the house ablaze, and then killed himself.

It was hard to write that. What torture and pain and evil must have been coursing through that boy - how can anyone wrap their head around that, or understand it, or, most importantly, try to prevent it? We're trying to find some answers, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, polls show that, despite 18 months of ethics investigations, long-time New York Congressman Charles Rangel of Harlem is going to be a shoo-in for re-election.

Or at least he was.

Late this afternoon, the latest development could change that.

The investigatory subcommittee of the House ethics committee has recommended Rangel be charged with violating rules of the House.

Now the committee will determine whether to accept the recommendations.

It's a little like a grand jury proceeding to figure out whether to charge someone. The legal issues for Rangel include: Improperly obtaining multiple rent controlled apartments in New York City; improper fundraising for the Rangel Center for Public Service at City College of New York; Filing inaccurate financial statements with the House; and failure to disclose or pay taxes on rental income from a Caribbean villa.

We'll have the latest, and reaction, tonight at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa (in for Liz Cho) and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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