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Debate, furor over the mosque

August 24, 2010 1:49:15 PM PDT
Both New York Mayor Bloomberg and Pres. Obama have argued that the government has no business interfering with the issue of whether an Islamic center and mosque should be built in Lower Manhattan.

It's called the "Ground Zero Mosque" by detractors - but it's not at Ground Zero and the mosque is only a portion of the complex.

In any event, New York Gov. David Paterson and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver apparently don't feel the same way as the Mayor and the President. Today they met with Catholic Archbishop Tim Dolan to discuss offering alternate sites. And tonight, the facility is once again top-of-the-agenda at the Mayor's annual Ramadan Iftar dinner at Gracie Mansion.

Our Jim Dolan will have the story, tonight at 11.

We're also following the latest travails of the LIRR. A second day of headaches for commuters, after a nearly century old switching station caught fire and virtually shutdown the nation's largest railroad. Today and tonight, the trains are running 2/3 of full throttle, but there are many delays and cancellations. So how could this happen? And why wasn't there any back up?

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg with his 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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