Teen's high-rise fall to death

August 27, 2010 1:25:22 PM PDT
It's one of those stories that strikes at the heart of parents everywhere.

A 17-year-old girl, headed to college this fall, dies after she falls out of 25th story window in Midtown Manhattan. The girl, the daughter of the U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, was apparently leaning out a window to get fresh air or maybe take a picture, when she fell. She may have been intoxicated, because a guy she was with - a 25-year-old who lived in the apartment - has been busted for handing out booze to a minor.

The two - and others apparently - had reportedly been drinking at a trendy club.

People in the newsroom - all younger - scoff at me when I say, only half jokingly, that nothing good ever happens in a bar. Especially if you're female. Don't mean to sound fuddy duddy or like some "Music Man" character from River City -- but we've reported on way too many stories about far too many young women who end up dead after spending time in bars and nightclubs.

I'm just sayin'.

We'll have the latest on the latest case, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, Nina Pineda takes a look at how the owner of an inn upstate, struggling to stay afloat during the slow winter tourist season, trusted a fellow business owner to renovate his kitchen. By summer it wasn't completed; in fact, it was still in shambles, and the contractor wouldn't even give back the deposit. The owner called 7 On Your Side to get action.

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, right after 20/20.

BILL RITTER

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