It's a nutty world

September 16, 2010 1:28:55 PM PDT
Sometimes the world is just nuts.

Take today for instance. A 50-year-old man, apparently angry that his mother was paralyzed and upset about the orthopedic care she was receiving, walks into John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, shoots the doctor, shoots and kills his mother, and then kills himself.

Nuts.

Then there's the suspected carjacker, already in federal prison in Kentucky for bank robbery, and headed to Bergen County to face those carjacking charges who escapes from his private for-profit security transportation keepers when the guards stop for a burger at a fast-food restaurant.

He's believed to be headed to New Jersey because he once lived there.

Nuts. (And private security firms now in charge of transporting prisoners? That's another story and it's a pretty widespread practice; just Google it.)

And how about the story surfacing today that Mark David Chapman, the man who shot and killed John Lennon, also considered killing Johnny Carson and Elizabeth Taylor.

Chapman told a parole board in New York earlier this month that he borrowed $5,000 from his wife's dad to fund his trip to New York City so he could kill Lennon back in December, 1980.

And the kicker: The bullets he used to kill the singer/songwriter came from a friend, who happened to be a former cop.

Nuts.

And then there's the new federal government study out today that says the use of illegal drugs in the U.S. is now at its highest level in nearly a decade. The number of current drug users ages 12 and older was up 9% last year, according to the report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Marijuana use, especially, is up, and seen by young people as not particularly risky.

Nuts.

We hear the news, and we move forward, remembering some of it, casting aside much of it, but somehow affected by it.

We'll have some of those stories above tonight, at 11. We're also in Stamford, Connecticut, where Pres. Obama is campaigning with and for Richard Blumenthal, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate now locked in a tight race with Republican newcomer Linda McMahon of World Wrestling fame.

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 Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

And a final note: I'll be off tomorrow. This column will resume on Monday. Have a good weekend, and for those who celebrate, Happy Holiday.

BILL RITTER

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