Town hall meeting at Rutgers

October 6, 2010 1:28:56 PM PDT
They're calling it a statewide town hall meeting. And if it transforms just one person, curtails the hatred for just one day, then I suppose it's worth it.

Tonight at Rutgers University, with two U.S. Senators and several Congressional reps in attendance - as well as victims of bullying - they're responding to the suicide of freshman Tyler Clementi.

How to stop bullying? That's the topic. Would the solution be as simple as the question?

Clementi's suicide - after his sexual encounter with a fellow freshman was streamed over the Internet - has sparked discussion and debate, anger and angst.

We're at the meeting, and will have the highlights tonight at 11.

One other note: U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, who will be at the meeting tonight, says he'll introduce legislation requiring colleges to create policies that prohibit harassment of students - in honor of Clementi. Policies are nice, of course, but it's hard to legislate proper behavior. I'm just sayin'.

Also at 11, we're following a violent escape from a drug and alcohol rehab center in Ulster County. A 25-year-old patient, in treatment for drug and alcohol addition, allegedly killed a guard and kidnapped a nurse as part of his escape. Now he's on the loose.

We're also following the fallout from a scathing report from President Obama's national commission on the BP oil spill - and it paints a not-so-pretty picture of how the federal government responded. Part of the criticism was the flip-flopping in the estimates of how much oil was actually spilled. The other part was that the government put too much faith in BP having the situation under control.

And we're taking a look, thanks to Good Housekeeping, at the worst of the worst of Halloween candies - in terms of your kids' teeth.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports, including highlights from game one of the Yankees playoff series. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.


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