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Protecting children

October 8, 2010 1:42:15 PM PDT
We have a public service program ? I'm pretty sure you've seen it on our air - called "Protect Our Children." It's designed to find runaways and lost and potentially abducted children. And it's a great campaign.

But when I "Protect Our Children" these days, I think less about those who disappear and more about the kids who see what's happening around us. How to protect them? And how to talk to them about the evil - and there's no other word to describe it - that is everywhere these days.

The hateful and anti-gay prank that led to a suicide at Rutgers. The home invasion that turned into a brutal rape, murder and arson at a doctor's house in Connecticut. And the rash of anti-gay attacks that are seemingly growing like topsy.

The latest attack happened in the Bronx last weekend - but the details emerged today, as cops arrested 7 gang bangers and are looking for 2 others. The attacks are just horrific, so brutal and violent that I'm not going to repeat them here. But they challenge in a very real way the sensibilities that most so-called civil people think they embrace.

We'll have the latest on the attacks, and reaction to the arrests, tonight at 11.

We're also following economic news - which is another "Protect Our Children" issue. I mean, what kind of future is in store for our kids in terms of jobs and paying for what is a growing deficit? Today, another unhealthy jobs report. And another bank - this time Bank of America - joining the growing list of financial institutions that are suspending home foreclosure sales because of shoddy record keeping. With about 25% of all home sales these days being foreclosures - it is shameful that there are now serious questions about whether some of these foreclosures have been improperly conducted.

And Nina Pineda tonight has the story of a college student and what he thought was a perfect summer job in his hometown. Working at a lovely historic inn. Just one problem - several workers never got paid by the owners - one of whom is a self-described mogul. The student checked into 7 On Your Side to get the 4-year-old judgment paid.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's weekend AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20.

BILL RITTER

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