A new terror arrest

October 27, 2010 2:09:57 PM PDT
Another case of an American terrorist wannabee tonight.

This time the guy's from Virginia. This time he's a naturalized citizen born in Pakistan. This time the target was the Washington D.C. subway system. The man indicted and arrested is accused of trying to help people he believed were Al Qaeda operatives to bomb the subways.

The defense will be predictable - that this was another federal government terror sting operation, and the guy would never have done this if he hadn't been convinced by government operatives. We'll have the latest on this latest plot, tonight at 11.

Also something of a political spitting match tonight between officials in New Jersey - feds versus state.

The issue is Gov. Chris Christie's cancelling of the $9 billion tunnel under the Hudson River connecting North Bergen with midtown Manhattan. Christie's reasoning is that the state can't afford the several billion in cost overruns that the project is likely to generate.

It's also likely to generate tens of thousands of jobs, and cut the commute time for thousands of people. It's also the biggest public works project in the country.

Or, make that "was" the biggest.

The spitting match now involves a claim from the feds - and U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg - that New Jersey would NOT have been on the hook for cost overruns. Christie's office is taking issue with that. And the average Joe - who are we supposed to believe?

What is true is that New Jersey - in money trouble like most other states - will now have to repay $350 million it was already given for the project.

And now a new possible and tantalizing wrinkle: New York City may now make a bid to get the $3 billion in Port Authority funds already committed to the project. And the bid would be not for a tunnel under the river, but a tunnel of sorts under Manhattan: The Second Ave. Subway.

What a drama!

We'll have the latest, at 11.

Speaking of transportation, the most unpopular and arguably most poorly run public agency in the Tri-State tonight offers its latest round of fare hikes. The MTA controlled bridges and tunnels will cost you more to cross. How much more in fare hikes, fee and tax increases can recession-weary New Yorkers take?

It's enough to make you swear, which is a perfect segue into our story about kids swearing.

I was rather thick-skulled about this until one day my daughter dropped an f-bomb. She was in her stroller at the time, about two years old, and was talking to an older man who was crossing the street.

I have tried, in the 16 years that have passed, to watch what I say around my kids. Alas, I've often been a miserable failure. Now, with another toddler at home I'm trying hard to watch any bombs that I drop. I've taken up "dang" and "poop" and "frig." It's not easy, but as our Stacey Sager reports tonight, the effort to have kids avoid swearing begins at home. Not television, not the movies, not Serena Williams ticked off at a tennis tourney, not anything much beyond the walls of a kid's own home. Tonight, Stacey offers some tips.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports, and Game 1 of the World Series. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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