A deadly mistake

November 15, 2010 1:56:45 PM PST
I'm not much of a drinker - I only started having a glass of wine or two on weekends in the last couple of years - so maybe I'm not much in touch with the drinking culture. But it sends chills up my spine and curls my fists when we report on drunk driving accidents. Especially fatal accidents.

The latest one in our area: Early this morning. The victim: A New York cop, on his way home, on the Northern State Parkway. Another driver - going the wrong way and allegedly drunk - hits the off-duty cop head-on.

It's not just a heart-breaking story, it's also infuriating. Where are the new cars that can only be started once the driver blows into a breathalyzer? Where are the mandatory prison sentences for driving drunk?

I'm just sayin'.

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

Also at 11, a disturbing story involving a morgue in the Bronx that's now getting sued by a family that claims the facility manhandled the body of its loved one.

The man's body was treated like a "bag of trash," said the family, including dragging him down a cement staircase. And now they say they have security camera footage to prove their case.

We're also following the twists and turns in the ethics trial of veteran New York Congressman Charlie Rangel. The Harlem representative walked out of a sub-committee hearing this morning, saying he wanted a delay in the proceedings because he no longer has a lawyer. His attorneys, he said, are owed $2 million in fees and won't work for him without getting money.

And so now what happens seems pretty much a foregone conclusion, without Mr. Rangel presenting a defense. Is that what he wants? To have a quick hearing, without him presenting evidence and without the charges getting dragged out and discussed? Maybe he thinks he's in for just a censure and nothing else. Our political reporter Dave Evans is in Washington, covering the hearings.

We're also taking a look at bed bugs - this time with a moving company as the focus. With the bed bug "epidemic" in New York City, many people are wondering what protections moving companies are taking when they transport furniture.

Tonight at 11, one company's response: A moving firm in the Bronx taking preventative measures to make sure bed bugs are not transferred from house to house, and trying to do it in an "organic" and earth-friendly way. Phil Lipof has our story.

And under the oh-my-gosh tidbit news headline: A federal government survey shows more American households had trouble putting enough food on the in 2008 than in any year since 1995, when the first national "food security survey" was conducted. The survey showed that 14.6% of U.S. households were "food insecure" at least some time during 2008, up from 11.1% in 2007.

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.


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