Alleged drag racing death

November 29, 2010 2:01:54 PM PST
Welcome back from the long Thanksgiving break.

Some of us spent the holiday thinking about our family and all the wonderful things and people in our life.

Others apparently went drag racing.

And the results were ugly. One man was killed and the woman next to him was critically hurt when their car, witnesses say, happened to get in the way of two dump trucks racing each other in Syosset on Long Island this morning.

Really smart move. Not.

It's the second alleged drag racing incident in the past two weeks. And, if true, you have to wonder what in the world they were thinking.

We're also keeping tabs on the Wikileaks release of all those diplomatic cables - thousands of them. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this afternoon condemned the release of the cables. She has to. And it certainly doesn't paint the U.S. diplomatic corps in the best possible light. In fact if you read some of them, you quickly realize how poorly many of them are written, how simplistic some of them are, and the utter disregard for the possibility that any of this might have been made public.

So many angles to this story: Embarrassment to the U.S., worry about how some foreign leaders might object to how they are portrayed, real concern that foreign leaders might dang-well be concerned about whether what they say to U.S. diplomats can ever really be private and confidential, and questions about how a 22-year-old Army Private could get hold of so many diplomatic messages.

Of course there's another element that worries some officials - that the leaking of this stuff constitutes some kind of espionage, or, to quote Republican New York Congressman Pete King, "terrorism."

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One of the people who sees conspiracy in the timing of the release of the Wikileaks documents is Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As it turns out, Mr. Ahmadinejad has his own problems today. He's confirmed for the first time that a computer worm known as "Stuxnet" has affected or even destroyed centrifuges in Iran's uranium enrichment program. There's been much speculation over whether the worm came from other countries that have been dead-set against Iran's nuclear program. But this is the first time that Iran has acknowledged any problems.

We'll have the latest, at 11.

And President Obama, finally, has frozen wages for civilian federal workers as one way to save taxpayer money. The two-year freeze figures to save $2 billion in the current fiscal year ending next Sept. 30, and more than $60 billion over the next 10 years. Why has it taken this long for Mr. Obama to do what private employers have been doing since the recession began? Could have saved a whole lotta money from then until now. I'm just sayin'.

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.

BILL RITTER

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