The power of water

May 9, 2011 1:57:06 PM PDT
My friend and our Meteorologist Lee Goldberg has a simple equation when it comes to water. And it's not high-brow science.

Nothing, says Lee, damages like water.

And we're seeing signs of that today. Yes, our local rivers crest and turn streets into fast moving bodies of liquid and basements into pools.

But it's nothing like what's happening down South, where the Mississippi is cresting at 48 feet tonight and threatening parts of Memphis. The frightening part is that the fabled river isn't going to start receding for 48 hours. And then as it flows into the Delta, it's expected to keep flooding towns that border the Mississippi, including New Orleans. It's not going to be a pretty week.

We'll have the latest on nature's fury down south, at 11.

We're also on Long Island, where authorities today offered a startling explanation to the serial killer in the Gilgo Beach area. The bottom line: It's not a killer. It's killers. As in plural. At least three, and maybe four.

Some people show up there and see a beautiful beach. Others show up and see a body dumping grounds. Like a landfill, but instead of old appliances, they dump bodies. Creepy and frightening to say the least. Six of the eight bodies are prostitutes killed by two separate people, according to authorities.

Another was a toddler and her death isn't described as a homicide, and a young Asian man is said to be a murder victim.


Jim Dolan, just back from his week in Pakistan on the bin Laden killing fallout, is on Long Island for us tonight.

Speaking of oy, more than a small slice of controversy tonight over a Hasidic newspaper in Brooklyn photo-shopping maybe photo chopping is more accurate, the two women who were in the White House situation room a week ago Sunday during the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.

The two women, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Security Council counterterrorism director Audrey Tomason were excised from the dramatic picture (Clinton was covering her mouth, you'll recall, the editors explained, because of the laws of modesty "we are not allowed to publish pictures of women."

The editors also insist that they "regret if this gives an impression of disparaging to women, which is certainly not our intention. We apologize if this was seen as offensive."

Offensive? Who would ever have thought that? And what if Mrs. Clinton had been elected President? Would this paper have not run any pictures of a President Hillary Clinton? I'm just sayin'.

We're also following a frustrating story for hundreds of thousands of commuters on the Long Island Railroad, the nation's busiest commuter rail line. There are huge delays and problems that will stretch until at least Thursday because of a derailed Amtrak train under the East River. And the domino effect is staggering and hair-pulling for commuters. We'll have the latest at 11.

Also at 11, our Nina Pineda has an incredible story about a couple with 3 kids and 32 years of history finally deciding to get married. Sweet, right? Just one problem. Actually two. They discover that the woman is already married. To two guys.

Turns out, she had her identity stolen. So they called Nina, and got 7 On Your Side in a way that our consumer unit has never before experienced. And the process by which these two lovebirds finally get to the alter ? well, that's the story.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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