Judgment Day, May 21, 2011

May 20, 2011 1:23:06 PM PDT

I suppose that if you're one of the peeps who - for some reason - believes the world will end tomorrow, then nothing beyond this first sentence matters much, and you're excused from reading any further.

We can all just hope that if the elderly gentleman who's leading this charge and all his minions are wrong, and the world doesn't end tomorrow at 6 p.m., then perhaps they will go back into their caves, tails between their legs, and live out their days in silence.

Oh, and by the way, is that 6 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time? And if not, exactly what does the 6 p.m. refer to? Because if it's 6 p.m. in whatever time zone you're in, then maybe we can all just start heading west and miss the whole dang thing! By the time we circle the globe it'll all be over and we will have survived it. Sort of like the great surf movie, "Endless Summer" where the surfers travel the globe, looking for good breaks, and always in a spot where it's summer in some country.

I'm just sayin'.

Mayor Bloomberg was perhaps at his funniest today as he pooh-poohed the whole notion. He said if the world did end, alternate side parking would be suspended. I mean, that's funny especially from him. But because most of us are banking that the world will not end tomorrow at 6 p.m. - no matter what time zone we're talking about - we figured we'd keep working and proceed with our 11 p.m. newscast (rather than just bring in lots of pizza and ice cream for our final night on the planet).

The holy-moly story of the day is a 67-year-old woman, who died last October from what authorities in Jersey City thought was a fall in front of her home.

But then a strange thing happened. Two guys were busted for some crime, and cops found in their possession the woman's debit card.

During their interrogation, cops say they admitted they attacked and robbed the woman.

Now the accidental death has been ruled a homicide. The woman died, the medical examiner now says, from a blunt trauma to the chest from an attack, not an accidental fall.

Tonight at 11, the story and the back-story: How could this homicide have been missed? And how are the woman's family and friends reacting?

Also at 11, we'll have the latest from Israel. And oh to have been a fly on the wall in the Oval Office this afternoon, as Pres. Obama hosted for the seventh time Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu. If you like to read body language, their joint statement after the meeting spoke volumes. Side by side, but worlds apart. There was palpable tension, even though each man insisted there is also much common ground, and they each share a common desire to fashion a peace.

Mr. Obama - setting the parameters of any renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks - parameters that Mr. Netenyahu thinks are too favorable to Palestinians. Specifically - a secure Israeli state living in peace with a new Palestinian state that includes territory Israel would have to give up - land it's held for 44 years, since the 1967 six-day war. And he says he has problems negotiating with the terrorist group, Hamas, which runs the Palestinian government.

As with all negotiations - this is the first volley - and Mr. Obama has laid out a strong first proposal. But - and this is incredibly important - the President's special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, leaves his job today. There is no replacement yet. Perhaps this whole thing will fall to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Stay tuned.

Back to the body language for a second: Mr. Obama after a brief statement, sat uncomfortably - his left hand was clenched on his chair, with his arm bent at the elbow at a right angle - while Mr. Netenyahu appeared to lecture the President and give him something of a history lesson.

We'll have the latest, at 11.

And our investigative reporter Jim Hoffer tonight has a disturbing look at the fire dangers posed by illegally converted apartments, and he focuses on one landlord - a New York City firefighter who appears to be a flagrant culprit.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's weekend AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports, including the first Subway Series of the year. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20.


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