Graduations, explanations and augmentations

June 2, 2011 12:53:00 PM PDT
I'm flying on a small cloud these days. In a blink of an eye my eldest daughter has gone from newborn to high school graduate.

Or, almost a high school graduate. Here big countdown to commencement next week starts tonight with a senior prom - and I find myself excited and a tad anxious to see her all glammed up.

So that's it - just a note to explain any heart thumping you might see tonight while I'm on set.

And now on to tonight's 11 p.m. newscast. When I sent this column out on Wednesday, the tornadoes that ripped through Massachusetts had yet to happen. Tonight, we're there - especially in Springfield - to cover the damage and the death (at least four people).

Also at 11, we'll have the latest on the travails of New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, who's trying to keep his political career from unraveling. His Twitterphotoflapthatwon'tgoaway (should I copyright that phrase?) still won't go away. He's talking today about it. Again. Still no word from Mr. Weiner whether the man in the underwear in the picture sent from his Twitter account to a young female college student in Seattle is the Congressman. And by "no word" I mean he's not yet saying.

Mr. Weiner still insists his account was somehow hacked, but he isn't yet willing to ask for any kind of investigation into this obvious illegal act against an elected federal official.

Meanwhile, what could be a vindication of Weiner is now making the rounds. And it comes in the form of a question: Was there a security loophole that allowed easy posting to Weiner's Twitter account without actually having to log-in? That theory, according to ABC News, is circulating online today.

It goes like this: The lewd picture appeared via something called, a photo sharing service that connects to Twitter. Apparently you can send a picture to a yfrog email address and then it posts to a public Twitter feed. So if someone had Weiner's yfrog account - and if he has one - that could happen. Anyway, that's one theory.

The other political drama we're following is New Jersey Gov. Christie's choppergate. And the Governor tonight getting ahead of any scent of political inconsistency by saying he'll reimburse the state for twice using the state police helicopter to take him to his son's high school baseball games. In addition, the Republican Party is chipping in some money as well because Mr. Christie used the chopper to return home from the game to meet with GOP donors who want him to run for President.

By the way, this isn't the first time, apparently, that Mr. Christie has faced criticism for overusing government resources. ABC News says that a review last fall by the Justice Dept. Inspector General refers to "U.S. Attorney C" - which is believed to be Christie when he was U.S. Attorney in New Jersey - as the man who exceeded the government rate for lodging. That includes a stay at the Four Seasons Hotel during a visit to Washington, D.C.

And we're taking a look at the growing number of men who are now getting cosmetic surgery and other procedures. Why do they do it? And exactly how much are they spending? You might be surprised at the answers to both questions. Our Jamie Roth has the story, at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight after Game 2 of the NBA Finals.


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