Remembering "The Big Man"

June 20, 2011 1:08:28 PM PDT
$184 million. That's the estimated economic impact, positive impact for New York State if same-sex marriage is legalized.

It looked at one point that it would happen today, on this the last day of the legislature's official session before it takes off for summer.

Now it appears Gov. Cuomo, an ardent backer of same-sex marriage will call a special session for later this week, hoping a vote emerges making New York the sixth, and largest, state to recognize gays and lesbians marrying.

There is a feeling that the longer this drags on the worse the odds of it passing. We'll see. And we'll have the latest on the battle, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we're following developments in the brutal and senseless executions of four people, two workers and two customers at a pharmacy in Medford on Long Island. Surveillance video shows a man, the unidentified suspect ? leaving the scene with a bag filled with prescription drugs. A guy wanting to rob a pharmacy is one thing. Killing the people inside is quite another. So sad. So infuriating. Tonight police in Suffolk County are looking for the killer.

We'll also have more reaction to the death of saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who died over the weekend a week after suffering a stroke.

Bruce Springsteen, whose E Street Band was transformed when Clemons aka "The Big Man" joined the group, has built a career singing about the joys and angst of living. Now, he's coping with the sorrow of death.

They were, in so many ways, soul mates, Clemons and Springsteen. When they met each other, and performed together, it was like each finding the other's missing link. At least that's how Clemons has described it. This is the second member of the band to die in recent years. Organ player Danny Federici died three years ago. And this band, which was formed, broke up and then re-formed, takes it hard, because they really do believe they're family. We've been playing Springsteen songs 'round here today.

And finally at 11, an eye-opening story by our Darla Miles, who walks through a supermarket with a nutritionist to bring us 7 unhealthy food mistakes most of us make. And what's alarming is that the foods are not what you first think of when you think of junk or unhealthy foods.

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 at 11.


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