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End of Gadhafi

October 20, 2011 1:02:01 PM PDT
And so now what? What happens to Libya, now that the man who has ruled it with an iron first for more than 40 years, has been captured and then killed?

That's what our story will focus on tonight at 11. The big problem: There's simply no political infrastructure set up in Libya. Autonomous tribes? Oh, they have scores of them. But local government? Elected officials? A 3-1-1 number to call if, say, a water main breaks? Libya is less set in those departments.

And one does wonder how Muammar Gadhafi died today. Rebels, who have been after him since spring, shot him, we're told, in the legs. One can certainly die from gunshot wounds to the legs. But the pictures we've seen show the Libyan dictator was later shot in the head.

Was he summarily executed? Can you imagine if NATO or U.S. troops had captured him, alive, and then he ended up shot in the head?

Meanwhile, not a good year to be a dictator in the Middle East/Africa section of the world - Gadhafi being the latest in a long list of bad guys toppled in 2011.

The question, again, is what happens in their wakes?

Also at 11, a fascinating meeting tonight in Lower Manhattan between folks who live down there and folks who have encamped there for more than a month as part of the "Occupy Wall Street" protests. No matter what you think of the politics - what if you lived there, and listened to the sound of drums and the sounds of people living in a public park (owned by a private corporation)? Not exactly a sanctuary from your daytime life.

Our Carolina Leid is there tonight at 11, as residents meet with protesters.

And a new breast cancer treatment drug now making headlines; its makers claim it's more effective than the drug that's now the treatment of choice, Tamoxifen.

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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