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NYPD Ticket-fixing scandal, water safety and tweeting

October 27, 2011 1:18:31 PM PDT
Some of us spent the lunch hour in a social media workshop. Twitter 101 is what I call it. And it's fascinating how this evolving new media is changing the landscape of how we distribute news.

It's a great discussion - but for the this space, I'm interested in your take on one aspect of it. Do you get some, none, most, or all of your breaking news from, say, Twitter? I'd like to know.

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For me, limiting my writing to 140 characters is a challenge, as anyone who watches me on the news or reads this blog knows all too well.

Speaking of breaking news - we'll have any, tonight at 11. After I wrote this blog last night, we had two big breaking news stories - Ruth Madoff's first-interview and reaction to her admission that she and her husband Bernie tried to commit suicide after his Ponzi scheme/stock swindle scandal became public, and a rough confrontation between New York cops and the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators.

Tonight, the Madoff story takes another turn, as Barbara Walters went to visit Bernie Madoff at the federal prison in North Carolina where he's serving a 150-year sentence.

We're also following at 11 the indictments - expected to be unsealed tomorrow - of up to a dozen New York cops in that ongoing investigation into the NYPD ticket-fixing scandal.

Also at 11, a lesson for anyone who does any kind of water activity. I have a kayak - and cumbersome as it is, I always wear a personal floatation device. I require any passengers/fellow paddlers to do the same. They are NOT "life preservers," although as we'll see tonight, that is often what they do - preserve life.

That's likely what would have happened had Patrick Luca been wearing a personal floatation device. He was kayaking with his 5-year-old son last summer on Smithtown Bay on Long Island, when somehow they ended up in the water. Luca's son Caden was wearing a PFD, but the 21-year-veteran of the NYPD was not. When the father tired of swimming, he looked at his son and said, "Daddy's going to heaven." And then he went under the water.

Now, his widow is speaking out - about water safety and campaigning for a law requiring anyone on a watercraft smaller than 21 feet to wear personal floatation devices at all times. You'll hear her emotional story, tonight at 11.

And we have the story of a dog - who beat the odds, literally. He survived getting gassed at a shelter in Alabama. Somehow. Now, the loveable beagle named Daniel is starting life anew - in New Jersey. And you'll meet him, at 11.

Meteorologist Lee Goldberg will have his winter-like AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers will have the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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