October 31, 2011 1:20:53 PM PDT
Let the debate begin again over global warming/climate change/call it what you want.

A snowstorm/Nor'easter on Oct. 29 is bound to spark the debate anew. Yes, it's hard to make the argument that it's getting warmer when it's suddenly much colder than it should be.

But the truth is, the concept of "global warming" or climate change - pick your term - involves the weather turning more severe and extreme, no matter what the clime. And even some (but not all) critics of so-called global warming are re-thinking their position when they analyze that the ground temp on earth is indeed warming up (Click here to read about it on

No matter where you stand on the subject, agreement over the severity of weather seems like common ground. It doesn't rain much anymore, it pours. There's not really a light snow, it's a snow storm.

And in October?

Forget that records were shattered. That seems trite when you consider that up to 3 million people were without power at the height of the weekend storm. Trees filled with leaves that aren't supposed to be weighted down with snow - were laden with heavy snow. And thousands of them didn't stand a chance. And in fact, didn't stand.

We're out in it all tonight at 11 - surveying the damage and talking to the peeps who are still powerless, and likely will be for several days.

Also at 11, weather for Halloween tonight will be mild - but the snowstorm means that the trick-or-treating is cancelled in many communities. Simply too many downed power lines for kids to be walking around house-to-house.

And our Phil Lipof tonight takes a fascinating new look at New Jersey's tough new anti-bullying law, and raises a question that many are asking these days. To quote Phil: "When does a school yard fight become more than just that? When does calling another child a name become more than what it is? Does this new anti-bullying law have the potential to make bullies out of kids who aren't?"

Tonight at 11, Phil has an eye-opening report.

We're also following the news involving former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine - that his investment banking firm, MF Global, has filed for bankruptcy protection today. It's a stunning defeat for Corzine, who made a fortune and built his reputation as head of Goldman Sachs.

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, including the latest on the talks to salvage pro basketball this season.

I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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