It can happen to anyone

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

May 14, 2012 3:29:06 PM PDT
Next time you get ticked off when you're pulled aside by security screeners at the airport for a pat-down, just remember that, last Friday, Henry Kissinger, national security advisor to Presidents, former Secretary of State, the man who helped open U.S. relations with China, the diplomat who helped negotiate the end to the Vietnam War and the recipient of a Nobel Peace Price - yes, that Henry Kissinger - was patted down at LaGuardia airport.

Not only did the TSA agents not recognize his name - but the 89-year-old Kissinger was in a wheelchair. Not that dignitaries should get a free pass of course. But Henry Kissinger? While he's in a wheelchair? (It was apparently a long walk to the gate.)

I'm just sayin'.

Now on to the 11 p.m. newscast.

And speaking of New York airports, JFK seems like a boneheaded place to have a wildlife refuge. But that's exactly what's there - a few hundred yards off the runways, lies the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

The dumbest spot in the world, according to one of the experts our investigative reporter Jim Hoffer interviews for his special report tonight. And we wonder why there are so many bird strikes after takeoff?

The hard truth in this case is that a federal judge ruled nearly 2 decades that the bird colony should be removed and relocated. Turns out - moving the refuge isn't as difficult as you think it would be. So why hasn't this been done? What's really going on here? And is the public - those who fly and those on the ground - at risk? Jim's eye-opening report, tonight at 11.

And under the heading, "Wassup With That?" - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and State Senate Pres. Stephen Sweeney were expected to announce their agreement on an upcoming 10 percent income tax cut. That was at 2:15. About half an hour later, their announcement was cancelled.


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, with highlights from tonight's Rangers vs. Devils Stanley Cup playoff game. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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