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Confusion, emotions run high after the tornado

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.
May 21, 2013 1:56:25 PM PDT
The pictures and the sound from the kids, especially, are so emotional. Good news - if we can use those words - is that there are NOT 91 or 51 people killed.

In the confusion - or for whatever reason down there in Oklahoma - the body counts were way overestimated. 24 deaths is always 24 too many. But it's just more than a quarter of the original estimates late last night, so we mourn but breathe a sigh that more weren't killed.

Word tonight that it was likely an EF5 tornado - the most powerful. We'll have the latest from Oklahoma, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, two more anti-gay bias attacks. What the front-door is happening? At least half a dozen attacks that we know of, despite an increased police presence in gay-friendly communities. Are civilian patrols on their way - a kind of Guardian Angels patrol? We're on the story tonight.

And we're at the wake for Andrea Rebello, the Hofstra University junior who was killed a Nassau County cop last Friday during a hostage standoff. The armed home invader was shot 7 times; he had Andrea in a neck hold during the shooting.

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.

BILL RITTER

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