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Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.
September 9, 2013 1:43:08 PM PDT
So many big stories we're covering tonight - the race for the next Mayor of New York, the crisis in Syria. And we're on them tonight at 11.

But the talker, as we say, is about George Zimmerman, the Wyatt Earp wanna be in Florida who shot and killed the unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin last year (he was acquitted of murder charges). Tonight, he's baaaaccccck.

He's been "detained" - that's what cops are saying, at least for now - after the wife he's divorcing called 9-1-1 saying her husband was holding her and her family at gunpoint. She said Zimmerman had assaulted her dad, punching him in the noise, and was waving a gun threatening them. He also allegedly smashed her iPad and cut it with a knife.

"I don't know what he's capable of. I am really, really scared," she told the emergency dispatch operator.

Once tactical units arrived, she reportedly told cops - "Dad, get behind a car or something. I don't know if he's gonna start shooting at us or not."

Oh my. Another stand your ground defense, Mr. Z? We'll have the latest, tonight at 11.

We're also following the crisis in Syria. Eyewitness News reporter Jim Dolan is in Washington, D.C., where Pres. Obama is making his case for military action against Syria, in retaliation for the chemical weapons attack that killed more than 1,400 Syrian civilians. He gave interviews to the network news anchors today, and he makes the case to the American people tomorrow night.

But now a new wrinkle from a country opposed to bombing Syria. Russia has proposed putting Syria's chemical weapons under international control and then destroying them. The rub may come when and if they also want Israel to get rid of its nuclear weapons. And of course Israel will not do that.

Also at 11, it's election eve in New York City. The Democratic Party candidates for Mayor are making their last-minute appeals to voters, but it's mostly coming down to the three top candidates: Bill de Blasio, Bill Thompson and Christine Quinn. De Blasio is polling close to or above the 40 percent mark to avoid a runoff. Thompson and Quinn are frantically trying to force that runoff. We'll have the latest from the campaign trail - with the Dems and the Republican candidates as well, where front runner Joe Lohta is expected to get more than 40 percent tomorrow and avoid a runoff.

Our political reporter Dave Evans is on the story. And a reminder, we'll be on the air at 10 p.m. tomorrow night, with special election coverage after the polls close.

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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