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Winter Weary

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.
February 3, 2014 1:45:32 PM PST
Is this the winter of our discontent? No - it's just winter in the Northeast. And maybe we got spoiled by the nice days of fall, and the unseasonably warm weather this past weekend. Just 9 days till pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Florida, and at this juncture in the tri-state, there are plenty of folks who want to join them.

Snow today - a healthy batch of it - and more on Wednesday and more on Sunday. Oy. Meteorologist Jeff Smith (in for an ailing Lee Goldberg) leads our coverage tonight at 11.

We're also following developments in the apparent heroin overdose of the so-talented actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead yesterday in his apartment in the West Village section of Manhattan. Late this afternoon the NYPD reported that it found 70 "dime" bags of heroin in his apartment - 5 were empty, 65 were unused.

I was the president of the board for a decade of a drug detox, prevention, rehabilitation and education organization. And I was always struck by the junkies' mantra: Heroin, they would often say, is so good, don't try it even once. It worked well when the recovering addicts went to speak to youngsters, because there's a brutal honesty in that mantra.

Hoffman had self-acknowledged problems for much of his life, but his friends say he appeared to have kicked his drug additions. Apparently he hadn't. It's a sad lesson - but it should be a lesson for anyone thinking of trying heroin - even just once. Meanwhile, cops say the batches of heroin do not appear to have been "tainted" with any kind of poison - other than, of course, the poisonous drug itself.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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