With apologies for a night off the air, and while we are all preparing for departure for Italy to cover the run-up to the Olympic Games, here's how tonight's broadcast is shaping up:
The ferry disaster story will likely start us off tonight. I'm told the unusual construction of the ship owes to the fact that three additional decks for vehicles were retro-fitted to the ship after manufacture. While there is no reliable explanation for what went wrong, given the high winds, rough weather and what visually appears to be top-heavy construction (there is not a single engineer on the Nightly News senior staff) the early view is that the cause will wind up in one or several of those categories. In the meantime, there is great sadness over the terrific loss of life in this accident.
Also tonight, the fires at six Alabama Churches. The President's position on the nation's oil addiction, and how it changed today. Pete Williams will look at the sexual predators using the Internet for the raw materials of their trade: personal information. And we'll close the broadcast with a man "Making a Difference," as told by our own Josh Mankiewicz.
At some point I'll post some thoughts on the incident last weekend that injured our two colleagues at ABC News. I've been careful about commenting while awaiting good news about their recovery. Have a good weekend, and we hope you can join us for tonight's broadcast.