By Ann Curry, NBC News anchor
Before the Nightly meeting, Executive Producer Bob Epstein just accused me of being like the guy in the Li'l Abner cartoons, who walks around with a dark cloud over his head.
He says when I fill in for Brian, the chance of news breaking seems to go up.
That is not really a compliment, given the tragedy of today's breaking news, big enough for a NBC News special report. As many as 13 were killed in shooting at an immigrant center in upstate New York. No motive yet, but NBC's Ron Allen is working on finding one. The White house is expected to make a statement about it.
Then there is the news about just how many people in America the government says are out of work. It's up to 8.5 percent the highest since 1983, and means 663,000 more people have lost their jobs. Two of them are members of my own family, but then is there a family in America that is still immune?
We will also address North Korea's missile launch..and Obama-mania in France, but the story I can't wait to see will reveal photos hidden from public view for decades, of the scene of Martin Luther King's last moments of life. The photographer got intimate access to that infamous hotel room in Memphis, and shows us even MLK's open briefcase, and tells us why the pictures are only now being made public.
He knew the world had changed in those moments he pressed the shutter. Boy has it.