By Peter Alexander, NBC News correspondent
It's a spectacular Easter weekend across much of the country.
The streets of Manhattan are flooded with out-of-town guests, enjoying spring temperatures reaching into the seventies. Lester's surely out there somewhere, taking a few days off with his family, so I'll be filling in this evening.
On the eve of Easter, the Vatican is still struggling to address the child sex abuse scandal, with a new war of words erupting over the crisis in the Catholic Church. Anne Thompson will join us live from Rome.
Also this weekend, we visited some of the hardest hit neighborhoods in flood-damaged Rhode Island. The nation's smallest state has a gigantic clean-up ahead. We'll introduce you to one family as they return to their home and gather their water-logged belongings.
It's Christmas in April for hundreds of thousands of iPad fans expected to get their hands on Apple's newest handheld device. George Lewis told Nightly viewers last night, "Do I really need the iPad? I do not really need the iPad. Do I want the iPad? Yes." Tonight, he's got one and he'll file for us from Los Angeles.
I hope you'll stick around for tonight's closer, as we like to call it. The story of a woman, a whale and their extraordinary teamwork off the coast of California.
Have a terrific holiday weekend.