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It's Friday..

by Joe Donlon

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Posted on October 19, 2007 at 4:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:33 PM

We wrap up the week, with an update on a story from 9 months ago. It's a story that has certainly divided a lot of people. It had just snowed in the area, and people were out enjoying the somewhat rare opportunity to use their sleds in town. Peter Gecho tied a sled to the back of his pick-up truck, and headed for a field at a Vancouver middle school. Gecho made a sharp turn, and the force of that turn - whipped the sled around and hurled the two children riding the sled into a brick bench. One of the children, was his 9 year old daughter - who died from her injuries. A tragedy? No question. A crime? According to prosecutors, yes. Today, they filed vehicular manslaughter charges against Gecho. Pat Dooris will have the latest.

We will also follow up a story we broke Thursday night. The bleachers at Lincoln High School have been condemned. A recent engineering report produced some pretty scary results about the stability of that structure, and as a result - the bleachers were closed at Lincoln, and Madison High. The timing couldn't be worse, right in the middle of football season. Games will have to be moved, and fans will have to watch from the track. But it brings to mind a quote I remember - from Ed Koch, the former mayor of New York City. When talking about the hassle of rebuilding bridges there, he said, "It's better to be inconvenienced - and alive.. than convenienced - and dead." Indeed. What happens now? Randy Neves will update that situation for us.

As for the Night Team, we're chasing down some weather issues. Did a tornado touch down in Hubbard? And what's ahead for the weekend? That, plus an interesting story our 11pm producer found - about Van Halen. And, of course - Friday Night Flights! We hope you can join us.

Joe Donlon