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Words matter. It's a mantra around the newsroom - and it can take on many meanings.
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Behind the News with Bill Ritter

Articles written by Eyewitness News anchor Bill Ritter

More Behind the News with Bill Ritter

  • Hawaiian Airlines wheel well mystery
  • April 21, 2014 - I know few people who believed the story last month that a women from Connecticut gave birth and she was surprised when it happened; she says she didn't know she was even pregnant. And her husband didn't know it either.
  • Thank Goodness Diana Williams is okay!
  • April 18, 2014 - Do you know if Diana Williams has left Everest yet?
  • RIP Basil Paterson
  • April 17, 2014 - "We lost a prince."
  • News Happens
  • April 16, 2014 - Here's a little secret about our 11 o'clock newscast and this daily blog. I'm writing this at 4 p.m., and so we have a solid 7 hours before the newscast. Lots can, and does, happen in between. It's why they call it news.
  • RIP Officer Dennis Guerra
  • April 9, 2014 - Next time you pass a cop on the street, slow down, maybe even stop, and take a good look at his or her face.
  • Rats! First donuts and now cronuts
  • April 4, 2014 - For the second time in as many nights, the health department has shut down a bakery in New York City. And for the second time in as many nights, the reason is the same: Rodent infestation.
  • Busy preparing
  • March 31, 2014 - It's one of the great benefits of my job  emceeing events for interesting non-groups in our area. And this week, I have two fascinating assignments. One Tuesday morning, another Wednesday.
  • Top Cops
  • March 28, 2014 - There have been 4 commissioners of the NYPD in the past 25 years. \
  • Train incident a possible suicide
  • March 26, 2014 - What deep torment must consume someone who takes their own life.
  • WTC jumpers
  • March 25, 2014 - It was thrilling and terrifying and disturbing all at once. Did you see the video of the base jumpers from One World Trade? Heart stopping stuff. It was also infuriating. Yes, no one was down on the street at 4 a.m. when the four braniacs decided to parachute off the country's biggest building last fall  and record the whole thing on a helmet cam.
  • Two NJ fires apparently started by cigarettes
  • March 24, 2014 - Yes I'm hardly unbiased when it comes to smoking. Having a mom die when she was just 61 from smoking-caused lung cancer is a pretty good reason to be biased.
  • East Harlem explosion
  • March 12, 2014 - So now the mantra is expanded. If you smell something, say something.

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