- Making News: Israel Bombs Lebanon after Hezbollah Kidnaps Soldiers
Yesterday, Hezbollah militants attacked several towns in northern Israel, wounding civilians and capturing two Israeli soldiers. The Lebanese group has demanded an exchange of Arab prisoners in Israeli jails for the soldiers. Today, after Israel's concentrated attack on Lebanese airports, aimed at crippling civilian and military air access, Hezbollah fired rockets into Israel's populous port city of Haifa. We get an update from Nicholas Blanford, who's in Beirut for the Christian Science Monitor, and Kevin Peraino, who's in Jerusalem for Newsweek.
- Reporter's Notebook: Wider Flaws Found in Boston's Big Dig Tunnel
It was conceived as a $14.6 bill engineering marvel to replace the city's central highway with an underground system. But over the course of 15 years of construction, Boston's Big Dig was fraught with trouble, from leaks and defective panels to accusations of using inferior quality concrete. On Monday, a section of tile fell and crushed a car. The driver escaped but couldn't save his wife. Joe Dwinell is assistant metro editor of the Boston Herald.
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