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The promise of the Beijing Olympics was a healthier, freer, more open society, but with the games about to get under way, the world is seeing smog, the roundup of dissidents a crackdown on the Internet. Has China broken its promises, or was it subject to unrealistic expectations? Also, tropical storm Edouard develops in the Gulf of Mexico. On Reporter's Notebook, should the case of the anthrax letters be closed?

Banner image of Beijing Olympic Torch Relay, Sichuan Province: Guang Niu/Getty Images News

Making News Tropical Storm Edouard Develops in the Gulf of Mexico 6 MIN, 5 SEC

As the south coast of Texas is cleaning up after Hurricane Dolly, the southeastern coast and part of Louisiana are threatened by Tropical Storm Edouard. At the same time, Dallas is experiencing record temperatures. Meteorologist Gene Hafele is in charge of the Houston/Galveston office of the National Weather Service.

Gene Hafele, Head Meteorologist, National Weather Service's Houston/Galveston Office

Main Topic Olympics and Politics 35 MIN, 37 SEC

Seven years ago, the secretary general of the Beijing Olympic Bid Committee said this summer's games would "not only promote our economy but also enhance all social conditions, including education, health and human rights." But, just four days before the Games will get underway, China's accused of breaking its promises to clean the air, relax controls on political dissidents and open up to the western media. One sports historian says nobody should have believed China's promises in the first place. But are the Olympics a sure path from despotism to democracy? We look at what Beijing does not want us to see, as well as what's on display, including architecture that rivals the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. 

John Hoberman, University of Texas at Austin
Daniel Bell, Professor of Political Philosophy, Tsinghua University
Philip Pan, Former Beijing Bureau Chief for the Washington Post; Author
Michael Webb, architecture critic and author

Reporter's Notebook Did the FBI Really Crack the Anthrax Case? 6 MIN, 59 SEC

Soon after September 11, seven anthrax-laced letters killed five people, injured 17 and stoked fears of a new wave of terror. Steven Hatfill was publicly identified as a “person of interest” in the case. The FBI took reporters along when they raided his home. Since then the government settled lawsuit the government scientist brought for $5 million. Now, the focus is on Bruce Ivins, who also worked at the Army's biological research lab at Fort Detrick, Maryland. Ivins allegedly committed suicide last week because he learned he was about to be indicted. Although the FBI is about to close the case, not everybody is satisfied that the evidence is all in.

Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com (@ggreenwald)

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