- Making News: Beirut Protests Government, Syrian Military Presence
Syrian President Bashar Assad says he will soon start withdrawing his troops from Lebanon. That's from the Chief of the Arab League, who says he met with Assad today in Damascus. Meantime, in Beirut, tens of thousands of Lebanese marched in protest of the Syrian presence. Hassan Fattah, who covers the Middle East for the New York Times, updates the mood in Beirut. Reporter's Notebook: Suicide of "Gonzo" Journalist Hunter S. Thompson
He rode with the Hells Angels, coined the term "gonzo journalism" and became a continuing character in the Doonesbury comic strip. Last night, he shot himself to death in Woody Creek, Colorado, where he lived in a fortified compound. Author of Hells Angels, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson's drugged-out counter-culture life made him as much a celebrity as his writing. That's according to University of Florida journalism professor William McKeen, author of a critical biography of Thompson.