Just started taking the Metro light rail into downtown recently. Adds about 15 minutes to my commute in each direction, but it also provides more flexibility and gives me an extra 35 minutes to read or sleep, which was something I enjoyed tremendously in New York. I thought I would miss riding the subway when I moved to Texas, but for all the criticism that the light rail has received, I am quite happy with it.

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Israel Asks U.S. to Ship Rockets With Wide Blast. Your weapons of mass destruction order has shipped.

Israel has long told American officials that it wanted M-26 rockets for use against conventional armies in case Israel was invaded, one of the American officials said. But after being pressed in recent days on what they intended to use the weapons for, Israeli officials disclosed that they planned to use them against rocket sites in Lebanon. It was this prospect that raised the intense concerns over civilian casualties.

State Department officials "are discussing whether or not there needs to be a block on this sale because of the past history and because of the current circumstances," said the senior official, adding that it was likely that Israel will get the rockets, but will be told to be "be careful."

Human Rights Watch reported that Israel has already used these weapons in populated areas of Lebanon.

These weapons continue to inflict civilian casualties long after the end of armed conflict. The effects of cluster weapons as well as the controversy surrounding them are described here (Flash required).

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Lamont Defeats Lieberman in Primary. This makes my week. War: what is it good for? Absolutely nothing!

Unofficial returns this morning showed that Mr. Lamont won with 51.8 percent of the vote, with 98 percent of the electoral precincts reporting.

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