2 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 31, 2006
Israeli air strikes suspended
In victory for Rice,
bombings are halted for
48 hours after several
children are killed
JERUSALEM (AP) - United
States Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice, moving quickly after an Israeli
bomb killed a number of children,
won a suspension of aerial bombing
from Israel yesterday evening that
capped a weekend of diplomatic dis-
The strike had scarred Rice's
weeklong mission to halt the fighting
between Israel and Hezbollah, prompt-
ing her to scrap a planned meeting with
Lebanon's prime minister and arrange
to return to Washington for consulta-
tion with President Bush.
But in a late-night announcement,
her spokesman, Adam Ereli, said Isra-
el would pause its aerial activity over
southern Lebanon - the region most
rocked by the fighting - for 48 hours
while it investigates how civilians were
He said Israel has reserved the right
to attack targets if it learns that attacks
are being prepared against them.
He said Israel also will coordinate
with the United Nations to allow a 24-
hour period of safe passage for all resi-
dents of south Lebanon who want to
leave the region.
Rice had hoped to engage in a
weekend "give-and-take" with Israeli
and Lebanese officials and acknowl-
edged such a dialogue would prove
difficult even before Israel's airstrike
on Qana, Lebanon, derailed her plans.
The attack early yesterday killed 56
civilians and was the deadliest in the
19 days of fighting.
Most of the victims were children.
In one of her strongest statements onsthe
need to end the conflict, Rice said prior to
the bombing suspension announcement
that "I think it's time to get a cease-fire"
and Bush stressed the need for a "sustain-
able peace" in the volatile region.
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Bush spoke with Rice by telephone
twice yesterday before the bombing sus-
pension announcement and once after-
ward, his spokesman said.
A State Department official trav-
eling with Rice and speaking on
condition of anonymity said the
secretary had been urging steps
toward a break in the violence "for
some time" and that the decision to
push for a bombing suspension "was
made in light of steadily deteriorat-
ing condition in the area."
Rice expressed sympathy for the
"terrible loss of innocent life," but
did not call for an immediate cease-
fire of all hostilities. She maintained
the United States' position that Leb-
anon and Israel first must settle bor-
der disputes, prisoner exchanges and
other tough questions.
Bush, at a White House tee ball game
for youngsters, said, "Today's actions in
the Middle East remind us that friends
and allies must work together for a
sustainable peace particularly for
the sake of children."
Morning Edition host
Todd Mudit will assume
an off-air post in Iowa
By Kelly Fraser
Daily News Editor
A different voice will now greet
Michigan Radio listeners enjoying
their morning coffee.
Station management announced
Friday that long-time Morning Edi-
tion host Todd Mudit is leaving to
take a position at Iowa Public Radio.
Mudit will serve as director of
content and media for IPR.
While the station conducts a
national replacement search, Charity
Nebbe will host Morning Edition.
Nebbe is currently an afternoon
host at the station.
Mudit, who is also the chief con-
tent officer for Michigan Radio's
parent company Michigan Public
Media, has worked at the station for
Mudit has not hosted Morning
Edition since late June due to his
involvement in a National Pub-
lic Radio task force discussing the
Internet's role in the future of public
Mudit is one of six included on
The Todd Mudit Show, which ran
from 1998 to 2003, is now nationally
Although Mudit said in a press release
that he will miss his co-workers, he feels
moving is the right decision.
"Most of us reach a point in our
careers when we know it's time to do
something else," Mudit said. "This
is my time."
Foam spills over the walls of the fountain near Burton Memorial Tower
after someone added soap to the water Saturday night. According to
tradition, University students begin and end their studies by walking
through the fountain.
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