Summer is in full swing, but still lots to cover today from our Boston newsroom. Here's a taste of what we've got for you.
With violence flaring once again in the Middle East, we take you to Gaza to try to get a sense of how everyday life is being affected. Also, we spend some time looking at Iraq's ineffectual parliament, and whether that's helping or hurting the situation there. Plus, amid the renewed violence in Iraq we look at the role water -- or lack thereof -- plays in the conflict.
-- Journalist JESSE KATZ explains how Cuban baseball players in the major leagues often have to get mixed up with smugglers and other criminals to make it to America.
-- American jazz and bebop legend SHEILA JORDAN has had a roller-coaster life, from her poor upbringing to social stigmatization, to performing with some of the most respected names in the jazz world. At 85, she has more than 20 records to her name, the title of Jazz Master from the National Endowment for the Arts, and continues to perform and teach jazz vocals to young singers.
Before you travel abroad, do you ever check out the State Department's website listing the countries currently considered dangerous? Ever wonder how those determinations are made? Yeah, we're curious too. More on that in a minute.