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NPR News Agenda from the Thursday Editors' Meeting

Reporters are on the move in the Middle East. Ivan Watson has traveled to a Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut's suburbs where he will talk to residents about the impact of Israel's air strikes.

From Jerusalem, Eric Westervelt finds that Israelis are united behind their government's military campaign against Hezbollah. Even the left-wing Peace Now group believes the army should do what it takes to prevent Hezbollah from firing missiles into Israel's civilian population.

In other major news, President Bush tries to mend fences with the NAACP. He'll speak to the civil rights group's annual convention — the first time he's done so during his presidency. Bush's approval rating among blacks is about 15 percent. Expect Bush to tout themes that could play well with some black voters: the racial diversity of his cabinet, increased funding to fight AIDS in Africa and his administration's opposition to gay marriage.

An investigation by the National Institute of Medicine says that 1.5 million Americans are harmed by medication errors each year. Only 6 percent of the nation's hospitals have computer systems to avoid such errors. NPR's Richard Knox has the story for All Things Considered.

Melissa Block has a report from the burn center at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. She speaks with doctors and nurses about their difficult work treating troops injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Soccer's ruling body, FIFA, has banned Zinedine Zidane from three games for his infamous head-butt in the World Cup final. Which raises the question: How can Zidane be suspended when he is already retired? Eleanor Beardsley will explain it all from Paris for Day to Day. We'll also be watching for a possible indictment of San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds. The grand jury that has been investigating Bonds wraps up its term today.