By Lester Holt, NBC News Anchor
Hello from Beijing, a city obviously anxious to "let the games begin." There are few if any signs of last minute preparations. As one Beijing resident told me, the country is like someone who has packed for a big trip a month early, and is now impatiently waiting around and eager to get going.
Back at home the big stories we will be reporting on the newscast tonight include the blistering heat wave gripping parts of the country, and fascinating new information about the scientific smoking gun that investigators believed help cinch their case against the suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks.
Here in China, it is hard to believe it was less than 3 months ago that a catastrophic earthquake struck the Sichuan region killing nearly 70,000 people and leaving thousands still missing. Today the Olympic torch run passed through the quake zone on its way to the games in Beijing. On our program tonight, correspondent Ian Williams returns to the hard-hit city of Hanwang, where he saw first-hand how the government is managing to re-located over 3 million people who lost their homes in the quake.
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