Bowling Green, Ky.
Senator attacked: Sen. Rand Paul suffered six broken ribs and bruises to his lungs this week after being assaulted by his longtime next-door neighbor, apparently over a landscaping dispute. The Kentucky Republican, 54, was reportedly mowing his lawn and wearing noise-canceling earmuffs when he was tackled from behind by Rene Boucher, a 59-year-old retired anesthesiologist and registered Democrat. Boucher’s lawyer, however, said the incident had “absolutely nothing to do” with politics and was “over a matter that most people would regard as trivial.” Neighbors said the two had long feuded over unraked leaves and stray yard clippings, with Paul notorious for flouting homeowners’ association regulations. Boucher was charged with a misdemeanor count of assault and released on $7,500 bail. It’s not clear when Paul will return to Congress. “They just couldn’t get along,” said Jim Skaggs, the developer of the gated community where both men live. “I think this is something that has been festering.”