John, at Cosmic Variance, points to the report on the accident at the LHC. He wrote a nice summary, to which I don’t have much to add. Bottom line: it was bad, with up to 29 magnets needing repair, but the damage will be fixed. More serious is that they will likely have to retrofit the rest of machine so it won’t fail in a different sector. When the repairs will be complete is still unknown, but the word is it will still re-start in 2009.
Until then, we’ll have to wait for the pigeon shooting (in honor xkcd’s cartoon-off, which I think Munroe won hands-down):