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In this Friday, April 19, Massachusetts State Police file photo, 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsamaev, bloody and disheveled with the red dot of a sniper's rifle laser sight on his forehead, raises his hand from inside a boat at the time of his capture by law enforcement authorities in Watertown, Mass. Sgt. Sean Murphy, the state police photographer who released this photo and others of the bloodied Tsarnaev during his capture was placed on restricted duty today. (AP Photo/Massachusetts State Police, Sean Murphy, File)
Question: Did the Massachusetts state photographer make the right decision to release these photos, despite possible repercussions?
How to ignite a firestorm online and across social media: Put Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnev on the August cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. The hashtag #BoycottRollingStone has been trending on Twitter all morning. @BostonBachelor wrote: Hey @RollingStone you could have honored any victim of the Bombing with your cover. But you chose a Terrorist #BoycottRollingStone … If the cover photo looks familiar to you, it's because it was posted on social media by Tsarnev himself and shared previously by several media outlets. Rolling Stone, which publishes Tsarnev's first name as Jahar, calls the story on its Facebook page “a deeply reported account” of the life of the Boston bomber”/Scott Kleinberg, Chicago Tribune. More here.
Question: Does Rolling Stone deserve the social media firestorm it created by putting the Boston Marathon bombing suspect on the cover?
U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz pauses during a news conference, announcing a 30-count indictment against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston today. Charges against Tsarnaev include using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, resulting in death near the marathon finish line on April 15. Alongside are Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, left, and Bruce Foucart, Special Agent in Charge for Homeland Security in Boston, right. Story here. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
Question: Do you think of the Boston Marathon bombings when you attend events that attract a lot of people?
Bill Iffrig will run this weekend’s Bloomsday race wearing the same orange singlet he wore during the Boston Marathon last month. The Lake Stevens, Wash., runner was nearly at the finish line when the first of two homemade bombs exploded. The explosions killed three and injured more than 260 people that day. The blast erupted about 20 yards to his left. Iffrig, 78, fell to the ground, his legs turned to noodles by the bomb’s sound and power. That shirt is Iffrig’s orange badge, worn by runners belonging to Club Northwest, one of Western Washington’s best-known running groups. Iffrig said it’s his lucky singlet/Tom Sowa, SR. More here. (Seattle Times photo: Bill Iffrig, who barely escaped injury in the Boston Marathon explosions, looks at his photo on the cover of Sports Illustrated)
Question: Will you participate in the 2013 Bloomsday race?
Do not jump to conclusions. That's the predictable advice that the mainstream news media dispenses after any terrorist attack. Translation: Don't assume that this is yet another in a long line of hateful, cowardly attacks against innocent, unsuspecting civilians committed by Islamic extremists. But, while they were telling us not to rush to politically incorrect judgments, the news media themselves and much of the left had the Boston Marathon bombing solved almost immediately. Within minutes, MSNBC's Chris Matthews pointed his finger at conservatives. So did NBC's Luke Russert. Obama's political adviser, David Axelrod, had it nailed too. CNN's Wolf Blitzer saw things the same way. They all cited the calendar. It was April 15/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
Question: I figured that the terrorists were either neo-Nazi/militia or Islamic extremists, when I first heard about the bombings. Dunno if that's a rush to judgment. Rather, I view it as fingering the usual suspects from both extremes. How about you?
Earlier today, U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, appeared on 'Out Front with Erin Burnett' on CNN to discuss FBI and CIA intelligence on Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Investigators from the FBI inspect the boat where Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found hiding on Friday night in a backyard in Watertown, Mass., today. There is blood spattered on the wheel fender of the trailer and bullet holes in the hull of the boat. Tsarnaev had gunshot wounds to the head, neck, legs and hands when he was captured hiding out in the boat on Friday night. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, David L. Ryan)
The injury toll from the Boston Marathon bombings is much higher than initial counts indicated. The count of people treated in area hospitals for injuries from last week's bombing has risen sharply to 282, according to the Boston Public Health Commission. Earlier estimates were about 170. The commission says dozens of victims waited to go to the hospital for minor wounds or symptoms that they thought would go away on their own/USA Today.
SR City Editor Addy Hatch tweets: “Zag Kelly Olynyk declaring for NBA draft got higher traffic on the @SpokesmanReview site last week than the Boston Marathon bombs.”
Question: How do you explain this?
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (pictured) was charged by federal prosecutors in his hospital room Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill — a crime that carries a possible death sentence. In a statement Monday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder detailed the charge against the 19-year-old Tsarnaev. In addition to the weapon of mass destruction charge, Tsarnaev is also charged with one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death, according to the criminal complaint/U.S. News. More here. (AP file photo)
Question: Would you have preferred to see prosecution handled by the military?
SR columnist Doug Clark writes of Spokane's brush with a Boston Marathon carnage during the 2011 annual Martin Luther King Jr. march:
Three years ago, Spokane had its own brush with a backpack bomb and human evil. A novel I read recently spoke of how life and death are sometimes separated by the thinnest of circumstances. That was certainly the case here on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 17, 2011. I shudder to think how different things would have been for us were it not for three temporary workers who were pulling a shift for the city’s Public Utilities District: Mark Steiner, Brandon Klaus and Sherman Welpton. Ring a bell? Didn’t with me, either. More here.
Question: Have you ever narrowly escaped death?
Item: GOP lawmaker calls for 'increased surveillance' of Muslims after attack/Julian Pecquet, The Hill.
More here: Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) called for “increased surveillance” of Muslims on Friday, saying the Boston Marathon bombing suspects' links to Chechnya represented a “new front” in the war on terror. “Police have to be in the community, they have to build up as many sources as they can, and they have to realize that the threat is coming from the Muslim community and increase surveillance there,” the chairman of the House subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence told National Review. “We can’t be bound by political correctness. I think we need more police and more surveillance in the communities where the threat is coming from.”
Question: Shouldn't the politicizing of this terrorist tragedy wait until after the last suspect is caught — and questioned?
This combination of undated photos shows Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19. The FBI says the two brothers and suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during a getaway attempt in a long night of violence that left Tamerlan dead and Dzhokhar still at large today. (AP Photo/The Lowell Sun & Robin Young)
Somebody who went to high school with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev described him as a class clown. Well, that 19-year-old class clown has somehow managed to trap 1 million people in Boston and its western suburbs in their homes as he and the police officers who think they might have him surrounded prepare for a final encounter, the outcome of which we all think we know. Dzhokhar — the American kids he went to school with pronounce it Ja-har — is alone now. Unless he has hostages. His big brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, is dead, a fate big brother must have known awaited them. He probably even welcomed it. By some accounts, he, the big brother, dragged the class clown into his huge orbit of grievance, real or perceived, about the great Satan/Kevin Cullen, Boston Globe. More here.
Question: Do you care why terrorists like the Tsarnaev brothers hate Americans?
Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, who serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee, was interviewed on Fox News today about the Boston Marathon bombings; Risch said he was in “a number of classified briefings today,” but instead of receiving classified information, the briefings were mostly “what we call open source,” meaning information he could share. His main point: When terrorist groups carry out attacks, they usually quickly claim credit; while when a “lone wolf” or “some deranged American person” is responsible, they typically don’t. No one has claimed responsibility for the Boston bombings. Risch told Fox’s Neil Cavuto the case appears reminiscent of the 1996 Olympics bombing in Atlanta, which was the first of four bombings carried out by Eric Rudolph, who was apprehended in 2003; the Atlanta bombing killed two people and injured 111.
Cavuto asked Risch whether the use of pressure cookers in the devices detonated in Boston suggested a foreign origin, since those are commonly used in IEDs in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Risch said no. “The pressure cooker device is commonly used in Afghanistan and Pakistan and India, but that’s because it is a cooking utensil that’s readily available in those countries,” he said. However, it’s also featured in numerous online bomb-making tutorials and the like. “I don’t think you can say that just because it was a pressure cooker,” it’s related to those countries, Risch said. “It’s just too common on the Internet.”
Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho residents who competed in the Boston Marathon say there is no way to compare the shock and horror caused by the bomb blasts that killed three people and left another 150 injured.Fifty-four-year-old Cindy Fazzio of Kuna was one of 90 Idaho residents who competed in the storied race Monday. Fazzio says she finished the race 15 minutes before the blasts and was standing about 200 yards away. She says the first explosion caused surprise; but the second left no doubt something profound was happening. Fifty-two-year-old Michael Ehredt of Hope had finished his race and was one block away when the first bomb went off. He describes the blast like a big “firework” going off. So far, federal investigators say no one has claimed responsibility for the explosions.
You probably know the story. Kathy Switzer, who registered as “K. V. Switzer,” broke the gender barrier by running in the 1967 Boston Marathon. A couple of miles after the start, a livid race official shouted some unpleasantries at her and tried to rip the race number from her clothing. But Switzer's boyfriend, football player Tom Miller, sent that ass sprawling with a deft body-block.
When I first saw these famous photos as a kid, I probably absorbed a bit of the equal rights message. But what really impressed me was Mr. Miller's fast-thinking action. At last, here was real-world guidance on just what it was boyfriends were supposed to do.
Well done, Mr. Miller. Well done.
Robert Cheruiyot, of Kenya, left, runs ahead of Deriba Merga, of Ethiopia, right, in Newton, Mass., during the 114th running of the Boston Marathon, Monday. Cheruiyot won the race. Merga finished third. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Question: Have you ever participated in a marathon, triathlon, or any other type of race?
Their hearts beat rapidly. Their fingers rest on the “start/stop” button on their watches. Their minds are whizzing all over the place. Their double-knotted running shoes toe the line. Bang! The gun is shot, and their legs power through the beginning strides. Their shorts swish. Their feet pound the ground. A sea of committed runners set into motion a tsunami of history.
They are the heroes of the running world. They are the runners who have beat the odds in order the chase their dreams.They are the selected runners whose achievements, times, and performances in previous marathons have qualified them for perhaps the biggest moment in their lives: running in the Boston Marathon.
For Kara Goucher, a track-and-field champ gone marathon pro, there’s a goal much larger than herself associated with winning gold in Boston. For the former NCAA champ, winning gold at this epic race will mean becoming the first American woman since 1985 to do so. Although this will be only her second marathon, Kara has the heart of a champion that will take her straight to the top. In 2007, she placed third in the 10,000 meters at the World Outdoor Championships and also beat world-renowned British runner Paula Radcliffe in a half-marathon. Just last year, Kara competed in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the Olympic Games and qualified for the Boston Marathon by placing third at the New York City with the fastest time ever posted by a debut marathoner.
Stay tuned in for more Boston Marathon news—the long-awaited, anticipated running of the 113th annual Boston Marathon will begin tomorrow!