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Trending In Our News Feeds – Boston Marathon terrorized by bomb blasts. Two bombs exploded yesterday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing at least three and injuring more than 100. The bombing came on Patriot’s Day, a Massachusetts state holiday recalling the first battles of the American Revolution. What we know so far – The two explosions came 16 seconds apart at 2:50 p.m. Police said the bombs were placed in trash cans, less than 100 yards away from each other. Air traffic was shut down at Boston’s Logan Airport and cell phone service was temporarily silenced to prevent remote detonation of additional devices.
A spokesperson for the Boston Police Department said no suspects have been taken into custody, though news reports in Boston showed a surveillance photo of a man with two backpacks at the scene shortly before the explosions. ABC’s Jon Karl revealed that authorities initially identified a “person of interest,” a Saudi student with no criminal record, though it remains unclear whether he has any connection to the bombings. The FBI also searched a Massachusetts home in connection with the tragedy. At the White House, President Obama said, “We will find who did this, and we will find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.”
A 8-year-old boy was killed and at least 10 other children were among the injured, according to law enforcement officials. Medical personnel said many people suffered from shrapnel-type injuries in their legs. Tragically, the final mile of this year’s race was dedicated to victims of December’s Newtown school shootings, and some relatives of children who died that day were in attendance, watching near the finish line.
To give you a better understanding of how the bombings unfolded, The Boston Globe compiled an interactive map of the event, and YouTube created a page that features videos related to the bombings. Google released a “Person Finder” to help people track down their loved ones participating in the marathon. PolicyMic is providing live coverage of the tragedy, including real-time updates of potential leads in the case.
Inspiring stories from Boston. Runners in the Marathon responded to the bombings with inspiring resilience. A 78-year-old runner who was knocked down by the blasts finished the marathon with the help of an official. Writers for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal ran the marathon and still found a way to write stories on the horrific experience. NBC Sports reported that some runners crossed the finish line and continued running to Mass General Hospital to give blood to victims. Read this Google Doc of Bostonians offering their homes to those in need. PolicyMic reported on these and other amazing acts of kindness.
Meanwhile, Americans from around the country showed their support for Boston. New York baseball fans set aside their rivalry with Boston and projected a love note to Beantown on the side of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Comedian Patton Oswalt took to Facebook to comfort the victims of the blast and restore everyone’s faith in humanity.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the tragedy in Boston. If we missed something in our coverage of the disaster, please send it our way.
Gang of Eight releases sweeping immigration reform bill. The Senate’s Gang of Eight will release their bold immigration reform bill today. The bill strikes a compromise between liberal and conservative goals on immigration reform by strengthening border security and offering a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The bill’s official name is The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. Check out Senators John McCain and Chuck Schumer’s Wall Street Journal op-ed in support of the bill.
Gun control bill faces risks in Congress. Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey may exempt rural Americans from their gun control bill, which aims to expand background checks on gun purchases. The bill faces weak support in Congress, despite the backing of the Citizens’ Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, the second largest gun rights group in the U.S.
Report blames Bush for torture. The Constitution Project released a report today slamming the use of torture by George W. Bush’s administration. The non-partisan report concludes that it is “indisputable” that the U.S. tortured detainees and blames former President Bush. The report claims that the administration’s use of torture was unjustifiable and hurt the moral standing of the United States.
Google Glass begins shipping. Google has begun shipping an early version of its Glass eye wear to developers. The high-tech glasses offer a full day of battery life and 16 GB of storage. The privacy concerns surrounding the product remain: Google’s terms of service require users to upload video of their surroundings to the Internet.
Must Reads From PolicyMic – The 10 Most Racist Tweets About the Boston Marathon Bombing (Elizabeth Plank, @feministabulous) – It didn’t take long for Twitter to explode with unfounded speculation that Arabs committed Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon. Regardless of who’s responsible, these tweets are inappropriate and offensive.
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3 Possible Terrorist Connections in the Boston Marathon Bombings (Nolan Kraszkiewicz, @TheNolanK) – Initial news reports of the Boston Marathon bombing describe several external factors that may give clues to who is behind the attack.
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10 Ways the Wealthy Dodge Taxes (Andrea Ayres-Deets, @missafayers) – Ever wonder how the rich avoid paying taxes? Here are 10 tricks the wealthy use to keep their coffers full.
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The 8 Best Universities That Also Have Great Party Scenes (Janna Brock, @JannaB17) – Not all academic powerhouses are lame: These schools will enrich your mind, and you’ll have fun doing it, too.
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The MTV Movie Awards Were an Offensive 2-Hour Fat Joke (Elena Sheppard, @eleshepp) – The MTV Movie Awards were one long joke about body image and race. When teen Meccas like MTV preach this kind of humor, it's no wonder Americans laugh at people who look different.
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What We’re Sharing – “If you’re losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon” (Washington Post).
After the Boston Marathon bombing, keep calm and carry on (The Atlantic).
All my tears, all my love: The Boston Marathon is not just the scene of a national tragedy (The Nation).
Boston is full of compassion: Inspiring stories from the Marathon (You+Me Equals).
A Harvard professor tells you how to reach your potential (Big Think).
It’s time to turn the tables: See which companies are tracking your Internet activity (NY Times).
Why legalizing polygamy would strengthen American families (Slate).
6 dream jobs for the lazy college grad (Thought Catalog).
Dessert – 29 reasons to love Boston.
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