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Post #1: Boston Marathon Explosions: Terror at the Finish Line - YouTube

At least three people were killed and 130 wounded in two bomb blasts during the race. *More: http://abcn.ws/boston_2013
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I chose this ABC News broadcast posted on YouTube as my first source in my curation project. This is one of the first, extensive and completely detailed reports published on the day of the Boston Marathon Bombings.  This news report was broadcast the night of the attacks, after the marathon had ended.   At this point, 140 participants have been reported as injured and 3 at least, are dead, including an 8-year-old boy.  This news broadcast goes on to show live video footage of the actual bombs exploding and the chaos that ensued shortly after by the masses.  Please watch with caution as video footage can be graphic and upsetting to many people. Included in this report are voice-overs and interviews with participants of the marathon who were around at the times the bombs went off.   ABC interviews Dr. William Mackey of Tufts Medical Centre, who explains what type of injuries the ER was seeing in the minutes after the bombs went off.  A clip from President Obama is also inserted in the broadcast, as he speaks in a press conference that day, reassuring US citizens that the FBI and  US Government will get to the bottom of finding out who as responsible for the attacks.  An interview conducted with New York Rep Peter King is also presented, which shows King having no hesitation in saying he thinks it could be an al- Quaeda related attack.  Bruce Mendelsohn, first responder and 'hero' in ABC News’ eyes also tells his side of the story - from being on seen and helping victims in the shocking and panic-stricken moments after the bombs went off.  Raw photos, live footage, interviews with marathoners and clips from congress all make this story a detailed and well-written report.   ABC is presented as having a credible voice. 

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Post #3: Boston bombing suspect was shot in the FACE by police during his arrest and left with a fractured skull

Post #3: Boston bombing suspect was shot in the FACE by police during his arrest and left with a fractured skull | Boston Marathon Bombings 2013 | Scoop.it
Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was badly injured when taken into federal custody with multiple gunshot wounds.
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This article was an exciting post that was probably extremely exciting for citizens to read across the globe.  It reassures people that a suspect is in custody, after a day-long city lockdown in Boston.  Not only does it detail how the bombing suspect was captured by police and taken into custody, it gives interesting information as to the injuries Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (19), accumulated from his hideout and attempted escape from police.  It also shows photos from the day he was arrested on April 19th - 4 days after the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon. The article gives a snapshot of the back story of the two Tsarnaev brothers and how Dzhokhar is currently situated in a prison medical center in Fort Devens, Massachusetts.  While this article is on the short side, I decided to include it for its layout and easy-to-follow narrative.  It also was important to report that the suspect is in police hands now and away from the public.  

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Post #5: LOOK: Sports Illustrated Unveils Cover Image For Boston Marathon Issue

Post #5: LOOK: Sports Illustrated Unveils Cover Image For Boston Marathon Issue | Boston Marathon Bombings 2013 | Scoop.it
In the hours after the bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, Sports Illustrated changed the cover image for the upcoming issue. According to SI managing editor Chris Stone, the decision was made at the "last minute."
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I simply needed to add in this article to take a step away from the sadness and madness that has ensued since the Boston Bombings.  An article published by the Huffington Post writes on Sports Illustrated Magazine's decision to change the cover for the upcoming issue to a picture shot after the first bomb went off.  The picture in itself is amazing in the way it is truly a beautiful disaster.  It features 78 year old marathoner Bill Iffrig and three police officers responding to action on Boyslon Street near the Finish Line, April 15, 2:50pm.  Sports Illustrated editors chose to run the cover for they felt it, "Truly captured the horrific moment...we wanted to help tell the story through photos and words".  I believe any way that encourages and showcases community and heroism and bravery can help combat those instigators and threats to society like those responsible for the Boston Marathon Bombings.  Putting an image like this on an international magazine will hopefully, over time, diminish the acts of bad people and strengthen a community's unity in times of despair.  

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Post #7: U.S. Says Russia Is Aiding Inquiry into Boston Attacks

Post #7: U.S. Says Russia Is Aiding Inquiry into Boston Attacks | Boston Marathon Bombings 2013 | Scoop.it
Despite a history of strained relations, the United States and Russia have been working effectively to investigate the marathon bombings, American officials said.
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The NY Times posted an article from Washington detailing the cooperative work between American authorities and Russian counterparts.  I wanted to add in an article on how the U.S. government was handling the situation, and on the other hand, how the Russian government was dealing with it as well.  Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama have spoken twice on the phone since the bombings happened 3 weeks ago, with some interesting information being shared from Russian intelligence.  Officials have shared secret transcripts of a phone call detailing Tamerlan Tsarnaev (elder brother of Dzhokhar) having extremist beliefs and was hoping to join with underground groups when he traveled back to Dagestan in Russian in 2011.  Russian authorities did provide a warning to the FBI and CIA of Tamerlan's beliefs but the U.S. dismissed it, believing that possible threats could be directed at Russia, instead.  Because of the misunderstanding and possible lack of information or urgency, senior American law enforcement official said "There was no message or implication that this was our problem".  President Putin also weighs in on the matter, saying that Russia always felt the U.S. shouldn't make empty declarations on terrorism, but make real efforts and cooperate more closely with Russia.  This article is interesting and it makes you wonder if Russia could have forewarned the U.S. better, or if the U.S. should have taken any slight warning as warning enough.  

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Post #9: Boston Marathon Bombing Timeline

Post #9: Boston Marathon Bombing Timeline | Boston Marathon Bombings 2013 | Scoop.it
The following timeline of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured many more provides a platform to better understand how the event was publicly presented by corporate and...
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Nearing the halfway point in my curation project, I decided to add in an extensive timeline by Global Research to regroup and bring everyone up to speed with the vast amount of information going around online.  What drew me to this website is the specificity of its information, its cohesiveness, as well as the concise manner in which it is documented and presented.  Almost all of the links found on this page have in fact been articles and webpages I have stumbled upon in the search thus far.  The timeline starts from 2008, goes through with the bombing aftermath and has the last article dated August 9, 2013.   The website states this is by no means a complete anthology of all articles published throughout the time the marathon started and news circulated after the attacks, yet they do list a wide variety of sources, links, images and first-hand accounts of first-responders and participants of the Marathon.  I like the way this website gives an overall look into the many avenues of reporting that has been happening since the attacks happened. While they choose to encompass a wide variety of sources, editors of this site have chosen to state that they believe Dzhokhar and Tamarlan Tsarnaev were the sole instigators of this attack.    

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Post #11: Jahar's World

Post #11: Jahar's World | Boston Marathon Bombings 2013 | Scoop.it
He was a charming kid with a bright future. But no one saw the pain he was hiding or the monster he would become.
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With the controversy that followed Rolling Stone's decision to place suspect bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover, I needed to find out what RS Magazine had to say about it all.   The editors at Rolling Stone write a short comment on their Facebook page, which is also written in the preface to this article, stating that since Tsarnaev is young and falls into the same age category as many Rolling Stone readers and the issue at large falls "within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone's long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage", they decided to go ahead with the print.  To me, even though they wished to uphold proper journalism standards and examine the complexities of the issue to garner a more complete understanding, I still feel the act of putting him as the face of the magazine was a bad decision.  With past cover faces including the likes of Madonna, Bono and even Princess Caroline of Monaco, it seems almost a crude joke to feature someone accused of terrorist actions.  

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Post #13: U.S. prosecutors will seek death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect

Post #13: U.S. prosecutors will seek death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect | Boston Marathon Bombings 2013 | Scoop.it
U.S. prosecutors on Thursday announced they will seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing, instantly raising the stakes in what could be one of the most wrenching trials the city has ever seen
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This article was from The Calgary Herald's online site, a Canadian newspaper.  I liked this article because it is another example of how this serious case has been reported all over the world.  So far, prosecutors have announced they will be seeking the death penalty on Tsnarnaev, but a trial date has yet to be set.  I feel the language of the article is neutral and delivers simply the facts, yet does keep in mind that because of the seriousness of this case, it is showcasing the suspect in a more negative light.  U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Attorney General Eric Holder do stand by their decision to press for execution as the suspect of the marathon bombing even took the life of an innocent 8 year old boy.  Also killed was an MIT police officer in a manhunt that ensued days after, when both Tsarnaev brothers tried escaping by hijacking a car.  The getaway attempt resulted in Tsarnaev's older brother Tamerlan's death.  While Tsnarnaev's lawyers did not wish to comment at that time, the article contains no reason to assume bias was placed on reporting the facts.

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Post #2: At least 3 dead, 141 injured in Boston Marathon blasts

Post #2: At least 3 dead, 141  injured in Boston Marathon blasts | Boston Marathon Bombings 2013 | Scoop.it
At least three people died and more than 140 others were injured Monday after two blasts ripped through the crowd near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
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USA Today presents a detailed, unbiased report of the bombing attacks, with a bird eye map-view showing where the bombs went off in the Boston Marathon. The article give substantial facts also reported in the ABC News broadcast, as well as quotes from The Boston Globe and Associated Press.  All facts are checked and true (as researched from many other articles published on the day).  This article encompasses President Obama’s insight as to what these attacks could mean and who possibly did it, as well as offering first-hand insight and quotes from marathon participants who were at the scene when the bombs went off.  I liked this article for its ability to right off the bat give a concise and detailed account of the day, as well as lay a groundwork for the articles and other media links to come.  I chose this article (published one day after the attacks) over a NY Times article that was published on the day of the attacks, for the reason that the way this article was written gives a much more unbiased and fair view of events.  It doesn't hypothesize as to what may have happened.  It wasn’t as graphic or "catching" a story as the NY Times article was, but it was straight to the point.   This article included many different sources and really produced a credible, trustworthy voice and reporting style in my opinion. 

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Post #4: PHOTOS: Boston bombing suspect hides in Watertown boat

Post #4: PHOTOS: Boston bombing suspect hides in Watertown boat | Boston Marathon Bombings 2013 | Scoop.it
WATERTOWN, Mass. — The Massachusetts State Police has released photos of the boat where the second marathon bombing suspect was found, giving the public a new perspective of the manhunt. The images...
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This webpage, published April 20th, shows photos of the boat Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second marathon bombing suspect used to hide in, from Massachusetts State Police.  The images from the webpage were shot by a State Police Air Wing, after the Massachusetts State Police were tipped off from the man whos Watertown backyard had been the refuge of Tsarnaev, 19.  The shocking images really paint a picture of complete chaos and uncertainty, but also bravery from the Watertown resident.  It is scary to think of what the suspect could have had done otherwise, had he not been wounded and bleeding cause by gunfire from an earlier police chase alongside his older brother - Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who actually was shot and died in the chase.  I like the way this article shows images the way the police themselves might have been seeing them.  I like the raw-ness aspect to it.  

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Post #6: Visual guide: Boston Marathon terror attack

Post #6: Visual guide: Boston Marathon terror attack | Boston Marathon Bombings 2013 | Scoop.it
Two bombs struck near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing three people and injuring dozens. See timelines of the manhunt and the bombings and an explanation of how the bombs may have been constructed.
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CNN.com presents a visual guide and detailed timeline of the two suspects in question: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 29, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.  A criminal complaint and affidavit filed by the FBI articulates the actions and whereabouts of the two brothers before and after the two bombs went off.  Investigators are wondering if the two suspects learned how to make the home-made pressure cookers bombs via online tutorials.  This article also details the manhunt that ensued once the two suspects were identified.  Carjacking and police involvement resulted in one MIT police officer dead, as well as older suspect Tsarnaev, 29, who was shot and killed by police.  The younger Tsarnaev, 19, was able to escape from the police, but was later found in the boat of a resident's backyard in Watertown, Massachusetts, bleeding but alive.  The Boston Police announce on Twitter that the suspect is in custody.  I found this article to be informative and so real - like a movie.  Bravery and complete chaos get their names from situations like these unfortunate events. 

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Post #8: Boston bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left note in boat he hid in, sources say

Post #8: Boston bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left note in boat he hid in, sources say | Boston Marathon Bombings 2013 | Scoop.it
Sources: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote in pen on boat wall, claiming responsibility for attack, saying it was retribution for Iraq, Afghan wars
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This CBS news report recalls how the FBI found suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after fleeing from police after the Boston Bombing and subsequent police chase where his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev (26), was shot and killed by police. While we know he was found hiding in a parked boat in a backyard in the Boston suburb of Watertown, John Miller, Former Assistant FBI Director, is interviewed for this segment and tells of what Dzhokhar actually wrote inside the boat when he believed he was going to die in there.  The note details the suspect's apparent claims of responsibility for the Boston Marathon bombings.  Etched into the inside of the boat in pen, the note expressed Dzhokhar's feelings: of his brother being a "martyr", and that he (Dzhokhar) will soon joining him in paradise; that the bombings were in retribution for what the U.S. government did to Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq; that Boston victims were "collateral damage"; and that "when you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims".  This news broadcast provides a great leap and also a shocking discovery into letting justice take its course and allowing the public to learn these insider facts.  While it is hard to dispute the actual words of the note found by police on the inside of the boat in saying that this man was not responsible for the bombs, this story doesn't report with a bias voice.  I chose this news broadcast over a Daily Mail UK article because this voice laid out the facts whereas the Daily Mail chose to report with a fairly biased edge.   

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Post #10: Rolling Stone put Boston Marathon bombing suspect on cover

Post #10: Rolling Stone put Boston Marathon bombing suspect on cover | Boston Marathon Bombings 2013 | Scoop.it
How to ignite a firestorm online and across social media: Put Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the August cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. The hashtag #BoycottRollingStone has...
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The Chicago Tribune came out with a strong article July 2013 on the decision made by Rolling Stone Magazine to place suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, on the August issue's cover.  The hastag #BoycottRollingStone began trending immediately after news was released on Twitter.  This article features the way social media (particularly Twitter and Facebook) played a major role in the backfire and public disgust of the people voicing their opinions about Rolling Stone standing by it's decision to publish the cover. CVS/Pharmacy announced on it's Facebook page that they have decided not to sell the current issue in their stores.  Walgreens also followed suit.  One comment made by Massachusetts House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo issued a statement saying, "While Rolling Stone has the First Amendment right to publish it, I deplore the magazine's decision to publish a cover photo that glamorizes one of the alleged Marathon Bombers".

Other government officials have chimed in on the controversy as well, including Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino who wrote a letter to the publisher of Rolling Stone, posted on Facebook as:

"Your August 3 cover rewards a terrorist with celebrity treatment. It is ill-conceived, at best, and re-affirms a terrible message that destruction gains fame for killer and their "causes," - Menino.

 While I agree that Rolling Stone Magazine had the right to publish and cover any story they so like, they should have listened to the public's opinion and concern for the way they portrayed Tsarnaev.  Instead of glamorizing a suspect in one of the Western world's most horrendous attacks since 9/11, they should have chosen an image of a hero to be on the cover, (much like Sports Illustrated did).  Being such a prominent magazine, they seemed to have disrespected their audience and citizens of American - whether they wished their cover to have that effect or not. 

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Post #12: The fall of the house of Tsarnaev — The Boston Globe

Post #12: The fall of the house of Tsarnaev — The Boston Globe | Boston Marathon Bombings 2013 | Scoop.it
A five-month Globe investigation offers new details and insights into the two young men accused in the greatest act of terrorism in Boston history and the deeply dysfunctional family that produced them.
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This is an amazing story that everyone should read – no matter which side of the fence they stand on in regards to the suspect of the Boston Marathon Bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.   A five-month long Boston Globe investigation was conducted for this exclusive inside report, and this investigation truly does take you on an incredible journey into the lives of the Tsnaraev family.  It provides deep insights and first-hand accounts, maybe a little bias but factual and detailed.  Anyone and everyone should read this story.  It is EXTREMELY interesting if not disturbing in the way it is laid out to tell a tale of two men, burdened with problems and demons from a young age.  The Globe is definitely taking a stance to say that Tsnaraev is in fact guilty and possible of the Boston Marathon Bombings, it still makes you wonder how this information could be disputed if close friends of the family, teachers and coaches were all interviewed and questioned to help build this story.  The website page is full of exclusive videos, illustrations and actual photos of the Tsnaraev family, making for an eerie tale into the lives of America’s most hotly debated family. 

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Post #14: Judge sets November trial date for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev - Boston.com

Post #14: Judge sets November trial date for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev - Boston.com | Boston Marathon Bombings 2013 | Scoop.it
Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are in US District Court in Boston today for the first hearing since prosecutors announced they would seek the death penalty against Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev is not expected to attend. But those attending the hearing today included bombing survivor Marc Fucarile, who is on crutches.
Jacqui Specogna's insight:

This February 12, 2014 news broadcast and subsequent article was most likely a proud moment for Bostonians, as the trial has finally been set for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, now 20.  This broadcast surely evoked much pride and a small ounce of reassurance in people deeply affected by the Boston Marathon Bombings.  This loaded case is continuing to take small steps in the hopes of finding justice and an end to the mystery and despair that shocked the world more than a year ago.  Because the Boston Marathon was one of the world's most publicized and international sporting events, Boston must feel some relief now that this case will finally allow justice to take its course.  The trial will hopefully be underway early next year, set for November 2015. 

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