The Latest on The Tragedy In Boston…
Federal agents revealed Tuesday (April 16th) that the bombs used in the Boston Marathon attack a day earlier were made up of kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, ball bearings and nails, which were then put in black duffel bags. However, still unknown is who carried out the attack or why they did it. The FBI repeatedly asked yesterday for members of the public to come forward with photos, videos or information about anything suspicious they might have seen or heard. Richard DesLauriers, the FBI agent in charge in Boston, said at a news conference, “Someone knows who did this.”
Scores of the injured remained hospitalized, 17 of them in critical condition and many with limbs amputated. Information was also released about the three people killed. They were: 8-year-old Martin Richard of Boston; 29-year-old Krystle Campbell of Medford, Massachusetts; and a Chinese national who was a graduate student at Boston University. That victim’s identity wasn’t being made public at the request of the family.
In televised comments from the White House, President Obama decried what he called a “heinous” and “cowardly” act of terrorism, but said officials don’t know yet whether it was carried out by a foreign or domestic terrorist organization or a lone person. He praised all those who rushed to help the victims after the blasts, saying, “The American people refuse to be terrorized. Because what the world saw yesterday in the aftermath of the explosions were stories of heroism and kindness and generosity and love. . . . If you want to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil, that’s it: selflessly, compassionately, unafraid.” The president will go to Boston on Thursday to attend an interfaith service in honor of the victims.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick yesterday cleared up erroneous reports from Monday that two other bombs had been found and disarmed. He said instead that the only two bombs were the ones that exploded at the end of the Boston Marathon course.
It was also reported yesterday that an injured Saudi national who’d been questioned by law enforcement and whose apartment was searched turned out not to be a suspect.
Sports Illustrated Cover Pays Tribute To The Boston Marathon First Responders
From The Magic Morning Show…
Man Quits Job By Cake
A British man who decided to quit his job at the airport in order to make his cake-baking business a full-time job, wrote out his resignation in icing…
Boys Are Easier To Raise, Right?
Boys are easier to raise than girls, right? That’s what over half of us start out thinking, at least. A new survey discovered more than half of American couples want their first child to be a boy because they are (quote) “less hard work.” Only 21% have their heart set on a daughter. 32% have no preference.
Movie Ratings Change Aims to Give Parents Clearer Info, Critics Say Not Enough
The Motion Picture Association of America announced yesterday (April 16th) that it was making a change to its movie rating system with the aim of giving parents clearer information so they can make informed decisions about what their children see. The new system will have more prominent descriptions explaining why a movie got the rating it did. That information is currently in small type under the actual rating, but will now be in large type right next to the ratings code. An example of the kind of information given is: “An intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage, brief strong violence.” The White House has called on the movie industry help parents monitor violence in media since the Newtown massacre, and President Obama asked specifically for a stricter rating system. But some critics believe the change isn’t enough, having hoped the MPAA would begin giving “R” ratings to all very violent movies. Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council, told AP, “I am not moved. I think this is a distinction without a difference. A cynical view of the announcement today is, How can the MPAA protect themselves and continue a toxic level of violence, especially in PG-13 movies, while providing themselves cover from all the scrutiny?”