Developing Hard


We’re following a half-dozen Twitter feeds with varying information, but the Boston Globe is committing to the capture story, “according to an official with knowledge of the investigation”. We’ll see how that pans out.

2:50 am: The FBI is not confirming capture.

3:07 am: Two suspects have been identified by name via police scanners. We’re holding off on the names, but one of them is a philosophy major.

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Fertilizer plant burning near Waco. First responders on the scene. And then

“It was a small fire and then water got sprayed on the ammonia nitrate, and it exploded just like the Oklahoma City bomb,” said Jason Shelton, a clerk at the Czech Best Western Hotel in West. “I live about a thousand feet from it and it blew my screen door off and my back windows. There’s houses leveled that were right next to it. We’ve got people injured and possibly dead.”

Early casualty reports are sketchy — we all know that drill — but a local EMS commander feared there could be dozens dead.

So, about that ammonia:

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Enough gore.

CNN and AP are reporting an arrest in the Boston Marathon bombing. The suspect is due in federal court.

And the updates begin…

CNN seems to be walking back its report, but the Boston Globe is confirming. So we’re still good with two media sources.

Update 2: And, everybody walks it back. BPD and US Attorney deny reports.

Update 3: TPM has gleefully compiled CNN’s Journey to There and Back.


This ain’t pretty. No suspects yet.

NBC: “Multiple explosive devices found, at least 2 which exploded”.

NBC: “Small homemade bomb is preliminary cause of explosion at Boston Marathon”

Explosions Reported At The Boston Marathon; Dozens Injured [Deadspin]

Live Updates on Explosions at the Boston Marathon [NYT]

Updates @BostonGlobe [Twitter]

U.S. American exceptionalism yet again.

[NYT: 12 Killed in Shooting at Colorado Theater]

Streets are almost empty, shops are closed down
There’s not a soul left in the bar to tell my troubles to
Think I’ll walk down to the river that runs just south of town
I hate like hell when there ain’t nothin’ left to do
But stand beneath the river bridge and listen for the train
It’s been a long hot summer, not a drop of rain

I broke down in December
I headed for the coast
I thought the wind and water would elevate my mind
I surfaced in the springtime feelin’ like a ghost
Missin’ more than ever the things I left behind
Now I’m standin’ on this riverbank and still cannot explain
It’s been a long hot summer, not a drop of rain

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“An earthquake just hit Virginia, and the tremors were felt all the way up here in Manhattan. It was a quake in Mineral, Virginia, southwest of DC, in the middle of Virginia. The magnitude was 6.0, according to USGS — they upgraded that from an initial 5.8.” [WSJ — WaPo’s offline]