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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Good Morning, News!

Posted by Dirk VanderHart on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Despite some questionable reporting to the contrary, there are still no arrests in the twin bombings that shattered the Boston Marathon's finish line exuberance yesterday. Authorities, promising a "worldwide" investigation, are seeking out any and all video footage of the area in the moments prior to the attack.

The death toll from the bombings remains at three, including 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was waiting for his father to finish the race. Roughly 170 people were injured in the attack.

By the way, Boston police had carried out two bomb sweeps of the area about an hour before the explosions, which does not inspire a lot of confidence in bomb sweeps.

And, oh great, the bomb threats are starting to trickle in.

Just as the US Justice Machine kicks into gear to respond to this fresh act of terrorism, a new report has some bleak, if wholly unsurprising, conclusions about our reaction to September 11. The nonpartisan review on interrogation programs concludes “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture” and that the nation’s highest officials bore ultimate responsibility for it, says The New York Times.

There was a lot of good feeling and hope over the fact the Senate will debate new gun control legislation this week. The only problem: There aren't currently the votes to pass expanded background checks, the proposal's most-sweeping reform.

New home construction is chugging right along in the US. That's typically seen as a great economic bellwether, but we've got one question: WILL THERE BE OFF-STREET PARKING?

UH O! The Oregonian's got the scoop on the University of Oregon football recruiting scandal. According to documents the paper obtained Monday, the university has agreed its payments to a Texas-based talent scout were a major violation. " As a result, the university has proposed to self-impose a two-year probation for the football program and a reduction of one scholarship for each of the next three seasons," says the O. (Now do you see why I spelled "UH O" like that? Clever.)

Weather widget's looking decent today.

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I've already made the conscious decision never to watch another PSY video, but I'm posting his newest one, "Gentleman," here. For some reason I want him to succeed. Seriously, I haven't watched it. Sorry if there's some heavy stuff.

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