Boston and the Modern Manhunt
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After releasing photographs from surveillance cameras, the FBI and local police made fast work of identifying and tracking down two suspects in last week's deadly attack on the Boston Marathon. Did social media help more than it hindered? Did mistakes by established news organizations create unnecessary confusion? Why did a million people have to stay indoors with only one wounded fugitive still at large? Also, Israel says Syria used chemical weapons, and the French parliament defied massive street protests and legalized same-sex marriage today. What's the role of politics and a troubled economy?
Banner image: Residents are evacuated as FBI agents search homes for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in Watertown, Massachusetts April 19, 2013. Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters
Israel Says Syria Used Chemical Weapons ()
Israel's top military intelligence analyst said today the US is among the nations informed that the government of Syria has used chemical weapons against rebel forces, an act the Obama administration has called a "red line" that could prompt American action. Jodi Rudoren is Jerusalem Bureau chief for the New York Times.
Boston and the Modern Manhunt ()
The toll from the Boston Marathon bombings is three dead and 48 still hospitalized with the total number of injured now 264. The surviving suspect's condition is said to be "fair." The motivation behind the atrocity may never be known but, in the meantime, there are many other unanswered questions. Cell phones, surveillance cameras and crowd sourcing all helped police to identify and locate the bombers by Thursday, but not before social media and professional news organizations had reported false information. Did shutting down all of Boston give amateur "terrorists" extra impact? Was it a preview of what's to come?
- John Cassidy: New Yorker magazine, @TNYJohnCassidy
- Frank Cilluffo: George Washington University
- Susan Crawford: Cardozo School of Law, @scrawford
- Farhad Manjoo: Slate magazine, @fmanjoo
France Becomes 14th Country to Legalize Gay Marriage ()
Despite massive protests that flooded the streets of Paris, the Socialist majority of the French National Assembly legalized same-sex marriage today. France is the fourteenth nation to recognize same-sex marriage and the third in the past two weeks. But conservative opponents promise to continue their protests. Has the new law been used to channel wider unhappiness over the policies of Socialist President Francois Hollande? Steve Erlanger is Paris Bureau Chief for the New York Times.
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