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The city of Boston was on lockdown this morning as police pursued the two brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing.
Police killed one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing in a shootout and mounted house-to-house searches for a second man on Friday, with much of the city under virtual lockdown after a bloody night of shooting and explosions in the streets.
Authorities cordoned off a section of the suburb of Watertown and told residents not to leave their homes or answer the door as officers in combat gear scoured a 20-block area for the missing man, who was described as armed and dangerous.
For quick updates, check out this thread on Reddit.
Plus, check out Dane Feldman’s article on misinformation in the mainstream news coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing here.
The shootout in Boston this morning:
Today Slate published an article titled “Chechnya. Kyrgyzstan. The Caucasus. – A primer on the complicated region the Tsarnaev brothers come from.”
The article’s author Matthew Yglesias writes:
Chechnya is in the North Caucasus and is a province (“republic”) of Russia with a population of about 1.3 million people. Its primary inhabitants are Chechens, a predominantly Muslim population with their own language. Chechnya was the site of two brutal wars in the 1990s, the first of which established de facto Chechen independence from Russia and the second of which essentially crushed it. The conclusion of the second Chechen war was followed by a prolonged insurgency that saw a nationalistic battle take on increasingly Islamist overtones. As a result of the conflict, many Chechens were displaced and now live in nearby regions.
IN OTHER NEWS
Today The Raw Story published an article titled “Boy Scouts of America to ask ruling board’s permission to end gay ban.”
The article’s author David Ferguson writes:
A spokesperson for the Boy Scouts of America announced Friday that the group intends to drop its ban on openly gay members. According to Reuters, however, the Scouts’ ruling board must still vote in May whether to ratify the end of the discriminatory ban.
If the ruling goes through, said spokesperson Deron Smith, “no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.”
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