Boston Marathon Explosions

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--Paul Williams (“Where Do I Go From Here?”)

The poet T.S. Eliot deemed April to be “the cruelest month.” Thus far, this year’s edition has lived down to his dismal expectations.

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In an entirely appropriate gesture, however, this soaring requiem will be given life, perhaps more abundantly, on Sunday (April 28) at 5 p.m., as a memorial to those who died in Boston and in West, Texas, during the punishing week of April 15.

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But this week's second wave of reaction to the Boston terrorism – on Capitol Hill, at least – appeared to boost efforts to gain Senate approval for a bipartisan immigration overhaul bill backed by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and other senators.

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Legal questions surround the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing who was captured on Friday.

What is the role of the public safety exception as it relates to Miranda rights? Were civil rights violated as a result of the lockdown?  Should Tsarnaev be tried as an enemy combatant as some Republican legislators have suggested?

The questions surrounding the surviving suspect of the Boston Marathon bombing were discussed by a panel of legal experts, as part of our monthly legal roundtable discussion.

The panelists included:

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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The Boston Marathon bombing tragedy has St. Louis police brainstorming ways to make local events more secure.

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You don't run a marathon on a whim. You don't run a marathon because it's easy. And unless you're part of a rarified elite, you don't run a marathon to win.

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Metro Transit Steps Up Security After Boston Attack

Apr 16, 2013
St. Louis Public Radio Staff / St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Metro Transit is stepping up security after the recent terrorist attack in Boston that left three dead and more than 150 injured.

Richard Zott, Chief of Public Safety for Metro says the changes aren’t due to any specific threat.

“No, I just think it’s prudent," Zott said. "Anytime you have something like a major bombing in a city like that, I just think it’s a good idea to just increase your vigilance and your security procedures. I just like to err on the side of caution.”

He says he’s working with the city and county police departments.


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Two explosions rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon this afternoon, leaving at least three dead and dozens injured, the Boston Police Department reports.

The explosions happened in quick succession four hours after the beginning of the race, the world's oldest and one of the most prestigious road races in the world. At that point, the majority of 27,000 runners had crossed the finish line. Thousands, however, were still out on the course.