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The Tsarnaev brothers

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.
April 19, 2013 1:30:17 PM PDT
Can the world have one view of two men, and the reality of who they are be completely different? That's a big question as we cover the ongoing Boston Marathon bombing case. The two Chechen brothers suspected of being the bombers - one's dead as I write this, the other's in the wind as cops say - are smart, sweet, athletic, engaged guys. At least that's the takeaway from the people who knew them who have been interviewed today.

Clearly, if they bombed the marathon, they were in reality something very different. Living secret lives to be sure - but how could no one have seen this? Were they that effective as actors?

And did these guys have comrades - in other sleeper cells - who might be ready to strike?

So many questions as we continue to cover the dramatic events in Boston and Cambridge and Watertown.

We're here all night for you, and will have the latest anytime, and at 11.

Meanwhile, while the rest of the world has its eyes on the drama in Boston, two besieged organizations choosing the continuous coverage of the bombing chase to issue controversial statements.

First up, Rutgers University, which today said it suspended - with pay, because everyone who gets first or suspended at Rutgers seems to get piles of money for it - the men's lacrosse head coach. He's under investigation for verbal abuse, although the university, still reeling from its basketball head coach abuse scandal, doesn't say exactly who may have been abused.

Next - the Boy Scouts of America, who - and I'm a former Scout so I can say this I believe - have been to many an embarrassment to the credos they espouse by banning gays from joining. Now, scouting says it will end its long-standing ban on openly gay members. "No youth may be denied membership? on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone," says a Boy Scout statement.

Finally.

And then there the biggest news flash of the day, and I know you've been waiting for this bit of info: After a marriage that lasted just 72 days, the 536-day divorce battle is now over for Kim Khardashian and Kris Humphries. I know few in our area will care about Khardashian, but with the Nets about to mount a playoff drive for the NBA, folks here want to make sure that this post-marital distraction is no longer on the broad shoulders of the power forward Kris Humphries. I'm just sayin'.

I hope you can join us at 11. We'll have the latest on the Boston bombing case, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's weekend AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports.

BILL RITTER

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