FBI Releases Photos Of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects

FBI Releases Photos Of Boston Marathon Bombing SuspectsAfter three days of poring over photos and video, investigators appealed to the public to help them identify two men now considered suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. The men were photographed walking down Boylston Street, one behind the other, near the finish line of Monday’s race.

‘Somebody out there knows these individuals’

Suspect 1 was seen wearing a light-colored, collarless shirt underneath a dark-colored jacket and wearing a dark baseball cap. The man identified as Suspect 2 was seen setting down a backpack at the site of the second explosion “within minutes” of the blasts that killed three people and wounded nearly 180, said Special Agent Rick DesLauriers, the head of the FBI’s Boston office. He was wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt, a black jacket and a white baseball cap turned backward.

In particular, DesLauriers asked for help from anyone standing in front of the Forum restaurant, where the second bombing happened.

“Somebody out there knows these individuals as friends, neighbors, co-workers or family members of the suspects,” DesLauriers said. “And though it may be difficult, the nation is counting on those with information to come forward and provide it to us.”

‘Watch the carnage unfold’

People with possible information on the two men were urged to go to the FBI’s website, https://bostonmarathontips.fbi.gov, or call 800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324). By Thursday evening, authorities already had received a “large volume of calls … as a result of the photos,” an FBI official said. The FBI’s website, moreover, had been inundated with record traffic.

It wasn’t immediately known then whether any of the tips had led to the suspects. DesLauriers cautioned that anyone who think they know their identities should be careful, and consider them armed and “extremely dangerous.”

Other footage, still unreleased, shows that the two suspects stayed at the scene to watch the carnage unfold, a federal law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told CNN’s Susan Candiotti.

What do you think was the motive behind this act of terror? Do you think the authorities will be able to catch these suspects soon?

Source: Matt Smith and Thom Patterson, CNN

Image: The Guardian

Dennis Rodman Headed To North Korea For ‘Basketaball Diplomacy’

Dennis Rodman Headed To North Korea For 'Basketaball Diplomacy'Clearly, Dennis Rodman is a man with few worlds left to conquer. So, like a true citizen of the world, he’s heading to North Korea as part of a new documentary series.

‘Unlikely ambassador’

From the Associated Press:

Flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman is heading to North Korea with the VICE media company — tattoos, piercings, bad-boy reputation and all.

The American known as “The Worm” is set to arrive Tuesday in Pyongyang, becoming an unlikely ambassador for sports diplomacy at a time of heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

Rodman, three members of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team, a VICE correspondent and a production crew from the company are visiting North Korea to shoot footage for a new TV show set to air on HBO in early April, VICE told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview before the group’s departure from Beijing. […]

‘Odd pairing’

Rodman is undoubtedly an odd choice to visit an American enemy that tested a nuclear bomb two weeks ago, but choosing him to head up a supposed diplomatic tour is also very much in line with the irreverent VICE brand. They will put together an odd pairing to get attention, and Rodman does that job. Watching him and a few Globetrotters play against North Korean basketball stars is going to be goofy, but it should make for good television.

In fact, it’s likely that this project will go down as one of the most worthwhile things Rodman has been part of in years. He might not solve any diplomatic crises, but he will help teach a new audience about a nation that people rarely get to see.

Will you be following Dennis Rodman’s journey to North Korea? Do you think this move will yield positive results between the two countries?

Source: Eric Freeman, Yahoo Sports

Image: Deadspin