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A Reading Guide to What’s Going on in Boston

As the hunt for suspects in the Boston bombings continues, we’ve pulled together some of the best reporting so far and who to follow for breaking news.

A Boston SWAT team member searches for 19-year-old bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Update (4/20): Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken into custody last night. See the Boston Globe for the full story here

Boston is on lockdown as the hunt for suspects in Monday’s Boston marathon bombing is ongoing.

Waking up to the news this morning was being thrown into a sea of breaking updates, emergency warnings, and more than one conspiracy theory. To help you catch up, we’ve pulled together some of the best reporting so far, and who to follow for breaking news:

Breaking Updates:

Full Coverage: 1 Marathon Bombing Suspect Dead, Other Suspect At Large, WBUR (Boston’s NPR affiliate)

Live blog: Bombings at the Boston Marathon, Boston Globe

Boston on lockdown as details pour in: Suspects told carjack victim they were marathon bombers, NBC News

Amid lots of misreporting from major media outlets, Pete Williams and the NBC News team have been consistently reliable on separating fact from fiction.

Background on the brothers:

Boston Bombing Suspects Echo Home-Grown Terrorists in Madrid, London Attacks, ProPublica

Counterterror officials say the emerging portrait suggests the brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev slipped into Islamic extremism under the influence of Internet propaganda.

A Look at Brothers Suspected in the Boston Bombing, Wall Street Journal

The Journal has one of the more comprehensive profiles so far of the two brothers suspected to be behind the bombings.

What happened last night:

Search for marathon bombing suspect locks down Watertown, surrounding communities, The Boston Globe

A detailed rundown of everything that happened between the shooting of an MIT police officer, and the lockdown.

Boston Bomb Victim in Photo Helped Identify Suspects, Bloomberg News

“Minutes before the bombs blew up in Boston, Jeff Bauman looked into the eyes of the man who tried to kill him.” How one victim of Monday’s explosion pointed police toward the brothers police are now on the hunt for.

Updates on the Hunt for the Boston Bombing Suspects, The New York Times

The New York Times has mapped where last night’s events occurred.

Map: Boston Area, Wall Street Journal

The Journal lays out which parts of Boston and surrounding towns are currently on lockdown. 

Investigation into Boston Marathon Bombings, The Washington Post

Washington Post’s interactive maps the suspects’ likely path during the marathon, as well as the sites of last night’s events.

Eerie Photos Of Boston Looking Like A Ghost Town, Business Insider

Multiple news outlets (including NBC News and Buzzfeed) have aggregated Instagram images from Boston residents and reporters, painting a stark picture of the Boston’s full security lockdown.

For the latest:  




Watertown: A public Twitter list of reporters on the scene to follow, as they cover the hunt in Watertown, outside Boston.

@fstockman: Farah Stockman, veteran foreign correspondent and now editorial writer for the Globe, lives a block away from one of brothers.

@davabel: David Abel, Boston Globe reporter

@paulsonne: Paul Sonne, Moscow correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. He’s been tweeting about the Tsarnaev brothers’ roots in Russia.

@katiezez: Katie Zezima, AP correspondent

Did we miss any key resources? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter.

practicing for a bombing when a bombing occurred (again)?

Hey - how about a Reading Guide for what’s going on in West, Texas? Didn’t anyone notice that more people actually died and were injured while an entire town was ripped to pieces by that blast than the two Boston “terror” bombs?

How “accidental” is it when the plant in question is a repeat offender in safety violations? How “accidental” it is when a facility for the manufacture and storage of a material which has repeatedly caused some of the most massive explosions and high casualty counts in industrial operations in US history happens yet again? How “accidental” is it when a known hazard is allowed to be sited in the midst of trusting community without adequate emergency responders (even supposing the plant itself had adequate working safety systems)?
  How many more operations like this one are out there right now quietly menacing unsuspecting neighbors until the “can’t happen here” scenario happens there?

John, the Boston Marathon has big corporate sponsors who we don’t want pulling out of other sporting events.  Who in their right mind sponsors a fertilizer factory…?

Plus, terrorism sells ad space.

That’s not an indictment of ProPublica.  I assume this article is to help us separate fact from fiction on a story where information and disinformation is being flung at people as quickly as possible, whereas West seems mostly cut and dried, as you suggest.

It’s definitely an indictment on the rest of the media, though, that finds two deaths to be the most horrible thing in the world, while there were probably more deaths from domestic disputes, traffic accidents, and malnutrition in the time between the two bombs going off.

Maybe the West story can be pitched to CNN if there were “dark-skinned” employees running the place.

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