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7:39 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Watertown Residents Hunker Down As Manhunt Unfolds

A police officer evacuates a shoeless man holding a child as members of law enforcement conduct a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass., on Friday.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 11:01 am

Joel Obermayer is a former NPR contributor who lives and works near the scene of the overnight showdown in Watertown, Mass.

While the manhunt for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings continued Thursday night into Friday morning, residents of Watertown, Mass., and surrounding communities were hiding in bedrooms, looking out from roofs and peering from behind locked doors.

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NPR Story
7:39 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Esperanza Spalding On Piano Jazz

Esperanza Spalding.
Johann Sauty Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 1:03 pm

On this Piano Jazz from 2008, bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding brings her neo-soul style to a set of standards with the aid of pianist Leo Genovese. Spalding is one of the most talked about artists in jazz today.

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The Two-Way
7:38 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Texas Authorities Confirm 14 Dead In Fertilizer Plant Blast

An aerial photo of West, Texas, shows the remains of a nursing home (from left), apartment complex and fertilizer plant destroyed in an explosion at the plant Wednesday.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 3:04 am

Update at 6 p.m. ET. Death Toll Rises:

The Texas Department of Public Safety now confirms 14 have died as a result of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

Update at 11:15 a.m. ET. Firefighters Unaccounted For:

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'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
7:37 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

It's All Politics, Apr. 18, 2013

Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 8:50 am

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A somber week, with people wasting no time putting the Boston tragedy in political terms. President Obama unleashes on Congress after a background check amendment to the gun bill goes down in the Senate. At least the latest exploits of Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner keep NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving amused in the latest episode of the It's All Politics podcast.

Explosions At Boston Marathon
7:34 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Older Suspect Described As Controlling, Manipulative

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 9:51 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Big cheers in Watertown, Massachusetts, tonight and this tweet from the Boston Police Department, captured with three exclamation points, the hunt is over, the search is done, the terror is over, and justice has won, suspect in custody. We've been gathering a lot of information all day on the bombing suspects' backgrounds. NPR's Laura Sullivan reached three women who were roommates with a longtime girlfriend of the older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

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The Two-Way
7:30 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

A Timeline Of The Boston Manhunt

Police with guns drawn search for one of the Boston Marathon suspects early Friday in Watertown, Mass.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 9:53 pm

A timeline of how events unfolded overnight in the search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. We'll update as new information is released.

  • Approximately 5:20 p.m. ET on Thursday: The FBI releases images of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. Suspect No. 1 is wearing a black hat, and suspect No. 2 is wearing a white hat. The FBI urges people to call in with any information.
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Krulwich Wonders...
7:30 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Trees On Top Of Skyscrapers? Yes! Yes, Say I. No! No, Says Tim

Boeri Studio

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 8:35 am

This isn't finished. But it will be. Two residential towers, dense with trees, will have their official opening later this year in downtown Milan, Italy, near the Porta Garibaldi railroad station. (The image is not a photograph, but an architect's rendering. The towers are built and the trees are going in right now.) I love this. I think these towers are gorgeous. Milan is a very polluted town; these trees will cleanse the air, pumping out oxygen and greening the cityscape.

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Political Junkie
7:28 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 5:18 am

Hopefully, the disappointment/frustration of that April Fool's ScuttleButton has subsided and now you're ready for the real stuff.

ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or Tuesday I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Your job is to simply take one word (or concept) per button, add 'em up, and, hopefully, you will arrive at a famous name or a familiar expression. (And seriously, by familiar, I mean it's something that more than one person on Earth would recognize.)

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Explosions At Boston Marathon
5:20 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Boston Lifts Citywide 'Shelter In Place' Orders

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 9:51 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Well, Robert McFadden is senior vice president of the Soufan Group. He's a 30-year veteran of U.S. federal law enforcement, and he spent many of those years in counterterrorism, and Mr. McFadden, a question I have for you is now that this very important suspect is in custody, what do you do? How do you question him? What do you do now?

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Business
4:59 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Boeing's 787 Dreamliners To Fly Again After FAA Approval

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 9:51 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And as we continue to cover the events in the Boston area, we want to also talk about one other story, Boeing 787. The jet known as the Dreamliner will be back in the air soon. This afternoon, the FAA approved Boeing's redesign of the plane's battery system. Fifty 787s have been grounded for the last three months following two serious battery failures, one which led to a fire.

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