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Monday Media Culpa

BIEytjkCYAEEi4tThe jokes came fast, and in a certain sense, they were furious. Breaking news is broken was the general consensus among the temporary media experts expressing disdain through social media at CNN for the network’s big scoop, which turned out to be completely false.

Early on Wendesday afternoon, multiple reports emerged from several media outlets claiming that investigators in the Boston Marathon bombings had identified a possible suspect. After this brief bout of congruity, it all went strange with conflicting reports coming from different news agencies and, in the case of CNN, from within the same news network. Depending on what article you were reading, whose Twitter feed you were following or what network you were watching, a suspect might have been arrested, identified, not identified, on the way to a court house, or in hiding.

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swatAfter a press conference on Thursday held revealed photographs and video of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, a violent chase through Boston suburbs took place early on Friday morning, resulting in the death of one of the suspects, as well as a campus police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and severe injuries to a transit officer. The other suspect remains at large after driving over his injured partner to escape capture.

According to the New York Times, the two suspects are brothers. The surviving suspect is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19-years-old, of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The suspect who was killed was identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26-years-old. Investigators believe that both are originally from Chechnya.

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There’s a lot to be written about the associations one might draw between a way of life and patriotism that at times verges on nationalism. This isn’t really the time for that, though.

In Boston, after bombings killed three people and injured more than 130 others at the Boston Marathon, it’s time for the people of the city to come together. If singing the national anthem before their Bruins play ice hockey tonight draws hurting people closer together, and allows them to feel stronger after such a devastating moment of vulnerability, then sing, sing, sing and sing some more.

A special nod of awareness goes to Rene Rancourt who could’ve made singing the U.S. National Anthem on this day a memorable performance of his own. Instead, he refused to make it about him, and shared the moment with the people of his city. Very, very well done.

BIEytjkCYAEEi4tEarly on Wendesday afternoon, reports began emerging through several media outlets that investigators had identified a possible suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, based on surveillance footage captured by the Lord & Taylor department store across the street from the second bomb.

From there, it all went weird with multiple conflicting reports coming from both different news agencies and from within the same news network. Depending on what article you were reading, whose Twitter feed you were following or what network you were watching, a suspect might have been arrested, identified, not indentified, on the way to a court house, or in hiding.

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The Masters - Final RoundSpending all day – every day – immersed in sports is a bit like working at Pizza Hut and eating nothing but pizza. If one is unburdened by such matters as personal health and waistline size, pizza is a wonderful thing. Unfortunately, too much of a wonderful thing is likely to leave one no longer believing the wonderful thing to be all that wonderful.

Sports are really, really great. However, the more time you spend reading and writing about a topic, the greater the chance that its ugliness will be realized. This is why our focus often becomes embittered by all of the negative aspects present in sports. We forget why sports are so great to begin with. And so, that’s where The Week In Sports Happiness comes into play.

Every week, I’ll present the ten things that are making me happy from the world of sports. It might be a particular article, it could be a winning streak, it may even be an animated GIF. No matter what, it’s from sports, it made me feel good inside, and I hope it does the same for you.

Without further ado, sports the good:

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Image courtesy of David L. Ryan, Boston Globe.

The first marathon began with death. It ended with death, as well.  In 490 BC, the Greek messenger Pheidippides ran from Marathon to Athens to inform his countrymen that their army had held and defeated an invading Persian force. According to legend, after completing the 40 kilometer run, Pheidippides collapsed and died.

When you ask runners, they’ll tell you that every step of a marathon is about death, about dying to yourself, your comfort, and your physical desire to rest. In the immediacy and reality of two bombs being detonated near the finish line of Monday’s Boston Marathon, the history and metaphors attached to the marathon are distant, but eerily relevant. As a result of the explosions, the most recent reports indicate that three people are dead (including an eight-year-old boy) and 140 people are wounded.

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BH6fCgFCQAERWMBTwo explosions were detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon leaving three dead (including an eight-year-old boy) and as many as 140 injured. According to some reports, one of the dead is a child. Graphic images of blood stained sidewalks began circulating on social media shortly after the violent eruptions.

The two successive explosions occurred two hours after the main competitors had completed the circuit, but while 10,000 were still on the course, including several runners just approaching the finish.

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