The Marathon bombs were constructed using improvised fuses made from Christmas lights and improvised, remote-control detonators fashioned from model car parts. These relatively sophisticated devices would have been difficult for the Tsarnaevs to fabricate successfully without training or assistance from others.A court filing by federal prosecutors • Discussing the parts that went into the explosive devices used in the Boston Marathon bombing. The issue came up in regards to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s questioning—the surviving suspect in the attack repeatedly asked for a lawyer during his first hours in captivity, but was not given one. Federal investigators argue that they had just cause to question him at the time because the bombs were sophisticated enough that it was believed there were accomplices that helped.
The public do not need to panic but can still live their lives as normal.A message on Thailand’s military-run television station, informing the public that martial law has been declared in the country due to a worsening political situation. The goal, they say, is not to launch a military coup of the country, but “to preserve law and order.” It’s the first time since 2006 that martial law has been declared in the country.
I am disappointed that those who wanted to criticize Birgeneau’s handling of events at Berkeley chose to send him such an intemperate list of ‘demands.’ In my view, they should have encouraged him to come and engage in a genuine discussion, not to come, tail between his legs, to respond to an indictment that a self-chosen jury had reached without hearing counter-arguments.
William G. Bowen, the former president of Princeton University • Scolding people who disagreed with Robert J. Birgeneau, the former UC Berkeley chancellor that Bowen replaced as Haverford College’s commencement speaker, on Sunday. Birgeneau stepped down as speaker as a direct result of controversy related to his handling of protesters at Berkeley in 2011. The protesters set demands on Birgeneau, sending him a letter with nine conditions that they expected him to meet as commencement speaker. (Obviously, he stayed home.)
But Bowen didn’t give Birgeneau a pass, either, stating during the commencement speech: “I think that Birgeneau, in turn, responded intemperately, failing to make proper allowance for the immature, and, yes, arrogant inclinations of some protestors. Aggravated as he had every right to be, I think he should be with us today.”
In New York City, there are about 323,900 people who are out of work, labor statistics show, enough to populate a sizable metropolis. They are your neighbors, your fellow congregants, some of the men and women crammed beside you on the subway or bus. Day in and day out, they are coping with upended lives, struggling to squeeze back into a work force that has squeezed them out.Nine Months Later, Still Working to Find a Job - NYTimes.com (via rubenfeld)