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  • Topping the headlines this morning is the bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon yesterday. Three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy, and more than 140 were injured with at least 17 in critical condition.


  • Two other bombs were found near the end of the course, and the attack is beling treated as an act of terrorism, although there has been no claim of responsibility.


  • As a result of the explosions, security is being tightened at landmarks, government buildings, transit hubs, and sporting events around the country and in Britain, where former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will be laid to rest tomorrow and the London Marathon is scheduled for this weekend.


  • Remember Joey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block? Well, he was amongst the hundreds running in the Boston Marathon but was uninjured in the attack, thanks to speed. He tweeted yesterday that the explosions occurred about 5 minutes after he finished.


  • Thursday, Community Conversations will be held at Central High School from 4:30 to 6:30pm to give residents a chance to receive information, apply for jobs, and ask questions of Mayor Maddox, City Council members, and respresentatives from all city departments.  This is a free event.


  • Today, Governor Bentley plans to join Birmingham officials to unveil a marker commemorating where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Bernice King is scheduled to speak at the noon ceremony next to the site of the old city jail.


  • The first witness to testify in a trial over the BP Gulf oil spill took the stand yesterday. John Guide says he was frustrated by last-minute changes to the drilling project but didn’t have any safety concerns before the deadly blast.


  • North Korea is demanding an apology from South Korea for supposed “hostile acts.” The Supreme Command of the Korean People’s Army is also repeating the North’s threat to take retaliatory action at any time.


  • Jackie Robinson broke the color line 66 years ago today while “42,” the biopic, depicting his life, took the weekend box office with $27.5 million.

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