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The high seeds kept right on rolling on Day 2 of the NBA playoffs on Sunday, running the favorites' record to a perfect 8-0 thus far.
Paul George posted a triple-double against the Atlanta Hawks, announcing his arrival as a legitimate superstar and getting his Indiana Pacers off to a dominant start.
Then, Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs forced the Los Angeles Lakers reserves to try to win Game 1 from the perimeter. Let's just say that proved to be a shrewd strategy.
Later on, the Miami Heat coasted to a decisive win against a clearly overmatched Milwaukee Bucks squad. LeBron James hardly broke a sweat and still threatened to notch the day's second triple-double.
And in the nightcap, the Oklahoma City Thunder proved that they could do everything the fast-breaking Houston Rockets could—only better.
The stars shined and the league's top teams imposed their wills in an action-packed Sunday slate that gave fans everything they could have asked for from the opening weekend of the 2013 NBA postseason.
The Pacers Play with an Edge
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A quick run down the stat sheet might give the impression that the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks played an evenly matched contest on Sunday.
In fact, based on Atlanta's advantage in field-goal shooting (50 percent to Indiana's 45) and three-point accuracy (41 percent to Indiana's 37), you might even come away thinking that the Pacers were lucky to win.
But the Pacers totally dominated the Hawks by winning loose-ball battles, relentlessly attacking the rim and generally outworking Atlanta at every turn. In short, Indy played "angry."
Two key stats illustrate the thoroughness of Indiana's advantage in the intensity department: They shot 34 free throws to Atlanta's 14 and won the rebounding battle by a margin of plus-16.
As the Hawks settled for the path of least resistance by firing up jumpers in the mid-range area, the Pacers pounded the paint, never letting Atlanta rest on defense.
Paul George scored 17 of his game-high 23 points at the foul line because he refused to settle for perimeter looks when his shot wasn't falling. Instead, he put his head down and drove the lane.
Roy Hibbert threw his weight around on both ends, and David West played with his typical grit as the Hawks simply appeared to lack the desire to compete on Indiana's level.
The Pacers played with a clear edge, and it made the difference in Game 1.
If the Hawks can't match the Pacers' urgent and focused approach, they aren't going to be around for much longer.
Paul George Has Arrived
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After earning his first All-Star nod and taking over the role of alpha-dog from the injured Danny Granger during the regular season, Paul George showed postseason viewers that he was ready to shine on an even bigger stage on Sunday.
Despite making just three shots in 13 attempts from the field, George was unequivocally the best player on the floor in Indiana's Game 1 victory over Atlanta.
He notched a triple-double with 23 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds, but the numbers weren't the only proof of George's ascension to stardom. His dogged defense on the perimeter, made things difficult for every Hawk from Jeff Teague to Josh Smith and his ultra-aggressive offensive mindset was the tone-setter for an inspired Pacers effort.
Plus, he had a vicious chase-down block on a Shelvin Mack layup attempt, showing incredible desire long after the game's result was all but certain.
At just 22 years old, George still has plenty of room to grow. That should be a very scary thought for the rest of the Eastern Conference.
Josh Smith Needs a New Approach
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You'd think that Josh Smith would have learned by now that he needs to shelve his jumper. For years, Atlanta Hawks fans have been groaning audibly whenever J-Smoove gets the ball on the perimeter, well aware that he's about to hoist up yet another ill-fated attempt.
Smith is a ball-stopper on the wing, typically killing whatever offensive flow the Hawks might have generated when he gets his touches 20 feet from the hoop. That'd be a bad enough tendency on its own, but he compounds the issue by taking some of the lowest-percentage looks imaginable.
Smith made just 30 percent (per HOOPDATA) of his 3.8 attempts per game from 16-23 feet in 2012-13. No player who tried that many jumpers from the area on the floor known as the offensive "dead zone" made a lower percentage than Smith did.
In Game 1, the Pacers were more than happy to concede Smith's pet shot, knowing that his heaves from that distance were tantamount to turnovers. The strategy worked well, as Smith made just one of his four attempts from that distance (and stopped the ball whenever he got it on the perimeter).
It's a strange thing that the veteran forward still takes such a high number of shots from an area that has yielded so little success throughout his career. And it's stranger still when you consider how effective Smith can be when he gets into the lane. Against Indiana, he made five of his six attempts in the paint.
After nine years of chucking, it appears as though Smith will never scrap his errant jumper. But with the Hawks showing no signs of wanting to re-sign their franchise free agent, I guess the good news is that Smith's atrocious shot selection won't be the Hawks' problem for very much longer.
A Good Game Plan Goes a Long Way
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The San Antonio Spurs played a horrible offensive game against the LA Lakers, hitting just 37 percent of their shots from the field and 32 percent from long range. Fortunately for San Antonio, a solid defensive gameplan that forced LA's perimeter players to make shots ensured that the Lakers would have a rough time scoring as well.
When the final buzzer sounded, the Spurs had notched a 91-79 victory.
San Antonio collapsed on Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol in the lane whenever either one got a touch, daring the big men to fire the ball out to open shooters. Howard's hardly a distributor, as his lone assist can attest, but Gasol can't help but move the ball to open teammates.
Whenever he did, the result wasn't good.
The Lakers shot 41 percent from the field and hit just three of their 15 long-range attempts.
San Antonio will continue to willingly surrender open looks from the perimeter against the Lakers, especially if Steve Nash keeps up his strange reluctance to let fly. In 29 minutes, LA's best three-point shooter attempted just one triple.
LA is now faced with a game-planning choice of its own: either hope its outside shooters magically find their range or implement some more dynamic action in its offense.
Game 1Not a Total Loss for Lakers
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It's hard to take any positives away from a 12-point loss in the postseason, but the Lakers can look back on their Game 1 defeat with some optimism for the future. And no, it's not because there's some reason to believe that their perimeter shooters will suddenly start knocking down their shots.
The Lakers should be encouraged by its defense.
Throughout the regular season, the Lakers looked totally disorganized on the defensive end. Dwight Howard was slow to rotate, the guards couldn't stay in front of anyone and Kobe Bryant showed absolutely no interest in helping his teammates. As a result, they finished in a tie for 18th in regular-season defensive efficiency.
But against the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles actually looked like a pretty good defensive club. San Antonio had to work for its shots on the perimeter, and the Lakers' size made things difficult in the paint.
Perhaps even more impressively, the Lakers showed a consistent plan in their pick-and-roll defense against Tony Parker, forcing him to give up the ball to shooters in the mid-range area for low-percentage shots. Tim Duncan, in particular, struggled to do damage from the top of the key.
In addition, the decision to defend Tiago Splitter with Howard allowed the Lakers' shot-blocking center to patrol the middle and help on Duncan in the post when necessary.
Ultimately, the Lakers' defensive improvements weren't enough to offset their inability to score. But considering how bad they looked during the regular season, it's truly remarkable that the Lakers are exhibiting a cohesive, well-executed plan all of a sudden.
It may not be enough to win the series, but at least LA's defense has finally come out of hibernation.
What Does the Heat's Extra Playoff Gear Look Like?
Here's what we know: The Miami Heat are good.
Here's what we don't know: How much better can they be?
Miami treated its playoff-opening tilt against the Milwaukee Bucks very much like most of its typical regular-season games. There were scoring lulls, some occasionally sloppy play and a pretty reserved (yet still brilliant) effort from LeBron James.
Save for a 7-0 burst in the third quarter that was punctuated by a ridiculous wrong-footed dunk by James and a follow-up slam by Chris Andersen, Miami was on cruise control.
In other words, the Heat played as well as they needed to, but there's no way they played as well as they could have. Considering that the final result was a 110-87 Miami win, that's saying something.
It's easy to forgive the Heat for coasting against the Bucks. Milwaukee's inefficient offense and reliance on difficult shots hardly makes them a threat to do more than narrowly avoid a four-game sweep. If the Heat have an extra gear, they aren't going to need it in this series.
Plus, the Heat spent their highly successful regular season coasting. There's an awful lot of recent evidence that shows they don't need to exert maximum effort to win games.
That's fine for now. But at some point—probably against an opponent that actually belongs in the playoffs—the Heat will have to find that extra gear.
Bucks Fans Should Hope Ellis and Jennings Leave Town
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Both Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings are likely to hit free agency this summer—Jennings as a restricted free agent and Ellis as an unrestricted free agent, if he opts out of the final year of his deal.
And Bucks fans should desperately want both of them gone.
That might seem harsh, but consider the following:
—Ellis and Jennings were remarkably healthy all season long, totaling 162 games between them.
—The backcourt duo was surrounded by capable shooters like Ersan Ilyasova, Mike Dunleavy and J.J. Redick (after the trade deadline).
—Milwaukee's interior defense was awesome, featuring the brilliance of Larry Sanders and the solid support of Ekpe Udoh, Samuel Dalembert and even rookie John Henson.
In short, the Bucks were as good in 2012-13 as they possibly could have been with their current roster, and all they have to show for it are a 38-44 record and a date with certain death against the Heat.
Jennings and Ellis probably aren't winning players apart, but they're certainly not winning players together.
Undersized, shoot-first guards who don't defend are just fine for highlights. But they put a low ceiling on almost any team's potential.
Game 1 was an appropriate example of that proposition, as Ellis and Jennings tallied their points, but failed to involve their teammates (five assists combined) or play decent defense.
For discerning Bucks fans, the end of the Ellis-Jennings era can't come soon enough.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 April 2013 16:19
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Last Updated on Monday, 22 April 2013 16:17
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
DETROIT – The Tigers return home from their nine-game road trip to begin a nine-game homestand at Comerica Park Tuesday night. The Kansas City Royals (April 23-25) will visit Comerica Park for the first time this season, the Atlanta Braves (April 26-28) will make their only stop in Detroit this season and the Minnesota Twins come to town (April 29-May 1). First pitch for Tuesday and Wednesday’s games against the Royals are 7:08 p.m. and Thursday’s is 1:08 p.m. Friday’s game against the Braves begins at 7:08 p.m., while Saturday’s begins at 1:05 p.m. and Sunday’s begins at 8:08 p.m. Monday and Tuesday’s games against the Twins begin at 7:08 p.m. The final game of the homestand on Wednesday will begin at 1:08 p.m.
SUPER SPRING SPECIAL: Upper box infield tickets for $13 (normally $26) for Monday-Thursday games in April and May. Tickets are available in advance or at ticket windows on game day. Tickets are subject to availability.
Get your Tigers tickets for the 2013 season at Comerica Park now! Tickets are available at the Comerica Park Box Office, online at tigers.com and by phone at (866) 66-TIGER (84437). For complete ticket information including single game, season, group and suites visit tigers.com/tickets or call 313-471-BALL (2255).
Tuesday, April 23 – Kansas City Royals @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
· Game Ball Delivery: Master Sergeant Troy Gearhart of the United States Army from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his third deployment including tours of duty in Kuwait and Iraq. He has proudly served the United States Army for 23 years.
· MLB Autism Awareness Initiative: Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a ten-fold increase in prevalence over the last 40 years. To recognize April as Autism Awareness month, the Detroit Tigers have joined Major League Baseball and Jack’s Place for Autism in support of research, advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families, and helping raise awareness and educating the community about autism. Jack’s Place for Autism will have an awareness table on the concourse at Comerica Park.
· Jackie Robinson Day: In keeping the memory of Jackie Robinson alive and celebrating the 66th Anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, the Detroit Tigers hosted the 17th Annual Detroit Tigers Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest. A Tigers player will join contest winners and Jackie Robinson Foundation Alumni and Scholars from the University of Michigan as they are honored during an on-field, pregame recognition. The contest was open to middle and high school students from the Detroit metropolitan area. Students entered the contest by submitting an original essay, poem or work of art in honor of Robinson, who broke the segregation barrier in baseball and was a social activist who fought for equal opportunities beyond the playing field.
o Art: Alexys Levins of Chesterfield, 8th grade, representing Anchor Bay Middle School and Chloe Jennings of St. Clair Shores, 12th grade, representing Lakeshore High School
o Essay: Anja Nelem of Waterford, 6th grade, representing Pierce Middle School and Rajiea Sultana, of Detroit, 12th grade, representing Cass Tech High School
o Poetry: Julia Meguid of Shelby Township., 6th grade representing Monfort Elementary and Qayyim Carr, of Southfield, 10th grade representing University High School Academy
· Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars First Pitch: Monique Malone, a senior from the Ohio State University majoring in Political Science and French, and Khyara Harris, a senior from the University of Toledo, majoring in Communications and Psychology will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Jackie Robinson Foundation alumnus, Shani Allison will also be in attendance.
· Jackie Robinson Most Diverse Business Partner Award: In 1998, Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, authorized the creation of the Diverse Business Partners program, an economically driven business initiative established to cultivate new and existing partnerships with minority- and women-owned businesses, by increasing opportunities for minorities and women to participate in the procurement activities of Major League Baseball. Irene Zannis, owner of Seaway Painting, L.L.C., will be presented with the Jackie Robinson Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner award (MVDBP) during an on-field, pregame recognition. Seaway Painting L.L.C., a national industrial painting company, is a single-source contractor responsible for painting, sand blasting, water blasting and a number of other maintenance services. The Detroit Tigers have partnered with Seaway and its partners since 2008 as Seaway has provided service to maintain Comerica Park, most notably painting and general maintenance of the facility to ensure a pleasant experience for fans at Comerica Park.
· Jackie Robinson Day On The Road: Tigers players and coaches participated in the league-wide Jackie Robinson Day celebration by wearing uniform number 42 to honor Jackie Robinson on April 16 at Seattle.
Wednesday, April 24 – Kansas City Royals @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
· Recently retired Detroit Lions kicker, Jason Hanson, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
· The first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a Justin Verlander “April in the D” Mini Bobblehead, courtesy of FOX Sports Detroit.
· MLB Autism Awareness Initiative: Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a ten-fold increase in prevalence over the last 40 years. To recognize April as Autism Awareness month, the Detroit Tigers have joined Major League Baseball and Jack’s Place for Autism in support of research, advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families, and helping raise awareness and educating the community about autism. A pregame ceremony featuring Jack’s Place is scheduled for today’s game.
Thursday, April 25 – Kansas City Royals @ 1:08 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 p.m.)
· Game Ball Delivery: Sergeant Reyes Saldana of the United States Marines from Davison, Michigan will deliver the game ball. Sergeant Saldana recently returned from his first deployment to Afghanistan, where he earned a Purple Heart. He has proudly served the United States Marines for three years
· Aquafina School Incentive and Reward Program: This season, the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, and Aquafina have teamed up to donate over 10,000 tickets to area schools to reward students for a variety of achievements, including serving on the safety patrol squad and maintaining perfect attendance for a marking period. Detroit Public Schools will receive approximately 1,000 tickets through this program and the Archdiocese of Detroit will receive over 2,000 tickets that are distributed to Detroit area Catholic Schools. Students from the Aquafina School Incentive and Reward Program will attend the game. 1,000 students participating in the program will receive sling bags, courtesy of Aquafina.
· Weather Day: As part of the club’s 2013 Class Outside Series 1,400 students will be in attendance for a special pregame educational presentation. Weather Day events will teach students the science of weather and its role in the game of baseball.
· MLB Autism Awareness Initiative: Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a ten-fold increase in prevalence over the last 40 years. To recognize April as Autism Awareness month, the Detroit Tigers have joined Major League Baseball and Jack’s Place for Autism in support of research, advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families, and helping raise awareness and educating the community about autism.
Friday, April 26 – Atlanta Braves @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:00 p.m.)
· Detroit Stars Singing Competition: The Tigers have partnered with Radio One for the seventh annual Detroit Stars Singing Competition. The competition will take place at the Big Cat Court starting at 5:30 p.m. 12 finalists will be judged by celebrity judges including Duke Fakir of the legendary Motown group the Four Tops, Lee Thomas, an entertainment reporter for FOX 2 WJBK, and Dionne Farris, acclaimed R&B singer and songwriter. The winner receives $1,500, the opportunity to sing the anthem at an upcoming Tigers game and will be honored during the pregame ceremony on the field.
· Negro Leagues Weekend Pregame Ceremony: The Tigers are celebrating African Americans and their numerous contributions to the game of baseball. The ceremony will include the “Passing of the Bat.” The national anthem will be performed by Joyce Stearns Thompson and Rosalyn Norman-Brown, daughters of National Baseball Hall of Famer Norman “Turkey” Stearns.
Saturday, April 27 – Atlanta Braves @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:00 a.m.)
· The first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a Prince Fielder Detroit Stars Mini Fathead, courtesy of Comerica Bank.
· 19th Annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game: The Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Braves will suit up wearing the throwback uniforms of the Detroit Stars and Atlanta Black Crackers. Several former Negro Leagues players will participate in a special Q&A Roundtable, hosted by famed radio announcer John Mason of WCHB AM 1200, at the Big Cat Court, at 11:20 a.m. The Tigers will also pay tribute to the former Negro Leagues players during a pregame ceremony hosted by Mason.The Tigers will honor former Negro Leagues players Joe Douse and Alton King with a moment of silence.
· Game Ball Delivery: Specialist Mason Turrell of the United States Army from Clinton Township, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his second tour of duty including deployments to Iraq and South Korea. He has proudly served the United States Army for four years.
Sunday, April 28 – Kids Day – Atlanta Braves @ 8:08 p.m. (Gates open at 6:30 p.m.)
· All kids 14-and-younger will receive an “Every Kid, Every Sunday” Miguel Cabrera Triple Crown Knit Hat, courtesy of Belle Tire.
· Former Detroit Tigers player, Larry Herndon, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
· Detroit Tigers African American Legacy Award: A special pregame ceremony honoring 1984 World Series Champion, Larry Herndon, as the 2013 recipient of the Detroit Tigers African American Legacy Award, awarded by the Black McDonald’s Owners and Operators Association. The ceremony also includes a presentation of a Testimonial Resolution to Larry Herndon by Councilman Pro Tempore Gary Brown.
All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. All kids 14-and-younger will receive a free promotional item as part of the “Every Kid, Every Sunday” giveaway guarantee, can enjoy free rides on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel, courtesy of Kroger, can take part in free face painting, have the chance to win a bicycle and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases, courtesy of Aquarian, following the game.
Monday, April 29 – Minnesota Twins @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
· Detroit Grand Prix Driver, J.R. Hildebrand, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Tuesday, April 30 – Minnesota Twins @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
· Capuchin Friar, Br. Bob Malloy, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Wednesday, May 1 – Minnesota Twins @ 1:08 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)
· Aquafina School Incentive and Reward Program: This season, the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, and Aquafina have teamed up to donate over 10,000 tickets to area schools to reward students for a variety of achievements, including serving on the safety patrol squad and maintaining perfect attendance for a marking period. Detroit Public Schools will receive approximately 1,000 tickets through this program and the Archdiocese of Detroit will receive over 2,000 tickets that are distributed to Detroit area Catholic Schools. Students from the Aquafina School Incentive and Reward Program will attend the game. 1,000 students participating in the program will receive sling bags, courtesy of Aquafina
· History Day: Approximately 1,000 students will be in attendance for a special educational series by the Detroit Tigers. History Day events will teach students the rich history of Michigan, Detroit and the Tigers.
Verlander’s Victory for Veterans: When Justin Verlander takes the mound at Comerica Park, he strives for victory. This season, his outings on the hill take on a new meaning. For each of his home starts, Verlander hosts Veterans from Veterans Affairs Medical Centers throughout the state of Michigan. These Veterans sustained injuries or illness in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom or in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. The Veterans along with their families cheer on the Tigers from the comfort of Verlander’s personal luxury suite. After serving our country, the special day provides American veterans the opportunity to enjoy a Tigers game with their family. Veterans share 18 luxury suite tickets and parking passes in the Tigers Parking Garage. Food and beverage is provided for the guests courtesy of Verlander. Veterans receive a personalized welcome letter from Verlander; all guests receive a Verlander’s Victory for Veterans t-shirt and are welcomed on the videoboard during the game.
When you see Verlander on the mound, he is not only playing for his team and Tigers fans around the world, he is also playing for America’s heroes.
Last Updated on Sunday, 21 April 2013 22:06
Category: Breaking News Written by News One
UPDATE 8:45 A.M. EST: The suspect’s home, 410 Norfolk St. in Cambridge, is surrounded by police and the SWAT team has guns drawn. Two people are now in custody.
UPDATE 8:35 A.M. EST: Brynn Gingras of NBC New York releases yearbook photo of Boston bomb suspect. A classmate said “he was quiet.”
UPDATE 7:54 A.M. EST: NBC’s Pete Williams is reporting that the dead suspect’s name is Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26. According to NBC, Dzhokhhar ran over Tamerlan trying to escape from police. The deceased suspect allegedly had explosives strapped to his chest.
Governor Deval Patrick has warned residents to stay in their homes. Dzhokhar is considered armed and dangerous.
UPDATE 6:56 A.M EST: NBC reports that the remaining suspect’s name is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19. The suspects were brothers, legal residents from Turkey (Chechen) who had allegedly been in the US for approximately one year.
Dramatic events unfolded in Boston overnight that have left an MIT police officer and one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects dead, more explosions and much of Greater Boston on active lock down as a massive manhunt continues.
After the shooting of the MIT officer, police followed in pursuit of 2 suspects who fled to the Boston suburb of Watertown.
A police SUV “drove towards the shooters,” he said, and was shot at until it was severely damaged. It rolled out of control, Mr. Kitzenberg said, and crashed into two cars in his driveway.
The two shooters, he said, had a large, unwieldy bomb that he said looked “like a pressure cooker.”
“They lit it, still in the middle of the gunfire, and threw it. But it went 20 yards at most.” It exploded, he said, and one of the two men ran toward the gathered police officers. He was tackled, but it was not clear if he was shot, Mr. Kitzenberg said.
Read more from the Boston Globe AP below:
According to State Police Colonel Timothy Alben, the night’s outbreak of violence began about 10:30 p.m. police received reports of a robbery of a convenience store in Kendall Square near MIT. A few minutes later, an MIT police officer, who has not been identified, was shot multiple times while in his cruiser at Main and Vassar streets, near Building 32, better known as the renowned the Stata Center on the MIT campus.
The officer was pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital.
A short time later, two men carjacked a Mercedes SUV at gunpoint, and the owner of that car was able to flee at a gas station on Memorial Drive. The SUV proceeded out Memorial Drive toward Watertown followed by a long train of police vehicles in pursuit.
At one point during the pursuit, the two suspects opened fire on Watertown police and a Transit Police officer, who was shot and who is now in critical condition at a Boston-area hospital this morning.
During the gunfight, the man known as Marathon suspect #1 was wounded. He was taken into custody and later died at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Alben said.
Police have since been searching for the other bombing suspect.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 13:05
Category: Top News Written by Huffington Post
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- The former minister of a small Michigan congregation was sentenced Thursday to at least 56 years in prison for killing his fiancée's 24-year-old daughter, allegedly to fulfill a fantasy to have sex with a dead body.
Isabella County Chief Circuit Judge Paul Chamberlain ordered 55-year-old John D. White to serve from 56 to 85...
Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 15:33
Category: Breaking News Written by CNN
Witnesses report hearing explosions, gunshots
- A surveillance image of the fugitive resembles a photo of the bombing suspects
- One police officer dead in MIT campus shooting, before vehicle hijacked not far away
- Police corner the vehicle, take suspect into custody naked
(CNN) -- Two men suspected in the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people this week terrorized the area overnight. One is dead, but the other is on the loose, police say, and he's armed and dangerous.
Police pursued two men early Friday who shot a police officer to death, stole a vehicle and threw explosives at law officers pursuing them. Authorities believe they are the same two men sought in the marathon attacks.
One died of injuries suffered while battling police early Friday, and the other is on the run in a nearby suburb, authorities said.
Both men allegedly killed one police officer late Thursday, wounded another early Friday and used explosives against police pursuing them.
Marathon 'Suspect number 2'
Police believe the man at large is "suspect number 2" in Monday's bombing. Federal, state and local law officers are swarming through the Boston suburb of Watertown, going door-to-door to track him down, said transit police spokesman Paul MacMillan.
Police warned Watertown residents to lock their homes and stay away from their windows and doors.
A surveillance image of the fugitive resembles photos of one of the suspects sought for alleged involvement in the marathon attacks that killed three.
The image of the man with bushy, wavy black hair, a pronounced chin and nose, and a slight build matches photos circulated of the man in the white cap, carrying a backpack near the scene of Monday's bombing.
Due to the strong similarity of the two images, police believe the fugitive may be "suspect number 2" in the marathon terror attack, MacMillan said.
The other suspect was injured in a a shootout with transit police and pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to a statement from the Massachusetts district attorney.
Police believe he is suspect number 1 in the marathon attack.
Boston's public transit authority has sent city buses to Watertown to evacuate residents while bomb experts comb the surroundings for possible live explosives.
Night of terror
The violence erupted when a college police officer was shot and killed late Thursday. The events that followed sent sirens howling through the night, and emergency lights shattering the darkness, as police chased after two suspects who tossed explosives at them.
Still on edge from Monday's deadly bombings, local, state and federal law officers responded to reports of a shooting on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge directly across from Boston on the Charles River.
At the time, they did not know of possible connections to the bomb attacks.
News media from across the country -- in Boston to cover the investigation into the marathon terror -- flocked to MIT's campus.
Two men had shot and killed the university policeman, while he sat in his car, the district attorney's office later said. State police and the FBI found the officer there with multiple gunshot wounds.
He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The same two suspects then hijacked a car at gunpoint in Cambridge and initially held the vehicle's driver in the car with them, the district attorney said. They released him half an hour later at a gas station unharmed.
Police encountered the stolen vehicle and gave chase. Suspects threw explosives out the window at the officers in a futile attempt to elude capture. "The suspects and police also exchanged gunfire," the statement read.
A transit police officer was "seriously injured" and taken to hospital.
Showdown in Watertown
Police cornered the vehicle in the suburb of Watertown and set up a perimeter, as reinforcements and emergency vehicles poured into the area.
Officers quickly locked down the streets of the Watertown neighborhood after isolating the vehicle.
Police carrying assault rifles ran down the streets, according to CNN affiliate WCVB, which broadcast images from the area.
One of the suspects -- the man who could be suspect number 1 -- had been wounded during the pursuit. He was taken to Beth Israel hospital, where Doctors pronounced him dead after unsuccessful attempts to reanimate him, a hospital spokesman from said.
He had bullet wounds and injuries from an explosion.
CNN photographer Gabe Ramirez arrived in Watertown as the chase ended.
"Police were in a standoff with the vehicle just down the hill," Ramirez said. They ordered one suspect out and commanded him to strip down completely naked before putting him in a patrol car, which did not leave the scene.
The man was later released and is not a suspect in the case.
But while the man was being held, FBI agents approached the squad car, and police ordered the man back out of the car. FBI agents questioned him -- still fully undressed -- on the sidewalk.
In an early phase of the lock down, a man could be seen lying face down on the street with his hands outstretched in front of him and his legs crossed. It is unclear whether this was the man who was arrested and ordered to undress.
Explosives once more
Police requested that people in the lockdown area turn off their cell phones. Authorities suspect cell phones were used to detonate the bombs that flung metal through the crowds at the marathon Monday.
Dozens of police from various units arrived in Watertown, some in SWAT uniforms, others wearing helmets. Large crowds gathered around a trove of emergency vehicles that had congregated in the neighborhood, WCVB reported.
Homeland Security Investigations deployed agents to the scene, a Homeland Security spokesman told CNN.
Police also said they were going door-to-door, street by street, searching the Watertown area.
Area residents have been on edge after two bombs ripped through the crowd near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 178 others.
Federal, state and local agencies are still investigating the marathon bombing.
Police, who were seeking two suspects in the attack, now believe they have found them.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 09:24
Category: News Briefs Written by Huffington Post
A new study finds that metro Detroit is the nation’s most sprawled job market, with 77% of jobs located at least 10 miles from the downtown area.
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Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 16:32
Category: Main News Written by American Red Cross
Red Cross Issues Safety Information
APRIL 18, 2013, SOUTHEAST MI— Severe Weather is threatening the Southeast Michigan area today. A tornado watch has been issued for all of Southeast Michigan.
The Red Cross recommends for severe thunderstorms, make sure to learn about your local community’s emergency warning and alert system. Discuss thunderstorm safety with all members of your household so everyone knows what to do when a storm hits and pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm. This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail.
If a tornado is possible make sure you know the difference between a tornado watch and warning.
- A Tornado Watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area so be ready to take cover if a warning is issued.
- A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take cover immediately!
To always have up to date severe weather and tornado information, download the free official Tornado App from the American Red Cross. All you need to know to prepare for a tornado in the palm of your hand! You can download the app directly from iTunes and Google Play app stores
It’s important to take the appropriate steps to be prepared so during any storm, listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about watches and warnings. Make sure you are aware of your community alert and warning system and make sure you pick a safe room where household members and pets may gather during a tornado. Make sure the room is on the lowest floor with no windows such as a basement, or storm cellar.
.Don’t forget with severe weather comes heavy downpours and flooding. Make sure to listen to area radio and television stations for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress. If a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there. Don’t try and drive through a flooded road, turn around and go another way. Keep children out of the water, it can be filled with debris or contaminated and finally, make sure your just as cautious at night as you would be during the day, flooding and flash floods can happen at any moment.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 16:30
Category: Main News Written by Tom Watkins, CN
[Editor's note: CNN mistakenly reported that an arrest had been made. FBI spokesmen have said that no arrest has been made yet.]
(CNN) -- An arrest has been made in the Boston bombings investigation based on two videos showing images of the suspect, a federal law enforcement source told CNN's Fran Townsend.
The breakthrough came from analysis of video from a department store near the site of the second explosion. Video from a Boston television station also contributed to the progress, said the source, who declined to be more specific but called it a significant development.
Earlier, a federal law enforcement source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation told CNN that a lid to a pressure cooker thought to have been used in the bombings had been found on a roof of a building near the scene.
While such clues may move the investigation forward, they did not reveal whether the attack was an act of domestic or foreign terrorism.
"If your experience and your expertise is Middle East terrorism, it has the hallmarks of al Qaeda or a Middle East group," former FBI Assistant Director Tom Fuentes said. "If your experience is domestic groups and bombings that have occurred here, it has the hallmarks of a domestic terrorist like Eric Rudolph in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics bombings."
Fuentes said he has investigated both types of terrorism -- from Iraq to the United States -- and finds the Boston attack has elements of both. "It has the hallmarks of both domestic and international (attacks), and you can see either side of that."
The bombs, which exploded 12 seconds apart, killed three people and wounded 183.
One was housed in a pressure cooker hidden inside a backpack, the FBI said in a joint intelligence bulletin. The device also had fragments that may have included nails, BBs and ball bearings, the agency said.
The second bomb was also housed in a metal container, but it was not clear whether it too was in a pressure cooker, the FBI said.
The U.S. government has warned federal agencies in the past that terrorists could turn pressure cookers into bombs by packing them with explosives and shrapnel and detonating them with blasting caps.
Photos obtained by CNN show the remains of a pressure cooker found at the scene, along with a shredded black backpack and what appear to be metal pellets or ball bearings.
Scraps of at least one pressure cooker, nails and nylon bags found at the scene were sent to the FBI's national laboratory in Virginia, where technicians will try to reconstruct the devices, the agent leading the investigation said Tuesday.
The pieces suggest each of the devices was 6 liters (about 1.6 gallons) in volume, a Boston law enforcement source said. The recovered parts include part of a circuit board, which might have been used to detonate a device.
A law enforcement official said Monday's bombs were probably detonated by timers. But the FBI said details of the detonating system were unknown.
The hunt for the attacker
The attack has left Boston police with "the most complex crime scene that we've dealt with in the history of our department," Commissioner Ed Davis said Tuesday.
Authorities are sifting through more than 2,000 tips and a mass of digital photos and video clips, but are asking for the public's help in providing additional leads and images.
"Someone knows who did this," said Rick DesLauriers, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Boston office. "Cooperation from the community will play a crucial role in this investigation."
DesLauriers asked the public to report anyone who may have talked about targeting the marathon or shown interest in explosives. He urged anyone who may have heard explosions in remote areas -- possibly indicating a bomb test -- or seen someone carrying "an unusually heavy, dark-colored bag" around the time of the attack to come forward.
Who may have wanted to cause mass destruction -- and whether the individual or individuals acted alone or as part of a group -- remained a mystery.
"We really don't know if it's a foreign or domestic threat," said Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. "We don't know whether this was a homegrown terrorist or part of a wider conspiracy."
A "lone wolf" attacker could be particularly difficult to identify.
"This is what you worry about the most," a source with knowledge of the investigation said. "No trail, no intelligence."
"Boston is not going to be intimidated by this," said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, a former U.S. senator from Massachusetts, in testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday. "But we are going to find out who did this. The police work being done is extraordinary. The FBI is remarkable. There is a great deal of forensic evidence. We are hopeful we can bring people to justice."
Clues from inside the hospital
Medical personnel treating the wounded found evidence suggesting the bombmaker or bombmakers sought to maximize the suffering.
Dr. George Velmahos, head of trauma care at Massachusetts General Hospital, said his team found metal pellets and nails inside patients' bodies.
"They are numerous. There are people who have 10, 20, 30, 40 of them in their body, or more," Velmahos said.
While most of the patients treated at Brigham and Women's Hospital were wounded by "ordinary debris," three were struck by "perfectly round objects" that were uniform, consistent and metallic, the hospital's chairman of emergency medicine said.
Dr. Ron Walls also said one patient had more than 12 carpenter-type nails.
"There is no question some of these objects were implanted in the device for the purpose of being exploded forward," he said.
The process of healing is already well under way. Boston Medical Center has two patients in critical condition, down from 11 just after the bombings, Dr. Peter Burke, chief of trauma care, told reporters Wednesday. Ten patients are in serious condition and seven are in fair condition, he said.
A traumatic road ahead
Candace Rispoli was cheering on a friend when the festive atmosphere turned into a "terrifying hell."
"One of my best friends ... was actually trampled and thrown to the blood-splattered ground when it first happened," Rispoli told CNN's iReport. "She was able to get up and keep running, but when I turned around to seek all my friends, I could not see her and panicked."
Rispoli, who suffered minor injuries, said the attack has changed her life.
"I personally will never participate in an event of this nature in a city in fear that something like this could happen again," she said. "I keep replaying the moments of terror over and over in my head and am just still in utter shock. Always seeing terrible things of this nature happen all over the world on TV, my heart would always go out to those directly affected. But I never imagined in a million years I would be a spectator at the Boston Marathon running for my life."
CNN's Fran Townsend, Matt Smith, Dave Alsup, Henry Hanks, Susan Candiotti, Rande Iaboni, Gloria Borger and John King contributed to this report.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 16:00
Category: Top News Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
Water and Wastewater Utility Vendors Can Access More Bids and Search for Bids by Keyword
Detroit: H2bid, Inc. the global leader in water utility e-procurement, has enhanced its lead generation service for water utility vendors. H2bid’s exchange contains the world’s largest listing of water and wastewater utility contract opportunities. Water utility vendors use H2bid’s lead generation service to find bid opportunities. The number of bids posted daily has been increased and there are now over 1,500 bid opportunities open and available for bidding each day.
H2bid’s lead generation service is available to water utility vendors that purchase a Premium Membership. With a Premium Membership, water utility vendors gain unlimited access to H2bid’s exclusive listing of water and wastewater utility bids from around the nation and many parts of the world. “We continue to add services to remain the best source for quickly finding water utility bid opportunities,” said Glenn Oliver, H2bid’s President and CEO. There are over 50,000 water and wastewater utilities in the United States and it’s impossible for most vendors to find the number of bid opportunities on H2bid’s exchange without using H2bid’s lead generation service.”
To make it easier for water utility vendors to find bid opportunities, H2bid has also added keyword search capability. “In the past, you could search by product code or category. Vendors requested keyword search capability, so we added it. Now you can search for bids by keyword as easily as conducting an Internet search. For example, you can put the name of a product or service in the keyword search box and H2bid’s proprietary search tool will show you open bids containing your keyword. This allows water utility vendors to save even more time finding new business,” said Oliver.
The enhancements to H2bid’s lead generation service also make it easier for more businesses to enter the water utility industry. The water utility industry is expected to double over the next ten years. “Many businesses may have a product or service that is used in the water utility industry, but they’re not aware that the industry buys their product or service,” said Oliver. “Businesses can use H2bid to expand into the water utility industry and quickly find new business opportunities in a growing industry.”
For more information, go to www.h2bid.com.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 13:08
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