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Massacre at Columbine - 1999
Apr 20, 2013, - 0 Comments

Columbine

Columbine Memorial Library

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 20, 1999, two teenage gunmen kill 13 people in a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. At about 11:20 a.m., Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, dressed in long trench coats, began shooting students outside the school before moving inside to continue their rampage. By the time SWAT team officers finally entered the school at about 3:00 p.m., Klebold and Harris had killed 12 fellow students and a teacher, and had wounded another 23 people. Then, around noon, they turned their guns on themselves and committed suicide.

Oklahoma City Bombing - 1995
Apr 19, 2013, - 0 Comments

Oklahoma City bombing

Aftermath of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 19, 1995, a massive truck bomb explodes outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The blast collapsed the north face of the nine-story building, instantly killing more than 100 people and trapping dozens more in the rubble. Emergency crews raced to Oklahoma City from across the country, and when the rescue effort finally ended two weeks later the death toll stood at 168 people killed, including 19 young children who were in the building's day-care center at the time of the blast.

Meet The Two Immigrant Runners Wrongly Fingered As "Possible Suspects" In The Boston Marathon Bombing
Apr 18, 2013, - 0 Comments

April 18, 2013 The Smoking Gun

The two men described as “possible suspects” in the Boston Marathon bombing are actually a 24-year-old track coach and a teenage high school runner who works at Subway and posted photos to Facebook of his trip Monday to watch the race.

Yassine Zaimi and student Salaheddin Barhoum, 17, had their photos published today on the front page of the New York Post, which described them as “Bag Men” whose identity was being sought by investigators probing the deadly terror attack.

As seen below, the Post photo, which includes red circles around Zaimi and Barhoum, is slugged “suspect--525x415.jpg.” Barhoum is pictured wearing a blue Adidas warmup jacket, while Zaimi is seen in a white baseball cap.

Several photos of Zaimi and Barhoum watching the race from near the Copley Square finish line have been widely circulated online by amateur sleuths attempting to determine who might have been responsible for detonating the pressure cooker bombs.

In a CNN update last night, correspondent Deborah Feyerick reported that investigators were looking at two “possible suspects” who had initially been considered “men of interest.” However, Feyerick added, the pair had subsequently “risen to the top of the list” of probers. While not showing photos of the two purported suspects, Feyerick gave detailed descriptions of the pair’s clothing and the bags they carried.

U.S. Embassy in Beirut is Bombed - 1983
Apr 18, 2013, - 0 Comments

Beirut embassy bombing

U.S. Embassy Bombing in Beirut

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 18, 1983, the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, is almost completely destroyed by a car-bomb explosion that kills 63 people, including the suicide bomber and 17 Americans. The terrorist attack was carried out in protest of the U.S. military presence in Lebanon. In 1975, a bloody civil war erupted in Lebanon, with Palestinian and leftist Muslim guerrillas battling militias of the Christian Phalange Party, the Maronite Christian community, and other groups.

Mississippi Man Arrested in Ricin Scare
Apr 17, 2013, - 0 Comments

April 17, 2013 ABC News

Authorities have arrested a Mississippi man believed responsible for letters apparently tainted with the poison ricin that were sent to President Obama and government offices, including that of Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss.

The FBI identified the man as Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Miss.

He was arrested at his home at approximately 5:15 CT, the FBI said in a written statement, adding he was "believed to be responsible for the mailings of the three letters sent through the U.S. Postal Inspection Service which contained a granular substance that preliminarily tested positive for ricin. The letters were addressed to a U.S. senator, the White House and a Mississippi justice official."

The Associated Press reported Curtis' age as 45. It added that Corinth, Miss., is near the Tennessee state line about 100 miles east of Memphis, Tenn.

At least one letter in the case was postmarked from Memphis.

The letter addressed to President Obama that field-tested positive for the poison ricin included the message, "To see a wrong and not expose it is to become a silent partner to its continuance," according to a source familiar with an investigation of the incident.

"I am KC and I approve this message," the letter read.

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