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ial marathon. the event honors victims of the 1995 oklahoma city bombing. >> prior to our start, we ask you now for 168 seconds of silence, please. >> event organizers invited runners who could not finish in boston due to the attacks. many of the 23,000 runners wore red socks to honor the boston victims. we've learned tonight that president barack obama is going to name charlotte mayor anthony fox to be the next transportation officials tell cnn that fox is the president's choice to succeed ray lahood. a mississippi man suspected of sending letters tainted with ricin to president obama and others faces his first federal court appearance tomorrow. 41-year-old james dutschke was arrested yesterday and charged with possession and use of a another man, paul arrested earlier but charges werertis an elvis impersonator ramed by dutske
following a long standing feud. flash flooding causing misery in parts of texas. a storm roared through yesterday dumping 8 inches of rain in some areas. fire crews had to rescue 150 drivers from hwaters. at the height of the more than 120,000 people were left without power. dzhokhar tsarnaev is in a federal prison hospital this evening and we're told he's now not saying much to anybody in law enforcement, not since he was read his miranda rights. key republicans in congress are furious that tsarnaev was given those rights so soon after his capture. they blame attorney general eric holder. take a listen. >> the decision to mirandize him was one the magistrate made and that was totally consistent with the laws that we have. we had a two-day period that we question him under the public safety exception. i think everything was done
appropriatel for the attorney general to say they got good can stop the interrogation. this isn't columbo. matter of life and death. i don't know of any case walk that says a magistrate has the right to come into a hospital room and stop an interrogation. i don't know why the attorney general of the united states consented to that. the fbi wanted to continue the interrogation. and eric holder now said he approved that interrogation being stopped, it's absolutely disgraceful. >> more on the miranda debates coming up this hour. i want to bring in susan federal prison that medical center in devins massachusetts where dzhokhar tsarnaev is under 24-hour guard. you found out some details of what it's like inside that facility what kind of place it is and what are the conditions like for dzhokhar tsarnaev? >> reporter: hile there are some parts of this prison that are minimum security, there are also maximum security areas, and not surprisingly that's where dzhokhar tsarnaev is in fact
located. he's under 24 hour surveillance. they are constantly checking on him. and we're learning from a prisonperson today that in this cell, which measures about 10 feet by 10 feet with a steel door they slip food through when it comes that time, that he is actually talking -- we don't know whether he's talking with investigators or even with his own attorney. we do know that he is speaking freely with the people the medical personnel, that are taking care of him. the doctors and nurses. but as to the rest well the prison's not saying much about that. don? >> susan, this weekend we found out that the russian government has had their ears on the tsarnaev family for some time. how much information are the russians sharing? >> reporter: well that is the question. they continue to swirl around this disclosure that the russians had actually been wiretapping the mother of the bombing suspects in early .y 2011.
remember that sources 24 hours ago told us these are sources with knowledge of the investigation, that, in fact the russians had eavesdropped on a phone call made to the bombing suspect's mother by one of her sons, again, in early 2011 and the conversation involved jihad, but the conversation is described as vague. we don't know whether by jihad they meant a struggle a specific attack was discussed? that information remains unclear, but it's also unclear, don, as to why the russians only revealed this to the fbi within the last few days and not back in 2011 when the fbi was first asked by the russians to start taking a look at tamerlan tsarnaev. what everyone wants to know. were they holding back? if so why? don? >> all right. susan candiotti in devins massachusetts. thank you, susan. of course this is
definitely not an open and shut case. the fbi is still trying to determine if the tsarnaev brothers are the only people responsible. that may take some time. bob is with me live. bob is a former cia operative and a cnn contribu so bob, how about that? you're not convinced the tsarnaev brothers pulled this off alone, are you? >> oh absolutely not, especially the last couple days it's come out the circuity on this bomb was complicated, wasn't taken off entirely from "inspire" magazine, wasn't downloaded from the internet. somebody was soldering and welding the stuff together who knew what they were doing. i doubt the two young men learned on their own. they were either shown by somebody else in the united states perhaps in dagestan. i haven't seen anything yet that would tell me. more and more we2% see this is a fairly complicated bomb and needed help. you and i can sit down and make one of these things and
expect them to go off, especially five of them. it doesn't work that way. >> all right. you talk about people say they wereas some sophistication to them? talk to me about the detonators why are the detonators such an important key to the investigation, bob? >>ators are difficult to make. they're explosives confined in a small space. has to be the right sequence of chemicals if you're making them from black powder. that's another question altogether. the electrical connection is difficult. i've made these before. i've made a lot of them. most of them don't go off until you really get a lot of experience. so all i'm saying is these two young men went out and practiced on their own, practiced a lot. how they did it without being spotted, i don't know. or somebody showed them. i just think alternative that they got completely lucky is unlikely. >> all right. bob baer thank you very much. appreciate your expertise. you know a lot of money is pouring in here. a fund that has reached more than $26 million. that's a huge outpouring of support for the victims here in
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down, no tickets just spend some money. don't have to pay for meters just spend money here. millions and millions of dollars. are you going to be okay? >> i think twhooertter than ever. the resolve of our staff, people in this community, have pulled together like you wouldn't believe. you see the boston strong everywhere. yeah exactly, it's the same all the way up and down boylston. so it's been fantastic. >> the raised $26 million to the victs of the bombings but what costs will those victims face? it's nearly impossible to put a price tag on the suffering of the victims and the loved ones. but that's a job facing kenneth feinberg. he also has a lot of experience than anyone on the planet at this after being in charge of similar funds after 9/11 and also the bp by telephone from bethesda maryland. thank you for joining us mr. feinberg. how are you doing? >> glad to be on. thanks very much. >> when you took over the compensation fund for the bp oil still you said "it's not rocket
science, it's a judgment." how do you begin to make that judgment when it comes to this? >> first of all, how much money is there to distribute? how quickly do we want to get the money out the e a lot of money, but considering the magnitude of the deaths and the physical injuries, you have to dampen expectation exctation. i doubt that anybody will be made whole by these allocations. >> yeah. so let's delve into that a little bit more. considering the injuries you said and what happened. how are you going to determine compensation for the families of the people who died? can you assign the same value to the life of an 8-year-old boy as a 26-year-old police officer, for example? >> you most certainly can. all lives are equal in my mind. this is not a litigation or a tort case where the stockbroker or the banker should get more than the waiter of the bus boy
or the cop or the fireman. here we have'@ four deaths arising out of these bombings. we will allocate out of the $25 million or $30 million a percentage, like in aurora colorado or virginia tech it was around 65% or 70% of the total. then we took that money and divided it up equally among all those who died. 32 died in virginia tech. 16 died in aurora colorado. then the remaining money we distributed to the physically injured. some terrible injuries in boston. depending on how long the physically injured victim was hospitalized. we could do something like that in boston. >> so it's really level of trauma and whether you -- the people who lost lives are the top tier, and then you go into the injuries from that and level
of injuries. my question is you said you take it and divide it equally, but money constantly comes in. does the money ever run out? will some victims likely -- they're going to need help for life. how does that work mr. feinberg? >> these programs you know money that comes in through privatedp donation we may leave the fund open for a few extra months. make one payment right away. and then depending on the remaining funds, let's say, by labor day, we could make a second distribution depending on how much money there is. but it's very important -- you're absolutely right -- no amount of mon distributed fairly quickly over the next month or two is going to provide the type of long-term financial stability that a double amputee or somebody hospitalized with a brain injury or something, there's just not enough money for those purposes. >> yeah. listen, tragedy is tragedy. loss is loss. when you're looking at something like the bp oil spill, for
example, that's quite different than when you're looking at something like this where people have lost their lives. is this more difficult for you in a sense to do this? >> well in a sense it is but i must tell you, i learned in the bp oil spill that people who confronted acute financial uncertainty because their livelihood ended, they couldn't fish they couldn't shrimp they couldn't -- their hotels were empty. they didn't know how long this would be permanent or whether they would gradually get the business back. do not underestimate the emotion in all of these cases when people really are innocent victims, they did no harm and now they find themselves confronting a horrible trauma and they have to deal with it. and these funds provide some modest help but i try and you're not going to be able to
distribute money that will satisfy people. it's n this is a very tough question to ask, but i've got -- >> i'll give you an example. 9/11 we gave on average $2 million to the families of those who lost loved ones. many times, don, they would come to me and say, keep the money, mr. feinberg bring my husband back bring my son back. i don't want the money, i want you to find to bring my husband who was in the world trade center bring him back to life. i would say, i can't do that i don'tr. i wish i could help. all i can do is provide you some small financial help. and that offer very often rings very hollow with people who have lost loved o suffered terrible, heinous, double amputations or physical injuries. >> no amount of money can heal a
all right. so we don't want to be overly mockish here but the people here it is sad. you guys said you're also inspired by this, right? >> absolutely. >> you're inspired even though something sad happened? >> absolutely. >> people are coming here and paying their respects. let's walk this way. can we get by you here? let's walk this way. i want to show you guys at home
what happens here. people come through here usually you start over in this direction. and you see there are other news crews here. you through here. you can sign the memorial. sign this board here. there are several boards around here that you can sign. then some people come and put candles here. they put things on the trees and then over on this see all the teddy bears. 2013 boston marathon, people signed that as well. this is all here along the fence, and then there are rope chains here too, that people are putting together. then this one that everyone has been talking about. really moving. the tennis shoes. the sneakers here that have the names of people who put them here. and also look at this one. it says love. people write little messages here on the sneakers. again, more flowers. american flags. coming around here. hi, folks, how are you? where are you from? >> mensfield. >> thank you. thank you for coming out here and being so kind to us. again, and more through here as you can see.
then there's also here a verse from the bible. then the picture of jesus there. then more things on the fence. i want to talk to this young lady. what's your name? >> xena. >> where are you from? >> boston. >> why did you come down? >> it's just heartbreaking. all the destruction. people coming together. it's so somber here. everything's like so peaceful right now and you have, like, millions of people out here. >> yeah. it's also the people i've been speaking to here said you know everyone's really sad, yes, but we don't want to be sad for too long because we want to come back. >> boston strong. we're coming back. we're strong. we're coming back. >> what's it like you know i was here last week. i left for a few days, came back after about three to four days and i could see the difference in the city just within those few days. >> boston loves people. we get people from all over the world here. i mean you see all the hotels the restaurants. you know we have the marathon every year and people just love each other here. >> yeah. thank you. >> thank you. >> nice to meet you. >> thank you for doing what you do. appreciate it.
>> thank you for doing what you do. we appreciate having you guys here. where are you from? >> new york city. >> were you here visiting? >> i was here visiting but i wanted to payvictims because it's such a tragedy. all that situation to happen. >> do you agree with what the president said at the memorial last week? he said listen, they messed with the wrong city when they messed with boston. >> of course they messed with the wrong city. i mean this is a country of freedom. we're just -- we're going to stand up. you know we're not going to let these terrorists take over our country like this. we have to stay strong and moments unite us as a country as a whole. >> thank you. we appreciate your words. let's walk this way. again, even on the benches on the park benches here just filled with things. it's amazing. you can walk around this place for hours and see so many different ways that people are paying their respects. let's go right here. dear boston citizens times will get hard times will get easy just hope for the best and pray for the worst. people are writing all sorts of
notes here. of course you had the -- look at all of these hats from boston here. amazing. and boston strong is the message. unbelievable. so how do you deal with something like this? especially when your church is right here where the bombings happened? and you have members of your congregation who were involved in it? how do you deal with that and you run out and you help people? we're going to talk to a pastor who did just that coming up on the other side of this break.
getting close to the bottom of the hour. we're going to get you updated right now on the headlines on cnn. within a matter of hours a mississippi man suspected of sending letters tainted with ricin to president obama and others due to appear in federal court. 41-year-old james dutschke was arrested yesterday and charged with possession and use of a biological agent as a weapon. another man, paul curtis had been arrested earlier but charges were dropped last week. curtis an elvis impersonator claims he was framed following a long standing feud. in bangladesh four people were pulled alive today from the rubble of a catastrophic building collapse. the nine-story building housing garment factories fell to the ground on wednesday. more than 370 people are confirmed dead. some reports put the number of missing at more than 600. the owner of the building had gone into hiding but was
arrested today by police. italy's mt. etna is putting on quite a show this weekend. this is how the latest eruption of europe's most active volcano looked to residents in nearby city of sicily. red lava fountains bursting into the skies. lots of black smoke. mt. etna has erupted multiple times this year. it was a big weekend at the box office. a very big weekend here and overseas. "iron man 3" opened strong internationally. while back at home michael bey action dark comedy "pain and gain" edged past tom cruise's "oblivion" earning $20 million at the box office its opening weekend. "42" was third. the other major opener "the big wedding" fizzled in fourth despite a star-studded cast. russian authorities have turned over an intercepted conversation between one of the tsarnaev brothers and their
mother in dagestan from 2011. u.s. officials say the wiretap communication discussed jihad, but that conversation was vague. cnn's phil black has the latest from moscow. >> reporter: cnn has been told russian authorities intercepted a communication between the bombing suspects' mother and one of the suspects in which they were said to be discussing jihad. this information comes from a u.s. official not russian authorities, and he says that this recording was made in 2011 but only made available to u.s. officials within the last few days. the reason for the delay is not known. it is known that back in 2011 russian authorities asked the fbi to investigate tamerlan tsarnaev and his mother because they were concerned he was becoming radicalized. the fbi investigated askedterviewed them both and could find no evidence to suggest they were in any way a threat. they say they reported back to asked some more questions. asked for some more information, but never heard anything back.
now we know this piece of information from roughly the same timeframe did exist. it is difficult to determine the precise significance of this information, but it raises some interesting questions. such as would the fbi investigation have been handled differently? could its outcome had been different had the investigators known about this intercepted communication at the time? so far, no one in the russian government has commented specifically on just what russian authorities knew back in 2011 and why they were concerned about this family. only the russian president vladimir putin has said to his great regret russia's security services were not able to provide their mean colleagues with any information of operational significance. phil black, cnn, moscow. all right, phil thank you very much. i want you guys to take a look at this church right here. see that one in the distance? it's the old south church right here on copley square. the church was just feet from the bombing and had to close down for over a week. they're going to have their
first sermon there -- they had their first sermon there today. reverend nancy taylor joins us now. it's the old south church. every year you say it's nicknamed the what? >> every year this time of year we call it the church of the finish line because we're at the finish line of the boston marathon. >> tell us what happened. you were watching from the window? >> i was actually up in the bell tower up there and watching the runners come in when i heard and saw explosions. these concussions and just a whole lot of smoke. and then people just running. >> yeah. and i couldn't believe it i'm sure. >> well it took a while to sort of figure out what was going on. i saw as people started running toward the danger going in to help people. it was remarkable. >> yeah. and as a member of the clergy, it must -- i know it was terrible to see. but to see the human spirit kick in and help people it must have been warming. atarming to your heart. >> oh people's courage. i don't think i've ever seen anything like it. going right in toward the danger, toward the blast to help people out.
>> so helping people heal. and the sermon today in the church what was the message today, what was it like? >> we talked about lamentation as par of our life. it's natural to feel lament to feel anger then also to start to move on. we invited people to tell the stories of talking to each other, a lot of hugging. and we are also reminding people that there's way more good in the world than there is evil. >> this being a member of that church what does that church mean to you? what does that church mean as you look at it? what does it mean to boston? it's a beautiful church. >> it's an iconic church the church of benjamin franklin and samuel adams. the folks who started the boston tea party. so we've been in the mix of things for boston for a long time. we're older than this country. and the church is an iconic symbol of that the vigorous commitments to justice and mercy that are part of our ministry. >> i was at the interfaith service with the president and got to -- it was really
heartwarming tming together at that service. you were there. you got to speak. let's listen in. you and i will talk about it. >> we are shaken but we are not forsaken. another's hate will not make of us haters. another's cruelty will only redouble our mercy. >> so i remember that moment and i said you know it's so hard not to hate in a moment like this. i mean no matter how strong your faith is is. when you look at the images and if you were involved if you lost a loved one, it's hard not to hate. >> yeah, it's hard but that's part of the christian discipline discipline. it's part of what makes this world a good place. if we all hated with the haters we'd be in big, big trouble. >> as you look around here and see all these people who are out here, coming by the thousands really every day, what does it do for you? >> this place has been remarkable and the feeling here, the sound, it's somber. everybody comes into this place,
it's sort of sacred space. it's a place of memory and of hope and of healing. >> yeah. is somber but it's also people said they don't want to be -- they want to be inspired and want to smile a little bit, they know things as bad as it is things are going to get better. >> yes. we did laughing in church today. >> you did? >> yes, it's important to laugh. i told some jokes. we did some things. you have to. part of it is the release and part of it is you know there is still things to be thankful for. there's still much joy in the world. >> yeah. >> we talked about babies and children and innocence. >> thank you. thank you very much. you helped me. your voice is to soothing and your presence is so soothing. thank you. >> we really appreciate. >> thank you for being here and visiting us in boston and telling our story. that has been important to us as well. >> you have been gracious and warm and welcoming. we really appreciate you. >> boston is warm and welcoming. >> except for the temperature. >> there ithat. yes. >> thank you.
there was another marathon the oklahoma city marathon today. lots of security but it did go off without a hitch. a lot of people ran in that mar thon they didn't get to finish this one and that was their way to finish the marathon. we'll talk about that coming up. r, i'm breathing better. so now i can help make this a great block party.qa ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function. unlike most copd medications, advair contains both an anti-inflammatory and a long-acting bronchodilator working together to help improve your lung function all day. advair won't replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms and should not be used more than twice a day. people with copd taking advair may have a higher chance of pneumonia. advair may increase your risk of osteoporosis and some eye problems. tell your doctor if you have a heart condition or high blood pressure before taking advair. ask your doctor if including advair could help improve your lung function. [ male announcer
sarah hunt was so close to finishing her first marathon when two bombs exploded in boston just a block from the finish line. >> panic set in and it was chaos through boston especially where i was. people were running everywhere. >> today hunt ran again at the oklahoma city memorial marathon. event organizers invited runners who were unable to finish in boston to participate. the event honors victims of the 1995 oklahoma city bombing. many of the runners wore red socks today to honor the in spain, a moment of silence for boston's victims
today at the madrid people used two fingers to form a lower case "b" in solidarity with boston. security was beefed up at both the madrid and oklahoma marathons today. and with the anxiety of another attack still fresh in the minds of americans, how might security change at major u.s. events? cnn's nick valencia talked with a security expert. >> reporter: almost two week since the boston bombings a new gallup poll reports half of americans believe a terrorist attack on the united states could be imminent. 40% worry a family member will be a victim of an attack. with the anxiety of another attack fresh in the minds of americans,t major u.s. events is as relevant a question as ever. and while total security cannot be guaranteed especially in large crowds experts say the risk of an attack can certainly be reduced. >> it's all about risk management. >> reporter: director of the national center for spectator sports safety and security since
2006 lou marciani has trained thousands of first responders and universities to increase sports security awareness. for him, the boston marathon bombings was a lesson learned in preparedness. >> we worked so hard in this country, as i said to harden stadiums and arenas so people look at maybe softer targets and if you look at access, events like marathons, cycling, et cetera, it's hard to maintain a high level of security. >> reporter: as tens of thousands prepare for this weekend's new orleans jazz festival and next weekend's kentucky derby, that's exactly what officials will try to do. but even with the tightened security, making the crowd feel totally safe post-boston may be the biggest challenge. nick valencia cnn, atlanta. >> all right, nick thank you very much. we're here live from boston. more from this great city coming up next. hey aleigh. hey! carol! update on 171 woodward.....
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and neither does my blacksmith. >> i'm also hard at work on plans for the obama library and some have suggested that we put it in my birthpla in the united states. >> some in this room have even accused the president of being distant and aloof. when i asked the president about it earlier, he said oh and then walked away. >> i'm taking my charm offensive on the road. a texas barbecue with ted cruz. kentucky bluegrass concert with rand paul. and a book burning with michele bachmann. >> as you all know the president is hard at work creating jobs. since he was first elected, the number of popes has doubled. >> one senator who has reached across the aisle recently is marco rubio, b i don't know about 2016. i mean the guy has not even
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severe storms causing lots of headaches across the midwest. check out the size of these hailstones which fell last night near oklahoma city. look at those things. the storm caused major damage to roofs and power lines. police tell local affiliate the southern plains indian museum also sustained significant damage. some folks in texas are cleaning up from flash flooding. a strong storm roared through houston yesterday dumping as much as 8 inches of rain. fire crews had to rescue more than 150 drivers from high waters, and at the height of the storm, more than 120,000 people were left without power. several cities farther north still under the threat of major flooding. heavy rain and snow snow melt have pushed water over banks in some states includeing illinois missouri and north dakota. the greatest threat appears to
fargo red river area. substantial flooding is expected there this week. president obama has allocated federal funding to the fargo area to help emergency efforts. 14 victims lost a limb as a result of the boston marathon bombings. for some of them recovery will be a slow process. dr. sanjay what they will face as he talks wi about six weeks post-surgery for a new amputee to take this first step. >> one of the most i things is this wound around the amputation has to heal up completely this incision line that you see over here. after that they actually have to shape the -- tissues, the prosthetic can go on. every patient that suffering an amputation goes through tailored
therapy come around and take a look. he's stepping up with his good le over here. look at what's happening with the prosthetic. you get the expect what you want, the heel-to-toe rock. that's doesn't come naturally that's something steve has to practice. surprisingly everyday tasks you like making coffee is part of therapy as well. >> he's able to keep balance on his own, trusting his leg, distracted not thinking about that and he has a lot of balance that he's testing and successfully testing by actually moving around the kitchen here.
>> he's never done this before. he has to essentially bend his knees. a lot harder than it looks for swung who has a prosthetic device. >> pretty good pete. >> reporter: the first month of therapy is all about the basics for lower-limb amputees taking those learn to live independently. >> some people say, look this will be sort of a new normal for these patients. >> once they look back on the situation. yes, this will be a nightmare, and yes there is a loss that is permanent, but they have every reason to expect that they're going to be able to go on and live the same happy satisfied lives. >> reporter: in fact, thanks to advanced prosthetic technology most amputees go on to live a normal life but even push themselves. >> the future is much brighter
than they could probably imagine at this point in time but i think for the people in boston they'll have that experience. >> reporter: dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, reporting. back live here, i just want to show everyone where we are here. this has been closed off for so long really since the marathon happened. this is the edge of copley square here. see that lenox sign down here? that's boylston street. on the other side of the street that's where the first explosion went off. all the further past that is where the second went off. we're on the corner of boylston and dartmouth. when you -- through here, this is where the memorial has been set up in the square here and you can see where people come through here. usually on a normal day people
are hanging out. there are news crews, of course a number of news crews that have been here since all of this happened. this is how you walk through this particular memorial. you get people here signing some younger folks. where are you guys from? >> we're from las vegas. >> you're from las vegas? >> reporter: and you want to come by and pay your respects? >> yeah. >> reporter: how long have you been here? >> we just got in this morning. >> reporter: thank you for coming out. >> there's a young lady, a lady. what's your name? >> joan o'sullivan. a nice italian name -- i'm kidding. you brought flowers? >> yes. >> reporter: where are you from? >> i live in winthrop. we came this to pay our respects. >> reporter: because? >> because of the terrible thing that happened here. i had to come. >> reporter: you felt compelled. >> um-hmm. >> reporter: as many people in the entire country feel compelled. >> yes.
>> reporter: this is not supposed to happen anywhere in boston. >> it's not supposed to happen anywhere. >> reporter: what do you think the world is coming to? >> it's sad. >> reporter:nk you. >> thank you, i watch you all the time. >> reporter: thank you. nice to meet you. so we come through here can see this gentlemen. are you making sure these stay lit? >> every night. >> reporter: why? >> for would weeks? because me and another guy started this when it was way down there. and this is a good spot at night. they like to pray here and sing here. so this is what i do. >> reporter: i saw you out there, the original when it was down where the barricade was across boylston street. so how big has this thing gotten? >> huge. >> and thousands of people come here every day. and it's incredible what they do what they bring, what they say. and like i said on this site
they kneel down they pray and they sing out loud. >> this thing shows the heart of the city, doesn't it? >> it's unbelievable. it's people from all over, not just the city. from overseas too. but this is my job. and i love dos it. i haven't missed a day again? >> kevin brown. >> reporter: kevin, thank you so much. blet you. we appreciate it. it's beautiful. the chimes are going in the background as if on cue her to see this. it is sad, we don't want to be too maudlin about it. for me personally it feels odd to be here after having covered newtown and after having seen a similar memorial pop up there. but boston will bounce back. after this break, a little levity. people need to smile. we're going to play the best of the white house correspondents dinner just in case you missed it. that's right after this break.
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hello, everyone. welcome to our special coverage of the without correspondents dinner. i'm don lemon. headlining this event, of course president barack obama, along with conan o'brien, along with a journalists and celebs. >> we can't have you stockpiling these pickets, deciding where everyone is going to sit. i need you to release -- >> you know my