Overnight chaos in Boston reminds us news never sleeps

Tease the day: One of the Boston bombing suspects is dead, the other is at large, and a city remains indoors

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Two men suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings were on the loose when most people in this part of the world fell asleep last night. We woke up to a night’s worth of chaos, a sequence of events beyond belief, nonsensical tweets that, stitched together, barely tell the story—and no sense of what happens next. Colby Cosh explains the overnight series of shootings, car chases, explosions and subway closures that culminated in this morning’s eerie, unsettled calm in Boston. Check out your morning newspaper. One of the guys—Suspect 1, as he’s known, in a black hat—is dead. The other suspect, still at large, is the reason that all of Boston is, right now, staying indoors at the request of every law enforcement agency on the ground. The eerie surveillance images of the two suspects, distributed by the FBI in a massive appeal to to the public, remain plastered all over newsstands as Wanted posters. Indelibly seared into our memory, they remind us that news, even when we might think it’s taking a breather, never sleeps.

What’s above the fold this morning?

The Globe and Mail leads with the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing*. The National Post fronts photos of the same suspects*. The Toronto Star goes above the fold with the gun trade between Canada and the United States. The Ottawa Citizen leads with the Boston bombing suspects*. iPolitics fronts continuing efforts to merge the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union. leads with the latest in the pursuit of the Boston bombers. National Newswatch showcases CBC News‘ coverage of the Boston pursuit.

*Link removed because the story is out of date

Stories that will be (mostly) missed

1. Mali. Canada’s mission to the fight against Islamist forces in North Africa ended two weeks ago, with no announcement and an order to CF personnel to stay quiet about their return to Canada. 2. Mexican cartels. An RCMP report obtained by La Presse details the increased activity of Canadian mobsters in Mexico, a trend that could eventually pose a danger to the Canadian public.
3. Emissions. Most sectors in Canada are seeing greenhouse gas emissions dropping—with the exception of the oil and gas sector—according to a recent submission to the United Nations. 4. Rehtaeh Parsons. Two Ontario women, psychologist Debra Pepler and educator Penny Milton, were asked by the Nova Scotis government to investigate the death of Rehtaeh Parsons.

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