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CNN Radio News Day: April 23, 2013
The mother of the suspected Boston bombers talks on the phone and later on the street with CNN's Nick Paton Walsh.
April 23rd, 2013
04:55 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 23, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tzarnaev, was shot in the throat and is still in the hospital. Earlier today he was upgraded from serious to fair condition. He still can't talk, but he has been able to communicate with authorities by writing and nodding his head. He's indicated that his older brother, Tamerlan, was the mastermind of the terror plot. Dzhokhar says part of  his brother's motivation came from his belief that Islam is under attack and needed to be defended.

The terror suspects' mother, however, is adamant that her sons had nothing to do with the bombings. CNN's Nick Paton Walsh is covering the story from the Russian Republic of Dagestan. He was able to talk to the mother on the phone yesterday:

"When I spoke to her in the late evening she was pretty much sure that this was a case of mistaken identity, and it was not Tamerlan, her eldest son who the FBI had shot dead. But as the evening drew on, she saw pictures online, social media, and recognized the dead body, deeply traumatic for her, of course – struggling I think, to absorb the enormity of the charges leveled against both of her sons..."

  • Is Syria using chemical weapons against rebel forces? Allegations have been flying for weeks with no hard evidence. Today came another charge, this time from an Israeli military official, Itai Brun. He's a brigadier general who heads Israel's intelligence research division. We spoke to CNN's Sara Sidner who's in Jerusalem:

"People are afraid and wondering what's going to happen. You do realize that this border has been quiet basically since 1973, when there was fighting between Israel and Syria and when Israel annexed the Golan Heights. But some of the fighting has already spilled over into Israel..."

  • The wounds left behind by the Boston Marathon bombings  have not healed. More than a dozen victims had limbs amputated. Their lives forever changed. What  is it like to reconfigure your entire way of life? Boston's own Jason Fowler knows. He raced this year's marathon, but he didn't run. He was in a wheelchair. In 1991, Jason lost the use of his legs  after a motocross accident when he was 17. Jason would eventually become an Ironman champion in 2009. But that followed a long road of recovery and a long adjustment to a new way of life. Jason shares his story and encouragement for those injured in his city:

“I was thinking about doing simple things like being able to go to the bathroom by myself, or transfer from my wheelchair to a bed. How do I completely relearn everything I know about getting around, and sort of physical component of just... getting around in this world? That was really, really hard. I had no idea what that meant.”

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