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Loss of legs, not life
Jason Fowler, pictured here, won the handcycle division of the 2009 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.
April 23rd, 2013
09:11 AM ET

Loss of legs, not life

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By Jonathan Binder, CNN

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(CNN) – The first suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is dead. The second has been caught and now faces a trial. But the wounds from that horrific day have not healed. More than a dozen victims had one or both legs amputated. Their lives forever changed.

In many ways, Boston's own Jason Fowler knows what that's like. He did race this year's marathon, but not by running. Instead, he was in a wheelchair.

In 1991, Fowler lost the use of his legs when he was 17 following a motocross accident while getting ready for his first professional season. Although his motocross career ended that day, it would turn out to be only a minor speed bump in his racing career.

Fowler would eventually become an Ironman champion in 2009, but that came after a long road of recovery and adjusting to a new way of life.

He shares his story and encouragement for those injured in the Boston Marathon bombing:

[5:20] "I know my injury is very different in the way that it happened with a motorcycle and really being my own fault. But I would say that it's similar in that you have to move on. One of the toughest things is taking that first step, and that's going to be really scary. It's going to be really scary to  learn to live with and come to terms with what other people would call a disability. I would tend to call it an 'ability' because it's going to enhance other senses and give you a quality of life that is very different. "

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CNN Radio News Day: April 19, 2013
Members of a SWAT team search for 19-year-old bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev in Watertown, Massachusetts.
April 19th, 2013
04:40 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 19, 2013

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  • The city of Boston has been under siege all day. Authorities put surrounding communities and neighborhoods on lockdown, telling residents to stay inside. In some parts of town police were going door-to-door looking for Dzhokar Tsarnaev. Law enforcement officials say Tsarnaev escaped an overnight shootout with police that left his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the other man wanted in the bombings, dead. CNN's Barbara Starr reports investigators are combing through everything – photos, intel reports, phone records – to learn more about the suspects:

"They are indeed looking to see if these two men had any connections to overseas groups, frankly to overseas, terrorism. No conclusion about that yet. We want to emphasize that very strongly." FULL POST

CNN Radio News Day: April 12, 2013
US Secretary of State John Kerry (3rd L) is welcomed and escorted by US Ambasador to South Korea Sung Y. Kim (2nd L) and deputy director general of South Korea's Foriegn Ministry, Moon Seoung-hyun (2nd R), in front of a traditional honour guard (R and L) at Seoul air base on April 12, 2013. Kerry was expected to meet South Korean officials for discussion on North Korea and its expected missile launch.
April 12th, 2013
04:50 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 12, 2013

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  • Secretary of State John Kerry visited Seoul today to try to ease some of the tension that's been building in the Korean Peninsula. Kerry met with South Korea's president and military leaders in charge of 28,000 U.S. troops stationed in the country's capital. He said the U.S. will hold off on a number of military exercises, and is lowering its rhetoric. CNN's Anna Coren in Seoul, says Kerry's comments could be seen as an olive branch:

"He did seem to open the door for diplomacy.  Basically the United States will talk to North Korea if it's serious about de-nuclearization." FULL POST

CNN Radio News Day: April 11, 2013
An activist places crosses on the National Mall for victims of gun violence April 11, 2013 in Washington, DC. The activists gathered to begin a 24 hour vigil on the National Mall with over 3000 crosses for victims of gun violence in the United States since the Sandy Hook School shooting last December.
April 11th, 2013
04:50 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 11, 2013

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  • Today the Senate decided that a bill to expand background checks on firearms will hit the floor for debate. The vote broke an attempt by some Republican senators to filibuster. All of it was procedural but important – a sign that the nation's lawmakers will at least consider gun control measures. Still, this is the first tiny step in a long, hard climb for gun control advocates. Dan Baum, author of the book 'Gun Guys', is a self-described liberal but also a gun enthusiast. He's frustrated at how the gun conversation is panning-out:

"The post-Sandy Hook wave of anti-gun sentiment and the impulse to ban guns, I actually think has made us less safe." FULL POST

CNN Radio News Day: April 10, 2013
Journalists photograph copies of US President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget proposal to be distributed to Senate staff on Capitol Hill.
April 10th, 2013
04:44 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 10, 2013

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  • A Republican and a Democrat who both support gun rights announced today that they'd reached a compromise deal on the controversial issue of background checks. Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin say if their plan becomes law it would expand background checks for firearms sold on the internet and at gun shows. After the news conferene, Manchin was asked how he thought Newtown familes would respond:

"I would hope they would look at the positive things and the positive steps we’ve taken to keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people – I really would."

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