CNN Radio News Day: April 16, 2013
Photo of Martin Richard with a sign that says "No More Hurting People Peace". Almost a year ago, 8-year-old Martin Richard wrote those words on a sign at school. He died Monday in the Boston bombings. (photo: Facebook.com)
April 16th, 2013
04:33 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 16, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • Yesterday's deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon was the only such terror attack in America since 9/11. Three people were killed, including eight-year-old Martin Richard who was watching the race with his family. His mother, Denise, suffered a brain injury and his little sister lost a leg. Officials say more than 170 people were injured, many of them critically. Dr. George Velmahos is chief of trauma surgery at Massachusetts General. He says most of the victims suffered injuries to the lower part of their bodies:

"Almost all of them had such severe trauma in their lower extremity that it was beyond salvation, so I would consider them almost automatic amputees. We just completed what the bomb had done."

  • The images of pain and panic in the streets of Boston Monday were tough to watch. For many of us, the images spark fear. That emotion – fear – is a key tool of terrorists. But Bruce Schneier hopes there's another way Americans process this. He wrote an article that appeared on the Atlantic's website, just hours after the Boston bombings. Schneier says it's really hard not to be scared, because terrorism pegs our fear buttons:

"It's perfectly natural to be scared. What I hope is – we can step back, think about it, and realize we don't have to be."

  • The news out of Boston affected planned events in Washington – including on Capitol Hill. Today was supposed to be the day a bipartisan group of eight Senators announced their compromise plan on immigration. The unveiling was postponed until Wednesday. One of the bill's biggest components is expected to greatly benefit farm workers in the country illegally. But Democrat Dick Durbin, one of the Gang of 8 senators who crafted the proposal, says it's not amnesty:

“For those who would step forward and be part of the process, the requirements are rigorous and they should be.”

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  1. Ronnie D. Johnson

    To all: I pray that our Heavenly Father, embrace those that have lost their lives, those who gotten injured, their families, friends and love ones. I ask him," To surround us all with his precious loving kindness and give us the strength to overcome all the hurt and pain cause by those who refuse peace for such unnecessary evil." Watch over our President, all those who serve under him and let them bring all those responsible for such hatred to justice. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

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