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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Continuing coverage of the Boston Marathon bomb attacks; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.

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AT LEAST THREE DEAD IN BOSTON: Of bombs at the Boston Marathon, per the Boston Globe, “A city whose hospitals and physicians are renowned for research and cutting-edge surgical innovations faced a starkly different challenge Monday, treating scores of injuries more commonly found in a war zone. Patients arrived at Boston hospitals with limbs blown off, shrapnel wounds, burns, gruesome fractures, and perforated eardrums from the shock wave of two explosions near the ¬Boston Marathon finish line shortly before 3 p.m.

“For many, many people in emergency medicine who are practicing domestically and not in the military, these are once-in-a-lifetime events,” said Dr. Ron Walls, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Runners and spectators alike were rushed to hospitals, where doctors said that the ¬injuries individually were not extraordinary, but that the volume was unprecedented.”

JUST A MATTER OF TIME: Terror finally strikes again, per the Washington Post, “After nearly a dozen years of foiled plots, the United States on Monday suffered the first large-scale bombing since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, opened an era of heightened security affecting nearly every aspect of American life. The disruption of those plots underscores the enormous strides that the American national security apparatus has taken, including the adoption of policies that remain the subject of intense concern among human rights and civil liberties groups.

“But the success of the strike on the Boston Marathon, an international symbol of a city’s pride, highlights the enduring difficulty that U.S. officials face in impeding a determined attacker.”

ON THE GROUND: More from Boston, per the New York Times, “About 100 feet from the end of the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon, explosions shook the street and sent runners frantically racing for cover. The marathon finish line, normally a festive area of celebration and exhaustion, was suddenly like a war zone.

“These runners just finished and they don’t have legs now,” said Roupen Bastajian, 35, a Rhode Island state trooper and former Marine. “So many of them. There are so many people without legs. It’s all blood. There’s blood everywhere. You got bones, fragments. It’s disgusting.”

CHANGED FOREVER?: Perhaps, per the Boston Herald, “Yesterday started as another perfect, sunny, lovely family day. A school vacation day. A day when many of us, for years, have taken our children to Newton’s Commonwealth Avenue, to Brookline’s Beacon Street, to Kenmore Square or the finish line on Boylston Street to cheer on the thousands of runners who have thrilled us with their finish of this historic race.

“That sweetness is all over now. The Boston Marathon will never be the same again. It’s now forever associated with a massacre. Yesterday, there was a war zone, like the scene of a suicide bombing in faraway Israel or Afghanistan.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Law enforcement is investigating a foreign national in connection with Monday’s powerful twin bombings at the Boston Marathon, POLITICO has learned. The foreigner, who was badly burned, was in the United States on a student visa and is considered a person of interest and possible suspect in the case but has not been formally charged or arrested. The potential suspect is currently hospitalized.”

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BY THE HOUR: An education, that is, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Virginia Commonwealth University is considering “market-based tuition pricing” for next year that would charge for each credit hour rather than a set rate for a full-time student. Under state pressure to minimize tuition increases, VCU’s administration proposed a 4 percent increase in tuition and fees that would be augmented by the new approach to how students pay for classes.

“The proposal would bring in additional revenue while changing the “behavioral dynamic” that results in some full-time students signing up for the maximum 18 credit hours — blocking others from enrolling in a needed course — and then dropping a class or two, said David W. Hanson, VCU’s chief operating officer and senior vice president.”

GUNS: Supremes take a pass, per the Baltimore Sun, “The Supreme Court left in doubt Monday whether gun owners have a Second-Amendment right to carry a firearm in public, declining to hear a case about concealed-carry laws that is similar to a Maryland suit that still has life in federal courts. Without a comment or dissent, the justices turned down a gun-rights challenge to the New York law, which strictly limits who can legally carry a weapon on the streets. To obtain a concealed carry permit, New Yorkers must convince a county official that they have a "special need for protection" that goes beyond living or working in a high-crime area.”

ROCKVILLE MURDER-SUICIDE: Just the facts, per Gazette.Net, “The U.S. Army recruiter believed to have fatally shot Rockville High School student Michelle Miller before killing himself last week already was under investigation for marrying a former recruit, an Army spokeswoman said. Officials at the Gaithersburg Army recruiting center began investigating Staff Sgt. Adam Arndt in March after discovering he was married to Kaitlyn Amy Schum Arndt, who was recruited at the center, said Kathleen Welker, an Army spokeswoman. Recruiters are not allowed to have personal relationships with recruits.”

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NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) are former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, former head of a national commission on terror response, and Dan Verton, editor of Homeland Security Today, who will discuss the attack at the Boston Marathon.

--Skip Wood