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Hours after the FBI released images of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, a response to a robbery in nearby Cambridge led to the fatal shooting of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer. The shooting became a carjacking, then later a dangerous chase reportedly involving dozens of gunshots and explosive devices, ending up in neighboring Watertown. Authorities reported the shooting suspects were indeed the same men sought in the Boston Marathon bombing, identifying them as brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev "Suspect #1" and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev "Suspect #2", both Kyrgyz nationals living in Cambridge. They later stated that Tamerlan, age 26, had been shot and killed, but younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was still at large. The manhunt intensified as the night went on, and the entire Boston area woke to find itself on lockdown, with public transportation shut down and citizens advised to stay indoors. Shortly before 7 p.m., shots were heard in Watertown, as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was discovered hiding in a boat in the backyard of a residence. A brief standoff ended with the live capture of Dzhokhar, who is now in custody, 22 hours after the start of the manhunt, four days after the bombing.

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On Tuesday, March 15th, musher John Baker crossed the finish line in Nome, Alaska, to win the 2011 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Baker won in record time, becoming the first native Alaskan champion since 1976. Dog sledding season is now winding down, but over the past few months dozens of races have taken place across the northern hemisphere from Spain to Alaska, including La Grande Odyssee, Finnmarkslopet, and Yukon Quest. Gathered here are some highlights from many of these races, including the Iditarod, where 14 teams are still on the course, nearing the end of their 1,150-mile journey. Iditarod musher Karin Hendrickson's swing dog Aberdeen and leader Chase keep an eye on things at the Takotna checkpoint during the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, afternoon March 9, 2011. Iditarod musher Peter Kaiser, from Bethel, Alaska, races from Safety to the Nome, Alaska finish line of the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Doug Butler of Bristol, Vermont, drives his dog team during the open class of the Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Race Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, in Laconia, New Hampshire.

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The red kite was once on the brink of extinction, but now the bird of prey is once again soaring over the British countryside. Part time nature photographer Gareth Scanlon captured the birds play-fighting in mid-air from his back garden in Brynnamman in Carmarthenshire, Wales. Red kites in England and Scotland have been reintroduced from Germany, France and Spain. Now there are estimated to be up to 700 breeding pairs of red kites in England and 130 pairs in Scotland. These birds were once considered a pest in Britain and by the 18th Century humans had wiped out all red kites in England and Scotland. Only in Wales did they cling on to life - with a few breeding pairs surviving in remote parts of mid-Wales by the late 1970s.

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March 9th 2011 saw the end of an era. The Space Shuttle Discovery landed for the last time after a 13-day space mission to the International Space Station. Discovery served NASA for 27 years, flew 39 missions, spent exactly one year (365 days) in space and orbited the earth 5,830 times. Let’s hope she finds a good resting place. Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 24, 2011. Six astronauts are aboard on a mission to the International Space Station. The space shuttle Discovery is prepared for launch as the Rotating Service Structure is rolled back at launch pad 39A, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 23, 2011. Discovery is scheduled for launch with a crew of six astronauts on February 24 on a mission to the International Space Station. NASA management watch the launch of space shuttle Discovery (STS-133) from the firing room at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 24, 2011. Discovery, on its 39th and final flight, is carrying the Italian-built Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM), Express Logistics Carrier 4 (ELC4) and Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space to the International Space Station.

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City-sanctioned canoe and kayak excursions along a placid, 3-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River in the San Fernando Valley’s Sepulveda Basin are expected to start in July. The three-hour journeys will be offered on weekends at a cost of $50 per person. Participants will be chaperoned by a Los Angeles Conservation Corps naturalist. The goals of the pilot program include raising awareness of the river and its history. The images in the gallery above were taken in 2010 shortly after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designated the river a “traditional navigable waterway.” George Wolfe and Joe Linton walk their vessels through the shallows as they head down the L.A. River during a recent trip after the river's waters were declared a traditional navigable waterway. Joe Linton paddles through a picturesque section of the L.A. River which is more often associated with concrete than lush greenery. Kayakers make their way down the L.A. River near Atwater Village.

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Host Neil Patrick Harris and cast members from “Chicago,” “Pippin,” and other Broadway productions rehearsed Thursday at Radio City Music Hall in New York, N.Y., for the 67th Annual Tony Awards, airing live Sunday night. Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner, executive producers of the Tonys, describe the event as an “adrenaline profession” that involves choreographing hundreds of performers in just five weeks between the nominations and the ceremony. The opening number this year will include performers from many of the shows — each show gets “four counts of eight” music bars, said Diane Paulus, director of “Pippin.” Four-time host, Neil Patrick Harris, said this year’s opening performance will be a celebration of Broadway. Photographer Bryan Derballa, on assignment for The Wall Street Journal, visited Thursday’s rehearsal to capture these behind the scenes images.

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On March 3 an exhibition of Scott Conarroe’s “Shore” project, a series of landscape images exploring the coasts of North America, will open at Toronto’s Stephen Bulger Gallery and run through April 2. Notes Stephen Bulger Gallery, “Canada has the most expansive coastline on Earth; its boundary with the United States is the world’s longest non-militarized boarder. Together these two nations form a vast geo-cultural bloc that extends from polar extremes to the tropics, from sparse hinterlands to modern metropolises. [Conarroe's work] presents a study of North America on the cusp of a new climatic era. Cataclysmic weather and global social upheaval are anticipated, but for the time being they are seen as problems for others elsewhere. Conarroe’s photographs present the fading innocence of this idyll and a visual reference of the current state of the continent’s shorelines.” Conarroe has also traveled extensively in North America documenting the continent’s railway infrastructure.

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Below is a summary of the "Three Perfect Days in Wenatchee" - see the links above for even more pictures! Oh yeah, the skiing was outrageous - great base, fresh snow every night, and Kurt knows Mission Ridge like the back of his hand. We did a bit of hiking for some serious untouched powder, and even in the traffic'ed areas, Kurt knew all sorts of secret stashes.

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