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The area around the blast sites, declared a crime scene, will reopen soon. / NICOLAUS CZARNECKI, METRO

Boston bombing suspect charged in hospital bed Suspect. A magistrate judge stood by as Tsarnaev was charged at the hospital. Federal prosecutors charged badly wounded Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in his hospital bed yesterday with using a weapon of mass destruction, a charge that could result in the death penalty, officials said. “Although our investi-

gation is ongoing, today’s charges bring a successful end to a tragic week for the city of Boston, and for our country,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. Tsarnaev, 19, was also charged with malicious destruction of property resulting in death. Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen college student suspected of carrying out the attacks with his older brother, was unable to speak after he was captured with throat injuries sustained during shootouts with police. The fact that he was

charged indicated the previously sedated defendant was communicative because the magistrate judge would have to be satisfied he was aware of the proceedings. Police previously declined to comment on media reports he was communicating with authorities in writing. “There have been widely published reports that he is [communicating silently]. I wouldn’t dispute that, but I don’t have any specific information on that myself,” Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis told CNN. REUTERS

One week

Pause at time of bombings The city of Boston paused at 2:50 p.m. yesterday to mark the moment a week ago when the two bombs made of pressure cookers and packed with nails and ball bearings tore through the crowd. Police said the suspects made enough additional bombs for them to believe that more attacks were planned. REUTERS

The case. Boston bomb prosecutor is known for tough record on crime As the top federal law enforcer in Massachusetts, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz has taken heat for being tough to a fault and coming down too hard on some defendants. But as she builds a possible death penalty case against suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the unflinching approach that earned her opponents in the past could become a legal asset for the biggest

case of her career, said attorneys who have faced off against her. “The criticism lately has been that they’ve overcharged some people and been overly harsh,” said Peter Elikann, a Boston defense attorney. “I don’t think that’s relevant for Tsarnaev because no one is going to accuse any prosecutor of making too big a deal out of this case.” REUTERS

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