Friday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* There had been some accounts earlier about a third suspect in Boston, but we’ve now learned that the manhunt is limited to just one person.

* A related detail: “The Boston Marathon bombing suspect was on the run Friday evening as officials said he and his brother exchanged 200 rounds with police during a stunning firefight early in the morning and left seven homemade explosives behind.”

* Seeing Boston as a ghost town is extraordinarily creepy.

* In West, Texas: “Sixty people are still unaccounted for after a fertilizer plant exploded earlier in the week, flattening part of a small Texas town and killing 12 people, officials said.”

* Syria: “Penetrating an area of Damascus generally seen as well guarded, a squad of assailants using silencer-equipped weapons shot a government official in a gangland-style assassination as he dined in the upscale Mezzeh district of the Syrian capital, opposition activists and government media said on Friday.”

* Diplomatic breakthrough: “Serbia and Kosovo reached an agreement on Friday aimed at overcoming ethnic enmities in the former Serbian province, a milestone that could enhance stability in the region and help clear the path for their eventual membership in the European Union.”

* Austerity doesn’t work: “Britain and the Eurozone are steadfastly sticking to austerity measures despite increasing evidence that such action alone isn’t working to revive their economies and is dragging down global growth” (thanks to reader R.P. for the tip).

* Adolphus Busch IV, the heir to the Anheuser-Busch beer fortune, abruptly terminated his membership with the NRA this week. In a forceful letter to NRA President David Keene, Busch wrote, “I fail to see how the NRA can disregard the overwhelming will of its members who see background checks as reasonable.”

* What’s the only thing worse than the New York Post’s reporting errors? The New York Post’s weak defense of its reporting errors.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Friday's Mini-Report