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In this video, released by the Massachusetts State Police, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can be seen lying in the boat in a Watertown, Mass., yard that he was eventually captured in.

The view shows with heat vision Tsarnaev, the bright white spot in the boat.

More photos from the scene.

UPDATE: 1:50 p.m. - CNN, AP and other outlets changed course in reporting an arrest in the Boston Marathon bombing Wednesday afternoon.

UPDATE: 1:10 p.m. - Multiple news outlets report that a suspect is in custody and likely will appear in federal court.

This afternoon, both the Boston Globe and CNN are citing sources as saying a suspect in Monday's Boston bombings has been caught on tape thanks to video and photos taken at the scene. During a television interview with colleague Wolf Blitzer, CNN's John King said his sources would only classify the suspect as "a dark-skinned individual." CNN also said a new press conference will be held at 4 p.m. Chicago time. CNN is saying its source credits video taken by both a TV station and from a department store with helping to ID the potential suspect.

From the Globe:

CNN says the identification of the suspect came from a video surveillance camera in Lord & Taylor, a clothing store.

Lord & Taylor was the site of the second explosion, on the other side of Exeter Street and the opposite side of Boylston Street from Marathon Sports, site of the first explosion closer to the finish line of the Marathon.


UPDATE (12:31 pm): NBC News is now taking umbrage with these reports:

UPDATE (12:38 pm): And now Boston's WCVB is saying the suspect is in custody.

UPDATE (12:43 pm): The Associated Press is now reporting the arrest of a suspect is imminent, just as WCVB has.

Two brothers shot at on the South Side, a man grazed by a bullet in Lakeview and a car-on-pedestrian accident in Goose Island were among the stories that happened between midnight and 6 a.m. in Chicago. Here are the details, as reported by the Sun-Times Media Wire and staff:

Four children were hospitalized and two adults questioned after police responded to a domestic disturbance in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side Tuesday night.

Police responded to complaints of the disturbance at a home in the 8200 block of South Ellis Avenue at about 9 p.m., according to police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer. There, police found three girls and a boy between 6 months and 4 years of age -- two of whom had visible bruising on their bodies.

The two bruised children were taken to Comer Children's Hospital in "stable" condition, Greer said. The other children showed no signs of bruising but were taken to the hospital for examination.

The children's mother, and a man who is the father of one of the children, were questioned by Area South detectives, though no charges were filed as of early Wednesday morning, Greer said.

Police said The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services was notified of the incident, but an agency official was not immediately available for comment.

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Drew Peterson at his 2009 arraignment. | File

Drew Peterson, the ex-cop and convicted killer, blew up in court Thursday as he spoke for himself prior to sentencing in the death of his former wife, Kathleen Savio.

Peterson got 38 years from Judge Edward Burmila.

Following is the accounts from the courthouse according to reporters on the scene as Peterson exploded at Stacy Peterson, his attorneys and the system for his plight:

In a bizarre story out of Texas Saturday night, it was reported that Chris Kyle was murdered at a gun range.

If you're not familiar with Kyle, there's a few reasons why this should be shocking - aside from the fact that it's the sad loss of an American hero.

Kyle was a sniper. The former Navy SEAL, author of American Sniper, was maybe the deadliest U.S. warrior ever, earning him the nickname "Devil of Ramadi." Credited with 160 confirmed kills - 255 claimed - in his career with SEAL Team 3, the decorated vet had become something of a celebrity in recent years, a staple on the talk show circuit and himself a host of his own show.

"It just comes as a shock and it's staggering to think that after all Chris has been through, that this is how he meets his end, because there are so many ways he could have been killed" in Iraq, American Sniper co-author Scott McEwen told Reuters.

In one of his last interviews, Kyle talked to guns.com about gun ownership, Obama administration plans to tackle assault weapons and the recent increase in mass shootings in the U.S.:

The Texas native Kyle was just 38. He had a new book due in May - American Gun - A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms. He also had a pending legal action - a defamation lawsuit brought against him by Jesse Ventura over an alleged altercation at a SEAL bar in California in 2006.

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Chloe Murray races a present to the sorting table where her fellow 6th grade students will rush it over to the proper room to be bundled for a needy school in Chicago at Hickory Creek Middle School | Joseph P. Meier / Sun-Times Media


Here are some of the stories that caught our attention during the work day for December 5, 2012.

• A judge has ordered music website Pitchfork Media to hand over video of Chief Keef making the good decision of going to a gun range and handling a gun, all while on probation for charges stemming from the other good decision he made of pointing a gun at a police officer. Lest we forget, Keef still has a pile of money to shoot dirty Instagram photos on thanks to the record deal that's not going anywhere because, again, good decisions. [Sun-Times]

• State Sen. Donne Trotter was arrested when he tried to go through an O'Hare security checkpoint with a gun and bullets. Trotter says it was an accident as he had been working the night before at his other job as a security guard. The Good Decisions Train rolls on... [DNA Info]

• Mayor Emanuel is not backing down from his promise to station police armed with automatic weapons outside of funerals for gang members because that's a totally normally thing to do and Supt. McCarthy is doing a heckuva job and there's no crime problem why do ask shut up. [Sun-Times]

• The CTA hates the way you jam your stroller on the bus and train just like the rest of us. [RedEye]

• A new poll shows Illinoisans favor same-sex marriage and oppose a pardon for Blago proving that occasionally sanity reigns. [Sun-Times]

• The War On Christmas doesn't care about Charlie Brown. It claims whatever victims it wants. It gives absolutely zero cares about the damage it does to the world's children. [FOX News]

• How Streeterville got its name. [WBEZ]

• Gift guide: 11 books about Chicago, by Chicagoans. [Sun-Times]

• RIP Dave Brubeck [Tribune]

• BRIGHT ONE: With the pope on Twitter, Neil Steinberg wonders What Would Jesus Tweet and if the son of God can give us a follow-back! [Sun-Times]

• RUSH HOUR: Sudoku; Transit: Green Line delays; Weather: meh; Traffic: the usual

• FINALLY: Looking back, we had no idea that teaching dogs to drive would lead to humanity's downfall. [The Daily Mail]

Here are some of the stories that caught our attention during the work day for November 19, 2012.

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Cargill Floor Supervisor Lucas Harrington, left, and Cargill Food Mill Supervisor Craig Miller "guard" the two turkeys at West Rockingham Ruritan Park, that are bound for the White House Monday afternoon, Nov. 19, 2012, in Rockingham County, Va. The turkeys, which were grown by Rockingham County poultry farmer Craig Miller, are expected to be pardoned by President Barack Obama Wednesday, and live out their days on George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate. (AP Photo/The Daily News-Record, Nikki Fox)


• Mayor Emanuel swears there's nothing wrong and that the Gold Coast is perfectly safe after a pair of incidents - a stabbing and an accused robber allegedly trying to run over a cop - in the area this weekend. It's true that in a big city, occasionally crime will happen even in nicer parts. Still, there are a million reasons I'd never step foot in the area and it has nothing to do with crime. [Sun-Times]

• Meanwhile, the Mayor is also saying that the pension crisis could throw a big wrench into the city budget. [WBEZ]

• Ex-county commissioner Joseph Moreno is in talks for a plea deal over accepting bribes. A Chicago politician taking a bribe? No, this just can't be true. [Sun-Times]

• So Hostess may not be closing after all as a judge told both sides involved to sit down and work out over a couple of Ho-Hos. So don't go paying $5,000 for Twinkies on eBay just yet because while that's a perfectly sane thing to do anyway, it may not be necessary. [Sun-Times]

• The family of a Maine West High School student have filed a lawsuit claiming the student was sexually assaulted during a hazing incident related to making the school's soccer team. [CBS 2]

• Just a day after opening, an Evergreen Park BBQ restaurant had a car drive through its front. Now that it has that out of the way, it can move on with its grand opening when it reopens tomorrow. [NBC 5]

• Jason Campbell! Colin Kaepernick! It's Monday Night Football on ESPN! [NFL.com]

• The United Center is hoping to entice the DePaul Blue Demons with a deal that includes free rent. Other parts of the deal include free skeeball but a promise to end all parties by 2 a.m. and to take out the trash when they're done. [Crain's]

• Maryland and Rutgers are joining the Big Ten as the conference shuffling continues. Now word if the Big Ten will rebrand itself or add another division alongside Legends and Leaders called "Mediocre Pretenders." [ESPN]

• BRIGHT ONE: Neil Steinberg breaks down Garry Willis' analysis of Mitt Romney's campaign. [Sun-Times]

• FINALLY: Forget any kind of financial woes, don't mess with a city's Christmas tress. At least, that's what the city of Birmingham, Michigan found out given the outcry following the revelation the city has optioned for a cheaper, reusable 35-foot tall artificial tree. On the bright side, no sap hands! [Detroit Free Press]

Here are some of the stories that caught our attention during the work day for November 15, 2012.

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Al Podgorski/Chicago Sun-Times

• Proving it doesn't matter who's in the mayor's chair and they'll cave anyway, the Chicago City Council voted 46-3 to pass Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed 2013 budget. Aldermen Robert Fioretti (2nd), Scott Waguespack (32nd) and John Arena (45th) were the only ones who didn't give their rubber stamp to the mayor. Meanwhile, the lone "not present" vote belonged to Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th) making the whole "shirking legislative duties" thing an all-in-the-family affair. [Sun-Times]

• Attorneys for victims of torture in the Jon Burge case claim Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez shouldn't be involved in reviewing these cases since she was at the office when the original cover-ups were occurring. It's shocking a Cook County political figure or official would be accused of having a conflict of interest. [WBEZ]

• Twinkies may not be around for us all to eat in the post-apocalypse after all. [ChuffPo]

• Prentice Hospital got a reprieve from the wrecking ball thanks to an order from a Cook County judge granting the building temporary landmark status. Chicago residents should expect to wake up one morning sometime in mid-January and find two giant bulldozed X's where the hospital stood just the night before. [Sun-Times]

• Mitt Romney is not bitter at all about losing the election. Nope, not all. Nuh-uh. Not one bit. [Gothamist]

• The CTA, though, backed off on presenting its budget today as a result to ongoing union negotiations. If those negotiations turn sour for CTA head Forrest Claypool, more service cuts and fare hikes could be coming because the agency hasn't otherwise found a way for riders to make their commutes even more miserable than they already are. [Sun-Times]

• First Threadless, then Obama's re-election, so what's next for one of Chicago's brightest tech minds? My money is on "weather machine." [Crain's]

• Brian Urlacher criticized the NFL for shoddy equipment but he also reiterated he'd lie to team personnel about having a concussion creating a Möbius strip of inexplicable logic. [Tribune]

• Nate SIlver says Chicago is better than New York. His wizardry will brook no argument from me. [Chicagoist]

• A retired chaplain in Glen Ellyn discovered he's now $1 million richer thanks to a two-month old lottery ticket he found cleaning his desk. I cleaned my desk today and found only a banana peel. [Daily Herald]

• FINALLY: Star Wars action figures and dominoes were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. In other news, there is a National Toy Hall of Fame. [MSN]

Here are some of the stories that caught our attention during the work day for November 14, 2012.

• Perhaps you've heard about the latest craze sweeping an embittered nation: signing petitions to the White House requesting the allowance for states to secede because that worked so well the first time. Not surprising, the states with the most signatures are the states where NASCAR is most popular. A closer look at the White House website reveals this movement holds no merit and was started by bored, stupid people. In other words, the Internet is being the Internet. Over 5,000 people in Illinois have signed a pair of petitions for this state to secede which is still more than the average White Sox game attendance. [WHITE HOUSE; SUN-TIMES]

• The Invisibile Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. remains MIA as Congress reconvened. It's been over five months since Jackson was seen in Congress on behalf of his constituents who thought this wasn't a big deal so they re-elected him anyway. [SUN-TIMES]

• Even though Mayor Emanuel promised he would fight the private company raking in all of our quarters from those privatized parking meters that former Mayor Daley left in a flaming bag on our front porch before running off, it turns out the city joined forces with the company to defend the parking meter deal against a lawsuit. Don't question the logic because if you question the city's logic, you will find yourself spiraling down a rabbit hole that has no bottom. [THE READER]

• President Obama held his first post-election Q&A with reporters this afternoon and he was asked about the spreading Petraeus scandal as well as the fiscal cliff. But it was over a threat from Senators McCain and Graham to block a potential nomination of Susan Rice as Secretary of State that Obama got fired up, stopping just short of repeating Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy's infamous "I'm a man, I'm 40!" rant from a few years back. [SUN-TIMES; NY TIMES]

• A security breach on the city's election board website exposed information relating to either 1,200 people or 1.7 million people depending on who you ask. No big deal. [GAPERS BLOCK]

• The Choose Chicago tourism group is claiming this summer's push was a big success after targeting six cities and bringing in $207 million in additional revenue thanks to the campaign. Of course, if you lived in St. Louis, you'd want to escape upriver, too. [CRAIN'S]

• Peoples Gas is looking to jack up rates even more than originally planned. [WBEZ]

• I, for one, welcome our new ash borer overlords. [DAILY HERALD]

• The Texans' Tim Dobbins was fined $30,000 for his hit on Bears QB Jay Cutler that resulted in a concussion for Cutler. [SUN-TIMES]

• Don't blame me, I voted for Darko. The NBA season is two weeks old but there's already an All-Star ballot. [NBC CHICAGO]

• Stop me if you've heard this one before: Soldier Field is going to need new sod. [CBS 2]

• Bright One: Carol Marin is not impressed by Mayor Emanuel's typically flippant attitude towards the press, this time over the report that City Hall workers secretly taped reporters. [SUN-TIMES]

• AND FINALLY: If this whole "Internet" thing has you confused, Wal-Mart still has your AOL starter kits for $15. [CONSUMERIST]

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