BREAKING: All MBTA service has been suspended.
MIT, Harvard, Brandeis, BU, BC, Boston Conservatory, Bentley, Suffolk, Northeastern, Simmons, Berklee, Wheelock, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Tufts, Emmanuel, and Emerson have canceled classes today. Babson reported it is still open because it is not in one of the affected communities.
To recap for those just waking up: One suspect from Boston Marathon blasts is dead, the other is at large. One MIT police officer is dead, and a transit police officer is wounded. Vehicle traffic in and out of Watertown is halted. Police have advised residents of Greater Boston to stay home. MBTA service has been shut down. Universities are announcing closings for the day. This is a developing story.
BREAKING: @AP sources say Boston bomb suspects are brothers from Russia region near Chechnya, lived in United States for at least one year. Surviving Boston bomb suspect identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge.
Just a reminder: If you live in Watertown, Waltham, Newton, Cambridge, Belmont, or Allston-Brighton, police urge you to stay indoors. If you own a business in one of those communities, police ask that you remain closed.
The Children's Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts have closed.
There is a page at the Russian social network VKontakte (In Contact) with the name Dzhokhar Tsarnaev living in Boston and studying at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School.
The page mentions a school in Makhachkala, the capital of the Republic of Dagestan, as a place Tsarnaev studied between 1999 and 2001.
The Tsarnaev family moved to Dagestan from Kyrgyzstan in 2001, the school spokesman told the website RT. Dzhokhar studied there for just one year and produced no particular impression, good or bad, on the teachers.
The page has but a handful of posts, most of them jokes. The owner’s last visit of the page was from a mobile phone shortly before the shooting in Boston started.
Some Russian-language comments on the page accuse Tsarnaev of being behind the bombing. They were posted after the news of a possible connection of a Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to the bombing broke.
The name Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the same name as the second suspect who is still at large, appears on a list of recipients of $2,500 City of Cambridge 2011 City Scholarships. The scholarships are given to seniors at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School who are pursuing higher education.
EMAIL FROM NEWTON POLICE CHIEF
While a search is in progress for the 2ndBoston Marathon bombing suspect, Newton residents are urged to follow the advice of Massachusetts officials and stay INDOORS until you receive further instructions.
Newton businesses are ALSO asked to remain closed until further notice.
The MBTA is completely shut down in the greater Boston area so please DO NOT DRIVE, WALK OR CONGREGATE AT ANY LOCAL MBTA STATIONS.
THIS SUSPECT IS ARMED AND DANGEROUS. DO NOT OPEN YOUR DOORS TO ANYONE EXCEPT UNIFORMED PERSONNEL WITH CITY IDENTIFICATION CARDS. MOST IMPORTANTLY, PLEASE LIMIT THE USE OF 9-1-1 CALLS FOR TRUE EMERGENCIES ONLY, AS OUR PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL WILL VERY BUSY OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS. PLEASE STAY TUNED TO YOUR LOCAL RADIO AND TELEVISION STATIONS FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Chief Howard Mintz
Newton Police Department