What’s Happening: “I Am Sorry for the Lives I Have Taken”
Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made his first public statement in court today, apologizing to his victims and their families. “I am sorry for the lives that I've taken, for the suffering that I've caused you, and the damage that I've done,” said Tsarnaev. “I pray to Allah to bestow his mercy on you. I pray for your relief, for your healing, for your well-being, for your health." Tsarneav has been sentenced to death for his role in the deadly 2013 bombing, which killed three and injured 264.
Homegrown terrorism: The face of violent extremism in the U.S. is white and native-born. Since 9/11, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists and antigovernment fanatics than by radical Muslims, according to a New America report. Which leads to a double standard: When Muslims commit mass atrocities in the U.S., they’re quickly labeled terrorists. When whites commit them, they’re quickly labeled “mentally ill.”
A deadly heat wave in Pakistan: More than 800 people have died in Pakistan's blistering heat wave, with temperatures reaching 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Schools and government offices were closed, and a rare fatwa was issued that allowed ill Muslims to break their fast during the daylight hours of Ramadan. Relief, however, is in sight: Temperatures dropped on Wednesday, with a chance of light rain cooling things down later this week.