The Daily DFM (05.22.13)

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1. Florida man killed by FBI suspected of having ties to Boston bombing suspect


The scene on Boylston Street following the bombing at the Boston Marathon. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Ibragrim Todashev in a police mugshot from an arrest on May 4, 2013. (Orange County Corrections Department/AP)

(Reuters)- An FBI agent shot and killed a Florida man who turned violent while being questioned about the Boston Marathon bombings early Wednesday, the bureau said.

The man allegedly attacked the law officers and injured at least one FBI agent, according to the Orlando Sentinel newspaper.

A friend of the dead man told the Orlando Sentinel and Orlando television stations that he was 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev of Orlando, a Chechen who had previously lived in Boston. Two brothers identified by the FBI as suspects in the April 15 bombings were also ethnic Chechens with roots in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region.

The FBI said in a statement that a special agent, "acting on the imminent threat posed by the individual, responded with deadly force. The individual was killed and the special agent was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries."

It said the shooting occurred in Orlando, Florida, while the special agent and other law enforcement agents were interviewing the man about the blasts that killed three people and injured 264 others at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

"A violent confrontation was initiated by the individual," the FBI said, without providing further details.

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2. Born to save sister's life, Calif. woman graduates from college

By Josh Dulaney, Long Beach Press-Telegram

By Josh Dulaney, Long Beach Press-Telegram

Anissa Brackett, left, shares a special bond with her younger sister Marissa Ayala, who she calls "Angel Baby." (Sean Hiller/Long Beach Press-Telegram)

LONG BEACH, Calif. - While other women her age dream about making headlines, Marissa Ayala was media-weary by the age of 7.

She wasn't a child actor or an heiress caught on the wrong side of the camera. All she ever did was save her sister's life.

It was what she was born to do.

Her family sparked a national conversation about medical ethics more than two decades ago when Marissa was conceived in hopes she would be a bone marrow match with her leukemia-stricken sister.

The questions came, first from reporters, later from friends. What now, they would ask.

"Well, what now is, I'm graduating from Cal State Long Beach," she said. "I couldn't be happier and I'm making my own goals and setting my own aspirations. And, yes, even though I saved my sister's life and I'm so happy that she's here with us today, I have a separate life besides this story."

Anissa Brackett, left, shares a special bond with her younger sister Marissa Ayala, who she calls " Angel Baby." (Sean Hiller/Long Beach Press-Telegram)

Ayala, 23, will walk across the stage in Long Beach today to receive her bachelor's degree in speech pathology.

She clasped hands with her 41-year-old sister, Anissa Brackett, as they recently sat in the living room of Brackett's cozy Irvine home. The sisters smiled and their brown eyes flickered with joy.

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3. IRS practices questioned in House hearing today (WATCH)

By By Karen Workman Digital First Media

IRS practices questioned in House hearing today (WATCH LIVE) By Karen Workman Digital First Media

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is holding a hearing to examine allegations that the IRS unfairly targeted some political groups based on their beliefs.

4. Brattleboro Selectboard OKs police/fire bond


The Brattleboro Selectboard has approved a bonding plan for the town's $14.1 million police-fire facilities project.

The board members, at their regular meeting Tuesday night, agreed to borrow the money in two installments to save money over the course of the loan, and also to soften the impact on the taxpayers.

With Town Meeting Representatives agreeing to take on the project, the Selectboard had a decision on how, and when, the town should borrow the money.

Project Manager Steve Horton said the town probably only needs about $5 million to start the project this year, and so he said it made sense to borrow part of the money this year, and put off the additional borrowing until next year

The board approved a plan to borrow $5 million this year on a 15-year bond, and the additional $9.1 million which will be repaid over 20 years.

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