The marathon casualty count continued to climb, reaching 264 as of Tuesday, according to Boston Public Health Commission spokeswoman Katinka Podmaniczky. Some of these victims have been showing up with conditions like persistent hearing loss and ringing in the ears.
Among Boston-area medical facilities, Massachusetts General Hospital was still treating six marathon patients Tuesday, with one in serious condition. Brigham and Womens Hospital was treating 10 marathon patients, two of them amputees.
Under a plan unveiled late Tuesday afternoon, called One Fund Boston, these victims will be able to apply for compensation from a pot of privately raised money that totals $20 million so far.
Its not a lot of money, when you look at the nature of these injuries, fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg, who oversaw a much larger fund for 9/11 terrorism victims, said at a news conference. It will not make these people whole.
Slowly coming into focus, according to investigators and those briefed by them, is a picture of the two Tsarnaev brothers, ethnic Chechens, and their allegedly growing radicalization.
The law firm representing Katherine Russell, Tamerlan Tsarnaevs wife, said Tuesday that their client is doing everything she can to assist with the investigation.
Russell married Tamerlan in June 2010 and the couple had a daughter, but neither she nor her family had any knowledge of his plans, the attorney said.
The reports of involvement by her husband and brother-in-law came as an absolute shock to them all, said the statement issued by the law firm of Amato DeLuca. As a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife, Katie deeply mourns the pain and loss to innocent victims students, law enforcement, families and our community.
The developing picture includes, as well, hints of missed opportunities for U.S. counterterror specialists. The latter theme has been particularly resonant among congressional Republicans, who turned up the heat Tuesday on alleged FBI shortcomings, recalling how similar lapses preceded the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
This whole system of the right hand not talking to the left hand, pre-9/11 mentality seems to be rearing its head here, said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
One problem occurred when Tamerlan Tsarnaev traveled outside of the United States. In her Senate testimony, Napolitano acknowledged that there was a mismatch between the spelling of the name on Tsarnaevs airline ticket and on his identity papers. As a result, her department knew that Tsarnaev had left the country, but the FBI, which previously had questioned Tsarnaev at the request of Russian security services, did not.
The system pinged when he was leaving the United States, Napolitano said. By the time he returned, all investigations had been the matter had been closed.
Two Senate hearings, including a closed session before the Senate intelligence committee, were followed early Tuesday evening by a briefing available to all members of the House of Representatives by Napolitano, FBI Director Robert Mueller and a member of the National Counterterrorism Center.
Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins said following the intelligence panel briefing that she was very concerned about an apparent lack of information sharing, even within a single agency, while some lawmakers said the briefings were of limited value.
Nothing you havent read in the newspaper, said Rep. James Moran, D-Va., shaking his head.