News roundup: Bush hopes brother Jeb will run for president
Manhunt continues for Boston suspect. Another suspect, cop dead in shootout. Bush: Jeb should run for president.
Happy Friday. Former President George W. Bush says he hopes his brother, ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, runs for president in 2016. The former White House occupant says he's not sure whether his younger brother will mount a bid but that he hopes people will judge Jeb Bush on his own merits and track records. [HuffPost]
Topping the news: The two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing led police on a wild and deadly chase Thursday night, ending in the death of one of the two brothers and an MIT campus police officer. The other suspect remains at large. Authorities say both suspects are Chechens and that they tried to rob a 7-11 Thursday night. [NYTimes]
-> A manhunt continues in Watertown, Mass., and residents are being told to lock themselves inside. You can follow the latest developments at the Boston Globe site. [Globe]
-> Utah's 125,000-strong undocumented immigrant population is brimming with joy over a new bipartisan immigration overhaul unveiled this week that would provide a pathway to citizenship for scores of immigrants who came into the country illegally - among other provisions. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @PJCrowley: "That the suspects were still in #Boston, had inadequate funding and tried to rob a 7-11 store suggests a limit to their expertise."
And from @tromney (Tagg Romney): "This is crazy. We are locked down in our home. Don't understand why these monsters have done this. [Instagram]"
Happy birthday: On Saturday to former state Rep. Bill Wright and on Sunday to Dell Smith, district director for Rep. Chris Stewart.
In other news: After Utah GOP chair Thomas Wright steps down next month, local Republicans will have their pick of three unique candidates - including one who wants to bring Latino voters back into the party's fold. [Trib]
-> Iron County commercial real estate owners are suing the federal government over conservation rules imposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that bar them from developing land if prairie dogs are present. [Trib] [DNews]
-> West Valley City says it's creating an independent task force to review tossed out drug cases. [Trib]
-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss this week in politics, including the way political parties pick their nominees and the Legislature's inability to override Gov. Gary Herbert's veto. [UtahPolicy] Bernick discusses the "butterfly effect" in Utah politics. [UtahPolicy]
-> Transportation officials say they may start charging highway express lane users a small fee for buying into the service to make up for lost revenue. [Trib]
-> UTOPIA head Todd Marriott hailed Google Fiber's buyout of Utah County's floundering fiber-opticts network, saying it will provide critical infrastructure needed to bring high tech companies to the area. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City's top cop says his officers may soon be wearing small cameras on their uniforms to record interactions between police and citizens. [Trib]
-> BYU's Kelly Patterson looks at the Republican Party's nominating process in Utah and how a ballot measure could change it. [UtahDataPoints]
-> Paul Rolly highlights some contentious politics on South Jordan's City Council. [Trib]
Nationally: President Barack Obama flew to Boston on Thursday for an interfaith service to mourn the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Earning a standing ovation from the 2,000 people packed into the city's Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the president vowed that, "the spirit of this city is undaunted and the spirit of this country shall remain undimmed." [Globe] [WaPost] [NYTimes] [Politico]
-> Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that Obama gave a "superb" speech in Boston and was inspiring. [CNN]
-> The Mississippi man suspected of sending ricin-laced letters to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker and a Tupelo, Miss. judge is not only a conspiracy theorist, but an Elvis impersonator. [WaPost] [Politico]
-> Mark Kelly, the husband of former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords took to Twitter to call out Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., for voting against a provision that would have expanded background checks for gun buyers. Kelly and Giffords have been outspoken gun control advocates after she was shot in the head during an assassination attempt. [Politico]
-> After this week's gun control smackdown, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he'll save new gun legislation for another day. [WaPost]
Where are they?
Rep. Jason Chaffetz meets with SLC Mayor Ralph Becker, Draper Mayor Darrell Smith and hits a Salt Lake County Republican Convention dinner.
Gov. Gary Herbert meets with Fran Stultz and prepares for a trade mission to Israel.
SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams has a press conference at a Samsung E-Waste collection site, meets with the landfill council, speaks at the Somos Foundation Scholarship Luncheon and offers remarks at the Weber County Democratic Party Sawmill Dinner.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker visits an e-scrap collection site at the U., meets with Office of Diversity & Human Rights Coordinator Yolanda Francisco-Nez, meets with Salt Lake City Council Chair Kyle LaMalfa and Vice Chair Jill Remington Love and sits down with the Economic Development Corporation of Utah's Jeff Edwards.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder presents awards at the Community Education Partnership's chess tournament.
President Barack Obama meets with senior advisers.
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