Newspaper review: Ongoing Boston questions examined


The Guardian leads with the charging of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev - the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

It carries a quote from US Attorney General Eric Holder who says the charges "bring a successful end to a tragic week for the city of Boston, and for our country".

The US attorney for Massachusetts, Carmen Oritz, describes the impact of the crimes as "far-reaching, affecting a worldwide community that is looking for peace and justice".

The Daily Mirror reports that acquaintances of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's brother, Tamerlan - who died in a police shootout - are now wondering if he murdered his best friend and two others in 2011.

It notes that no-one has ever been charged with those killings.

The Daily Mail reflects that, as the US struggles to make sense of the bombings, the only person who might have answers is Tamerlan Tsarnaev's American widow, Katherine Russell.

'All-American girl'

The paper says she has tried to remain in the shadows since the attack but the FBI will be determined to question her.

The Sun has comments from old friends who describe her as "an all-American girl" who changed dramatically after meeting her husband-to-be.

The Daily Express quotes one friend who said she had been totally transformed.

The FBI is known to have interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011 and is now being criticised by members of Congress.

The Financial Times says the perception that it might have missed a chance to prevent the bombings is becoming one of the most important political outcomes of the attack.

The Daily Telegraph reports on what it calls a symbolic gesture to celebrate St George's Day and champion the tapestry of England.

It seems the government is promising to resurrect county names such as Cumberland, Huntingdon and Westmorland, which were abolished in the 1970s.

Some of the names date back nearly 1,000 years.

The paper says the instructions from Communities Secretary Eric Pickles could see councils across the country putting up new signs to mark the old names.

Mr Pickles wants residents and councils to use the names as much as possible because "our local history makes us who we are and do what we do - it's all part of being English".

Tea for how many?

And what could be more traditional than a cup of tea?

A survey of 2,000 people by the charity WRVS - formerly the Women's Royal Voluntary Service - has shown the depth of the nation's love affair with the humble cuppa.

We cannot grow it and experts say we destroy its fine flavours with our milk and two sugars, notes the Times.

One in four Britons drink five cups or more each day, it says survey results suggest.

But some habits are changing.

The Mail notes that only one in five likes to brew up in a teapot and only 6% still use a cup and saucer.

In its editorial, the Times says that, although it has become impossible to walk any distance in the UK without tripping over a coffee shop, tea remains extremely popular.

If you are drinking one right now, you are in good company.

More than 14 million Britons insist they cannot function first thing without a cuppa, the survey suggests.

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