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Yo, Mark Wahlberg! 'Funky Bunch' Reunion Spot ... Available Now

4/26/2013 12:10 PM PDT

Hey, Mark Wahlberg ... about that Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch reunion you said you were down to do -- someone's now offering up a venue for the highly anticipated event ... TMZ has learned.

The music and youth group, Boston City Singers, is holding a benefit for bombing victims this weekend ... and they've extended an open invitation to Mark and his crew.

The group's director Melissa Graham tells us ... "We would be honored to join with Mark and the Funky Bunch in a concert to help us all heal from the atrocities of the Boston Marathon terrorists."

There's a connection here -- the Dorchester-based group says it's received generous funds from the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation -- so they'd welcome him with open arms.

The event's going down Saturday at St. Mark's Church (appropriate) -- which doesn't give Wahlberg a ton of time to get his choreography together.

We've reached out to Mark's people, but no word back yet.

Fingers crossed, Boston.

Mark Wahlberg I'd Reunite w/ the Funky Bunch ... FOR BOSTON!

4/24/2013 8:00 PM PDT

Feel it, FEEL IT ... Mark Wahlberg just told TMZ he would REUNITE with The Funky Bunch to raise money for the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing.

Wahlberg -- who was born and raised in Boston -- was leaving T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA this morning when he told us he's totally game to get the gang back together for a BMB fundraiser.

Fun Fact -- T.C. Williams High was the inspiration for the movie "Remember the Titans."

We already know The Funky Bunch would be down to perform -- back in March, they told TMZ a reunion show would be "amazing."

And now that reuniting could actually raise money for a good cause??


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev CHARGED in Boston Marathon Bombing

4/22/2013 10:40 AM PDT

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has just been hit with federal criminal charges for the Boston Marathon bombing ... and if convicted, he could face the death penalty.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced moments ago ... the 19-year-old has been charged with the following counts:

-- One count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction (namely, an improvised explosive device or IED) against persons and property within the United States resulting in death.

-- One count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death. 

According to officials, Tsarnaev could face up to life in prison or the death penalty if convicted.

Officials say Tsarnaev had his initial court appearance today from his hospital room ... where he is being treated for wounds sustained during a shoot out with police in Watertown, Mass.

Boston Bomber He Took Cues from 'Breaking Bad'

4/21/2013 7:27 AM PDT

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a big fan of "Breaking Bad" ... praising the show for teaching him how to dispose of corpses.

Since his capture Friday ... a lot of information is surfacing about the 19-year-old Chechan college student who helped mastermind a deadly attack on the Boston Marathon and led police on a massive manhunt.

Turns out Dzhokhar was a fan of violent TV shows ... in particular "Game of Thrones" and "Breaking Bad."

He tweeted earlier this year ... "Breaking Bad taught me how to dispose of a corpse."

As TMZ previously reported, his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan -- who was killed by cops during the manhunt -- was deep into hip hop.

Dzhokhar remains in police custody, in serious condition and unable to speak.

Boston Bombing Suspect Partied Following Deadly Attack

4/20/2013 9:52 AM PDT
Before leading cops on a city-wide manhunt, Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was busy partying it up with friends in a college dorm room ... this just two days after his deadly attack on the Boston Marathon.

The bombs went off on Monday and while law enforcement pored over photos searching for a lead, Tsarnaev went back to his dorm at UMass Dartmouth and acted like a regular non-terrorist college kid, according to the Boston Globe.

He reportedly slept in his dorm, went to the gym and then partied Wednesday night with pals from his intramural soccer team. A student source told the paper, "He was just relaxed."

The 19-year-old even tweeted before the shin-dig ... "I'm a stress-free kind of guy." 

But by Friday, Tsarnaev's face was plastered over every media outlet, the UMass campus went into lockdown mode, his brother -- the other bombing suspect -- had been shot dead and Tsarnaev was finally captured ... after an intense stand-off with police, which left him wounded.

He remains in serious condition.

Boston Marathon Bombing Ex-Champ Micky Ward: Dead Suspect Was No Friend of Mine

4/20/2013 7:30 AM PDT
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Legendary fighter Micky Ward wants to make it clear to the world ... he has NO relationship with dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev -- despite a photo which reportedly shows them arm-in-arm.

Micky's agent tells TMZ he's been hammered with calls ever since the 2006 photo was posted on a local Boston news site.

We can't confirm it's actually Tamerlan in the photo, but it sure looks like him.  Nonetheless, a rep for Micky -- whose life was chronicled in "The Fighter" -- says, "It was just like any random person who came up to Micky and asked him for a picture."

The rep adds the former New England Golden Gloves champ had no professional or personal association with Tsarnaev.

As we previously reported ... Tsarnaev had high hopes about making the US Olympic boxing team.

By the way, the news site has removed the photo ... but won't say why.

Rapper T.I. T.I.cked Off Hip Hop Was Dragged Into Boston

4/20/2013 5:30 AM PDT

is pissed ... telling TMZ he has no connection to the hip hop website frequented by dead Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev ... a site that prominently featured the rapper's mug.

T.I. had no idea his pictures were posted -- he'd never even HEARD of -- and he's upset that the hip hop genre is now connected to the bombers.

"Hip hop narrates the activity and conditions of our culture," he tells us. "It doesn't create them."

T.I. is frustrated: "Hip hop ain't never been about hurting innocent people," T.I. said. He feels Boston "was a horrible tragedy and my prayers go out to the families involved."

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect #2 Remains in Serious Condition

4/20/2013 5:10 AM PDT
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -- the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing -- remains in serious condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston following his capture last night in Watertown, MA.

Tsarnaev was found hiding inside a boat that sat in the driveway of David Henneberry, who became suspicious when he saw the boat's tarp flapping in the wind. Henneberry's stepson told CNN he went out to investigate when he noticed the tarp had been cut ... and a closer inspection revealed it was stained with blood. 

Henneberry investigated further and, according to his stepson, "He basically stuck his head under the tarp (and) noticed a pool of blood."

Upon his capture, Tsarnaev was not read his Miranda rights because the authorities instead invoked the public safety exception to question him extensively about other potential explosive devices or accomplices and to try to gain intelligence.

Tsarnaev's older brother, Tamerlan, died following a gunfight with police early Friday morning.

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect #2 IN CUSTODY

4/19/2013 5:18 PM PDT

5:45 PM PT -- Police are reporting the suspect is now in custody.

Police are swarming to a Watertown, MA neighborhood where suspect #2 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is believed to be cornered, and dozens of gunshots have been fired.

At least 20 to 30 shots rang out in the Boston suburb where police seem to have finally caught up with the 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

Police have been searching all day for Dzhokhar ever since the gun battle last night, also in Watertown ... in which his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot and killed.

According to TV reports ... Dzhokhar is still alive on a boat in a backyard, and surrounded by police.

Boston Marathon Bombing Father Speaks My Kids Were Framed

4/19/2013 1:10 PM PDT

The brothers accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing were FRAMED ... this according their father, who probably doesn't know what he's talking about.

Anzor Tsarnaev just gave an interview to Russian TV ... insisting his children, Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were set up ... and had nothing to do with all of the terribleness happening in Boston.

"Someone framed them," he said ... "I don't know who exactly did it, but someone did."

Anzor continued, "Damn cowards, they shot the boy dead.  There are cops like this."

When asked if he's spoken with Dzhokhar today, Anzor said his phone was shut off.

"I'm afraid for my other boy," he said ... "Maybe he'll be shot dead too ... and they will say well, he has weapons."

And there's this. Anzor told ABC News, if his son is killed, "All hell will break loose."

Boston Marathon Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev DEATH PHOTO SURFACES

4/19/2013 10:32 AM PDT
A gruesome death photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has surfaced online ... and law enforcement sources tell TMZ it's 100% authentic.

The photo first appeared on Reddit moments ago ... posted by someone who claims the photo was obtained by a "friend" who works downtown.

The picture shows the lifeless corpse of 26-year-old Tamerlan laying on a table.

The body has multiple bullet wounds ... as well as a gigantic gash along his chest rib cage area.

The body is covered in blood ... especially in the facial region.

In the death photo, Tamerlan's mouth and eyes are open wide.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the photo is authentic. One source tells us officials are investigating to find out who leaked the picture.

Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police in Watertown, Massachusetts early this morning. His 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar is on the run.

Both are suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing that killed 3 people and injured nearly 200 more.

Dead Bombing Suspect Heavy Into Hip Hop

4/19/2013 9:10 AM PDT

The older brother who was killed and suspected in the Boston bombings was deep into hip hop, and it appears he belonged to a fan website that touted that genre of music.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev has an email associated with the website, ""

The site provides information about hip hop artists and upcoming DVD releases.

What's interesting ... hip hop lyrics are notoriously violent and often degrading to women.  Tamerlan Tsarnaev has a boxing profile in which he says he doesn't take his shirt off much because he doesn't want women to get bad ideas, adding, "I'm very religious."  This statement is significantly more conservative than the hip hop genre.

Boston Marathon Bombing SUSPECT #1 KILLED Hunting for Suspect #2

4/19/2013 7:20 AM PDT

8:27 AM PT -- Cops say Dzhokhar is NOT holed up in the building in Watertown where cops were seen preparing for a firefight.

8:25 AM PT --
Just about every single university in the Boston area has been closed --- including Emerson and Boston College -- while authorities continue the hunt for Dzhokhar.

7:48 AM PT --
Cops have broken out guns and body armor and appear to be gearing up for some sort of tactical offensive in Watertown. 

6:46 AM PT --
A YouTube page has been discovered that appears to have been created by the older brother Tamerlan several months ago.

The page contains links to several religious videos -- including one titled, "Allah Is the One" ... and another called, "Islam."

6:42 AM PT --
Cops believe the younger brother, Dzhokhar, may be armed with an assault rifle ... and is probably carrying explosives.

Cops have shot and killed one of the men suspected in the Boston Marathon bombing -- after a fierce gun battle in Watertown, Mass. ... and now officials are on the hunt for Suspect #2.

Here's what you need to know ...

-- The suspects are brothers from Chechnya ... 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev and 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. They reportedly moved to the U.S. around 2002 and have been living here legally.

-- The brothers were located in Watertown, Mass. last night ... after they allegedly robbed a 7-11 store and hijacked a car. The driver of the car was unharmed.

-- The brothers then shot and killed a security officer on the M.I.T. campus -- and cops came racing to the scene.

-- A ferocious gun battle ensued ... with one witness saying at least 60 shots were fired  ... and the brothers reportedly threw grenades at the cops.

-- The older brother, Tamerlan, was killed in the shootout ... but Dzhokhar (pictured below) escaped.

-- Cops believed Dzhokhar is armed and dangerous ... and has a bomb strapped to his chest.

-- Officials have launched an intense manhunt for Dzhokhar ... and have released a new picture of the 19-year-old.

-- There are reports the older brother was a boxer who wanted to become part of the U.S. National Boxing Team.

-- At least one of the brothers went Cambridge Rindge and Latin School ... where Matt Damon and Ben Affleck went to school, according to reports.

The question now ... are these brothers -- who have presumably been Americanized and living in the U.S. for years -- considered domestic or foreign terrorists.

6:38 AM PT -- Police in Niagara Falls, N.Y., have pulled over a pair of Russian nationals this morning and reportedly have robot and bomb techs on the scene to investigate suspicious packages. It's unclear if there is a connection to the Boston Marathon bombing.

According to Buffalo television station WGRZ, the FBI has been notified and the joint terrorism task force is working with state police.

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