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A Round-up of the Latest News on the Manchester Concert Bombing

This one is hitting a lot of people–especially parents–really, really hard. What kind of coward would target an arena full of children and teenagers?  It’s beyond sick.

  1. Police have arrested three people, including the bomber’s brother. There’s also an investigation into the bomber’s support network.
  2. The bomber’s father, Ramadan, claims his son is innocent. Meanwhile, he and a third son, Hashem, were arrested in Libya on suspicion of links with ISIS. So this was a family affair?
  3. What is it with the rise in suicide bombers? Here’s an explanation.
  4. One take on the incident: The Manchester attack was an attack on girls.
  5. Another essayist calls this an ISIS attack on women.
  6. Some acts (including Blondie and Take That) have already canceled their British tours. Fans of Justin Bieber are asking he do the same, just to be safe. And honestly, if you were a British parent, would you let your kid go to a show right now?
  7. The daughter of Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order) was at the show Monday night.
  8. Then there are the artists who are pushing ahead with their UK shows and shows in Europe. This includes Guns ‘N Roses, Celine Dion, Iron Maiden and Phil Collins.
  9. Manchester concerts continue–but is it too soon?
  10. Over 50 veteran artists have shared their feelings about the bombing.
  11. Here are the first photos of Ariana Grande following the attack. She has suspended her world tour.
  12. Was the way she dresses onstage enough to spur an attack by a jihadist? Or was it because of her girl power/feminist positions?
  13. Security measures are expected to be tightened around venues in Australia.
  14. Manchester will not be beaten down.
  15. Matt Healey of The 1975 had some things to say during a gig.
  16. Liam Fray of the band The Courteneers took time to read this poem at a gig.


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