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Thursday’s Headlines recap: Dzokhar Tsarnaev’s sister arrested for alleged bomb threat; ‘Cops’ crew member killed in shootout

08.28.14 at 9:46 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Thursday’s Headlines with John Dennis, Gerry Callahan and guest host Jerry Thornton. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

– The sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev was arrested Wednesday after allegedly making a bomb threat to another woman in a domestic dispute.

Ailina Tsarnaev, who lived in North Bergen, New Jersey, was charged with aggravated harassment. She stands accused of calling a Harlem woman who shares a child with Ailina’s boyfriend and telling her, “I have people that can go over there and put a bomb on you.”

“She speaks the truth,” Callahan said. “I mean, they’re not available. One’s in jail.”

Said Thornton: “The real question here, guys, I think is, what did we as a society do to push her to that point?”

“We did not love them enough,” Dennis responded.

“Is there any doubt that this leech, that this little maggot is still on the dole?” asked Callahan, adding: “Do you think there’s anyone in this worthless clan that’s ever worked a day. They came here to fleece our system. They have done a wonderful job of it.”

– A crew filming for the television show “Cops” in Omaha, Nebraska, apparently got a little too close to a shootout, and it cost one of the crew members his life.

Haverhill’s Bryce Dion, an audio supervisor for the show, was killed by a stray bullet from a policemen’s gun during an exchange with a robbery suspect at a Wendy’s restaurant. The suspect, who it turned out was using a pellet gun, was killed as well.

“It is kind of a front-row seat to the fall of civilization,” Thornton said of the show. “Which, by the way, it reminds you that the collapse of Western society is way ahead of schedule.”

“It is the same reason that people all over the world love soap operas,” Dennis said. “Because they watch this stuff and they see the dysfunction and the acrimony, and they say, ‘I feel good about my life.’ That’s what ‘Cops’ is.”

Added Thornton: “It will put you on the side of police, when you realize what sober men on the job trying to feed their families are dealing with.”

– David Chase, creator of the HBO series “The Sopranos,” addressed the show’s controversial final episode and reportedly indicated that lead character Tony Soprano did not die just after the famous final scene in a diner, as many people assumed — although Chase later released a statement saying his response to the reporter’s question was misconstrued.

“The ending, as we all know, sucked,” Callahan said. “One of the worst finales ever. It just went black. They’re in the diner, Tony’s with his family, there’s some mystery man in there, and it goes black. If you’re an artsy type — like Minihane you call things ‘films,’ you talk about directors — then you say it was genius. [But] it sucked. It was awful. Almost as bad as the ‘Seinfeld’ finale. But he did leave you wondering, did Tony die?”

Thornton called the show “pretentious” at times.

Added Callahan: “When ‘Sopranos’ was good, there was nothing better. When it was bad, there was nothing worse. It was awful.”

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