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The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Good morning! Here are the nine things you need to know as you kick off your Wednesday.

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.

1. #BOSTON MARATHON: The FBI have released details linking pressure cooker bombs hidden in dark backpacks to the Boston Marathon blasts. Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama will travel to Boston tomorrow to take part in an interfaith service in memory of the victims.

2. #BOSTON VICTIMS: Details have emerged of those killed in the bombings, including 8-year-old Martin Richard. Martin’s sister Jane, 6, lost one of her legs, while their mother Denise underwent surgery for a brain injury. Another victim, 29-year-old Krystle Campbell was killed while watching the race with a friend, while the third person, a Chinese graduate student, has not yet been named.

3. #CROKE PARK II: The Government must now come up with a new way of to save €1 billion from the State payroll after Croke Park II was rejected yesterday by two of the country’s biggest unions. SIPTU president Jack O’Connor said the vote reflected the sense of grievance among public service workers.

4. #THATCHER FUNERAL: Former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher’s funeral is taking place in London today with world leaders from 170 countries expected to attend. Security has been stepped up for the ceremony with military and police figures outnumbering mourners by two-to-one.

5. #SAVITA: The inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar, who died on October 28 at Galway University Hospital, resumes today. The 31-year-old dentist’s husband, Praveen, is expected to attend proceedings today but will leave when evidence is presented about the post-mortem on his wife and daughter.

6. #TESCO: For the first time in almost 20 years, Tesco has announced a drop in its profits. Irish sales were down by 0.3 per cent, which the supermarket blames on austerity measures. The supermarket giant also announced that it was closing its stores in the US.

7. #BAN HOODIES: An independent town councillor in Castlebar, Co Mayo has called for a debate on the issue of wearing hoodies. Michael Kilcoyne said criminals are using them to avoid identification.

8. #FRTC: A 30-year-old motorcyclist was fatally injured when a car collided with his motorcycle at Dagwelds Cross at Blackwood in Naas, Co Kildare. He was taken to Naas General Hospital but was pronounced dead last night.

9.#BATMAN: A man who handed over a friend to police in the UK in February while dressed as Batman has been charged with burglary. Police said  Stan Worby, 39, has been charged after police stopped a vehicle on Sunday, according to BBC News.

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