From the story in today's Boston Sunday Globe:
"Tsarnaev had led many of them [his friends at Cambridge Rindge and Latin] to believe that he was getting good grades at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and had turned down attending Northeastern because it offered him less financial aid. He let it be known that he had become a significant pot dealer on campus. And Tsarnaev, as always, seemed intelligent and level-headed and rarely spoke about family problems or his relationship with his older brother.
They have since learned that Tsarnaev never got into Northeastern, and that he was failing most of his UMass classes. His parents had gotten divorced and left for Dagestan just before he started college. His brother had started to embrace a radical form of Islam.
Tsarnaev’s transformation was nearly impossible to detect, they say, though a closer reading of some of his Twitter messages has made some friends wonder whether there were signs they missed.
Chris recalled bumping into Tsarnaev in Cambridge three months before the bombing, and that his friend was particularly “reserved and quiet.”
Later that day, Tsarnaev posted on his Twitter page: “Cambridge got some real, genuinely good people but at the same time this city can be fake . . . ”
Chris wondered if that message showed hostility toward him — or his hometown. That same day, Tsarnaev also posted on Twitter: “I don’t argue with fools who say islam is terrorism it’s not worth a thing, let an idiot remain an idiot.”
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