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TODAY's Takeaway: Boston Marathon victim finds 'new normal'; KISS to hire vets 

April 11, 2014 at 3:47 PM ET

Natalie runs with Boston Marathon victim Celeste Corcoran, Jonathan Gutierrez recounts the Calif. bus crash and KISS makes a big announcement on the plaza.
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Natalie runs with Boston Marathon victim Celeste Corcoran, Jonathan Gutierrez recounts the California bus crash and KISS makes a big announcement on the plaza.

1. Celeste Corcoran, one of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, told Natalie, “Every single day since April 15 has been a post-marathon day. We're trying to find our new normal,”

Natalie will join Celeste’s sister, Carmen, on April 21 to run this year’s race.

“This time is going to be different, I think, because of the emotions,” Natalie told the anchors. “I think as I'm running, I'm going to be thinking about how far everybody's come just in the last year.”

Video: In the latest installment of TODAY’s “Shine a Light” series, Natalie Morales, who will be running in the Boston Marathon, sits down with some survivors training for this year’s race, even though they’re still recovering from the bombing last year.

2. Jonathan Gutierrez, one of the survivors in California's college tour bus crash, described the accident to Savannah.

“There was an emergency exit but there were too many people in the bus trying to get out, so students that were there broke the windows, and that helped a lot of us get out safely — not safely, but get out of the bus," he said.

Video: Jonathan Gutierrez, 17, one of the survivors of a deadly collision between a bus carrying high school students and a truck, joins TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie to discuss the accident.

3. Legendary rockers KISS made a big announcement on the plaza: They're looking to hire two veterans as roadies to work their 2014 Heroes Tour.

"People have to realize that the freedoms and the liberties that we enjoy here, we take for granted,'' lead singer Paul Stanley told Matt. “We owe them everything, so if we can hire a few of them, just to bring attention to the fact that we owe them everything.”

Video: The legendary band visit TODAY to talk about their upcoming tour, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday, and hiring two veterans as roadies for their tour.

4. Cartoonist Lincoln Peirce joined the anchors to set the final (and longest) record in this week’s Spring Breakers TODAY series: “Longest Cartoon Strip by a Team.”

The panels snaked around Rockefeller Plaza (including the rink!) and measured 3,920 feet.

Video: With help from school kids from around the country, “Big Nate” cartoonist Lincoln Peirce sets a Guinness World Record on TODAY for the longest comic strip in the world. The strip is so long it snakes around Rockefeller Plaza.

5. Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, spoke about their foundation, the Rainforest Fund, and how “exciting and frightening” it is to bring a show to Broadway.

Video: The legendary singer and his wife, Trudie Styler, join TODAY to talk about their foundation, the Rainforest Fund, and the musical that Sting is bringing to Broadway in October.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway! 

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