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post #1 of 42
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Very unfortunate and tragic events occurring in Boston. My thoughts and prayers are with those affected.

 

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/15/explosions-near-finish-of-boston-marathon/?hpt=hp_t1

post #2 of 42
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Hearing about potential "devices" at JFK Library now as well. What the hell is wrong with people? I understand that we live in a very screwed up world, but events like this just make me sick and give me no hope for humanity moving forward. Even though I imagine the good people in this world outweigh the bad, it only takes one sick bastard to ruin the lives of so many other people. I am not saying these events were carried out by one individual, I'm just venting in general. These disgusting and unnecessary tragedies just make me sick...

post #3 of 42

Yep pretty messed up and very sad.

 

Everyone is playing in everyone else's back yards - this is what happens. It's disgusting

post #4 of 42
I actually was watching the marathon on TV this morning, hoping to see Shalane Flanagan become the first American winner since the 1980s. (She stuck with the lead pack until the last mile, but faded to fourth place at the end.)

I've been running for a few years now; it seems like all the money I used to spend on tee times is now going to race entry fees! I've been training for a 10K this weekend, and was running my last hard workout before the race at a local track this afternoon. I was walking back to my car when a push alert appeared on my phone about the explosion. I haven't run a marathon yet, but am planning to next spring. My goal is to break four hours for my first marathon; the explosions were set off just as the 4:00 runners were reaching the finish line.

Yeah, this is affecting me a little bit.
post #5 of 42
Whoever did this, **** you from an adopted Bostonian. I hope you die in pain.
post #6 of 42
I was in the middle of a three-hour exam when it happened, and only found out when someone noticed my Red Sox hat and asked he how I was doing. As someone who grew up and still lives most of the year in Hopkinton, MA, the starting line of the Marathon, this hits home. I've got a few friends who ran the Marathon, and even more who are glad they didn't. My mom was working at a hospital in Boston for the day (not sure why, since she usually works in Newton, a few towns away), so there was a short period of time when I was worried for her safety, as well as the safety of several of my best friends.

All I will say is: today is Patriots' Day in Massachusetts. Today more than ever.
post #7 of 42

Absolutely horrific.  I hope all sandtrappers and their families are safe.

post #8 of 42
Because of the date, because of the location, and because of the fact that the last .2 miles of the marathon route were dedicated to the memory of 26 who lost their lives at Sandy Hook, I suspect this is an act of domestic terrorism, and the person or people who perpetrated this heinous tragedy saw it as an act of patriotism. If that is the case, they are dead wrong .
post #9 of 42

As a marathon runner (not fast enough to qualify for Boston) and American this is a national tragedy.  I can't imagine the wave of emotions those having just crossed the finish line or coming up on it went through when they found out that some of their fellow runners were hurt or killed by such a senseless act of violence. 

 

My thoughts go out to all the families affected and hope that whoever is responsible for this is brought to justice in the most torturous way possible. 

post #10 of 42

For we Bostonians, it is more than just a race.  It is a jubilant event.  It is run on Patriots Day which commemorates the Battles at Lexington and Concord, April 19, 1775.  We are very proud of this day here and the Marathon is a state-wide celebration for Massachusetts.  Everyone knows someone who is running and a great many of them are running for charity.  Every local channel has TV coverage of the race, an not just the elite athletes, but for everyone.  The entire route, from Hopkinton to Boston is lined with supporters cheering on the runners.  That is why people love to run Boston, because of the fan support.  It can get so loud with cheers that the runners say it is deafening.  They run harder and keep going, pushing through pain and exhaustion, because the fans literally lift them to the finish.

 

My wife and I were tracking two friends that were on track to finish at around the time of the explosions.  We were worried sick that they may have been at the finish or that their loved ones were there watching.  They both were OK and were stopped just before the finish.  An eight year old boy, there to watch his dad run, died.  His mother and sister are both gravely injured.

 

It is a sad, sad day for Boston.

post #11 of 42

We will stand together as a city. This an atrocious act of cowardice that hopefully goes severely punished. I was so impressed with the first responders jumping in to help the injured. Be nice to live in a world where this bullshit didn't go on.

post #12 of 42
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Originally Posted by Bo the Golfer View Post

We will stand together as a city. This an atrocious act of cowardice that hopefully goes severely punished. I was so impressed with the first responders jumping in to help the injured. Be nice to live in a world where this bullshit didn't go on.

 

In a really disgusting, tragic, act of cowardice and malice towards innocent people... the shining light in that cloud of darkness was seeing first responders running towards the scene. Not only them, but other bystanders as well. It is really refreshing to see so many people put aside their own fears and act so selfless in a time of need. 

post #13 of 42

i heard they have a suspect and are attempting to make an arrest today

post #14 of 42
http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/17/us/boston-blasts/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Quote:
(CNN) -- Authorities arrested a suspect Wednesday in the fatal bombings at the Boston Marathon, a federal law enforcement source told CNN's Fran Townsend.
Details about the suspect's identity and motive were not immediately available. News of the arrest was first reported by CNN.
Investigators identified the suspect based on two videos taken before Monday's attack, the federal law enforcement source told Townsend.
One of the videos was surveillance footage taken at the nearby Lord & Taylor department store, the other was shot by a Boston television station, a source who has has been briefed on the investigation exclusively told CNN's John King.
The development came after a chaotic day in which investigators revealed more details about the makeup of the bombs and apparently unrelated scares over letters containing ricin gripped the nation's capital.
post #15 of 42

The link indicates no arrest so far. Sounds like they might be getting close though!
post #16 of 42
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Originally Posted by David in FL View Post

The link indicates no arrest so far. Sounds like they might be getting close though!

CNN changed the article between the time I posted it here and when you saw it. d2_doh.gif

Sounds like they jumped the gun a bit.
post #17 of 42
I hate it when they do that! a3_biggrin.gif
post #18 of 42
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Originally Posted by David in FL View Post

I hate it when they do that! a3_biggrin.gif

Such a terrible job there by CNN. In their race to claim "FIRST!", they just gave so many people affected by this a really false sense of hope.

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