This news just saddens and mortifies me beyond words. I have a cousin who [I believe] posted a qualifying time for Boston this year, but elected to not run because his brother is getting married this weekend. I also noticed that the explosions went off 4 hours and 9 minutes into the race... when I ran my marathon in 2010, I finished in 4 hours and 2 minutes. Real scary stuff, and as a runner myself, it almost feels like some my friends were the ones who were attacked.
Praying for those injured and their loved ones.
The latest reports are 134 injured, 15 critically, with two dead at this point.
The Boston Globe is reporting this:
...just before 8 p.m., a “person of interest” was being questioned at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital in connection with the bombing according to an official briefed on the investigation. The individual was hurt in the explosion, the official said.
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For former boy band New Kids on the Block fans, joey tweeted that he crossed finish line 5 minutes before explosion & he is okay.
But we had parents who thought even their seniors should have remained totally ignorant of the event and its aftermath and cited the advice being given in the media to 'shield children". That does not mean young adults old enough to vote (or about to be) nor does it mean all children should be kept in total ignorance. Pre-schoolers (the Sesame Street audience) do not need much information at all. Teenagers need the truth and it doesn't need to be whitewashed. My problem with all this shielding of children from current events is that we can't flip a switch and make them care about the world when they reach whatever the magic age to stop the shielding is. They need age appropriate discussions of tragedies, politics, elections, everything. That is how you grow adults who care and who participate in democracy.
UMBS Go Blue and Fridge_Break...Glad you and yours are all okay and I am so sorry this has happened. That goes to all of our FSUer's who know and love Boston. I've never been, but have heard it's a great city to visit. Taking in a game at Fenway's on my bucket list, so hopefully I'll find that out for myself someday.
Those stories of people literally taking the coats off their backs to put over runners heading towards hypothermia, the runners who kept on running in order to give blood, the people who are opening their homes...There truly are good people out there who are doing whatever they can to help their city get through this. That's the Boston I've heard about from Family and Friends and the one that will get through this.
Anyone still looking for a runner or the runner's supporters is to check in at the Castle on Huntington Ave. It will be staffed tonight and they are busing runners in from outside the secure area to meet their families.
eta, if you have business in Boston outside of the restricted area, things should be fine tomorrow but parking garages may ask to inspect vehicles. Businesses on upper Boylston and upper Newbury (Exeter to the Public Garden) will be closed.
AceOn6, the golf loving skating fan
Various Press Photos from Boston Explosions and Their Aftermath
Really poignant, heart-breaking stuff in the link above
According to the info posted on the CNN Live Blog,
- Number of injured has climbed to 141. At least 17 of the injured are in critical condition, and at least 25 are in serious condition, area hospitals said.
- One of the dead is an 8 year-old boy
- Doctors are "pulling ball bearings out of people in the emergency room," a terrorism expert briefed on the investigation told CNN's Deborah Feyerick.
- U.S. Rep. Bill Keating, D-Massachusetts, who is a member of the House Homeland Security committee and has spoken to law enforcement sources, tells CNN's Dierdre Walsh that the incidents were a "sophisticated, coordinated, planned attack."
The ATF is now taking over the bomb scene. The FBI is now leading the investigation.
Wall Street Journal reports that an additional five undetonated devices have been found.
NY Times is reporting a third person has died.
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When I heard about the ball bearings, that sickening feeling I've had since hearing about this deepened. Just...
Police/FBI/DOJ presser just included that there is NOT a suspect at Brigham and Women's hospital.
I wish the news people still went with confirming/verifying info before throwing it on the air or the web. They spread rumors at Newtown and they are doing it again. It is pathetic.
sunriseon7: #CNN reporting that there have been at least 10 amputations as a result of the Boston terror attack #BostonMarathon
CNN, CBC and the BBC are all reporting the death toll is now at 3.
Careful what you click on. I clicked on a photo on one site, and it enlarged exposing the full frame including what was left of a man's lower leg. It was something I didn't really want to see. There is a warning on it now, but why do they post those photos at all.
I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.
I read that the Boston hospitals expect the death toll to rise.
"Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."
from Speedy Death
This is so heartbreaking. What a senseless act
I'm glad all FSUers andd their friends and families are OK so far. My thoughts are out with the family of the dead and wounded.