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PostSubject: Boston Marathon   Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:27 pm

I have just heard the dreadful news in Boston and my heart goes out to the families and victims at this terrible time. I do hope you and yours stay safe and well at this very sad time.
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PostSubject: Re: Boston Marathon   Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:41 pm

Horrible news! I just don't understand the mentality of some who could do that with no conscious. Very tragic!

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PostSubject: Re: Boston Marathon   Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:16 pm

Oh my goodness! I didn't know anything about this until I came to this link and read the condolences you were all sending. This is awful! I will be sending positive vibes to those people involved. Take care--all of you!

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PostSubject: Re: Boston Marathon   Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:59 pm

I didn't even know until I read an email from my mother in Tucson (the scene of, obviously, another tragedy not so long ago) a couple hours after it happened! I was relaxing--it's the first day of Spring vacation--watching Copper on DVD (I recommend it) and then went grocery shopping.

When I lived in Newton, after first moving to the Boston area, I walked over to where the route passes by and sat and watched the runners for a couple hours. Now, though, I'm 45-60 minutes away by car and I'm not really interested in watching it on TV. But since hearing about what happened today, I've had the TV news on; naturally, all the local stations are covering it and not even showing the national network newscasts (which would normally be on right now). The latest is that a child is one of the two killed.

It's very sad; Patriots Day is a great historical holiday here--that's why we're on school vacation for the week. I don't know if it's better or worse that it wasn't a mass shooting by a maniac with a gun.

Thank you on behalf of Boston for your thoughts!

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PostSubject: Re: Boston Marathon   Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:10 pm

This has really hit home for me as I visited that area, on an average of once every two months in my 'previous life' and has shades of the 7/7 attacks on London. That was something I had some involvement with, and as I lost my own mobility within days due to an accident, I could really relate to the victims. I so wish I was still working and able to help in this tragic attack.

People will be working very hard for justice.
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PostSubject: Re: Boston Marathon   Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:31 pm


SK--you mean you visited Boston??? Gosh, if we'd only known each other then, we could've had a meet-up! Anyway, I clearly remember the London attacks. They found the perpetrators eventually and I am confident whoever was behind the attack today will also be found, even if it does take years.

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PostSubject: Re: Boston Marathon   Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:19 pm

God bless everyone in Boston! I got my MA there in the 80s and remember the marathons, and the happy crowds and enthusiastic runners, very well. And I have friends and family there, so that is very frightening. My prayers go out to the victims and families all the frightened.
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PostSubject: Re: Boston Marathon   Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:40 am

Ghislaine - I visited the US very frequently (all over the place), at one point about four times a month. I know Boston well, and used to stay in a hotel in the Back Bay area. Yes, I have kicked myself that I didn't know people on the board then - but until I stopped that job I never had time to write, so never visited any of these boards. Shame, Huh?
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PostSubject: Re: Boston Marathon   Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:53 am

Same as Keays - had no idea anything had happened until I came on the board.

Warm thoughts and condolences from accross the pond - what a sad, sad ending to what was such a happy community type event.
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PostSubject: Re: Boston Marathon   Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:52 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families and all those this affected.

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PostSubject: Re: Boston Marathon   Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:33 am

So today I'm wearing a bracelet, because the weather is nice and spring-like, that was made by an Apache silversmith in Tucson, and it just occurred to me... If the law had an Apache tracker with them in Watertown, MA, today, I bet they'd catch Suspect #2 real quick! sm No, it's really not something to joke about but I am familiar with the area where they are searching because, when I lived in Newton, I used to go to those malls in Watertown as well as other places in that area. The New York Times put it best earlier: Surreal. So please forgive me for my morbid sense of humor.

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PostSubject: Re: Boston Marathon   Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:37 am

Ghislaine - A sense of humour is what gets people through tough times. Not only are you forgiven, but we are all sending good thoughts to all the folks over there, and we hope this ends quickly and well. grouphug
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PostSubject: Re: Boston Marathon   Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:07 am

I'm surprised the authorities know so quickly who they are! Wonder if they would have been identified so fast if they hadn't robbed the convenience store. scratch They don't say crooks are the smartest. Hoping they'll catch the younger suspect soon - these two have done enough harm in this world!

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PostSubject: Re: Boston Marathon   Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:15 am

The marathon runner who is in that picture in the wheelchair(he lost both his legs-tragic), identified one of the bombers when he woke up in the hospital. The bomber stood next to him, and looked straight at him when he put the backback down, so apparently he gave a very good description of the man. Robbing the convienience store and hijacked a car etc. led to them sooner, but it looks like the police and FBI would have tracked them in time no matter what.
I'm not sure if these guys were really all that stupid. They were college men-one at least was in Chambridge. Possibly not savvy enough to have a get-away planned, or not to have thought ahead that far. However, one apparently went out of the country last year-possible jihadi training. They could have had handlers up until the bombings, who then dropped them after this was accomplished, and their getaway could have disappeared. Or, since they apparently dropped bombs on the streets since the marathon bombings, they may have thought they would go out big after murdering more people, and planned on suicide all along. We probably won't know unless they catch the younger brother alive.

I shoiuld add that not only is all of this speculation, but that the news is being presented and retracted so fast-maybe the story about the runner???

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PostSubject: Re: Boston Marathon   Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:41 pm

It's just so bizarre here! When I drove from New Hampshire back to Massachusetts earlier this afternoon, there were two state police cars sitting in the median strip of the highway, pointed south towards Boston, which is where that road goes. I have never seen that before. It's got to be related. In my area, an hour or so away from where everything is going on today, things are pretty normal, with people out and about.

BJ, where did you hear/read/see that Jeff Bauman, the poor guy who lost his legs, identified one of the suspects? I've been watching, obviously, all the local news broadcasts (well, not Fox, or the cable news stations since I don't get them)--nothing else is on TV here; it's been non-stop coverage of the terror attacks and its aftermath since 7am today [it's now after 4], and the same for the previous days too as far as I can tell--as well listening to the radio and reading the Boston Globe and New York Times online with their frequent updates, as well as the BBC, and none of these media sources have said anything about that. That would be pretty amazing if Bauman did do that.

Tamerlan Tsernaev lived in Cambridge, was married to an American and had a daughter. At least, that's what most sources are saying. Dzhokar, the younger brother still at large, was a student at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, which is about an hour south of Boston. According to people there, he was on campus this week after the bombings. Why they wanted to rob a 7-11 is beyond me but if they hadn't, who knows when they would have been found. It's just too bad that one cop was killed and another wounded during their getaway.

Can you tell I'm a bit obsessed about this?! Well, I think everyone in this area is right now!

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PostSubject: Re: Boston Marathon   Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:18 pm

Bloomberg made the report about the runner; not the mayor, the news site:

http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-19/boston-bombing-victim-in-iconic-photo-helped-identify-attackers.html


Now someone is saying the robbery at the 7-11 isn't related.

It looks as though the second suspect is pinned down?

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PostSubject: Re: Boston Marathon   Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:20 pm

I don't blame you for being obsessed, Ghislaine. I would be too if it were so close to home.

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PostSubject: Re: Boston Marathon   Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:22 pm

Am I confused? I thought it was the younger brother who was killed and its the older one who is still at large? And I believe I heard on the news this afternoon that it wasn't them who robbed the convenience store. But there is so much info coming and going that it is hard to keep track. It's a shame; they are both so young and obviously intelligent, but brain-washed right from the get-go! Makes you wonder who is really pulling the strings here.

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PostSubject: Re: Boston Marathon   Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:34 pm

Ahh. Just read on Yahoo News online a report that Jeff Bauman ID'ed them. Good for him! But odd that none of the other media have mentioned this.

http://omg.yahoo.com/blogs/celeb-news/bradley-cooper-julian-edelman-visit-boston-bombing-victim-160826161.html

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PostSubject: Re: Boston Marathon   Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:54 pm

Aparently they caught the younger brother alive. The Boston Globe just reported three other college-age persons arrested as additional suspects.

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PostSubject: Re: Boston Marathon   Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:02 pm


Just watched the 9:30pm news conference by all the agencies involved in apprehending the younger brother. (Yes, Keays, it was the older one, Tamerlan, who was killed in the shootout last night.) It's still not clear if the 7-11 robbery was by these two suspects or not--it was asked at the news conference but the answer wasn't clear. There were other questions that weren't answered, either. I'm watching now the people in Watertown applauding all the law enforcement personnel as they are driving away. Just heard that the suspect is at a hospital in Boston, not the local one in Watertown. The name isn't being broadcast, for obvious reasons. But maybe, now that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in custody, maybe we'll get some answers as to why he and his brother did this.

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PostSubject: Re: Boston Marathon   Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:19 pm

Thanks Ghis. I've been listening to the evening news as well so got that straightened out. Glad they have the younger one in custody now (of course) but even more glad they got him alive. Hopefully he will stay that way so some questions can be answered.

Shook my head at their aunt insisting that it was all a set up and both parents denying the legitimacy of it. But I suppose when it's your own children etc. you just don't want to see the truth!

It'll be interesting to hear why they did it. Aside from the usual religious/political rhetoric that is.

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PostSubject: Re: Boston Marathon   Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:39 am

What a horrible tragedy! I just want to say kudos to our law enforcement officials and everyone involved for doing such a fine job of identifying and pursuing the bombers. It was amazing how quickly they managed to do it!
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