After the bombings that killed three and wounded more than 150 people at the Boston Marathon Monday, would Miami still hold a race for 25,000 runners next week?
Yes, says Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, adding that "We cannot let fear stop our daily lives, so we're going to do what we have to do."
Hans Huseby, who founded the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run back in 1985, told The Huffington Post that City of Miami Police met internally on Monday and gave the group the green light to hold its 5K race on April 25 through downtown Miami.
Regalado said discussions of security logistics between law enforcement and city officials were underway. "The police department is designing a plan to make sure that everything is going to be okay," Regalado said. He said the plan will include an increased police presence and K-9 units, and runners are being asked not to bring bags or backpacks.
Huseby said that he expects to meet with police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue on Wednesday to go over the new security measures. But for now, their okay "means they have assessed the threat possibilities and the dangers, and for them it's a go," according to Huseby.
However, Huseby reports that many of those running are anxious about the race in light of the graphic scenes from Monday's tragedy in Boston.
"We've had a lot of phone calls and emails, especially yesterday, asking, 'What's going on? What's happening?'" he said.
"And that's understandable, because with yesterday's tragedy, God bless, everybody's wondering," he continued. "That's a tough blow, especially for the running community. I mean, we're pretty innocent folks in a lot of ways."
The mayor said that the city is doing what it can to allay those fears. "The city of Miami is doing whatever it takes to guarantee the safety of the people. That's our commitment. That's our duty. We want the people to go out, to go to the playoffs, to go to the marathons," Regalado said.
On whether there are any plans to honor the Boston victims during the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run, Huseby said, "It's still a little early; we're still shell-shocked. But I wouldn't rule out a moment of silence -- whether or not we can get a Miami crowd to be silent."
Huseby, who ran the Boston Marathon in 1981, called the bombings a "double-hit tragedy."
"One, as a participant in years past," he explained, "and then, as an organizer, you kind of go, 'Geez louise.' For us, this is never going away."
Huseby said the Palm Beach Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run, at which 1,500 runners are expected, will also proceed as planned on April 17.
This article has been updated with remarks from the mayor.
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04/19/2013 2:30 AM EDT
GLOBE: Bombing Suspect In Custody, Another Remains On The Loose
One marathon suspect has been captured, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation.
Another remains on the loose in Watertown after a firefight with police. Authorities have established a 20-block perimeter as they search for him.
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04/19/2013 12:44 AM EDT
Unconfirmed Photo Of Suspect 2 In Boston Marathon Bombing Emerges On Facebook
Just hours after the FBI released the first photos of suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, a new photo of Suspect 2 may have emerged.
David Green, 49, of Jacksonville, Fla., had just completed his first Boston Marathon, when he snapped a picture with his iPhone 4S, taken at 2:50, just after the two blasts ripped through the finish line area, killing three people and injuring more than 180 others.
The FBI has not publicly confirmed this photo as Suspect 2, but Green told the Huffington Post that an agent told him, "this is probably the best we have right now."
The man who appears to be Suspect 2 is wearing a white hat with a "3" on the side as seen in the publicly-released photos.
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04/18/2013 10:19 PM EDT
Boston Bombing Victim in Iconic Photo Helped Identify Attackers: Bloomberg
Minutes before the bombs blew up in Boston, Jeff Bauman looked into the eyes of the man who tried to kill him.
Just before 3 p.m. on April 15, Bauman was waiting among the crowd for his girlfriend to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. A man wearing a cap, sunglasses and a black jacket over a hooded sweatshirt looked at Jeff, 27, and dropped a bag at his feet, his brother, Chris Bauman, said in an interview.
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04/18/2013 9:04 PM EDT
Federal Law Enforcement Says Suspects Stayed To Watch Carnage: CNN Reports
04/18/2013 7:26 PM EDT
Right Wing Journalist Goes Ballistic During Press Conference
BOSTON -- Moments after the FBI revealed images of two baseball cap-wearing men wanted for questioning about the Boston bombings, the press conference descended into a sideshow.
A journalist from a far-right wing website called Info Wars shouted out a question accusing the government of carrying out the attack that killed three, and maimed or injured 170 others.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Deslauriers ignored the allegation of a government conspiracy from reporter Daniel Bidondi, but the Alex Jones protege did not stop hollering.
"The FBI lies," Bidondi said. "We've got the proof," he said accusing the government of a "false flag" attack in which it staged the blasts and made them appear like the work of terrorists.
Bidondi found himself at the center of an media scrum with cameras and microphones pointed at his face after law enforcement officials left the podium in the Sheraton hotel.
Another reporter ridiculed Bidondi from across the room, telling him to shut up and calling him an asshole.
The excitement quickly dissipated as reporters returned to delivering the news about the official images of the suspects.
Bidondi has been a presence at other press conferences this week related to the bombing investigation.
--Michael McLaughlin / HuffPost Crime
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misspelled Bidondi's last name. We regret the error.
04/18/2013 7:00 PM EDT
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04/18/2013 6:46 PM EDT
Facial Recognition Expert Reacts To FBI Photos
Dr. Ralph Gross, a facial recognition expert at Carnegie Mellon University, said the FBI photos of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing are likely too grainy to be matched against a driver's license database or Facebook. But he thinks they may be just good enough for someone who knows the individuals to identify them.
"The resolution isn't particularly good. The one that's kind of best is unfortunately a side view -- and in general the face recognition software works best with frontal view," he said.
Research has consistently found, however, that people can spot people they know even in grainy, off-center photographs.
"Humans are actually very good at recognizing people that they are familiar with," Gross said. "Somebody that might know these guys, or might know the way they dress, might certainly be able to recognize them."
The FBI said the men should be considered armed and dangerous, and urged tipsters to call 1-800-CALL-FBI if they believe they have information that could lead to an arrest.
04/18/2013 6:21 PM EDT
Daily News Doctored Photo
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04/18/2013 5:37 PM EDT
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04/18/2013 5:30 PM EDT
FBI Website Down
CNN reports that, because of a flood of traffic, the FBI's site is temporarily down.
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