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On Tuesday, the Boston Globe bought lunch for the entire Baltimore Sun office. Not just as a random act of kindness, but something deeper, given what Globe staffers experienced in the aftermath of the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
In a letter to the Baltimore Sun, published by the Washingtonian, the Globe's editor Brian McGrory wrote, "We’re looking on from here in deep admiration and empathy for what your newsroom is doing. You’re really doing extraordinary work. Our people would like to send your people some sort of gesture of support.”
It was truly an act of copycat generosity for the Globe. Back in 2013 when its staff was swamped with marathon coverage, the Chicago Tribune bought pizzas for the newsroom. The Globe knew how much just the smallest gesture can make all the difference.
Sun assistant managing editor Pete Sweigard showed his gratitude on Twitter:
— Pete Sweigard (@petesweigard) April 28, 2015
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