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Boston Lockdown

From Boston to Ferguson: Have We Reached a Tipping Point in the American Police State?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

To our detriment, local police -- clad in jackboots, helmets and shields and wielding batons, pepper-spray, stun guns, and assault rifles -- have increasingly come to resemble occupying forces in our communities.

Gov Recounts 'Tough' Decision To Close Boston During Hunt For Bomber

AP | BOB SALSBERG | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics

BOSTON (AP) — Several days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Gov. Deval Patrick received a call in the pre-dawn hours from a top aide telling him t...

Out of Terror, Togetherness

Tracy Strauss | Posted 06.12.2014 | Impact
Tracy Strauss

In the days after the marathon bombing, I witnessed so many Bostonians experiencing a mental state I'd had as my normal baseline for years: intrusive memories, intense shock, fear, anger, sadness.

Book of Odds Looks at the 2014 Boston Marathon

Amram Shapiro | Posted 03.31.2014 | Crime
Amram Shapiro

Boston is the home of Book of Odds, and in memory of those killed and wounded, and in honor of the bravery and solidarity displayed by so many, we use our tools to look at the odds of this horrific attack.

Ron Paul Slams Police Response To Boston Bombings

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics

Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said Monday that the response of law enforcement officials to the Boston Marathon bombings should frighten Americans mo...

More Challenges on the Boston Bombing

Renee Parsons | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Renee Parsons

How is it that no one at the FBI, presumably the agents who conducted the interview(s), trained to be more observant than the average citizen, did not recognize Tamerlan?

Marathon Monday

Michael Chase | Posted 06.29.2013 | Crime
Michael Chase

I jumped on top of my wife to cover her. I remember yelling directions at Lauren. We were able to scramble into a safe position. All the while my brother was still on the phone screaming at me to tell him what happened. All I could muster to him was "Get out of the city!"

Boston: How Good Overwhelmed Evil

Tyler Wells Lynch | Posted 06.25.2013 | Media
Tyler Wells Lynch

Bostonians were not cowering in their homes, fearful of what's outside, unwilling to confront reality. I know Boston. We are not a fearful people. What happened on Friday was an expression of a culture's respect for justice and the show of force that is sometimes needed to find it.

Should Boston Have Been Shut Down?

Matthew Dunn | Posted 06.24.2013 | Crime
Matthew Dunn

There is a risk that terrorists will view the Boston bombings and the aftermath as a new template to commit abhorrent acts -- make a small cut against American society, go on the run, gun down a cop, and ultimately transform a small cut into a massive event.

LOOK: Photo Of Heroic Boston Cop Goes Viral

Posted 04.23.2013 | Parents

Terror fades, goodness lingers. Already, one of the lasting images from the standoff in Boston is of this officer delivering milk to a family who coul...

Cambridge Strong: Tips for Students Returning After Bombs and Lockdowns

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 06.22.2013 | Parents
Nancy Rappaport

Students in Massachusetts were on spring break last week, so when they resume their routine tomorrow, we need to assess the impact of the tragedy and create a plan that restores a sense of security.

No, It Will Never Be the Same

Lise Balk King | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Lise Balk King

I woke up this morning to a robocall from my son's middle school here in Cambridge, assuring me that our "scholars" would have support for processing this past week's events. And as I dropped him off at the front door of the now always-locked building, I cried.


Samantha McGarry | Posted 06.21.2013 | Parents
Samantha McGarry

At some point today, I have to sit down my five-year-old son and have a conversation I don't want to have to have. One that will bring back memories of another conversation we had to have just over four months ago. One that upset him then and which will upset him now.

He Could Be My Son

Simi Singh Juneja | Posted 06.21.2013 | Parents
Simi Singh Juneja

He could be my son: the oval face; the close-set dark eyes; the curly black hair; tall and lanky. My son was born in 1993, same as the Boston Bomber suspect. As a mother of a swarthy young man, I'm always vigilant about the similarities in appearance of a terrorism suspect.

Cain and Abel and the Boston Brothers

Claudia Ricci | Posted 06.21.2013 | Crime
Claudia Ricci

Rather than hating the bomber, it seems better to me that we should love the lesson about choice that he so painfully teaches.

The Boston Marathon Bombing In 50 Tweets, 5 Videos

Craig Kanalley | Posted 06.20.2013 | Technology
Craig Kanalley

Over the course of the past week, we witnessed the power of real-time news reporting with a major story. Here's a look back at 50 tweets, including 15 pictures, and five YouTube videos (one for each day) that tell the story of the Boston Marathon bombing, from beginning to end.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, the president called the Senate's rejection of gun control a "shameful day for Washington." The media had a few shameful days of its own, led by the New York Post's appalling (and inaccurate) "Bag Men" front-page photo. In the end, an extraordinary effort by law enforcement and the public (including the hospital bed ID offered by the grievously wounded Jeff Bauman) brought a rapid, if surreal, end to the hunt for the perpetrators of the Boston bombings. "This has been a tough week," said the president, "but we've seen the character of our county once more... They failed because we refuse to be terrorized." The best way to continue that refusal is to stay true to our values.

What Rights Should Terrorists Have?

Jim Moret | Posted 06.20.2013 | Crime
Jim Moret

I recognize, as a lawyer, that when you infringe the rights of one citizen you threaten the rights of all citizens. But #2 arguably abandoned and disavowed those rights when he (allegedly) declared war against his people and his country.

Watertown Perspective: The Boston Marathon Suspect Manhunt on Friday

Michelle Hagopian | Posted 06.20.2013 | Crime
Michelle Hagopian

I take for granted how wonderful it is to live in a country where, on the average day, I do not fear for my life. I know not all Americans have that luxury. But ever since 9/11 and the upswing in mass shootings, I've been uneasy. This week has been a wakeup call that we are never truly safe.

Animals: Helpers and Heroes in Scary Times

Anne Zeiser | Posted 06.19.2013 | Parents
Anne Zeiser

My "Mom" instincts overtook my journalist and news junkie instincts and I turned off the TV, knowing the cumulative effects of media. As a concerned parent, I've learned two things so far from the Boston Marathon tragedy.


Nancy Rappaport | Posted 06.19.2013 | Impact
Nancy Rappaport

As the hostage negotiation continued and we sat down to dinner, I prayed that we'd come out of lockdown a safer, more caring community. I loaded the plates and raised a glass, with the hope that my fellow citizens will find the strength to heal.

Ode to Spring Two Miles From Watertown

Heidi Legg | Posted 06.19.2013 | Crime
Heidi Legg

What's it feel like to be in lockdown less than two miles from the danger with two young children soon to wake? Surreal, jittery, fraudulent and achingly real.

We're Free

Doug Anderson | Posted 06.19.2013 | Crime
Doug Anderson

As I'm writing this, the surviving suspect is being carted off to the hospital under police escort.We're free. We're proof that being free is not the end of the world. It's the end of his world.

24 hours Locked Down in Watertown

Ivy M. Welch | Posted 06.19.2013 | Crime
Ivy M. Welch

The last 24 hours have been surreal. While I have had more than enough time to wrap my mind around this situation at hand, I still feel as though I am living in a slight haze.

Boston Lockdown: Thoughts From a Pakistani-American Muslim

Azeem Khan | Posted 06.19.2013 | Crime
Azeem Khan

The post 9/11 discrimination against Muslims has already started again, and it will only get worse. The only way that we as a country will be able to get over this is by standing together. We are all American.