Note: CLG-authored blurbs regarding the Boston explosions are below, in chronological order. Their links only point to the summaries themselves. I wanted to retain the original posts, should the media’s ‘recollection of events’ begin to… shall we say… ‘morph.’ –LRP
US Black Hawk Helicopter Crashes Near North Korea Border
16 Apr 2013 A US military Black Hawk helicopter has crashed near the border with North Korea, according to a South Korean defence official. The helicopter, identified by the Yonhap news agency as a UH-60 Black Hawk, came down in Cheolwon county, a defence ministry spokesman told AFP. The precise cause of the crash was not immediately clear, but the incident occurred during ongoing South Korea-US joint military exercises
Bomb Sniffing Dogs, Spotters on Roofs Before Boston Explosions – UM Coach
15 Apr 2013 University of Mobile’s Cross Country Coach, who was near the finish line of the Boston Marathon when a series of explosions went off, said he thought it was odd there were bomb sniffing dogs at the start and finish lines
. “They kept making announcements to the participants do not worry, it’s just a training exercise,”
Coach Ali Stevenson told
Local 15. Stevenson said he saw law enforcement spotters on the roofs at the start of the race. He’s been in plenty of marathons in Chicago, D.C., Chicago, London and other major metropolitan areas but has never seen that level of security before.
“Evidently, I don’t believe they were just having a training exercise,” Stevenson said. “I think they must have had some sort of threat or suspicion called in.”
‘Marathon as Dry-Run Disaster’ 21 Apr 2008
Today thousands of runners and hundreds of thousands of spectators are unwittingly taking part in a planned disaster. Yet, they are not just safe from harm (except for the variety brought on by running 26.2 miles), they also are participants in an event that will make the citizens of Greater Boston safer in case of a natural catastrophe or terrorist attack. Primary responsibility for the health and well-being of both runners and spectators in Boston rests with Boston Emergency Medical Service (BEMS), along with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Emergency Management Agency. According to BEMS chief Richard Serino, his department considers events like the marathon and the Fourth of July celebration as “planned disasters” – safe, controlled environments that present “an opportunity to test some things you would never want to test in a real disaster.” …Massachusetts is better prepared for a real disaster because every Patriot’s Day and Fourth of July is treated as a “disaster.”
Boston runners were warned: Squamish man
15 Apr 2013 (British Columbia) Runners getting set to take part in the Boston Marathon were warned beforehand that they were going to die, said a Squamish resident who took part in the race. Three people were killed and more than 140 were injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the famed 42.2-kilometre running event on Monday (April 15). Mike Heiliger, 59, said a woman holding several bags was telling runners who were picking up their pre-race packages in downtown Boston on Saturday (April 13) that they were going to die if they participated in the event.
As Boston reels, New York City put on high alert
16 Apr 2013 In New York City, the New York Police Department immediately beefed up security at major attractions, hotels and high-traffic spots yesterday. “We’re stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations in the city through deployment of the NYPD’s critical response vehicles until more about the explosion is learned,” NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said. After cops were briefed by NYPD counterterror officials about “what the concerns were in Boston, what to look for here,” Browne said, critical response vehicles swarmed Times Square, the Empire State Building and Radio City Music Hall. Up to 100 cops cars rallied at one point in Times Square.
Tight security will be the rule in Boston today –’That area is pretty much going to be locked down’ –Governor Deval Patrick
16 Apr 2013 Boston will be largely open for business on Tuesday, but so much will be different, as a wounded city awakens to higher security and heightened vigilance following the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon. Heavily armed police will be out in force. Bags will be searched on the MBTA. And the area around Copley Square will remain a crime scene, closed to the public. Not since the Sept. 11 attacks has Boston witnessed such a show of martial power coupled with a sense of vulnerability and grief. The scores of rifle-wielding state troopers, National Guard members in fatigues, and municipal SWAT teams who descended on the city Monday will continue to patrol on Tuesday
, particularly around the finish line of the marathon in the Back Bay.
Boston Bombs Force Game Cancellations as London Reviews Security
16 Apr 2013 The twin bombings that turned the Boston Marathon finish line into a terror scene reverberated throughout sports, forcing cancellations in the National Basketball Association and National Hockey League and a review of security plans for the London Marathon this weekend. Two powerful explosions disrupted the 116-year-old Boston race, killing at least three people and hospitalizing at least 128. Last night’s NHL game in Boston, where the Bruins were to host the Ottawa Senators, was postponed. The NBA canceled tonight’s Indiana at Boston game.
Canadian security agencies on alert after Boston explosions
15 Apr 2013 Canadian security officials are closely monitoring the situation in Boston for any potential threats to this country after two explosions struck the Boston Marathon. The Canada Border Services Agency and the RCMP are “exercising increased vigilance at points of entry into Canada,” according to a spokeswoman for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews. The Canadian consulate-general, located a few blocks from the site of the blast, bolstered security after the blasts, but all diplomats and employees were safe and accounted for, government officials said.
Security Boosted Across US After Boston Blasts –The Federal Aviation Administration places a no-fly zone over the site of the explosions as officials respond around the US.
15 Apr 2013 Police in cities across the US have begun stepping up security following the explosions at the Boston Marathon. US Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said the president’s security detail has expanded the perimeter at the White House “out of an abundance of caution”. Critical response teams have been deployed around New York City, and officials are increasing security at hotels and other prominent locations, according to chief NYPD spokesman Paul Brown. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore says the department has opened an emergency operations centre, increased patrols for transit and other critical areas including the Los Angeles Dodgers game.
Boston Marathon blasts prompt LAPD to beef up sports-event security 15 Apr 2013 Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Monday his department will increase officer deployments at sporting events in response to explosions that killed at least two and injured nearly two dozen others at the Boston Marathon…Beginning with the Dodgers-San Diego Padres baseball game Monday evening, Beck said the additional police presence would include deployment of bomb-squad personnel, dogs and other “precautions geared to preventing a similar event.”
Navy bomb unit sent to Boston –State National Guard troops at scene
15 Apr 2013 The Navy has sent one of its bomb-disposal units to Boston to assist local authorities as needed in the aftermath of the two explosions near the Boston Marathon’s finish line. The blasts killed two and injured more than 100. The three-member explosive ordnance disposal team based at Naval Station Newport, R.I., was sent to Massachusetts after state officials asked for help. Authorities are investigating the bombings and also are checking other bags and packages that may have been left unattended as terrified crowds races away from the chaos Monday.
FBI takes charge in law enforcement probe of Boston Marathon explosions
15 Apr 2013 The FBI is taking charge in the criminal investigation of the explosions at the Boston Marathon. The announcement came Monday night at a news conference in Boston whose participants included Richard DesLauriers, the agent in charge of the FBI in Boston. The FBI said it is seeking information, visual images or details regarding the explosions along the marathon route and elsewhere.
Lawmakers call Boston bombing an ‘act of terror’
15 Apr 2013 The bombs that exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon Monday are considered a terrorist attack by several Capitol Hill lawmakers, even as President Obama refrained using that description earlier in the day. “I think it has all the hallmarks of an act of terrorism,” House Homeland Security Committee chairman Mike McCaul, R-Texas, said. “Multiple bombings simultaneously. A mass casualty event – spectacular event – that’s what they always try to focus and target. So, to me, it’s got all the hallmarks of that and I believe that it is and the only remaining issue is who are the perpetrators and what’s the motivation behind it.”
3 killed, at least 144 injured in Boston Marathon blasts
15 Apr 2013 Three people were killed and 144 others were injured this afternoon as two powerful explosions detonated in quick succession near the Boston Marathon finish line in Boston’s Back Bay section, transforming a scene of athletic celebration into bloody chaos. When the smoke cleared from what officials said may have been a terrorist attack, dozens of victims lay in the street, some unconscious, some grievously injured, including some whose limbs had been torn off by the blast. Blood and broken glass covered sidewalks in the area after the blasts occurred at about 2:50 p.m.
Police Searching Apartment in Boston Suburb
15 Apr 2013 A television station is reporting that police are searching an apartment in a Boston suburb, and authorities confirm the search is part of the investigation into the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. WBZ-TV reports that police are searching the apartment in Revere. Massachusetts State Police confirmed that a search warrant was served Monday night but provided no further details.
Dow falls more than 200 points after Boston explosions
15 Apr 2013 A sell-off in stocks accelerated Monday afternoon following the news of explosions at the Boston Marathon. The Dow Jones industrial average, which had been in the red all day, fell 266 points, or 1.8%. About 120 points of that drop took place following the reports of the explosions in Boston. The S&P 500 lost 2.3% and the Nasdaq slipped 2.4%.
Boston Marathon runners for Newtown safe, finished before blasts
15 Apr 2013 Six members of the Newtown Strong team who ran the Boston Marathon on Monday are OK, according to a Facebook post from the group. “Members of the Newtown Strong team which ran in today’s marathon are safe. All runners completed the race before the explosions happened,” the post said. The runners ran the 26.2-mile event to honor the 26 people who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14. The Newtown Patch reported
there were six runners from the town in the race, including Laura Nowacki, whose daughter survived the shooting.
Suspect being ‘held in Boston hospital’ with severe injuries while another man is pictured in handcuffs
15 Apr 2013 A potential suspect in the Boston marathon attacks is being guarded by police in a local hospital, according to reports. CBS News and the New York Post have reported that there is a Saudi national in custody who was near the scene of the blasts, which were detonated near the finish line of the Boston marathon, injuring more than 100 people and killing at least two. A civilian claimed the person was acting suspiciously and chased him down and tackled him after the explosions, the CBS News correspondent reported.
Boston Marathon Explosions: Third Blast
15 Apr 2013 Two blasts happened near the race’s finish line and police confirm a third explosion at JFK library in the US city. At least two people have been killed and 22 others injured after two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, police have said. There was also a third blast at the JFK library about five miles away, officers confirmed.
China confirms 63 H7N9 cases, 14 deaths
15 Apr 2013 During the 24-hour period ending at 6 p.m. on Monday, China confirmed three new cases of H7N9 avian influenza, with one more death reported in Jiangsu Province. The National Health and Family Planning Commission said in its daily update on H7N9 cases that a total of 63 H7N9 cases have been reported in China, including 14 cases that have ended in death. The three new infections were confirmed in patients from Anhui, Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces.
Republican money backs immigration push
15 Apr 2013 As Congress readies for a drawn-out immigration debate, an expanding network of Republican fundraisers is pressing for a path to legal status for millions of immigrants living in the United States illegally… In most cases, the donors have ties to Wall Street and businesses that want more high- and low-skilled immigrants in the nation’s legal labor pool. Backed by the U.S. Chamber of C*merce, these business-minded Republican fundraisers say they’re getting a relatively receptive audience in the face of an undeniable new political reality. ['Immigration reform' is code for corpora-terrorists getting a whole new pool of cheap labor -- with US taxpayers footing the bill for the extra costs of that gift -- while ALL workers' wages are driven down. That's been Wall Street's goal from the get-go, and why Obama supports it. --LRP
Giant snails on advance in Florida
15 Apr 2013 South Florida is battling a growing infestation of the giant African land snail. The snail is considered one of the most destructive invasive species, feeding voraciously on more than 500 plant species. They can also eat through plaster walls, which provides the calcium content they need for their shells.
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