Crude — but deadly.
That’s how the bombs that went off near the finish line of Monday’s Boston Marathon were being described the day after terrorism struck at an American institution that dates back to 1897.
The Associated Press reported: “The bombs that ripped through the crowd at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 170, were fashioned out of pressure cookers and packed with metal shards, nails and ball bearings to inflict maximum carnage, a person briefed on the investigation said Tuesday.”
Meanwhile, stories of heroism surfaced — from first-responders, doctors, service members and the general public — who did all they could to help those in need, including people who suffered horrible injuries that included the loss of limbs.
“We started grabbing tourniquets and started tying legs. A lot of people amputated,” said Roupen Bastajian, a state trooper from Smithfield, R.I., who had just finished the race when the explosions occurred.
”That’s what Americans do in times of crisis,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley, a Boston mayoral candidate, was quoted by ABC News. “We come together and we help one another. Moments like these, terrible as they are, don’t show our weakness; they show our strength.”
President Barack Obama said that the bombings were an act of terrorism but that “the American people refuse to be terrorized.”
As of Tuesday afternoon, no arrests had been made, and no one had claimed responsibility for the bombings.
“We will go to the ends of the Earth to identify the subject or subjects who are responsible for this despicable crime, and we will do everything we can to bring them to justice,” said Richard DesLauriers, FBI agent in charge in Boston.
Boston sports writer Jimmy Golen, who was covering his 18th Boston Marathon when he heard the bombs go off, wrote about the magnitude of the annual race:
“People outside Boston, people who aren’t runners, are likely to think of the Boston Marathon as a sporting event, but it is really at least four different events at once.
“There is the elite athlete race, the one shown on television that usually ends with a Kenyan handed a silver trophy and crowned by an olive wreath. There are the recreational runners who train for years to make the qualifying time, then spend another year preparing for the hilly trip from Hopkinton to Boston’s Back Bay. There are the runners who get into the race by promising to raise money for charity — a tradition that has collected more than $128 million over the past 25 years.
“And then there is the 26.2-mile parade in which hundreds of thousands line the course on Patriots Day, when schools and many businesses are closed for the day.”
Americans won’t allow events such as the Boston Marathon be ruined.
Security — from the White House to public gatherings — was obviously stepped up amid all the uncertainly in the wake of the bombings in Boston. Vigilance, not doubt, is critical.
At the same time, Americans have shown time and again that they’re in no mood to let terrorists — large organizations or individuals, foreign or domestic — eliminate their enjoyment of life.
In Huntington, for example, a group is already organizing a run to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Huntington Road Runners secretary Ricky Campbell said the 2.62-mile run will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday starting at the Marshall University Memorial Fountain. Candles will be lit before the start of the run.
That’s the spirit we applaud following Monday's tragedy.
Crude — but deadly.
COLUMN: Freedom of Information — if you can pay
Several years ago, I made a Freedom of Information request to a local government agency. Within the five business days, as required by law, a packet of information was delivered to the office. I expected a bill, as most government offices have a charge that ranges from 25 cents to $1.25 per page for copies of the documents we request.
The reassuring spirit of Easter: One of new hope and beginnings
During the sub-zero and snow-filled months of winter, we maintained a spirit of hope that spring was on the way. It has now become a reality as all nature stretches and yawns and awakens once more to a new beginning. The fragrance of spring awakens our waiting nostrils, the budding beauty of new life brightens our eyes, and the reassuring idea of renewal stimulates our minds.
Unsung heroes handling calls in emergencies are appreciated
Thankfully, we live in a community where help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, just by dialing three numbers — 9-1-1.
During this week, which is recognized as National Public Safety Tele-Communicator’s Week nationwide, we need to remember that on the other end of that line are the men and women here in this county who are always there in case of accident, crimes, medical emergencies and any other catastrophic event.
Message to ‘buckle up and park the phone’ is saving lives
A figure that we haven’t seen that much in recent years is the highway death toll for a given period.
Is the death toll up, down or just about the same as it was?
The West Virginia Southern Regional Highway Safety Program has announced there were 325 highway fatalities in 2013, the second-lowest number on record.
State native Burwell can ‘deliver results’ as Health and Human Services secretary
Sylvia Mathews Burwell might not be a name with which most people are immediately familiar.
For the past year, she has run the budget office under President Barack Obama.
Prior to that, she served as president of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Development Program and later the Wal-Mart Foundation.
Marion scores well in recent health report but could do better
When it comes to area-wide studies, especially on health, there’s usually good news and bad news.
So was the recent report on the health of America’s counties released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently. The nationwide county study evaluated health outcomes and health factors, and ranked counties accordingly.
COLUMN: ‘Instant’ news not always reliable
That little word has a pretty big meaning. With origins that date back to the 15th century, it means urgent, current, immediate.
But think about how that word has developed over the past few decades.
Instant pudding. Instead of slaving over a hot stove for a few minutes, you can now pour cold milk and with a bit of stirring, instant pudding!
Decision to be an organ donor can save lives
Chelsea Clair watched as her father died waiting for a bone marrow transplant.
So when she met Kyle Froelich at a car show in 2009 and heard about his struggles to find a kidney that would match his unique needs, she never hesitated to offer hers to the man she just met.
Volunteers continue to have priceless impact on community
Chances are, you know someone who volunteers. Perhaps you’re a volunteer yourself.
Marion County is full of volunteers.
They read to our youth.
They assist nonprofit agencies.
They serve on boards and committees.
And in 2013, they spent a day picking up nearly 10 tons of garbage that had been tossed out on public property around Marion County.
Proposed school calendar lives up to letter and spirit of law
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