Thursday, April 18, 2013


Boston is forever changed, but forever strong. 

On Monday, I was on Boylston Street watching the wheelchair racers speed towards the finish line. There was an undeniable excitement in the air. Just like very year, people were holding handmade signs of support and ringing their cowbells - excited to watch these real-life superheroes do what they've trained months to do. No one could have imagined that true evil would visit our city that afternoon.

We all know what happened. Three innocent people, killed by savages. More than 180 others were hurt. Their lives and their families lives were changed in the blink of an eye. I returned to Boston on Wednesday, 48 hours later. All of those smiles I saw were replaced with looks of concern. Boylston Street was shut down, blocked off by police, Humvees and armed military. All of the local media covering the marathon were joined by national and international press.

Out of all of this, comes good. On Monday, many marathoners ran to the hospital to donate blood to the victims. On Wednesday night, dozens of restaurants in Boston came together to donate some of their profits to survivors. Once Boylston Street opens up, be sure to give its restaurants and stores your business. They need it more now than ever. #bostonstrong

A sea of police tape near Boylston Street.
John King & Wolf Blitzer of CNN broadcasting live. Notice the Humvee in the background.

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