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Boston Marathon Terrorism

When I heard about the explosions at the Boston Marathon, and started reading the confused and nervous reports that soon followed, my mind turned back to 9/11. Milling about with co-workers on Pennsylvania Avenue that hot day in 2001, I'd felt more lost than scared. I knew the unthinkable had happened, but that wasn't the hard part at that moment. Far worse was not knowing if the unthinkable had ended. And not having any way of finding out. My sense is that a similar bewilderment was part of what made the past week so especially distressing for Bostonians.
It's been called the sweetest left turn in the world, the corner of Hereford that leads to the final stretch of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street. For a few hours, once a year, Boylston becomes the hallowed ground for thousands of runners. Boston on this day doesn't become the name of the city. It's the name of the race, run on Patriot's Day, also known by those who line the 26.2 mile route as "Marathon Monday." Citizens and runners alike love the event. No question. So when I heard about bombs and Boston, it was a shock to the system. I know more than several runners down there and I've literally been in their shoes, struggling down that final straightaway. The finish of the Boston Marathon is the happiest place for a runner, where dreams are fulfilled.
Two bombs exploded in the area near the finish line at the Boston Marathon, one of the most famous races in the world, shortly
There are reports that an explosion has gone off near the finish line at the Boston Marathon. A number of users on Twitter