Why empty streets are just as scary as fallen bodies
The iconography of terrorism tends toward the human form, but other images have profound effects as well.
Lockdowns like the one in Boston Friday are usually only for natural disasters
This morning, Boston residents—and people in the neighboring communities of Cambridge, Newton, Waltham, Belmont, and Watertown—awoke to the command that they “shelter in place.” A manhunt for a suspect in the bombing at Monday’s Boston Marathon was underway. Public transportation was suspended, taxis barred from the streets, businesses shuttered, and classes cancelled. Over 650,000 people were told to stay inside. Boston was on lockdown.
The best background info on the Boston suspects
The U.S. hasn’t paid much attention to Chechnya since the early 2000s, when the Bush Administration largely declined to intervene as rebels fought a bloody war against Russia. But with the news that the suspected Boston bombers were ethnic Chechens who moved to the United States from Dagestan in 2002, it’s time to get caught up on the separatist, predominantly Muslim Caucasian province. We’ll have more soon, but here’s what to read now:
The Boston Marathon's wounded should look to the race for what they can still achieve
The Boston Marathon's wounded should look to the race for what they can still achieve.
What makes Boston sports fans so annoying also equips them for tragedy
What makes Boston sports fans so annoying also equips them for tragedy.
What we can learn from extremely violent photography
What we can learn from extremely violent photography of the Boston Marathon bombing.
When disaster struck nearby, I logged off Twitter for a different kind of news
When disaster struck nearby, I logged off Twitter for a different kind of news.
When two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people and injuring 176, the Department of Homeland Security’s designated “center of excellence” for developing explosive detection technology was closed for the day. Why? Because the center is co-directed by Northeastern University, which, like just about everything else in Boston, was closed for Patriots' Day.
What we learned from war led to lives saved in Boston
What we learned from war led to lives saved in Boston.
How the Boston Marathon helped the fights for equal rights
How the Boston Marathon helped the fights for equal rights.