What the runners did when the bombs went off
Lisa Verrico was passing Mile 21 when her cell phone pinged in its arm holster. Then it pinged again. And again.Without breaking stride, she took it off her arm and looked: text messages from friends and family. Are you all right? Are you hurt? And then: A bomb went off at the finish line. Verrico stopped running. READ MORE >>
The Boston bombing was a tragedy we can't prevent
The U.S. security establishment has, since September 11, 2001, gotten pretty good at making sporting events safe. About $2 billion per year goes into security at competitions, and the number rises to $6 billion in years with gigantic productions like an Olympics and a World Cup. READ MORE >>
Marathons push ordinary people to be extraordinary. One photo from Monday's bombing made that clear.
The devil is in the details, and the infernal detail that stood out in the early reports from the deadly explosions at the finish line of today's Boston Marathon is that they occurred at 2:50 P.M. That was nearly five hours after the first wave of runners, including the top-ranked men, were scheduled to begin the race (in fact, the top-ranked women began even earlier). READ MORE >>