boston lockdown

To our detriment, local police -- clad in jackboots, helmets and shields and wielding batons, pepper-spray, stun guns, and assault rifles -- have increasingly come to resemble occupying forces in our communities.
In the days after the marathon bombing, I witnessed so many Bostonians experiencing a mental state I'd had as my normal baseline for years: intrusive memories, intense shock, fear, anger, sadness.
Boston is the home of Book of Odds, and in memory of those killed and wounded, and in honor of the bravery and solidarity displayed by so many, we use our tools to look at the odds of this horrific attack.
Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said Monday that the response of law enforcement officials to the Boston Marathon bombings should frighten Americans more than the attack itself.
Residents of Watertown, Mass., were told to stay indoors for much of April 19, after Dzhokhar and his older brother Tamerlan
How is it that no one at the FBI, presumably the agents who conducted the interview(s), trained to be more observant than the average citizen, did not recognize Tamerlan?
I jumped on top of my wife to cover her. I remember yelling directions at Lauren. We were able to scramble into a safe position. All the while my brother was still on the phone screaming at me to tell him what happened. All I could muster to him was "Get out of the city!"
Bostonians were not cowering in their homes, fearful of what's outside, unwilling to confront reality. I know Boston. We are not a fearful people. What happened on Friday was an expression of a culture's respect for justice and the show of force that is sometimes needed to find it.
There is a risk that terrorists will view the Boston bombings and the aftermath as a new template to commit abhorrent acts -- make a small cut against American society, go on the run, gun down a cop, and ultimately transform a small cut into a massive event.
Students in Massachusetts were on spring break last week, so when they resume their routine tomorrow, we need to assess the impact of the tragedy and create a plan that restores a sense of security.
I woke up this morning to a robocall from my son's middle school here in Cambridge, assuring me that our "scholars" would have support for processing this past week's events. And as I dropped him off at the front door of the now always-locked building, I cried.
At some point today, I have to sit down my five-year-old son and have a conversation I don't want to have to have. One that will bring back memories of another conversation we had to have just over four months ago. One that upset him then and which will upset him now.
He could be my son: the oval face; the close-set dark eyes; the curly black hair; tall and lanky. My son was born in 1993, same as the Boston Bomber suspect. As a mother of a swarthy young man, I'm always vigilant about the similarities in appearance of a terrorism suspect.
Rather than hating the bomber, it seems better to me that we should love the lesson about choice that he so painfully teaches.
Over the course of the past week, we witnessed the power of real-time news reporting with a major story. Here's a look back at 50 tweets, including 15 pictures, and five YouTube videos (one for each day) that tell the story of the Boston Marathon bombing, from beginning to end.
This week, the president called the Senate's rejection of gun control a "shameful day for Washington." The media had a few shameful days of its own, led by the New York Post's appalling (and inaccurate) "Bag Men" front-page photo. In the end, an extraordinary effort by law enforcement and the public (including the hospital bed ID offered by the grievously wounded Jeff Bauman) brought a rapid, if surreal, end to the hunt for the perpetrators of the Boston bombings. "This has been a tough week," said the president, "but we've seen the character of our county once more... They failed because we refuse to be terrorized." The best way to continue that refusal is to stay true to our values.
I recognize, as a lawyer, that when you infringe the rights of one citizen you threaten the rights of all citizens. But #2 arguably abandoned and disavowed those rights when he (allegedly) declared war against his people and his country.
I take for granted how wonderful it is to live in a country where, on the average day, I do not fear for my life. I know not all Americans have that luxury. But ever since 9/11 and the upswing in mass shootings, I've been uneasy. This week has been a wakeup call that we are never truly safe.
My "Mom" instincts overtook my journalist and news junkie instincts and I turned off the TV, knowing the cumulative effects of media. As a concerned parent, I've learned two things so far from the Boston Marathon tragedy.