Tuesday News Reads: Updates On Boston Marathon Bombings and Iran Earthquake

Morning All…

I will start this post with thoughts for those of you in Boston, who wake up this morning to a different city. I am sure the raw numbness is still with you….I know it will linger for some time. Boston Boomer covered the bombings yesterday, and she is probably exhausted and worn out. So I will just post some updates for you. Here is the cover of the Boston Globe this morning:

The Boston Globe 2013-04-16 07-44-20

NBC News:Boston on high alert after marathon bombing kills 3, injures scores – U.S. News

Huffington Post: Boston Explosion News: At Least 3 Dead, 140 Injured In Marathon Bombing (LIVE UPDATES)

Terror at Boston Marathon: 3 dead, 144 wounded – CNN.com

Authorities Search Apartment in Probe Into Deadly Boston Marathon Blasts- FoxNews

Boston explosions: three dead, no arrests, no claims of responsibility | World news | guardian.co.uk

LIVE UPDATES: Boston Marathon Bombing, Day 2 – ABC News

But this is not the only story breaking today. There has been a huge earthquake in Iran:

Iran Earthquake | Liveblog live blogging | Reuters.com

Reuters is reporting 40 deaths…

Strong Earthquake Is Felt Across Wide Area of Asia – NYTimes.com

Iran earthquake: LIVE UPDATES — RT News

Hundreds feared dead in 7.8 Iran earthquake, also felt in New Delhi, Gulf States — RT News

7.8 earthquake hits Iran, felt in New Delhi, Gulf States

It is going to be a loooong day…see you in the comment section below…treat this as an open thread and post anything you like.

98 Comments on “Tuesday News Reads: Updates On Boston Marathon Bombings and Iran Earthquake”

  1. Pat Johnson says:

    Though I live 90 miles from Boston I have family in friends there. Patriot’s Day in the Commonwealth has always been a big deal. The past is always present in MA where the American Revolution led us on our path to freedom. We will never be the same.

    We will soon know what happened and why. What we do know is that though love can be spread as evidenced by those who ran back to help, hatred can only explode. Who hates enough to do this evil act? This is the world we live in.

    What we also know is that one person’s twisted view on life becomes devastation for countless others. The dead, the injured, the traumatized will live with this event for the rest of their lives.


    • I hope your granddaughters get some help dealing with what they saw yesterday. You are right about it staying with these people for the rest of their lives.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Yes, Pat. Hug your granddaughters, your son and daughter-in-law close. I’m so sorry for what they went through, but so glad they weren’t physically injured.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Hi JJ, Thanks for doing this. The boy who was killed has been identified as Martin Richards of Dorchester. His younger sister and mother were also seriously injured. His sister lost a leg. His dad was running in the Marathon and Martin had waited at the finish line for him and then was walking back to the sidewalk when the explosion happened. I’ll look for links on this. Friends and neighbors in Dorchester were getting together this morning to grieve together, according to WBUR.

    Here’s one link at ABC News.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Another child seriously injured:

      Spectator Aaron Hern, 11, of Martinez, Calif., was another young victim injured when flying shrapnel dug into his thigh as he was waiting for his mother to cross the finish line. Hern is being treated at Boston Children’s Hospital.

      “He was waiting for his mom to go through the finish line to take pictures of her and shortly before she got there, the bomb went off,” family friend Janene Sides told ABC News affiliate KGO-TV.

      On Facebook, Aaron’s mother, Katherine, said her son was in stable condition in the ICU late Monday night. Hern said Aaron would have additional surgeries and is expected to be hospitalized for seven to 10 days.

      Hern’s injuries are similar to what doctors at two Massachusetts hospitals described Monday night, hours after the explosions. Some of the most critical patients sustained lower extremity injuries from debris.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Maine man who lost two sons, one in Iraq and his younger brother who committed suicide in his grief, helped injured people before first responders arrived. Said it was like a bloody war zone.

  4. Pat Johnson says:

    In reading the stupid media reactions to this tragedy I am reminded that though the events dominate coverage, it just goes on and on for 24 hours when little is really known until much later.

    Every single news outlet suspended regular programming to cover the tragedy. Film was played endlessly to fill up the time. Talking heads were invited to offer conclusions based on opinions which led to so much hot air filling the airwaves as morsels of information were fed to the public, some of it untrue.

    I had to turn it off after awhile since so much of it was little more than “opining” about facts that had yet to be discovered. Chris Matthews blabbering on about this or that theory was just as annoying as other outlets that rushed to make knee jerk assertions in fixing blame.

    Every network and cable outlet was onboard, dragging out “commentators” alongside the same relooped footage in order to fill the void.

    I can’t help but remember Paddy Chayefsky and his masterpiece “Network” that essentially laid out the ground work for this coverage that invites “ratings”.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I can’t watch TV. I’ve been listening to WBUR.

    • Fannie says:

      It strikes me wrong, as I listened to Joe Scarface (husband has it on in am), and all he can do is call in the MALES, he couldn’t find one female to interview…………..every fucking one of them were men………………it was the same thing that Bush did, called all the men to talk in the media, and you think there wasn’t one female who could offer up her talking points. And there sits Mika………..calling out Sect. Tom Ridge, Gov. Tom Ridge. and all the other republicans that I am sure Joe lined up to investigate……………..I will say that during the FBI conference, one woman came forward, Carmen Ortiz……………..I suppose somewhere in time women will be called as experts on bombings, security, and government’s role therein.

      Oh, and I couldn’t help but note Joe bringing up “Benghazi” and how this is unforunate that Boston Bombing happened on HIS WATCH. …………..Mabye it’s just me, the truth is I tossed and turned, and didn’t sleep very good.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Interesting how Republicans constantly forget that 9/11 happened on Bush’s “watch.”

        I agree with you about Joe S. I don’t know how Mika can take it, sitting there surrounded by men who will shout her down if she dares disagree with them.

    • janey says:

      I agree totally. It is the shortcomings of our news. A lot of speculation and no real evidence. They should concentrate on what was a great response by so many, especially bystanders. Boston will survive. But there should be a special penalty for whoever killed a child and wounded other children. Solitary confinement for life with no contact with any human comes to mind.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Per NPR: FBI says there are “no obvious signs” that this was an attack by someone trained overseas.

  6. bostonboomer says:

    Press conf. about to start.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    Gov. Patrick speaking.

    Only two explosive devices were found. There were no unexploded bombs.

    More than 160 injured.

    Thanks first responders for extraordinary work. Has called hospitals to thank them.

  8. bostonboomer says:

    There’s a counseling center set up downtown.

    Everyone should remain vigilant.

  9. bostonboomer says:

    Mayor Menino. It’s kind of calming to hear his voice and thick Boston accent.

    Say’s let’s keep working together to help each other. Has never seen law enforcement pull together like this. Boston will get thru this. Again, this is an info and counseling center–didn’t get phone #

    24-hour hotline has received calls from all over the world.

  10. bostonboomer says:

    Rick DesLauriers, FBI special agent in charge. Doesn’t say anything new. Just PR.

    It’s an active investigation, no new threats. Interviewing witnesses and processing crime scene–could take a long time. Need assistance from public to develop timeline. Thanks for all info so far. Please keep helping.

  11. bostonboomer says:

    Just want to say that if anyone didn’t read this op-ed in the NYT yesterday, please try to read it sometime today. “Gitmo is Killing Me”

    An inmate describes the horrors he and other have been through. He has been there for 11 years with no charges–he’s completely innocent and has been cleared for release, but is still being held. He’s now on a hunger strike with many others.

    This is so shameful. Our tax money is paying for this to be done in our name.

  12. NW Luna says:

    Found out that the 78-yr old man in the photo of BB’s post #3 lives about 20 miles from me. Glad he was able to get back up and finish the run. So sad about others who could not.

    BB, take care of yourself too. JJ, too, and Pat, and everyone else. Can’t find the right words — we all have either been too close to horrible violence ourselves, or know someone who has been.

  13. RalphB says:

    Saw this yesterday and thought it was a good reaction .

    Howard Dean: Obama Might Drive Me Out Of The Democratic Party

    WASHINGTON — Howard Dean has had it with President Obama’s budget proposal, saying the plan put forward by the White House might just drive him from the Democratic Party he once led as DNC chair.

    On Sunday night, Dean tweeted that the restoration of some defense sequestration cuts contained in Obama’s budget proposal were a step too far when coupled with the president’s entitlement cut proposal that progressives like Dean are already livid about.

    “If this is true I may have to become an independant [sic],” Dean wrote, before linking to an April 10 article by Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s Josh Green.

    “I just think that’s unacceptable,” Dean said. “If this passed I would have to reevaluate if I belong in the Democratic Party. If this were passed with Democratic votes, I think it would be impossible to be Democrat.”

    “I would have to oppose any Democrat that is supportive of this,” Dean added.

  14. bostonboomer says:

    I just heard something about the search in Revere. A local reporter says that a reliable source told him that the Saudi national who was in the hospital lived in that apartment. His roommate was also a Saudi. They were living out of suitcases and the lease was nearly up. The roommate may have been arrested.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I got the impression from the news conf. that they suspected a homegrown terrorist.

      • RalphB says:

        If the Saudi has been a student in the US for some time, he may qualify as homegrown for all practical purposes.

      • bostonboomer says:

        It’s just that they said “saudi national.” We have thousands of students here from the Middle East, India, Asia. I admit I don’t want this to be an attack by a muslim. I’m more fearful of Islamophobia than anything.

    • Beata says:

      On their ticker tape news thread earlier this morning, CNN mentioned the Saudi who is hospitalized and also said the Saudi government is cooperating in the investigation. Nothing about an arrest. I don’t know what to make of it either.

    • Beata says:

      CNN now reporting the apartment of the two Saudis in Revere, MA has been searched. Nothing suspicious was found. The two Saudis were cooperative with authorities.

      • bostonboomer says:

        That’s good news.

        • Look at this:Right Wing Blogs’ Massive Fail: Injured Saudi Is a Witness, Not a Suspect – Little Green Footballs

          Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, Jim Hoft, and practically every other right wing blogger on the Internet immediately jumped on a New York Post story that turned out to be false, claiming that a Saudi national had been taken into custody in the Boston bombings. Today the Washington Post reports that the Saudi man was injured in the blasts, and is a witness, not a suspect.

          U.S. law enforcement officials said Tuesday that a Saudi national injured in the Boston Marathon bombing is regarded as a witness, not a suspect.

          The Saudi, who is recuperating at a Boston hospital, is in his 20s and is in the United States on a Saudi scholarship to study at a university in the Boston area.

          The federal officials’ explanation echoed comments by a Saudi official at the country’s embassy in Washington. The embassy official said that a Saudi national has been questioned as a witness but is not regarded as a suspect.

      • Beata says:

        CNN: One bomb was in a metal pressure cooker placed inside a black backpack.

  15. Fannie says:

    I sure in the hell would like to know if Sec. Janet Napolitano is going to step up to the plate, and take some questions, and give some answers as to what she knows………………We are waiting Janet, it’s part of your JOB……………

    • bostonboomer says:

      What would she know though?

      • Fannie says:

        Well, she is an actor that we pay and she can at least address the issue of “safety” if nothing else. Surely she mills about with those who know something.

      • bostonboomer says:

        I suppose so, but I’d rather hear from the people who are directly investigating. I’d rather keep the Feds out of it as much as possible. The local Boston FBI office is in charge. I don’t care what Homeland Security people think. I’d rather just have that whole department eliminated, frankly.

      • Fannie says:

        I see your point, about elimination……………I’ve always been against the patriot act, and nod in agreement about FBI.

  16. Fannie says:

    Did you know that we haven’t hired a ATF director for over six years……….and that we have fewer agents now than we had back in the 1970’s? Do you know who is blocking the hiring of a new director? The NRA has been fighting this because they see the role of ATF as policing the gun industry, and they are the one’s blocking the appointement of Bureau Chief. Now is the time for Obama to come out and just do it, and fight back on the NRA’s control. It might help make our cities safer and get a grip on where these explosives are coming from, and/or made.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Yes, it’s awful. Republicans won’t confirm anyone to the post. I’m starting to really dislike gun nuts. SCOTUS decided that prez can’t make interim appointments anymore.

      • Fannie says:

        I was reading an article in the Sacto Bee, regarding the Sierra Army Depot in Herlong, Ca. They arrested a civilian employee, Mr. Devon Biggs on federal counts related to the theft of government property……………..several agents were involved and on the day he was busted he had done over $85,000 dollars worth of “technologically advanced thermal images, lasers, scopes, and modified automatic rifles with adjustable stock and converted to accept a sound suppressor sales.”……………Don’t know how long this nut has been stealing and dealing, and what all has left the depot, but it’s cases like this that helps the likes of the Timothy McVeighs wanna be, and the NRA gun nuts.

        To top it off, in Ontario, Or. two men were injured with life threatening injuries when a homemade bomb went off Sunday……… There names were not released, because the police do not know whether it was an accident or deliberate attack.

        WTF, do you think the two men were readying themselves for a pinick or what? It’s cases like this all over our country that need to be examined.

    • dakinikat says:

      The ATF is a big fat bug up the ass for right wing militia nuts. The top NRA guys practically fall into that category. It’s another one of those throwback things to the neoconfederate movement.

  17. bostonboomer says:

    It was so fortunate that there was a well equipped medical tent right near the sites of explosions and so many world class hospitals nearby as well. It’s amazing there weren’t more deaths. There are still 14 people in critical condition though.

  18. dakinikat says:

    Salivating Over The “T” Word


    But what makes this all feel even more contrived is that a number of outlets made an editorial decision before Obama’s remarks to describe what happened as terrorism. Now of course I don’t think any outlet made that call in order to set up a story about whether Obama would follow suit.

    But I do have a strong sense that most major media outlets typically distinguish terrifying violence from violent terrorism by examining motive. No political or ideological motive? Not terrorism. You might disagree with that distinction, but it’s been pretty consistent. It’s why everyone feels comfortable calling the Unabomber a terrorist, but not the perpetrators of the Sandy Hook massacre.

    • I would lump Lanza as a terrorist, a suicidal mass murder terrorist. His weapons were guns instead of bombs. It all creates the same fear and panic. I feel that this is terrorism too…but do not automatically label it Islamic, right-wing, home-grown, foreign or domestic…I am so sick of the shitheads that nit pick over this crap. If it is shit, call it shit. If it is shine-o-la, it ain’t shit. This was bombs at a marathon. It was an act of terrorism. Notice though, there is no adverb describing what kind of terrorism.

  19. Fannie says:

    Dak, the Fort Hood Massacre comes to mind.

  20. bostonboomer says:

    This is disgusting. Saw on Twitter that right wingers have gotten the name of the Saudi student who isn’t even a suspect now and are posting it on line.

  21. bostonboomer says:

    Man found out on Reddit that his friend is alive. Friend was photographed in a wheelchair after the bombing. He was a runner. Story at the Atlantic. His name is Jeff Baumann and he is in stable condition but may have lost a leg. He father said Jeff had to have both legs amputated.


  22. Fannie says:

    Meanwhile, Carroll University, (Wisc) on lockdown, armed gunman………..Tarrant County College (Texas)on lockdown, gunman….El Segundo, female holding boss at gun point (Calif)….and 62 year old shoots his neighbor, and turns himself in (Calif)……..Another, and another, and another, and another.

  23. bostonboomer says:

    Nouriel Roubini just destroyed his reputation.

  24. Where were the bomb-sniffing dogs? I am inclined to think that they should have had them patrolling the area. I would be interested to know what pre-race precautions were taken, as well as during the event.

    • prolixous says:

      The area had been swept twice earlier in the day with dogs prior to the explosions.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Yes. In fact I just heard on WBUR that the area of the finish line was swept minutes before the elite runners arrived.

      • RalphB says:

        I heard the last sweep was on the wrong side of the street though.

  25. Image and caption via George Takei on fb:


    I want to share this simple, beautiful image. This is Martin Richard, 8, who was killed in yesterday’s attack. His sister and mother are critically injured. His message, “No more hurting people–Peace” is something we should all seek to honor, and remember him by.

  26. bostonboomer says:

    A second fatality was Krystle Campbell of Arlington–the town I live in.

  27. I found a few links you may be interested in:

    5 viral stories about Boston attacks that aren’t true – CNN.com

    As always, news discovered online (or anywhere else, really) should be double-checked before it’s passed along — especially in times of tragedy.

    Here are some of the most widely shared untrue news items we’ve found on social media in the past 24 hours.

    Typical crap indeed.

    The Boston bombing produces familiar and revealing reactions | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

    There’s not much to say about Monday’s Boston Marathon attack because there is virtually no known evidence regarding who did it or why. There are, however, several points to be made about some of the widespread reactions to this incident. Much of that reaction is all-too-familiar and quite revealing in important ways:

    (1) The widespread compassion for yesterday’s victims and the intense anger over the attacks was obviously authentic and thus good to witness. But it was really hard not to find oneself wishing that just a fraction of that compassion and anger be devoted to attacks that the US perpetrates rather than suffers. These are exactly the kinds of horrific, civilian-slaughtering attacks that the US has been bringing to countries in the Muslim world over and over and over again for the last decade, with very little attention paid. My Guardian colleague Gary Younge put this best on Twitter this morning:

    Juan Cole this morning makes a similar point about violence elsewhere. Indeed, just yesterday in Iraq, at least 42 people were killed and more than 250 injured by a series of car bombs, the enduring result of the US invasion and destruction of that country. Somehow the deep compassion and anger felt in the US when it is attacked never translates to understanding the effects of our own aggression against others.

    Read the rest of that Greenwald post…if you can.

    Then there is this:Celebrity’s Facebook post about Boston attacks goes viral – CNN.com

    Comedian-actor Patton Oswalt may not seem the most likely person to soothe the wounded national psyche after the deadly bombs that struck the Boston Marathon. Oswalt has no obvious ties to Boston, and he makes a living telling jokes, not comforting the afflicted.

    About this post:
    Boston. Fucking… | Facebook

  28. bostonboomer says:

    Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston urged National Guard to “take a pass” on Boston Marathon this year.

    If Georgia Republican Rep. Jack Kingston had had his way, the National Guard wouldn’t have been at Tuesday’s Boston Marathon when two bombs exploded, killing three and wounding more than 170. A year ago,

    The Georgia Republican pleaded with the guard’s leaders to skip participation at the annual race because state-based troops were stressed by the oncoming sequester budget cuts and the need to be in global hotspots like Afghanistan and Bosnia.

    “The Boston Marathon, we got to take a pass,” Kingston said last March during a House Appropriations Committee hearing on the National Guard’s budget.

    Awkward! As it was, at the time of that hearing, National Guard officials explained to Kingston that state, not federal, money was used when National Guard troops were deployed at things like the Boston Marathon. Now, he’s kinda sorta walking it back, a little, since he can’t just follow the lead of other Republicans in saying something generically positive about first responders:

    In the interview Tuesday, Kingston explained that his concern a year ago was more about out-of-state guardsmen getting pulled in to work at the marathon or inauguration from other states. “What I’d ask still is what would be the reason out-of-state guards would go to a marathon or an inauguration of a governor and is that a weighted reason that’s higher than sending them to Afghanistan or a flood or a disaster?” he said.
    “Random acts of violence, which could happen at marathons…an Olympics or sports event or NASCAR races or whatever, they can happen everywhere,” Kingston added. “And I don’t know that putting the National Guard there would stop a bomb.”

  29. RalphB says:

    If the pressure cooker was sealed very well, with no gun powder on the outside, wonder if a bomb sniffing dog could have missed it?

    • bostonboomer says:

      There are reports of a man seen putting backpacks in trash cans on surveillance tape during the race. He could have done it after the security check. It’s a madhouse down there during the marathon, with a Red Sox game letting out at the same time. No one would have noticed.

      We’ve never had a violent incident on this holiday–the worth thing I can recall is Rosie Ruiz jumping in and claiming she was the first women across the finish line.