5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS MORNING – SPECIAL BOSTON MARATHON EDITION

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A woman is comforted by a man near a triage tent set up for the Boston Marathon after explosions went off at the 117th Boston Marathon in Boston

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the individuals, families and the amazing volunteers who were affected by yesterday’s tragedy.  We are strong people, and we will pull together to help our brothers and sisters.  Here’s a round up of some of the news out of Boston.

Google has set up a person finder for the Boston Marathon explosion.  If you’re looking for someone at the Boston Marathon or have information, Google has set up a Person Finder for the event. (Google)

A brief history of terrorist attacks in Boston. If confirmed as an act of terrorism, the two explosions that struck the Boston Marathon’s finish line on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring dozens more, would represent the first such attack to strike the city in recent history. (Foreign Policy)

Photos from the Boston Marathon explosion.  Please be advised that some of these images are graphic. (The Atlantic)

Witnesses describe the chaos and scene of carnage.  Roupen Bastajian, a state trooper from Rhode Island, was receiving his finisher’s medal after completing the Boston Marathon when he heard an explosion behind him. He thought it was a cannon, something ceremonial. He turned and saw the second blast, and ran toward the white smoke, hoping to help anyone he could. (The New York Times)

So, who could be behind the Boston Marathon attack?  There are few solid clews so far in the bombing that killed two and sverely injured hundreds. (The Daily Beast)

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