Al Qaida has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in Paris. The motive for the attack by the Kouachi brothers was to avenge what the brothers believed to be blasphemy against the prophet Mohammed. But there may be another motive for the timing of the terrorist attacks in Paris. Al Qaida has a penchant for timing some of its more spectacular attacks to coincide with the court trials of its operatives in captivity.
Brannock Brannock, a Boston Marathon bombing victim, slides to the edge of her wheelchair. She looks down at a pair of carefully selected gray New Balance sneakers. And stands. Her thigh slides deeper into a soft plastic socket as she shifts her weight from her right leg to her new prosthetic leg. The bone where her left leg was amputated sends a sharp, shooting pain, and she starts to cry. Not because it hurts. Because she is about to walk again, her first steps in 173 days.
City police and organizers of this weekend's Baltimore Marathon say they are stepping up security after explosions shook the end of the Boston race this spring, joining other recent running events that have placed restrictions around the finish line.
Twenty-some years ago, when I already had kids and a friend was thinking about having one, she admitted to me that she really doesn't like children much, but I assured her she would like — and love — her own.
The mistakes made by social media and cable TV after the Boston Marathon bombings have continued reverberating with the discovery last week of the body of a young man falsely accused of being a suspect. We saw similar patterns after the Newtown shooting, and we need to look at this trend before the media get any further out of control.
BOSTON — By 2:42 p.m., eight minutes before the first bomb blast triggered chaos along the marathon course here, Carol Downing's daughters and son-in-law were positioned perfectly to watch her sprint across the finish line.
By By Kevin Rector, Yvonne Wenger and Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun