April 20, 2013

Across America, a week of chaos, horror – and hope

'It seems to be a spiral of things happening one after the other. It can be inundating on your senses.'

Jesse Washington / The Associated Press

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In this Wednesday photo, a mourner reacts during a candlelight vigil at City Hall in Cambridge, Mass. in the aftermath of Monday's Boston Marathon explosions.


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People react as an explosion goes off near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston on Monday. Event after nail-biting event, America was rocked this week, in rare and frightening ways, with what felt like an unremitting series of tragedies.

AP / The Boston Globe, David L. Ryan

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While authorities tried to determine Thursday how many had died in the fertilizer plant explosion — many victims were feared to be first responders who rushed into the inferno — the FBI released photos and videos of two suspects in the marathon attack.

"It's been a rough week for the country," said House Majority Leader John Boehner. "It's been a rough week, but we're thankful for the blessings of life and the opportunity to live in a country whose people always look out for each other."

Finally, on Friday morning, the nation awoke to news that one suspect and a police officer had been killed — after the suspects hurled explosives during a car chase and had a shootout in the residential community of Watertown.

In Chicago, the cover of the Redeye newspaper on Friday was a giant red RESET button. "That was a rough one. Who's ready for next week?" the caption said.

Jesse Bonelli, a video game artist who lives in locked-down Watertown, stayed inside his house Friday and sharpened a machete — just in case.

"It's something I usually keep hanging on the wall, but it's the only weapon I have," he said. "I want to be ready in case anyone bursts into the house. After everything that happened this week, I keep wondering what's next."

All day Friday, Boston was shut down, public transit halted and people ordered to stay in their homes as thousands of police and federal agents chased down the fugitive.

He was finally captured on Friday night.

"God has not forsaken Boston. God has not forsaken our nation," Rev. Miranda had said a few days earlier, at the prayer service. "He merely weaves a beautiful bright tapestry of goodness that includes a few dark strands."

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Emergency personnel on Thursday search the rubble of an apartment destroyed by an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas.


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Federal agents wearing hazardous material suits inspect a trash can on Friday outside the house of Paul Kevin Curtis in Corinth, Miss. Curtis is in custody under the suspicion of sending letters covered in ricin to President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss.



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