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Boston Marathon Explosions Kill At Least Two, Dozens Injured



BOSTON - Two explosions near the finish line at the prestigious Boston Marathon on Monday have killed at least two people and left dozens injured.

During a news conference late Monday afternoon, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said a third explosion was registered at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and was treating the situation as “an ongoing event,” Reuters reports.

Police are investigating the source and possible motives of the blasts amidst speculation about potential terrorist plots. The Boston Globe was reporting as many as 100 injuries.

The explosions occurred more than four hours after the start of the race, as a stream of runners were still finishing the 26-mile (42 kilometer) contest.

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President Obama receiving updates on Boston before addressing the nation (White House)

In addition to first responders in Boston, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is responding to the explosion. There were conflicting reports about whether police had a suspect in custody.

The Boston Marathon, considered by many to still be the most storied road race, has been held since 1897, and is known for its difficult course through the hilly streets of the historic Massachusetts city.

The moments before, during and after the explosions, from Boston Globe

Aftermath from CNN

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Migrant Lives

They Migrated From Chiapas When Opportunities Dried Up, Orchids Brought Them Home

An orchid rehabilitation project is turning a small Mexican community into a tourist magnet — and attracting far-flung locals back to their hometown.

They Migrated From Chiapas When Opportunities Dried Up, Orchids Brought Them Home

Marcos Aguilar Pérez takes care of orchids rescued from the rainforest in his backyard in Santa Rita Las Flores, Mapastepec, Chiapas, Mexico.

Adriana Alcázar González/GPJ Mexico
Adriana Alcázar González

MAPASTEPEC — Sweat cascades down Candelaria Salas Gómez’s forehead as she separates the bulbs of one of the orchids she and the other members of the Santa Rita Las Flores Community Ecotourism group have rescued from the rainforest. The group houses and protects over 1,000 orchids recovered from El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, in the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas, after powerful storms.

“When the storms and heavy rains end, we climb to the vicinity of the mountains and collect the orchids that have fallen from the trees. We bring them to Santa Rita, care for them, and build their strength to reintegrate them into the reserve later,” says Salas Gómez, 32, as she attaches an orchid to a clay base to help it recover.

Like magnets, the orchids of Santa Rita have exerted a pull on those who have migrated from the area due to lack of opportunity. After years away from home, Salas Gómez was one of those who returned, attracted by the community venture to rescue these flowers and exhibit them as a tourist attraction, which provides residents with an adequate income.

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