- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 16, 2013

From the world of sport to finance, people are taking a moment to reflect on the tragedy that befell the Boston Marathon on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange observed a moment of silence before the opening bell at 9:20 a.m. Men in blue blazers stood silently on the exchange’s floor, a dynamic contrast to the typical scene of hectic, gesturing traders.

The pair of blasts that killed three and injured roughly 150 people near the finish line shortly before 3 p.m. also produced an outpouring of support from athletes tied to Boston’s beloved Red Sox.

“During hard time like this the stronger stay together and our nation is the best at it,” Red Sox slugger David Ortiz said on his Twitter account.

“It’s sad, man,” Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon, who played for the Red Sox for seven seasons, told MLB.com. “Patriots’ Day is a big thing in Boston. Sox play at 11 o’clock. It’s all ruined. Families are ruined, lives are ruined. For what? It’s just sad.”

Mr. Papelbon said he used to live near the site of the explosions.

Officials in London, meanwhile, plan to forge ahead with their high-profile marathon on Sunday — even if it requires a thorough review of their security measures.

“This is one of those instances where the best way to show solidarity with Boston is to continue,” Sports Minister Hugh Robertson told BBC.



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