BOSTON (AP) — WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — It's been far from a normal Friday in Boston and the surrounding area, as thousands of officers with rifles and armored vehicles swarm the streets. They're continuing the search for a 19-year-old college student who is wanted in the Boston Marathon bombing.
Boston and some of its suburbs are still at a virtual standstill. Public transit systems have been idle today, and people in Boston were told to stay where they are. Several area colleges and universities were locked down. And the Red Sox and Bruins have postponed their games tonight.
A man staying at a veteran's shelter in the shadow of City Hall said the scene was "creepy" -- with helicopters flying overhead, and authorities with automatic weapons in the streets.
Residents and tourists alike were frustrated and angry by the shutdown.
One man visiting from New York -- wandering the empty plaza beside a statue of Samuel Adams -- says it took him an hour and a half to find a cup of coffee. A couple from Dallas had been hoping to visit the Museum of Fine Art, Fenway Park and other landmarks -- but instead were having a hard time just finding a restaurant that was open.
235-a-10-(Kurt Schwartz, director, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, with reporters)-"pick you up"-Massachusetts Emergency Management Director Kurt Schwartz says any workers in downtown Boston who made it in before subways and buses were shut down still have a couple of ways to make it home. (19 Apr 2013)
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223-a-06-(Mayor Thomas Menino, Boston, in news conference)-"terrorists win over"-Boston Mayor Thomas Menino says the people of his city and the surrounding area will overcome the terrorist attack. (19 Apr 2013)
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GRAPHICSBANK: Boston Police Special Operations officers in tactical gear during manhunt for suspect in 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Watertown, Massachusetts, partial graphic (19 Apr 2013)
APPHOTO MAEA113: Ron Sanders of Amesbury, Mass. talks on his cellphone on a near-deserted street in downtown Boston Friday, April 19, 2013, as a call to "shelter-in-place" remains in effect for Boston and some area communities. Two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during their getaway attempt in a long night of violence that left one of them dead and another still at large Friday, authorities said as the manhunt intensified for a young man described as a dangerous terrorist. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) (19 Apr 2013)
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