To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Do you need an extra outdoor light?
Date: Sun Oct 27 17:17:23 MDT 2013
multitude represented by all those flags that flew over the finish line.So whether folks come here to Boston for just today or they stay here for years, they leave with a piece of this town tucked firmly into their hearts. So Boston's your hometown, but we claim it a little bit, too. I know this...(APPLAUSE)I know this because there's a piece of Boston in me. You welcomed me as a young law student across the river. Welcomed Michelle, too.You welcomed me...(APPLAUSE)You welcomed me during a convention when I was still a state senator and very few people could pronounce my name right.(LAUGHTER)Like you, Michelle and I have walked these streets. Like you, we know these neighborhoods. And like you, in this moment of grief, we join you in saying: Boston, you're my home.For millions of us, what happened on Monday is personal. It's personal. Today our prayers are with the Campbell family of Medford. They're here today. Their daughter, Krystle, was always smiling. Those who knew her said that with her red hair and her freckles and her ever-eager willingness to speak her mind, she was beautiful. Sometimes she'd be a little noisy, and everybody loved her for it. She would have turned 30 next month. As her mother said through her tears, this doesn't make any sense.Our prayers are with the Lu family of China, who sent their daughter, Lingzi, to BU so that she could experience all that this city has to offer. She was a 23-year-old student far from Why don't you meet Usama bin Laden, invite him to Brussels or to the White House and engage in talks, ask him what he wants and give it to him so he leaves you in peace? You find it possible to set some limitations in your dealings with these bastards, so why should we talk to people who are child-killers?-- Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2004 talking to foreign reporters about U.S. calls for a diplomatic solution to the conflict with the breakaway republic of Chechnya after terrorists from the region killed 380 hostages at a school in the town of Beslan in southern Russia.Perhaps no region in the world can claim a history so tragic and violent as Chechnya and the rest of the northern Caucuses.The last 20 years has seen nearly constant bloodshed as the mostly Muslim population sought to break away from Soviet and then Russian control. The result has been some of the most brutal attacks on civilians in modern times.Dozens of bombings and terror raids around Russia have claimed countless lives, but two incidents stand out in the collective memory of Westerners:-- A 2002 raid on a Moscow movie theater, in which Chechen militants took 850 civilians hostage. Some 130 hostages died, mostly as a result of chemicals pumped into the theater by police to subdue the attackers after more than two days. Russian authorities killed all 40 hostage takers.-- A 2004 raid on a school in the rural community of Beslan in southern Russia, capturing an