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Photo Gallery: Boston Marathon Bombing: Day after on Boylston Street

Video: Security tight in Boston, day after attacks

Armed National Guardsmen on Boston's T, courtesy of 10 News reporter Noah Pranksy


Boston Marathon Bombing

Full coverage of the twin bombing terrorist attack that struck the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.

* PICS: Boston bombing explosion pictures
* PICS: Aftermath on Boylston Street
* Boston Marathon Bombing: Casualties, dozens injured after twin explosions at finish line 
* PICTURES: FBI releases images of 2 suspects
* Boy, 8, killed in Boston Marathon blasts
* Restaurant manager also killed
* Chinese grad student third dead victim
* OBAMA "We will find out who did this"
* Transcript of President Obama's immediate remarks
* Bombing "an act of terrorism"
* INVESTIGATION: FBI taking lead in Boston Marathon bombings
* Search is on: Boston Bombing suspect
* FBI in Boston: No known additional threats
* Mass. Gov: No unexploded bombs at Boston Marathon
* VIRAL PIC: Man on roof above Boston blast
* Know someone there?: How to find a marathon runner
* Google Boston Marathon person finder
* VIDEO: 10 News reporter Noah Pransky live from the scene
* Fear and fury from local marathon runner
* PRESSURE COOKERS suspected to have been bomb devices
* People running in remembrance of Boston victims
* Elderly runner seen falling down is unhurt
* Bomb parts pictured in leaked FBI bulletin
* Family Guy Hoax: Show creator condemns bomb-clip mashup
* Who is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?
* CAUGHT! Bombing suspect in custody after standoff
* Surviving suspect answers questions in hospital


BOSTON (USA TODAY) -- This rattled city was grappling Tuesday with a strong police presence on its streets and transportation hubs, heaps of trash and collateral damage at one of its signature intersections, and a firm resolve to heal and move forward.

One day after two bombs rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon and the nerves of residents and tourists here, police promised "significantly enhanced" security at bus and train stations and airports. And the mayor promised that the city won't be intimidated by terror.

"We're going to make sure the city pulls together," Mayor Thomas Menino said Tuesday. "Boston's a strong city. ... Boston will overcome."

There were small signs of a return to normalcy Tuesday. The sealed crime scene centered at the intersection of Boylston and Exeter streets shrank from 15 blocks to 12. Planes, trains and automobiles were running at or near normal operating schedules. Airlines at Boston's Logan International Airport were even waiving change fees for customers scheduled to fly there during the next few days.

Some runners, their gait a little off from their brutal run a day before, took recovery runs Tuesday to work out the kinks. Others, wearing the blue and yellow running jackets issued to runners, walked the streets of Back Bay, about a quarter mile from the finish line. They made their way past a chorus line of Boston police, state police and ATF agents and barricades.

A handful of people wearing business clothes moved along sidewalks too, though most businesses remained closed and the mood was subdued.

A pall also hung over the woodrame Dorchester home of Martin Richard, 8, one of the tragedy's three fatalities. His mother and sister were seriously injured. On Tuesday, neighbors or even strangers walked or drove up to leave flowers or balloons on the front steps. Police set up yellow tape to prevent the press from getting too close, and a Boston police sergeant took gifts to the home for the visitors.

One group of people - two adults and two children - who left balloons held onto one another as they walked away.

The blasts occurred about two hours after Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa won the 26.2-mile race Monday. Bloodied spectators were carried to a medical tent intended for runners.

Organizers stopped the race and locked down the marathon headquarters. The Federal Aviation Administration announced a temporary flight restriction over Boston.

The tragedy brought words of encouragement and solidarity from across the nation -- and around the world.

President Obama praised first responders and others who helped the injured. "If you want to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil, that's it: selflessly, compassionately, unafraid," he said.

Pope Francis sent word Tuesday to Cardinal Sean O'Malley, archbishop of Boston, that he was "deeply grieved" by the bombings. The pope said he "invokes God's peace upon the dead, his consolation upon the suffering, and his strength upon all those engaged in the continuing work of relief and response."

Francis also prayed that all would be "united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good, working together to build an ever more just, free and secure society for generations yet to come."

In Boston, District Attorney Daniel Conley couldn't agree more.

"Moments like this, and our response to them, define who we are," Conley said "In the past 24 hours, the city of Boston has shown strength, compassion and determination to see justice done."

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