The deaths of 19 firefighters battling a wildfire in Arizona is, of course, beyond sad. “It’s only stuff,” people like to say — and appropriately so — when homes burn but people make it out alive. So it was particularly painful to watch a young widow on CBS this morning assess the life of her Read more →
When companies get involved in causes, it raises occasional eyebrows.
We really don’t know what a major American city looks like when it’s shut down, because — as near as we can tell — one has never been shut down before.
Internet, you are so fine.
It takes a talent to be funny when talking about a bombing.
Leah Janz of North St. Paul reflects on standing where a bomb exploded.
You might’ve seen the most gruesome picture from yesterday’s bombing in Boston — a man being wheeled away who had lost both legs — and not noticed the man in the cowboy hat next to him.
The more you watch this video, the more apparent the professional work of first responders is.
Explosions ripped the finish line of the Boston Marathon. WCVB is reporting people with lost limbs being wheeled from the scene. You can listen to the Boston EMS frequency here. WCVB also has a live blog here. From this picture, it appears the explosion went off right on the corner of Exeter and Boylston Streets. Read more →
Haiti, the Caribbean nation Sandy hit hardest, is faced with yet another devastating disaster.
How long is a reasonable period of time to accept waiting before the government forces move in to help you put your life back together?
Does humor have any role in tragedy?
Derek Montgomery for MPR Among all the worries about the massive flooding that hit Duluth last month, there were concerns about whether the hard-hit Fond du Lac neighborhood had been inundated with toxic sediment from flood waters. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency today helped cross that worry off the list. The agency reports: The lab Read more →
A story in a Winona newspaper today might make you pause to wonder how much disaster aid the federal and/or state governments distributes, actually goes to fixing the damage of disasters.
Unseen from space, however, is the breathtaking randomness of what burned and what didn’t.