It was as incon­gruous a sit­u­a­tion as I could imagine. April 19 was one of the most grip­ping news days we have ever expe­ri­enced in Mass­a­chu­setts. Dzhokhar Tsar­naev, the younger of the sus­pected marathon bombers, was in hiding. Boston and sev­eral other cities were under vol­un­tary lock­down. And that morning I was dri­ving north, toward Haver­hill, on my way to a meeting where earnest com­mu­nity activists were making plans to revive local journalism.

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