CNN UPDATING BLOG on Boston Marathon bombs

One suspect dead, the other on the run...CNN

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(CNN) -- Police sealed off densely populated portions the Boston metro area early Friday after a violent night of chasing the Boston Marathon terror suspects left one of the men and a police officer dead.

Police ordered businesses in the suburb of Watertown and nearby communities to stay closed and told residents to stay inside and answer the door for no one but authorities. Boston authorities advised the same. The city's subway, bus and Amtrak train systems have been shut down. Taxi service across the city was suspended. Every Boston area school is closed.

"It's jarring," said CNN Belief blog writer Danielle Tumminio, who lives in Watertown.

Boston's public transit authority sent city buses to Watertown to evacuate residents while bomb experts combed the surroundings for possible explosives.

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Police shot one of the men dead after a wild car chase through Watertown in which authorities say they hurled explosives at pursuing officers.

Police believe the men are the same ones pictured in images released Thursday by the FBI as suspects in the marathon bombing that killed three people Monday.

The men are shown in the images walking together near the marathon finish line. . .

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HOW YOU CAN HELP....

One Fund Boston

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston's Mayor Tom Menino says the city has established 'One Fund Bost

on'. "At times like this we are one state, one city and once people,"

Governor Patrick said. Boston based insurance company John Hancock has already committed $1 million to the fund, which will raise money for families most affected by the bombings.

Donate to Onefundboston.org

The Red Cross

If you have not yet connected with your loved ones who were running the race, or if you were on the scene and haven't let your loved ones know where you are, please use the Red Cross's Safe and Well website. The Red Cross also has valuable information about dealing with an emotional crises.

Donate to the Red Cross

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The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army deployed canteen trucks to the area to provide food. Officers have been dispatched to assist those in need.

"The Salvation Army continues to assist those impacted by the Boston Marathon explosions," Maj. Ivan Rock said. "Canteens were positioned at various sites throughout the city, including the Unified Command Post, the Family Assistance Center and Kenmore Square. An additional canteen roved throughout the impacted area supplying food, snacks and beverages to those in need. As of this morning, 1,729 meals, drinks were supplied to the victims, the families and first responders. The Salvation Army will remain on site at the Family Assistance Center, located at the Park Plaza Castle as long as support is needed."

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The San Diego Track Club had 20 members that participated in the Boston Marathon.  All members are fine and heading back to Diego soon.  My two friends that were also participants of the Boston Marathon are safe and I pray for everyone to have safe travels homes.  

To the families that participated in the Boston Marathon runners, volunteers, law enforcement and spectators all prayers and good vibes go to out to you.  I hope this tragedy does not stop you from doing what you do and be who you are.  

Families trying to locate loved ones can call 617-635-4500; people with tips can call 1-800-494-TIPS #BostonMarathon

Nicol A Hodges

Nicol A. Hodges aka "Nic" is fitness professional (NASM, CPT/PES) and product designer living in San Diego, CA. Nicol's athletic background started in her hometown of St. Charles, MO where she earned her 400m state ranking 3 years in a row. Later, at the University of MO, Columbia she earned 8-Big 12 Track and Field titles and a championship title. Nicol currently continues her love for running by competing in local and national running events.