that went off at the Boston Marathon on Monday were the big news of the week, and their reverberations echoed for Pittsburgher runners and their friends and family. According to a list of runners in the Boston race, 51 people with Pittsburgh addresses had registered. Although none was known to be injured, some local participants had clearly been close to danger. KDKA reporter and former PG staffer Andy Sheehan ran the race and was about 200 to 300 yards past the finish line when the first bomb went off. Claudia Davidson, a Downtown attorney who lives in Swisshelm Park, watched a video after she finished and realized she had been running for a time beside a competitor who was pictured falling down from a blast.
GOV. TOM CORBETT'S 10-day trade mission to Brazil and Chile ended last week, but the governor took the time in a busy schedule to secure some unusual souvenirs -- pictures of the alcohol selection available in private outlets in Sao Paulo, which -- surprise, surprise -- is better than the state stores operated by the Liquor Control Board back home. "My wife and I on Sunday went to the little grocery store down the street," he said. "We started taking pictures. The wine selection, the beer selection, the liquor selection. I'm going to take it back and show the members of the House and Senate this is what it can look like." Many travelers to other places have been struck by unflattering comparisons to the state's liquor monopoly, but we're glad the governor didn't forget his own plan for privatization while abroad.
IN A WEEK of scary news, a team of window washers dressed as superheroes on Wednesday came to rescue the morale of small patients at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. As hospitals can be frightening even for adults, four window washers from Allegheny Window Cleaning Co., the outfit that cleans the windows there, donned their superhero costumes and went to work. Spider-Man, Batman, Superman and Captain America rappeled down the side of the hospital, washing windows and charming the kids along the way. This was a return visit for the heroes, who last year did their stuff in October. It may be make-believe for kids, but adults know that superheroes do exist -- plenty of them helped injured runners in Boston on Monday.