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By Faith Karimi, CNN
(CNN) — After a one-year hiatus, the New York City Marathon returns Sunday with a different priority: security.
Discussions about running times and numbers were put in the back burner. Officials shifted focus to numbers of a different kind: security cameras, bomb-sniffing dogs, baggage screenings and surveillance helicopters.
The 47,000 runners will race through five boroughs for the first time since the Boston Marathon bombing, which left three people dead and more than 260 injured in April.
Major cities revamped security in the aftermath, and the New York City Marathon followed suit.
Bomb-sniffing dogs and scuba divers will scan bridges and shorelines while counterterrorism officers will escort ferries carrying runners.
“Prior to taking their starting positions on Staten Island, runners will be screened and their bags inspected,” the New York Police Department said in a statement. “The New York Road Runners has provided the participants with clear bags to expedite this process.”
Two brothers — one now dead and the other facing charges — are suspected of planting two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line. At least one of the bombs was hidden inside a backpack.
In New York, spectators watching from grandstands and family reunion areas will be subject to baggage inspections and screenings as a precaution.
“The safety of runners and spectators has always been our highest priority,” New York Road Runners, the organizers of the event, said in a statement.
Runners are taking it in stride.
“It will obviously cause some problems for us, but that doesn’t matter,” said Runar Gundersen, who will be running his 35th New York marathon this year. “Security must come first, so I gladly accept delays … I think most runners do.”
Organizers said a lot of additional security measures will be taking place in the background.
“I know that it’s impossible to protect 26.2 miles of road 100%,” Gundersen said. “The feeling about that is much like it was in 2001 after 9/11.”
Last year’s New York City Marathon was canceled because of damage from Superstorm Sandy.
CNN’s Allison Malloy contributed to this report
By Sarah Muller
Crist filed paperwork on Friday, and plans to make the official announcement Monday in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Republican-turned-Democrat is considered a front-runner for the Democratic ticket. He would likely be up against current Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican. Scott represents a far more conservative version of the GOP than Crist ever did.
Crist is clearly hoping to benefit from widespread anger about the government shutdown, the majority of which has focused on Republicans. Earlier in the week, Crist appeared in a newly posted YouTube video directed at Florida voters, urging them to “end this nonsense and get us back to common sense” ways of governing.
“I’m an optimist but let’s face it, the last few years have been tough: government on the fringes, donors in politics above you the people,” said Crist in the video. “You’ve seen the attacks against full-time working people and their health care; against women and their doctors; against teachers, public schools and college affordability; And even against the simple act of casting your vote. It’s not working.”
For more than a hundred years, coal anchored families to the mountain hollows of eastern Kentucky. But a dying mining industry, and government austerity, has left folks chasing any rumor, any scrap, any whiff of a job that’s still to be had.
The hurt is around every corner in places like Harlan, Ky., as the global market thumbed its nose at central Appalachian coal. The unemployment rate is as high as 18 percent.
And just when residents needed it most, Congress pared back the safety net that’s there to catch them. Federally funded programs that retrained miners, fed the poor and helped the elderly have been put on the chopping block thanks to sequestration cuts, budget fights and partisan politics. Left behind is a stricken landscape and a community struggling to stay together.
Photographer Peter van Agtmael spent time in eastern Kentucky documenting the daily life of these struggling communities.
Read “Ain’t nothing here,” Suzy Khimm’s report from the struggling town.
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Yes, even Ronald Reagan had a scandal.