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Near bombing scene, people stop to hear Obama speak

When the president came on, heads turned.

Most, if not all, of the crowd at Joe’s American Bar & Grill had gathered to watch the broadcast of the interfaith service held today at Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross. And until that moment some nodded, some clasped hands, some hid red eyes behind sunglasses, but forks still clattered, ice rattled, and the sound on the TV over the bar competed with conversations and the construction noise coming from the wall of open windows facing Newbury Street.

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