The 118th Boston Marathon took place today amid heavy security a year after the bombings near the race’s finish line that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.
State and local police officers were highly visible—even positioned on the rooftops of some buildings. Bomb-sniffing dogs checked trash containers. Spectators had to pass through metal detectors to get to some areas. Authorities said the entire 26.2- mile race course was under video surveillance. Helicopters circled overhead.
The Boston Marathon starts today with the Mobility Impaired Start at 8:50 am, Push Chair Wheelchair Division Start at 9:17 am, Handcycle Participants Start at 9:22 am, Elite Women’s at 9:32 am, the Elite Men’s and Wave One at 10 am, Wave Two at 10:25 am, Wave Three at 11 am, and Wave Four at 11:25 am. More information about the Marathon can be found at EPSN.
Schenectady, New York is throwing a parade for Union College’s men’s hockey team after its 7-4 victory over Minnesota Saturday. Union College defenseman and captain Mat Bodie has agreed to an entry-level contract with the New York Rangers. ESPN said Bodie will finish his degree this spring and join the Rangers for developmental camp this summer. Bodie led all NCAA defensemen with 39 points this season and will join Union rival RPI alumni Ryan Haggerty on the roster for the Rangers.
Today is the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260. It brings back painful memories for an entire region and it focuses on the plans to protect the runners and spectators at this year’s Marathon six days from now.
One year ago today, the city of Boston and its marathon and people were victim of terrifying act of terrorism.
Boston Globe journalists, Scott Helman and Jenna Russell have written a book entitled Long Mile Home Boston Under Attack, the City's Courageous Recovery, and the Epic Hunt for Justice which tells the gripping story of the tragic, surreal, and ultimately inspiring week of April 15, 2013: the preparations of the bombers; the glory of the race; the extraordinary emergency response to the explosions; the massive deployment of city, state, and federal law enforcement personnel; and the nation’s and the world’s emotional and humanitarian response before, during, and after the apprehension of the suspects.
In the NBA, Portland blew out Brooklyn 124-80 as Maurice Williams had 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Will Barton dropped in 20 points and Nicolas Batum added 19 points in the Trail Blazers' fourth consecutive win and largest margin of victory this season.
Raymond Felton returned to Knicks practice on Wednesday, saying his arrest on felony weapons charges was "not a distraction" to the team.
James Brooke will come home to the Berkshires this week. A native of Lenox, who attended Berkshire Country Day School and Yale University, has been a lifelong foreign correspondent, most recently covering Russia and the former Soviet Union for the Voice of America.
James Brooke will be at the Lenox Library tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. for a free lecture on how Russia views the Boston Marathon, now that one Tsarnaev brother is dead, and another is in custody. He spoke today with WAMC’s Brian Shields.
Police departments everywhere are reviewing security measures for large public events in light of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings. A large outdoor event that typically draws more than 10,000 people is taking place on Saturday in Springfield Massachusetts.