Boston Marathon bombing

April 15, 2013, Boston, Massachusetts--The winner of the marathon crossed the finish line hours ago, but Boylston Street remains vibrant as friends and families cheer a steady stream of runners coming down the final stretch. Suddenly the unthinkable happens...BOOM! BOOM! Two massive blasts instantaneously transform triumph to tragedy, killing four and leaving a blood-soaked trail of shrapnel and severed limbs in their wake.

Directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg focus not on the politics or sensationalism, but instead offer a patchwork of deeply moving portraits of the victims, struggling to move forward on prosthetic limbs and recreate their lives.

Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing will screen twice as part of the the Woodstock Film Festival

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Boston is marking the third anniversary of the deadly 2013 marathon bombings with subdued remembrances.

A man who loaned a gun used by the Boston Marathon bombers to kill a police officer is set to be sentenced on drug and gun charges.

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The Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial has led the news throughout New England and the country over the past couple weeks. The man found guilty of carrying out the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings is now facing the death penalty in federal court in Boston. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis takes a look at Massachusetts’ history with and without the death penalty.

Listener Essay - Wrestling Dzhokhar

Apr 22, 2015
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  Aliza Ansell lives in Cummington, MA with her partner and two huge dogs, Yoyo and Tashy. She is an avid trail runner and recently completed her second half marathon. When she retires, she hopes to travel the country writing non-fiction and poetry.

4/9/15 Panel

Apr 9, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao, and Kingston Freeman Publisher Emeritus, Ira Fusfeld.

Scheduled topics include Boston Marathon Bombing verdict; Body cameras come to North Charleston PD; Indictments coming in George Washington Bridge scandal?; Wisconsin Chief Justice files suit to hold onto job.

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The news is packed with emotionally charged headlines this week. From the new Indiana law on religious freedom that has landed its governor at the center of controversy, to the desperate search for a reason why a 27-year-old German pilot would intentionally fly a commercial airliner into a mountain, to the death penalty trial of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, these stories raise a lot of hackles for us all in many ways.

3/24/15 Panel

Mar 24, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain, and WAMC newsman Ray Graf.

Scheduled topics include: Netanyahu apologizes for comments about Israeli Arabs, Police Find No Evidence of Rape at UVA Fraternity, Utah Firing Squads, Philly Police Justice Dept. Report, Boston Marathon Bomber Poll.

3/5/15 Panel

Mar 5, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and Kingston Freeman Publisher Emeritus, Ira Fusfeld.

Topics include: Police discrimination in Ferguson, MI; U.S. Ambassador to South Korea attacked; Boston Marathon Bombing trial; Hillary Clinton's email usage.

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A federal appeals panel says publicity hasn't jeopardized Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's right to an impartial jury.

The life of legendary former Boston Mayor Tom Menino was celebrated today at a funeral in the neighborhood church where he was baptized as a child. The funeral brought together top national and state politicians, sports figures, friends and former staffers of the city’s longest-serving mayor.

Tom Menino was mourned and laid to rest Monday in a ceremony that he had largely pre-planned including the processional route, the speakers, the hymns, and the roughly 1,000 guests invited to the private funeral mass.

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.

A year after the Boston Marathon bombings, prosecutors say they have a trove of evidence to use against suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

US Prosecutors Seek Execution Of Marathon Suspect

Jan 31, 2014
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Federal prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing.

The final decision was made by Attorney General Eric Holder and was announced Thursday. The twin blasts in April killed three people and wounded more than 260 in one of the most prominent terrorist attacks in the U.S since 9/11.

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BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon bombing victims' fund says it is preparing for a second distribution of donations.

The One Fund has already distributed the nearly $61 million it collected in the first three months after the April 15 explosions at the marathon finish line that killed three people and injured more than 260. More than 230 people benefited.

Since then, more than $12 million has been collected.

Fund administrators say they expect donations to surge as the anniversary of the bombings nears.

Court Date For NY Woman Accused In One Fund Scam

Dec 2, 2013

The case of a New York woman accused of scamming almost half a million dollars from the Boston Marathon bombing victims fund is heading back to court this week.

Prosecutors said Audrea Gause, 26, of Troy got a $480,000 check from the One Fund after using faked medical records to claim she was treated at Boston Medical Center and Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y., for traumatic brain injury suffered in the April 15 bombings.

Gause has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Gause is facing a hearing on her case on Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has established an award named after slain campus police officer Sean Collier.

The award announced Monday by MIT Executive Vice President Israel Ruiz will be given annually "to an individual or group that embodies the character and qualities that Officer Collier exhibited as a member of the MIT community."

Authorities allege the Boston Marathon bombing suspects killed Collier on April 18 to get his gun as they fled police.

The St. Louis Cardinals topped the Boston Red Sox 4-2 last night to tie the World Series at a game apiece. Down 2-1 after David Ortiz hit a two-run homer in the sixth, the Cardinals rallied for three runs in the seventh to end Boston's nine-game winning streak in the World Series that started with a sweep of St. Louis in 2004.

Marathon Suspect's Friends Deny Obstruction Charge

Aug 14, 2013
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Two friends of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect have pleaded not guilty to disposing of evidence from his college dorm room.

Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov were arraigned Tuesday in federal court on charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Prosecutors say they tried to thwart the investigations of the deadly April explosions by throwing away fireworks and other items they found in the dorm room of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the day before his capture.

Authorities found the fireworks in a New Bedford landfill.

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Jul 11, 2013
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Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts including use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill.

He entered the plea Wednesday in federal court in Boston.

For the first one, he leaned toward a microphone and said, "Not guilty," in a Russian accent. He then said not guilty repeatedly about a half-dozen more times.

His sister sobbed loudly as he left the courtroom. He looked over and made a kiss motion with his mouth to his family.

Alleged Bomber Heads For 1st Public Court Hearing

Jul 10, 2013
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Survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing will watch as the young man who could face the death penalty for the attack appears in court for the first time since he was found hiding in a boat in a suburb days after the April 15 explosion.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's arraignment will be held Wednesday afternoon in federal court in Boston. The 19-year-old has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260.

As people celebrate America’s independence at community concerts and fireworks shows this week there is a focus on security at large public gatherings. Police are mindful of April’s Boston Marathon bombing.

       Massachusetts authorities consulted with security experts and studied practices used by police in New York City and London to devise a security plan for July 4th.  Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney encourages people to attend the annual concert and fireworks show at the city’s Riverfront Park. He said there is nothing that suggests any threat to the event.

Celtics To Send Doc Rivers To Clippers

Jun 24, 2013
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In the NBA Doc Rivers is set to be the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Rivers has three years and $21 million left on his Boston contract and the deal would bring Boston a first-round draft pick in 2015.

Meanwhile, State police officers and dogs searched the home of Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez for more than 3½ hours on Saturday as they continued to investigate the killing of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.

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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.

      

BOSTON (AP) — Boston police say three more suspects have been taken into custody in the marathon bombings.

In a tweet Wednesday morning, the police department says only that three more suspects are in custody and more details will follow. Police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca confirmed the tweet but referred all other questions to the FBI.

Three people were killed and more than 260 injured on April 15 when two bombs exploded near the finish line.

Boston Bombings: Suspects Used Remote Controls

Apr 25, 2013
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U.S. officials are saying Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s name was added to a U.S. government terrorism database about 18 months before the Boston Marathon bombings.

In the fall of 2011, Russia contacted the CIA with concerns about Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Two officials say the CIA added Tsnaraev's name to a terrorism database and that the FBI conducted an investigation but did not find he had any terror connections.

On Wednesday, U.S. officials also said that the pressure-cooker bombs the Tsarnaev brothers used were triggered by a remote detonator of the kind used in remote-control toys.

Bomb Suspect Influenced By Mysterious Radical

Apr 24, 2013
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Family members of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev say he had fallen under the influence of a Muslim convert, steering him toward a strict strain of Islam.

His family says that, under the tutelage of a friend known to the Tsarnaev family only as Misha, Tamerlan gave up boxing and stopped studying music. He began opposing the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and turned to websites and literature claiming that the CIA was behind the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and that Jews controlled the world.

Lawmakers Ask If Intel Blocked Before Boston Bombs

Apr 24, 2013
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Lawmakers say U.S. law enforcement and other agencies may not have shared enough intelligence about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in the months before the deadly bombings.

But none of the lawmakers are saying — yet— that better sharing could have stopped the attacks, after FBI officials briefed them on the investigation Tuesday.

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Massachusetts marked one week since the Boston Marathon bombings with a statewide minute of silence.  It took place at 2:50 this afternoon coinciding with the time the first bomb exploded near the finish line. Three people were killed and scores more wounded.

The doors of Saint Michael’s Cathedral in downtown Springfield were opened for people to come in and  silently pray.  The quiet contemplation was interrupted briefly by the gentle ringing of bells marking the end of the observance of a minute of silence.

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BOSTON (AP) — A court official says the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is facing federal charges and has made an initial court appearance in his hospital room.

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