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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.