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Requests For Handmade Marathon Signs To Line Wellesley’s ‘Scream Tunnel’ Skyrockets

April 19, 2014
Wellesley College students cheer the runners during the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

WELLESLEY, Mass. — For years, Wellesley College students who live along the Boston Marathon route have offered to make signs of encouragement for anyone who wants one. This year, they got more than double the usual requests.

A Spectator’s Guide To The Boston Marathon

April 17, 2014
(Michael Dwyer/AP)

BOSTON — The BAA and cities and towns along the route have put in place new security measures this year. Here’s what you need to know.

The Updike Touch: Making The Mundane Magical

April 17, 2014
Adam Begley, author of "Updike" chronicles the life of prolific writer, John Updike. (Courtesy)

Adam Begley’s new biography, “Updike,” chronicles the life of prolific writer John Updike. He’s praised as “a national treasure whose writing continues to resonate like no one else’s.”

Study: Young Adults’ Casual Marijuana Use Causes Brain Changes

April 16, 2014

The study found abnormalities in areas of the brain related to emotion, motivation and decision-making.

A Complex Legacy For Marathon Manhunt

April 14, 2014
A SWAT team unloaded from their armored vehicles on April 19. 2013. (Charles Krupa/AP)

BOSTON — The effort to capture the bombing suspects raised questions for legal experts, scholars and Watertown residents, and inspired state authorities to incorporate new guidance into their crisis management plans.

Mass. ACLU Files Suit On Terrorism Task Force

April 10, 2014

BOSTON — The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts is suing the FBI and the state’s U.S. Attorney to obtain information about the operations of the state’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Congressional Hearing Reflects On Marathon Response

April 09, 2014
Ex-Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, left, and Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau, center, applaud as Watertown Police Sgt. Jeffrey Pugliese and fellow Watertown officers are acknowledged during a Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

BOSTON — The former Boston police commissioner and the Watertown police chief testified on the response to last year’s marathon bombing.

UMass Sophomore Becomes 1st Openly Gay D-I Men’s Basketball Player

April 09, 2014
UMass sophomore Derrick Gordon averaged 9.4 points per game for the Minutemen this past season. (Ty Wright/AP)

BOSTON — “I just didn’t want to hide it anymore,” UMass starter Derrick Gordon said in his announcement.

Classic Vinyl Meets Contemporary Customers At Stereo Jack’s

April 09, 2014
Jack Woker, who opened Stereo Jack’s in 1982, has weathered the changes of the music buying industry through the years. (Amy Gorel)

Though Stereo Jack’s might seem like a blast from the past, owner Jack Woker shows that the business of buying and selling vinyl is far from outdated.

Report: Mass. Improves Voting Conditions

April 08, 2014
Voters wait in line outside the Jackson Mann School in Allston on Election Day in 2012. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Massachusetts saw decreases in disability- or illness-related voting problems, rejection of military and overseas ballots, and registration or absentee ballots problems.

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