Boston Marathon Bombings

Judge Denies Tsarnaev Bid To Dimiss Charges

October 17, 2014

A federal judge also denied two defense motions to throw out evidence collected during a search of Tsarnaev’s apartment, dorm room and laptop computer.

Former Mass. Gov. Michael Dukakis, A Family Friend To Defendant, Testifies At Phillipos Trial

October 17, 2014

Reporters and spectators reacted with surprise as Michael Dukakis, a former Massachusetts governor and Democratic presidential nominee, took to the witness stand in the trial of Robel Phillipos, a close friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Former Mass. Gov. Michael Dukakis Testifies In Tsarnaev Friend’s Trial

October 16, 2014
Former Massachusetts Governor and Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis walks into Federal Court before testifying in the Robel Phillipos trial on Thursday. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Dukakis, a longtime family friend of Robel Phillipos and his mother, said she called him on April 20, 2013, and said she was worried because she hadn’t heard from her son for two days.

Martin Richard Foundation Seeks Runners For 2015 Boston Marathon

October 15, 2014
Martin Richard (Bill Richard via AP)

A charity established in memory of the youngest victim killed during Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 is now looking to build a team of charity runners for the 2015 Boston Marathon.

Tsarnaev Friend Appears In Court On Gun, Drug Charges

October 08, 2014

Stephen Silva’s lawyer confirmed that authorities believe his client provided the gun used to kill MIT police Officer Sean Collier.

Tazhayakov Testifies In Robel Phillipos Trial

October 07, 2014
Robel Phillipos arrives at federal court in September for the start of jury selection for his trial in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Azamat Tazhayakov, who was convicted in July for obstructing the bombing investigation, agreed to testify against Robel Phillipos in exchange for a positive sentencing recommendation.

Trial Begins For Third Tsarnaev Friend

October 07, 2014

Robel Phillipos is accused of lying to federal investigators.

Defense Argues Pot Clouded Mind Of Bombing Suspect’s Friend

October 06, 2014
Robel Phillipos leaves federal court Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, in Boston after he was arraigned on charges of hindering the investigation of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Two starkly different descriptions of Robel Phillipos were presented during opening statements at his federal trial on charges of lying to the FBI.

Jury Chosen For Trial Of Marathon Bombing Suspect’s Friend

October 02, 2014

Robel Phillipos, of Cambridge, is charged with lying to authorities investigating the deadly Boston Marathon bombing. Opening statements are scheduled for Monday.

Marathon Bombing Suspects’ Sister Faces NYC Judge

September 30, 2014
Ailina Tsarnaeva, sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, makes her appearance in Manhattan Criminal Court Tuesday. (Steven Hirsch/New York Post/Pool via AP)

A defense lawyer says the Boston Marathon bombing suspects’ sister denies making phone threats, allegations that have resulted in a harassment charge.

Jury Selection Begins For Tsarnaev’s Friend

September 29, 2014

Robel Phillipos is charged with making false statements to authorities.

Trial To Begin For Tsarnaev Friend Accused Of Lying

September 27, 2014
Robel Phillipos leaves federal court Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, in Boston after he was arraigned on charges of hindering the investigation of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Robel Phillipos is charged with making false statements while he was questioned about his movements on the night of April 18, 2013, three days after the bombings and hours after the FBI released photos of Tsarnaev and his brother as suspects in the attack.

Judge Denies Motion To Move Tsarnaev Trial, Pushes Start Date Back To January

September 24, 2014
Department of Homeland Security police officers stand watch outside the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston on May 1, 2013. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial is now expected to begin in Boston in January.

Venue Change Denied For Marathon Suspect’s Friend

September 23, 2014

A judge on Tuesday denied a motion to move next week’s trial for a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Judge To Rule Soon On Tsarnaev Trial Delay, Venue

September 18, 2014

A judge has rejected a request from lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to hold a hearing on whether to move the trial outside of Massachusetts.

Tsarnaev Lawyers Deny Posing As FBI

September 16, 2014

Attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday denied as “false” and “preposterous” an allegation that defense team members posed as FBI employees while investigating the case in Russia.

Boston Marathon Bombing Case Lawyers Want 2,000 Jury Summonses

September 12, 2014

Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the Boston Marathon bombing trial say they will need to summon 2,000 people to pick a jury. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face the death penalty if convicted.

Feds Paid Witness Against Tsarnaev Friend

September 11, 2014

Federal prosecutors say in a court filing that a cooperating witness in a drug and gun case against a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been paid more than $66,000 for help in the friend’s case and others.

Marathon’s One Fund Disburses Another $18.5 Million

September 03, 2014

The charity set up to help victims of the Boston Marathon bombings has distributed another $18.5 million to the families of those killed and the injured survivors.

Prosecutors Argue Against Moving Tsarnaev Trial

August 26, 2014

In a reply filed on Monday in U.S. District Court, prosecutors called polling data presented by a defense expert “false and misleading.”

A Better World, One Hello At A Time

April 10, 2014
Lynda Morgenroth: Last April, I decided to devote myself to a small, goofy, personal project: to greet every person I encountered on the street. I would say good morning, good evening or hello. (David Salafia/flickr)

Everyone has his or her own response to horror, disaster and tragedy. This is Lynda Morgenroth’s personal post-Marathon bombing pledge.

Sometimes The Most Eloquent Memorials Are The Least Permanent Ones

April 09, 2014
In this April 26, 2013 photo, running shoes and other items adorn the makeshift bombing memorial near the Boston Marathon finish line. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

I’m sure the city will craft a carefully considered, permanent tribute somewhere, but I’d like to sing a note of praise for the spontaneous, temporary shrine that appeared near the marathon finish line last year.

We Can't 'Get Over' A Loss; We Can Only Get Through It

April 08, 2014
The anniversary of the Marathon may make people feel as if it's time for closure, but the truth is each person recovers from loss at a different pace. In this photo, a woman hangs a tag on a message tree at an exhibit entitled "Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial" at the Boston Public Library in Boston, Monday, April 7, 2014. (Elise Amendola/AP)

The anniversary of the Marathon may make people feel as if it’s time for closure, but the truth is each person recovers from loss at a different pace.

Memories From The Lockdown

April 07, 2014
Heavily armed police officers do house to house searches in the neighborhoods of Watertown, Mass. Friday, April 19, 2013, as a massive search continued for one of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. (Craig Ruttle/AP)

During the manhunt for the Marathon bombing suspects, people in and around Boston were told to “shelter in place.” Leah Hager Cohen recalls the strangeness of it all.

Vengeance Is Not Justice: Some Thoughts On Tsarnaev And The Death Penalty

January 31, 2014
Carol Rose: We should not let anyone shake us from our commitment to due process, fair trials, and respect for human life. In this Friday, April 19, 2013 Massachusetts State Police file photo, 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, bloody and disheveled with the red dot of a rifle laser sight on his forehead, raises his hand from inside a boat at the time of his capture by law enforcement authorities in Watertown, Mass.  (AP)

We should not let terrorists or anyone else shake us from our commitment to due process, fair trials and respect for human life.

How A Band Of Bearded Retreads Took A City With A Broken Heart And Made It Whole Again

November 01, 2013
In this combo of photos, Boston Red Sox players, top row from left, Jonny Gomes, Ryan Dempster, Mike Napoli and David Ortiz, and bottom row from left, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Dustin Pedroia, David Ross and Mike Carp sports beards during a workout at Fenway Park Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Boston. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

If the Bard himself had taken up a pen to write a story about fate and the power of love, he could not have done a better job than to chronicle the 2013 World Champion Boston Red Sox.

Sorry To Disappoint, But The Red Sox Didn’t Win Because Of ‘Redemption’

October 31, 2013
Peter May: Here’s what I find compelling about the 2013 Red Sox -- and it has nothing to do with Boston Strong or worst-to-first. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Here’s what I find compelling about the 2013 Red Sox — and it has nothing to do with Boston Strong or worst-to-first.

3 Things We Can Learn From The 2013 Red Sox

October 31, 2013
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara and catcher David Ross celebrate after getting St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter to strike out and end Game 6 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series. (Matt Slocum/AP)

The team’s worst to first transformation in a trying time might give us clues on how to rebuild the U.S. economy and democracy into something that again makes us stand tall and proud as one.

‘Callous And Crass': Some Thoughts On Rolling Stone’s Cover

July 18, 2013
Mark Leccese: The sub-headline says "monster," but the photo of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of the Aug. 1, 2013 issue of Rolling Stone says "teen idol." (Wenner Media/AP)

Editors knew their choice would generate controversy, and, not incidentally, publicity. They got both.

The Tipping Point: When Conspiracy Theories Become Dangerous

June 07, 2013
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, mother of the two Boston bombing suspects, shows videos on an iPad she says show her sons could not have been involved in last month's Boston Marathon bombings. Authorities accuse Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was slain in a shootout with police, and his younger brother Dzhokhar of organizing the attacks, which killed three. (Musa Sadulayev/AP)

What explains the widespread belief in conspiracy theories? And can it help account for the Boston Marathon suspects’ turn to terrorism? Research in social and cognitive psychology offers some insight.

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