Boston Marathon Bombings

Tsarnaev Seemed Normal After Bombings, Ex-Roommate Testifies

July 08, 2014

The testimony from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s former roommate, Andrew Dwinells, came during the trial of Azamat Tazhayakov, who is accused with another friend of removing items from Tsarnaev’s room after the bombings.

First Trial Related To Boston Marathon Bombings Begins

July 08, 2014

Azamat Tazhayakov is charged with obstructing the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings.

Charges Against Bombing Suspects’ Pals Questioned

July 07, 2014

Some defense attorneys and others are criticizing the extent to which federal prosecutors have charged friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspects, who are not accused of participating in the attack or knowing about it in advance.

Tsarnaev Told Friend Martyrs Go To Heaven, Prosecutor Says

July 07, 2014

Azamat Tazhayakov is charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy for allegedly removing items from Tsarnaev’s dorm room several days after the deadly bombings.

Jury Selection Done For Marathon Suspect Friend

July 03, 2014

A jury has been selected for the obstruction trial of Azamat Tazhayakov.

Jury Selection Begins For Marathon Suspect Friend

June 30, 2014

Azamat Tazhayakov is accused of removing items from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

Marathon Bombing Suspect Is Granted Jury Request

June 26, 2014

Tsarnaev’s lawyers asked for the jury records for Massachusetts federal courts over the past three years to determine whether a plan adopted in 2009 has corrected racial imbalances on juries.

Lawyer Seeks Impartial Jury For Friend Of Tsarnaev

June 25, 2014

Lawyers for a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect have asked a judge to allow potential jurors to be questioned on their attitudes about Muslims and whether they know anyone who was injured in the deadly attack.

Tsarnaev Friends Visit Court In Separate Hearings

June 24, 2014

Federal prosecutors say neither Khairullozhon Matanov nor Azamat Tazhayakov had anything to do with the Boston Marathon bombings but are charged with interfering with the FBI’s investigation.

Judge Denies Bail For Friend Of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect

June 23, 2014

A judge has rejected a bail request from a friend of the dead Boston Marathon bombing suspect while he awaits trial on charges of impeding the investigation.

Lawyer Says Friend Of Marathon Bombing Suspect Refused Plea Deal

June 23, 2014

The defendant, Azamat Tazhayakov, and another man are accused of removing items from the dorm room of their friend, bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, days after the deadly bombing that killed three people and wounded more than 260.

Marathon Bombings Suspects’ Friends Due In Court

June 22, 2014

Khairullozhon Matanov is due in federal court Monday for a detention hearing. Matanov is accused of deleting computer files and lying to investigators after the deadly attack.

Judge: Oath Of Citizenship Cannot Be Used Against Tsarnaev

June 19, 2014
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect at large, sought by police in connection to the Boston Marathon bombings. (FBI)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s attorneys objected to the government’s listing of “betrayal of the United States” as an aggravating factor.

Tsarnaev Lawyers Seek To Move Trial To Washington

June 18, 2014

The attorneys say in a motion filed Wednesday their preliminary survey of the attitudes of potential jurors in Boston, Springfield, New York City and Washington found Washington would be the most favorable location for a trial.

No ‘Betrayal Of U.S.’ Argument For Marathon Bombing Suspect

June 18, 2014

U.S. District Court Judge George O’Toole said it was “highly inappropriate” for prosecutors to draw a distinction between a “naturalized” and “natural-born” U.S. citizen.

Tsarnaev Denied Extra Time To Seek New Trial Venue

June 13, 2014
Tsarnaev suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his face and a skull fracture. (Sean Murphy/Massachusetts State Police/AP)

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cannot have more time to file a motion to move his trial out of Boston, a judge ruled Friday.

Marathon Bombing Suspect To Ask To Move Trial

June 11, 2014

Tsarnaev’s lawyers said they intend to file a change of venue motion, but they asked for more time to analyze media coverage of the case before filing the request.

Tsarnaev Friend Pleads Not Guilty, Doesn’t Fight Detention

June 05, 2014

A self-described friend of the Tsarnaev brothers is being held without bail on charges of destroying evidence and lying to federal agents investigating the Boston Marathon bombings.

Newly Charged Tsarnaev Friend To Remain In Jail

June 04, 2014

A recently indicted friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has been ordered held without bail, because his lawyer can’t find him a place to live if he were released.

Man Accused In Marathon Probe Due In Court

June 04, 2014
In this courtroom sketch, Khairullozhon Matanov, second from left, with attorney Paul Glickman, left, appears in federal court before Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler Friday in Boston. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

A Massachusetts man who was charged last week with deleting computer files and lying to investigators in the Boston Marathon bombing probe is due in court for a bail hearing.

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.

The Best Cure For Fear? A Little More Trust

May 30, 2013
Ethan Gilsdorf: After acts of random or senseless violence, our natural instinct is to retreat. But what we really need is to come together. (smileham/Flickr)

After acts of random or senseless violence, our natural instinct is to retreat. But what we really need is to come together.

In Defense Of The Amateur Sleuth: How Reddit Could Be A Powerful Tool For Police

May 28, 2013
In this Monday, April 15, 2013, photo, spectators make pictures with camera phones during the Boston Marathon in Boston, before two bombs exploded at the finish line in an attack that killed 3 people and wounded over 170. As the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings illustrates, getting lost in the crowd is no longer an easy feat. There are eyes -- and cameras -- everywhere. (Kenshin Okubo/AP)

Reddit’s Boston Marathon bombing investigation, even with its mistakes, raised an important truth: The police need the public’s help.

Mental Illness: The View From Within

May 14, 2013
Susan Senator: Despite my fears, I am speaking out for the first time because I think it will help. As a society, we need to know that the mentally ill are among us, and we have to understand what they -- we -- need: acceptance and support. (wakingphotolife/flickr)

Despite my fears, I am speaking out about my bipolar 2 for the first time because I think it will help.

Life After A Life-Changing Injury: Reflections From Travis Roy

May 08, 2013
Adrianne Haslet, a professional ballroom dancer injured by one of the bombs that exploded near the Boston Marathon finish line, lifts her bandaged left leg in her bed at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Haslet, who lost her left foot and part of her lower leg, vows that she will dance again.  (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP)

Like the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, Travis Roy’s life changed in matter of seconds. Now, nearly 20 years after the accident that left him paralyzed, he offers a message of hope and consolation to the survivors struggling to come to grips with a new normal.

What Are We More Afraid Of: Big Threats, Or Big Brother?

May 07, 2013
This photo released by the FBI early Friday April 19, 2013, shows suspect 1, in black cap, and suspect number 2, in white cap, walking through the crowd in Boston on Monday, April 15, 2013, before the explosions at the Boston Marathon. Suspects were later identified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. (FBI/AP)

Just how worried we are is reflected in how much government surveillance we are willing to tolerate.

The Blessings Of Memory, Even Now

May 06, 2013
Runners who were diverted from the race course walk on the Commonwealth Mall two blocks from the site of an explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

In Boston’s delicate early spring, subject to changing temperatures and still wintry nights, we are haunted by memories, good and bad.

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