Boston Marathon Bombings

Report On Bombing Response Cites Lack Of ‘Weapons Discipline’ In Watertown Manhunt

April 03, 2015
Tactical teams drive through Watertown while searching for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev following the Boston Marathon bombings. (AP)

The report also said there was a lack of coordination and management of hundreds of police officers who converged on a staging area at a shopping mall in Watertown during the day, many of whom “self-deployed.”

Boston Woman Pleads Not Guilty To Marathon Bombing Injury Fraud

March 30, 2015

Authorities say Joanna Leigh was at the April 2013 marathon, but wasn’t hurt.

Boston Woman Charged With Marathon Injury Fraud

March 27, 2015

A Boston woman has been indicted on charges of fraudulently receiving tens of thousands of dollars in benefits by claiming she was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing.

WBUR Poll: Most In Boston Think Tsarnaev Should Get Life In Prison Over Death Penalty

March 23, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial Thursday. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

As the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev moves ahead, a new WBUR poll finds most Boston residents believe the admitted bomber should receive life in prison instead of the death penalty.

A Look At The Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Jury

March 03, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, second from right, is depicted with his lawyers, left, beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addressed a pool of potential jurors in early January. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

A month after the trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev began, a jury has found him guilty of all 30 charges. Here are profiles of the 12 jurors who decided his fate.

Civil Rights Group To Sue FBI For $30M Over Chechen Man’s Death

March 02, 2015
Abdul-Baki Todashev holds a photo he claims is of his dead son, Ibragim, during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, on May 30, 2013. The father, who says agents killed his son “execution style,” showed journalists 16 photographs of Ibragim in the morgue with what he said were six gunshot wounds to his torso and one to the back of the head. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

The Council of American-Islamic Relations Florida on Monday filed a notice of claim stating its intention to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation over the death of Ibragim Todashev.

Children Of Conflict: The Alleged Terrorism Of The Brothers Tsarnaev And Kouachi

January 14, 2015
Examining the parallels between the alleged perpetrators of attacks in Boston and Paris. (All photos/AP)

Examining the parallels between the alleged perpetrators of attacks in Boston and Paris.

Tsarnaev Trial Will Test What It Means To Be ‘Boston Strong’

January 05, 2015
Carol Rose: Serious concerns about due process will keep this death penalty case alive on appeal and in the public eye for years and years to come. In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for a final hearing before his trial. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Serious concerns about due process will keep this death penalty case alive on appeal and in the public eye for years and years to come.

Cambridge Man Pleads Guilty In Gun Case Linked To Marathon Suspects

December 19, 2014

Stephen Silva who is accused of giving the Boston Marathon bombing suspects the gun used to kill an MIT police officer has pleaded guilty to gun possession and drug charges.

Tsarnaev Attends Final Pretrial Hearing

December 19, 2014

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in court for the brief hearing Thursday — his first public appearance in more than a year. Also in attendance were about a dozen bombing survivors and a handful of Tsarnaev supporters.

Man To Change Plea In Gun Case Linked To MIT Officer’s Death

December 15, 2014

A man charged with possessing the gun authorities believe the Boston Marathon bombing suspects used to kill an MIT police officer is expected to change his plea in court later this week.

One Fund Charity Set Up After Marathon Bombing To Close

December 10, 2014

The charity gave out nearly $80 million to the families of those killed and the injured survivors. It will not accept donations after Dec. 15.

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Asks Again To Move Trial

December 01, 2014

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers are arguing that “emotionally charged” media coverage and the widespread impact of the attacks have made it impossible for him to get a fair trial in the state.

FBI Director Avoids Commenting On Marathon Bombing During Boston Visit

November 19, 2014

The new FBI director is close to meeting his goal of visiting all field offices in his first year in office. Director James Comey made visit number 53 on Tuesday.

Lawyers In Tsarnaev Case Must Deliver List Of Potential Witnesses To Judge By Year’s End

November 13, 2014

A judge has ordered lawyers on both sides in the case against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to turn over a list of all potential witnesses by the end of the year.

Tsarnaev Lawyers Want Evidence On Triple Killing

November 12, 2014

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have asked a judge to order federal prosecutors to turn over any information they have about his brother’s participation in a 2011 triple killing or to consider postponing Tsarnaev’s trial.

Texan Hurt In Boston Bombing Loses Part Of Leg

November 11, 2014
Boston Marathon bombing survivors Erika Brannock, left, and Rebekah Gregory embrace in their wheelchairs as they head to the finish line of the Boston Marathon Tribute Run on April 19, 2014. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Rebekah DiMartino, 27, who was injured in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing, has had surgery to remove part of her left leg below the knee.

Tsarnaev Friends’ Sentencing Delayed Because Case Could Be Affected By SCOTUS Case

November 07, 2014

A federal judge has delayed the sentencing of two friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev because their cases could be affected by a legal question pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Remembering Mayor Tom Menino: He Transformed Boston, Cared Nothing For Fame

October 30, 2014
Jack Beatty: "In a time of toxic cynicism about politics and government, his example helps restore faith in both." Pictured: Mayor Thomas M. Menino, in an undated photo. (AP)

In a time of toxic cynicism about politics and government, his example helps restore faith in both.

Phillipos Faces Up To 16 Years In Prison After Conviction

October 29, 2014

After six days of deliberations, a federal jury has found Robel Phillipos, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, did indeed lie to agents investigating the bombings.

Tsarnaev Friend Phillipos Convicted Of Lying To FBI

October 28, 2014
Robel Phillipos, a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, departs federal court with defense attorney Derege Demissie, right, following jury deliberations in his trial on Monday. He was convicted on Tuesday of lying to the FBI. (Steven Senne/AP)

Robel Phillipos, 21, of Cambridge, was convicted of lying during the investigation into the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

No Verdict In Phillipos Trial After Five Days

October 27, 2014

Jurors in the federal trial of Robel Phillipos, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, wrapped up Monday without a verdict. It’s the jury’s fifth day of weighing allegations he lied to the FBI during the bombing investigation.

Jury Begins Deliberating Case Against Tsarnaev’s Friend

October 21, 2014

A federal jury has begun deliberating in the trial of Robel Phillipos, the 21-year-old friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who’s accused of lying to federal agents investigating the bombing.

Why We Shouldn’t Make Dzhokhar Tsarnaev A Capital Punishment Martyr

May 09, 2014
Alan M. Dershowitz: Sentencing a terrorist to death plays right into his hands and only serves to encourage those who would follow in his lethal footsteps. In this Friday, April 19, 2013 Massachusetts State Police file photo, 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. (Sean Murphy, Massachusetts State Police/ AP)

Sentencing a terrorist to death plays right into his hands and only serves to encourage those who would follow in his lethal footsteps.

Remember When The Marathon Was Just A Race?

April 22, 2014
Social critic Wendy Kaminer says, for better or worse, the Boston Marathon is no longer an athletic event -- it's an icon. In this photo, a patron enters the Forum restaurant, site of one of two bomb blasts during the 2013 Marathon, while passing a "Boston Strong" sticker adhered to a tree trunk at a makeshift memorial on Boylston Street. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in Boston. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Social critic Wendy Kaminer says, for better or worse, it’s no longer an athletic event — it’s an icon.

Peter Sagal On Running Boston Again And Seeing Cities On Foot

April 21, 2014
Peter Sagal runs next to William Greer around Mile 24 of the 2013 Boston Marathon. This picture was taken roughly 20 minutes before the bombs went off. (Linda McIntosh/Courtesy)

The four-time Boston marathoner and host of NPR’s “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me” talks selfless running, coping with tragedy through humor and much more.

Why ‘Marathon’ Is A Terrible Metaphor For Life

April 21, 2014
Julie Wittes Schlack: Contrary to the divine wisdom of Dr. Phil, a detailed analysis suggests life is neither marathon nor sprint. In this photo, Bill Rodgers, of Melrose, Mass., crosses the finish line to win the Boston Marathon on April 17, 1978. (AP)

Contrary to the divine wisdom of Dr. Phil, a detailed analysis suggests life is neither marathon nor sprint.

Poem: Shelter In Place

April 19, 2014
A woman looks out a window at her home as police start to search an apartment building while looking for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass., Friday, April 19, 2013. (Charles Krupa/AP)

A few days after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured, poet Wendy Drexler walked the Watertown streets to look for the house with the boat where he’d been hiding.

When Your Work Suddenly Comes Home

April 17, 2014
Terrorism authority Jim Walsh on what it’s like when your professional expertise infiltrates your personal space. In this Friday, April 19, 2013 Massachusetts State Police photo, law enforcement officials converge on a covered boat where Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is hiding moments before his capture in Watertown, Mass. (Sean Murphy/AP)

Terrorism authority Jim Walsh on what it’s like when your professional expertise infiltrates your personal space.

Caring For The Survivors, Caring For Ourselves

April 16, 2014
Beth Lown: The anniversary of the Marathon has re-triggered feelings some caregivers and first responders thought they had worked through. In this photo,  those who cared for bombing victims open up at a group session held at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in July 2013. (Jacob Eidsmoe/Courtesy)

The anniversary of the Marathon has re-triggered feelings some caregivers and first responders thought they had worked through months ago.

Violence In A Social Age

April 16, 2014
William Powers: What the Marathon attacks taught me about the relationship between modern technology and being human. In this photo, people react to the explosions at the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. (The Daily Free Press, Kenshin Okubo/AP)

What the Marathon attacks taught me about the relationship between modern technology and being human.

To Move Through Grief, We Need Company

April 15, 2014
The first anniversary of the marathon attack has Anita Diamant thinking about the families of those who lost their lives. This photo was taken at a vigil for the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions, Tuesday April 16, 2013. (Julio Cortez/AP)

The first anniversary of the marathon attack has Anita Diamant thinking about the families of those who lost their lives.

When Crisis Strikes, Everyone Can Help — Even Those On The Sidelines

April 15, 2014
Dr. Joshua Liao on the lessons he learned from the 2013 Boston Marathon medical response. In this photo, ambulances sit outside the medical tent at the Boston Marathon finish line, Monday, April 15, 2013. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Lessons from the 2013 Boston Marathon medical response.

The Question Of Time In The Aftermath Of Tragedy

April 14, 2014
A year has passed since the bombing at the Boston Marathon, but what exactly does that mean? In this photo, behind a silhouette of the Boston Athletic Association logo, runners start the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, in Hopkinton, Mass., Monday, April 15, 2013. (Stew Milne/AP)

A year has passed since the bombing at the Boston Marathon, but what exactly does that mean?

A Year Later Boston Is Ready To Run Again

April 13, 2014
In this photo, Eric House applies a fresh coat of paint to the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street in Boston, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The 118th running of the Boston Marathon will occur on April 21, 2014. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

The best way to honor last year’s finish line is to cross this year’s.

What It Really Means To Be Safe In A Democracy

April 12, 2014
Carol Rose: Let’s use the Marathon anniversary to reflect on lessons learned. In this photo, a man pauses on Boylston Street near the Marathon finish line, Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (Matt Rourke/AP)

Let’s use the Marathon anniversary to reflect on lessons learned.

The Nature Of Worry

April 11, 2014
Sharon Brody: Worrying is folly. It represents a flailing effort to gain, or to pretend to gain, some power over the unpredictable comings and goings of life. In this photo, Boston Marathon runner Vu Trang, of San Francisco, kisses her two-year-old daughter Cara at a makeshift memorial on Boylston Street, April 17, 2013. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Worrying is folly. It represents a flailing effort to gain, or to pretend to gain, some power over the unpredictable comings and goings of life.

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.

Don’t Miss: Here & Now On Dancer Who Lost Leg In Bombing

April 22, 2013
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WBUR’s Here & Now today featured host Robin Young’s interview with Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a 32-year-old competitive dancer who lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombings. Check out the show’s full post on the interview here, and here’s a taste: “I remember everything. I remember every detail. I remember the first bomb going off and screaming and […]

Talking To Kids About Bombs And Bad Guys, Watching For Trouble

April 20, 2013
A girl looks out the window of her family’s home as a SWAT team drives through her neighborhood while searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass., Friday, April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

From Marathon bombing to city-wide lockdown, it’s been a stressful week. What do we say to kids now, and what are the trouble signs to watch for? Advice from a child psychiatrist.

Stressed Out And Stuck At Home: Strategies To Help Adults Cope

April 19, 2013
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We’re trapped at home while a massive police manhunt goes on outside in our neighborhoods. Stressful? Umm, a bit. Strategies to help adults cope.

NBC: Cost Of Medical Treatment For Bomb Victims May Be Millions

April 18, 2013
Police clear the area at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon as medical workers help injured following the explosions. (Charles Krupa/AP)

One news outlet estimates that the cost of medical treatment for victims of the Marathon bombing could reach into the millions.

Marathon Medical Update: Well-Drilled Hospitals, Praise For Responders

April 17, 2013
Police clear the area at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon as medical workers help injured following the explosions. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Today’s Marathon medical roundup: Widespread praise for medical staffs, patient counts dwindle.

MIT Expert: New Tech Means Bomb Amputees Could Run 2014 Marathon

April 17, 2013
Hugh Herr is a biophysicist and rock climber. He is the holder or co-holder of 10 patents related to prosthetic devices. (Crown Business/NPR)

An expert on prosthetic limbs suggests that the technology is so advanced that, under the right conditions, victims of the Marathon bombings undergoing leg amputation might even be able to run next year’s Marathon.

Marathon Medical Update: Shrapnel Abounds, Leg Amputations For Some

April 16, 2013
A man in the crowd following the explosion. (AP Photo/The Daily Free Press, Kenshin Okubo)

More than 180 victims are being treated at area hospitals. An update of the injured.

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