Boston Marathon Bombings

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.”

Marathon Bombing Suspect’s Lawyers Seek Dismissal

August 23, 2014

Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge on Friday to dismiss indictments against the suspect and put on hold further proceedings over concerns about the process of selecting jurors in federal court.

Tsarnaev Friend Awaits Sentencing For Obstruction Of FBI Investigation

August 22, 2014

A second friend and former college classmate of suspected Marathon Day bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev now awaits sentencing for obstructing the FBI’s investigation in its first few days.

Marathon Bombing Suspect’s Friend Pleads Guilty

August 21, 2014

Federal prosecutors are seeking a max of seven years in prison for Dias Kadyrbayev, 20, who pleaded guilty to impeding the investigation into the deadly attack.

Tsarnaev Friend To Plead Guilty In Obstruction Case

August 20, 2014
This undated photo added on April 18, 2013, to the VK page of Dias Kadyrbayev shows, from left, Azamat Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Times Square in New York. (VK/AP)

The deal in the case of Dias Kadyrbayev comes two weeks before he was scheduled to go on trial on obstruction of justice charges.

Tsarnaev Lawyers Say Nov. Trial Date Too Soon

August 14, 2014

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Thursday they likely won’t be ready for a planned Nov. 3 trial date.

Tsarnaev’s Friend Pleads Not Guilty To Drug, Gun Charges

August 06, 2014
Stephen Sergio Silva, in a 2013 booking photo (Massachusetts Bay Transit Police/AP)

Authorities believe Stephen Silva provided the handgun used to kill a MIT police officer during the manhunt is due in federal court on drug and gun charges.

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.

There’s The Violence That Makes Headlines, And Then There’s The Rest Of It

May 03, 2013
Boston police stand outside the cordoned-off house of Martin Richard in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Richard, 8, was killed in the bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Three men were murdered last month in Boston’s lower-profile neighborhoods. They are just as deceased as the bombing victims. Read anything about them?

Danger, Unheard: Bombing Suspect Signaled Threats But Who Was Listening?

May 02, 2013
This combination of photos provided on Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, left, and the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, right, shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (FBI, BRIC/AP)

An expression of anger or anguish on social media is like a single, errant bullet in a crowd, alerting most, grazing some, but impacting nobody in particular.

Embracing The Veil — If Only For One Day

May 01, 2013
In this photo, veiled Muslim women take part in protest in London, against France banning the wearing of Islamic veils in public, Monday, April 11, 2011. (Matt Dunham/AP)

The notion that veiling and Islam somehow connote evil bothered me, and I wanted to do my small part to disrupt it, even if it meant running 3 miles clad head-to-toe in black.

We Know How To Defend Liberty And Justice For All — We Invented It

April 30, 2013
Watertown Police officer Brandon O'Neill holds a flag during a vigil for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Watertown, Mass.  (Julio Cortez/AP)

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, we must rededicate ourselves to a defiant defense of our civil liberties.

Why You Really Have No Excuse Not To Vote In The Special Senate Primary

April 29, 2013
A voter casts his ballot on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 in Hardwick, Vt. (Toby Talbot/AP)

Turnout in Tuesday’s special senate primary will probably be low — almost no one is used to voting in April. But by rights this election should be a door-buster.

Commemorating A Tragedy: Public Art And The Boston Marathon Bombings

April 25, 2013
Jill Medvedow: Public memorials play a critical role in our collective memory and create a bridge between our past, present and future. In this photo, running shoes hang from a barrier at a makeshift memorial in Copley Square in Boston, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Public memorials play a critical role in our collective memory and create a bridge between our past, present and future.

We Are One MIT, One Society, As We Pay Tribute To Officer Sean

April 25, 2013
Members of the MIT community stand during a memorial for slain MIT campus officer Sean Collier, at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Collier was fatally shot on campus Thursday, April 18, 2013. Authorities allege that the Boston Marathon bombing suspects were responsible. (AP)

MIT is usually recognized for the brain-power of its community. But on Wednesday, as the world watched, we demonstrated that our hearts and souls are just as formidable.

In Journalism 101, Police Scanners Are Not News. In A Manhunt, All Bets Are Off

April 24, 2013
Police officers work a crime scene Friday, April 19, 2013, in Watertown, Mass. A tense night of police activity that left a university officer dead on campus just days after the Boston Marathon bombings and amid a hunt for two suspects. (Matt Rourke/AP)

In the search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, reporters wantonly threw out their rule book.

How Far Does A Mother's Sympathy Reach? Further Than I Thought

April 24, 2013
This undated photo provided by the vkontakte website shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (

The manhunt and capture of alleged 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev brought out my motherly instincts in a surprising way.

After The Marathon Bombings, Getting Back To ‘OK’

April 23, 2013
Jack Fleming, of the Boston Athletic Association, which runs the Boston Marathon, pauses at the finish line on Boylston Street between Dartmouth and Exeter Streets, Monday, April 22, 2013 in Boston. Federal investigators formally released the finish line bombing crime scene to the city of Boston in a brief ceremony on Monday evening. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

What will it take for the spirit of the “We Are One Boston” signs along the road to take permanent root in the region?

What’s Happening To Our Young Men?

April 23, 2013
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  (AP)

Some of the most heinous crimes in recent memory have been carried out by young men.

Writing Our Way Through The Terror

April 22, 2013
A woman carries a girl from their home as a SWAT team searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings enters the building in Watertown, Mass., Friday, April 19, 2013. (Charles Krupa/AP)

As we recover from the Boston Marathon bombings, the lock-down, and from our media hangovers, out gushed the words, like a fresh wound. Not spoken words, which can evaporate as soon as they are voiced. But stories, written down.

Why Papi’s Profane Patriotism Was Exactly What We Needed To Hear

April 22, 2013
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz speaks to the crowd before a baseball against the Kansas City Royals in Boston, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

After a week of tragedy and terror, David Ortiz’s declaration, that Boston is our “#%&!ing city,” felt so good. It was honest, combative, and funny. It was, in other words, quintessential Boston.

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