Boston Marathon Bombings

Marathon Suspect: Death Penalty Unconstitutional

May 07, 2014

In a flurry of pretrial motions, Tsarnaev’s lawyers said that the U.S. Constitution’s protection against cruel and unusual punishment prohibits the application of the death penalty because it’s not authorized under state law in Massachusetts.

Feds: No Need To Move Bomb Suspect Friends’ Trials

May 03, 2014

Federal prosecutors are opposing a request by three friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to have their cases tried outside Massachusetts. Lawyers argue their clients can’t receive fair trials from a Massachusetts jury because of the publicity surrounding the case.

Prosecutors Can’t Use ‘Betrayal’ Argument, Tsarnaev’s Lawyers Say

May 01, 2014

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers say prosecutors are trying to use Tsarnaev’s foreign birth and immigration history against him.

Marathon Defense Team Asks New Deadlines For Feds

May 01, 2014

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev say they remain concerned about being “adequately prepared” for a November trial in his death penalty case.

Carjacking Victim Recalls Harrowing Encounter With Tsarnaev Brothers

April 18, 2014

A young Chinese-American entrepreneur who goes by the nickname “Danny” was carjacked a year ago allegedly by the Tzarnaev brothers.

Slain MIT Cop Collier Recalled As A ‘Hero’

April 18, 2014
Flowers lay at a memorial stone after a one-year remembrance ceremony for Massachusetts Institute of Technology Officer Sean Collier on campus in Cambridge Friday. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Sean Collier, the MIT police officer allegedly killed by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, was remembered Friday — a year after his death.

Reporter’s Notebook: Reflecting On Dramatic Manhunt, Shootout In Watertown

April 18, 2014

Three days after the Boston Marathon bombings, the release of the suspects’ images triggered a series of events the ended in the death of one suspect and the capture of another on the streets of Watertown.

BU Marathon Team Carries On The ‘Light’ Lu Lingzi Left Behind

April 17, 2014
BU's Lu Lingzi Boston Marathon team. From left to right: Andrew Duffy, Dan Mercurio, Ryan Shea, Baiyun Yao, Yujue Wang, Jennifer Carter-Battaglino, Shuheng Lin. (Lynn Jolicoeur/WBUR)

From 200 applications, Boston University chose seven to run in honor of Lu Lingzi, a graduate student from China who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings. Lu loved Boston so much, her parents buried her here, far from their home in China.

Furry, 4-Legged Therapist Helps Marathon Bombing Victims Through Hard Year

April 16, 2014
Jessica with rescue.

Meet Rescue. He’s a specially trained assistance dog that’s helping Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, newlyweds who each lost a left leg in the marathon bombing, rebuild their lives.

Defense Says Bombing Suspect’s Family Key To Case

April 16, 2014

Federal prosecutors have told a judge they have no evidence that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev knew about his brother’s alleged role in a triple slaying in Waltham two years before the bombings.

On Marathon Anniversary, Power Of Community Celebrated

April 16, 2014
Tribute at the Hynes Convention Center. (The Tribute Committee)

So many lives broke apart that day. But so many lives have also been put back together.

Marathon Suspect Seeks Dismissal Of Some Charges

April 16, 2014

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to a 30-count federal indictment. Tsarnaev’s lawyers say many of the charges are redundant and could sway jurors.

Boston Honors Bombing Victims, Survivors

April 15, 2014
urvivors, officials, first responders and guests pause as the flag is raised at the finish line during a tribute in honor of the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. (Charles Krupa/AP

The city gathered Tuesday to honor the wounded, pay tribute to the victims, and to thank the thousands who offered help during those moments of crisis.

Marathon Medical Tent Nurse: Krystle Campbell ‘Will Stay With Me Forever’

April 15, 2014

A finish line medical tent nurse who helped treat Krystle Campbell, one of the Boston Marathon bombing fatalities, recalls that experience and the personal connection he felt to her.

Gov. Patrick: ‘There Are No Strangers Here’

April 15, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick emphasized community in his remarks on the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Tributes Mark One Year Since Boston Marathon Bombings

April 15, 2014
Police honor guard stands with a wreath. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

The community will gather along Boylston Street Tuesday afternoon to honor those affected by last year’s deadly bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

On Bombing Anniversary, Runners Look To ‘Close That Past And Start Again’

April 15, 2014
A crowd gathered at the finish line of the Boston Marathon Saturday morning for a Sports Illustrated cover shoot before the one-year anniversary of the bombings. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

It will be a day of mixed emotions for runners, who are anxious to run the Boston Marathon on Monday but also filled with the horrible memories of last year.

For Some Boston Bombing Victims, Psychological — Not Physical — Wounds Linger

April 14, 2014

Many Boston Marathon bombing victims weren’t physically injured in the attack, but they do have psychological wounds that linger a year later. Each week, some of them meet in a support group at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

A Complex Legacy For Marathon Manhunt

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

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.

From Officers To Doctors, Marathon Prep Happening On Several Fronts

April 14, 2014
Master Sgt. Kenneth Huddleston, with the federal Department of Homeland Security’s mobile training unit, identifies a fake bomb under the hood of a car during a recent training session. (Deborah Becker/WBUR)

In the shadow of last year’s attack, how are officials preparing for this year’s race? Planning is taking place on several fronts, amid uncertainty and some strong emotions.

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