Boston Marathon

RI News
5:04 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Family of Missing Brown Student Horrified by Erroneous Link to Boston Bombings

Sunil Tripathi has been missing since March 16th.
Credit Tripathi family

It’s been about six weeks since Brown University philosophy major Sunil Tripathi disappeared. For a few hours he was erroneously linked to the Boston Marathon bombings. His family was horrified that he was rumored to be involved. 

Sunil’s brother, Ravi Tripathi, stopped by our studios to talk with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic.

Sunil "Sunny" Tripathi is six-foot tall, last seen wearing a black ski jacket and black hat with a Philadelphia Eagles logo. Anyone with information should call the Providence or Brown University police.

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Boston Marathon Explosions
3:40 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Suspected Bomber's Wife says She's Assisting with the Investigation

The Rhode Island widow of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has issued a statement through her attorney. Her lawyer said she is doing everything possible to assist with the investigation.

Her husband’s apparent involvement in the Boston Marathon bombings came as an “absolute shock” to his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, according to a statement from her attorney, Amato DeLuca.

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Boston Marathon Explosions
7:39 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Gym Owner Remembers Boston Bombing Suspect as Normal

The older of the two Boston bombing suspects worked out at a boxing gym in Providence a couple of years ago, but no one noticed anything strange about him.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev worked out at the Big Six Boxing Academy in Providence several times in the latter half of 2011.  Gym owner Roland Estrada said there was nothing unusual about the young man, who two years later would allegedly bomb the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring scores more.

"No inclination of what he was going to do," Estrada said. "You know, it’s not the same person."

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RI News
5:03 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Johnson and Wales University Remembers Boston

Credit John Bender / RIPR

There has been an outpouring of support for the City of Boston in the past week, today Johnson and Wales held a rally to commemorate the Boston Marathon Bombings.

The quad at Johnson and Wales University was filled with students milling around, coming and going from classes, and remembering the events of the Boston Marathon, which happened just one week ago.

The rally “Johnson and Wales Stands With Boston”, was entirely student-run and organized.

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Boston Marathon Explosions
2:47 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Sen. Jack Reed Approves of Federal Investigation of Boston Bombing Suspect

U.S. Senator Jack Reed says he approves of the way federal investigators are handling the interrogation of the Boston bombing suspect, including their decision not to read him his Miranda rights. 

Reed said the Boston Marathon bombing is an extraordinary case which requires special handling by prosecutors.  He supports their decision not to inform the surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, of his right to an attorney and to remain silent.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
7:51 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Forever Boston

After the mourning comes the reckoning. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why Boston will not only survive, but thrive.

The year was 1976 and Boston, the nation’s birthplace, was celebrating the American bicentennial with paeans to liberty, equality and justice. But the city that spawned the abolition movement and women’s rights was riven by racial division.

The image of Boston that flashed around the world that year was a photograph of a black man being assaulted by an angry white man using as a spear a staff with an American flag.

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Boston Marathon Explosions
7:51 pm
Sat April 20, 2013

Suspected Bomber's Wife From North Kingstown

Katherine Russell's mother Judith talks with North Kingstown Police patrolling the block Saturday evening.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The family of the Rhode Island woman who was married to one of the suspected bombers is not commenting to reporters waiting Saturday outside their North Kingstown home.

The blinds are drawn, curtains pulled at the khaki colored, two-story house on the corner of the leafy cul-de-sac. The family of Katherine Russell had been living quietly in this North Kingstown neighborhood until the connection was made that Katherine was married and has a child with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died in a shoot-out early Friday.

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On Politics
3:50 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Forever Boston

After the mourning comes the reckoning. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why Boston will not only survive, but thrive.

The year was 1976 and Boston, the nation’s birthplace, was celebrating the American bicentennial with paeans to liberty, equality and justice. But the city that spawned the abolition and women's rights movements was riven by racial division.

The image of Boston that flashed around the world that year was a photograph of a black man being assaulted by an angry white man using as a spear a staff with an American flag on it.

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Boston Marathon Explosions
12:16 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Rhode Islanders Feel Effects of Boston Lockdown

Corner of Cambridge and Tremont Streets in Cambridge, MA
Credit Bradley Campbell / RIPR

A massive search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is shutting down Boston and affecting many Rhode Island residents, especially those who commute to Massachusetts. 

Tiverton resident Jan Bergandy works at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where authorities are seeking information about a suspect in the Boston Marathon Bombings, who was registered at the school. The campus has been evacuated.

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On Politics
3:46 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

We are all Bostonians

Copley Square, Boston
Credit Gino Roncaglia / flickr creative commons

Few days are anticipated in New England like the unofficial first day of real spring, Patriots Day. It marks the annual commemoration of  the  battles at Lexington and Concord, the shots heard around the world that were the first battles of the Revolutionary War.  It is these iconic events of American freedom that we celebrate.

In Massachusetts, it is a mélange of civic holiday and the biggest street party anywhere. Workers have the day off. Schools are out. America’s college town kids party and join the locals lining the streets to watch the marathon.

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