Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

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It was not until the sentencing phase that Newport resident and Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott took the stand in the trial of now-convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. She testified as prosecutors made their case for a death sentence for Tsarnaev.

Abbott, who lost part of her left leg after the bombings, recounted how she was thrown through the entrance of a restaurant by the blast from the second bomb to go off on that now-infamous day in April. Feeling as though her left foot were on fire, she said she crawled toward other people who fleeing the blast.

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After Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on 30 counts Heather Abbott, the Newport woman who lost part of her left leg in the bombing, posted on her Facebook page:

“Nothing can ever replace the lives that were lost or changed forever, but at least there is some relief in knowing that justice is served and responsibility will be taken.”

Abbott, who now lives with prosthesis, recently began her own foundation, which helps provide prosthesis to others who’ve lost limbs.

The August issue of Rolling Stone magazine is having some circulation problems because of the man on its cover.

CVS, Walgreen’s and Tedeschi Food Stores are refusing to sell the August issue of Rolling Stone magazine because the cover features a picture of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. 

The Woonsocket-based CVS issued a statement saying, in part, “As a company with deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston, we believe this is the right decision out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones. “