Boston Marathon http://ripr.org en Head Of The Boston Athletic Association Talks Marathon Security http://ripr.org/post/head-boston-athletic-association-talks-marathon-security <p>36,000 runners hit the pavement this morning for the Boston Marathon. The 118<sup>th</sup> running of the race has special significance.&nbsp; It's the one-year anniversary of a horrific bombing that killed three people, and injured more than 200 others at the finish line of last year’s Boston Marathon.&nbsp; Race organizers have beefed up security, but city leaders say they hope the marathon will still feel like a fun, family event. They say that’s part of their effort to reclaim the marathon after the bombing.</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:05:33 +0000 Scott MacKay 32365 at http://ripr.org Head Of The Boston Athletic Association Talks Marathon Security Boston Marathon: RI Trooper Doesn’t Consider Himself A Hero http://ripr.org/post/boston-marathon-ri-trooper-doesn-t-consider-himself-hero <p>Rhode Island State Police trooper Roupen Bastajian had just crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the bombs went off. He was one of many who rushed into the chaos to help the injured. He talks with Rhode Island Public Radio's Catherine Welch about that day and how it's changed him a year later.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:48:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 32026 at http://ripr.org Boston Marathon: RI Trooper Doesn’t Consider Himself A Hero Scott MacKay Commentary: We Remember: Patriot's Day 2014 http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-we-remember-patriots-day-2014 <p>It’s been a year since bombs and blood in the streets shattered one of New England’s treasured civic celebrations.&nbsp; RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the lessons of the Boston Marathon bombings as this year’s race approaches.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:35:06 +0000 Scott MacKay 31921 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: We Remember: Patriot's Day 2014 RI Trooper Who Aided Bombing Victims: I'm No Hero http://ripr.org/post/ri-trooper-who-aided-bombing-victims-im-no-hero <p>A Rhode Island state trooper who went to the aid of victims of the Boston Marathon bombings is speaking out publicly about his experience for the first time.&nbsp; The trooper rejects any suggestion that he’s a hero.</p><p>Trooper Roupen Bastajian has participated in five marathons. But the April 15<sup>th</sup> Boston Marathon was the first one he completed running all the way. He decided to compete because it was the 117<sup>th</sup> running of the Boston Marathon and 117 is his badge number.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 19:08:49 +0000 Flo Jonic 15535 at http://ripr.org RI Trooper Who Aided Bombing Victims: I'm No Hero Boston Marathon Bombing Victim Receives Warm Welcome Home http://ripr.org/post/boston-marathon-bombing-victim-receives-warm-welcome-home <p>Newport residents threw a big welcome home party Sunday for Heather Abbott.&nbsp; She’s the 38-year-old woman who lost the lower part of her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings.&nbsp; A veritable who’s who of Rhode Island’s political establishment was on hand to praise her courage and spunk.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Preservation Society of Newport County donated the use of Rosecliff Mansion for Heather Abbott’s welcome home party.&nbsp;&nbsp; When she arrived on crutches, wearing a form-fitting royal blue sleeveless dress, she received a round of applause.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 11:16:46 +0000 Flo Jonic 15501 at http://ripr.org Boston Marathon Bombing Victim Receives Warm Welcome Home Katherine Russell Adds Lawyer to Her Legal Team http://ripr.org/post/katherine-russell-adds-lawyer-her-legal-team <p>There is a new member of the legal team representing Katherine Russell the widow of one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers. Russell has added Joshua Dratel, an attorney with special expertise in terrorism cases.&nbsp; She continues to be represented by the Providence Firm DeLuca and Weizenbaum, though the firm specializes in medical malpractice.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 16:31:58 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 14939 at http://ripr.org The Latest on Widow of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect http://ripr.org/post/latest-widow-boston-marathon-bombing-suspect <p>A North Kingstown woman finds herself at the vortex of one of the most intensive criminal investigations in American history.&nbsp; This is the latest on Katherine Russell and her connection to the Boston Marathon bombing investigation.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Three weeks ago she was an anonymous home health aide working 70 to 80 hours a week to feed and shelter her husband and baby daughter.&nbsp; Now, Katherine Russell – by virtue of being the widow of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev – is being hunted by the news media and shadowed by federal investigators.</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 13:48:17 +0000 Flo Jonic 14725 at http://ripr.org The Latest on Widow of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Mysterious "Misha" With Connection to Bombing Suspect Turns up in RI http://ripr.org/post/mysterious-misha-connection-bombing-suspect-turns-ri <p>A mysterious man named “Misha,” who may have evangelized Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has surfaced in West Warwick.</p><p>Originally identified by the <em>New York Review of Books</em>,&nbsp;Misha was keeping a low profile Monday as reporters gathered outside his modest apartment.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 20:38:15 +0000 Flo Jonic 14374 at http://ripr.org Mysterious "Misha" With Connection to Bombing Suspect Turns up in RI Injured Newport Woman Keeping Up Her Spirits http://ripr.org/post/injured-newport-woman-keeping-her-spirits <p></p><p>A Newport woman who lost her left foot as a result of the Boston Marathon bombings says she’s received so much support she hasn’t had much time to feel sorry for herself.&nbsp; Heather Abbott gave her first press conference Thursday from a hospital gurney at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Doctors spent a week trying to save Heather Abbott’s foot. In the end, it was her decision to have it amputated. Abbott told reporters her doctors made the options clear.</span></p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 12:31:44 +0000 Flo Jonic 14205 at http://ripr.org Family of Missing Brown Student Horrified by Erroneous Link to Boston Bombings http://ripr.org/post/family-missing-brown-student-horrified-erroneous-link-boston-bombings <p>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.&nbsp;</p><p>Sunil’s brother, Ravi Tripathi, stopped by our studios to talk with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic.</p><p>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.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 21:04:43 +0000 Flo Jonic 14054 at http://ripr.org Family of Missing Brown Student Horrified by Erroneous Link to Boston Bombings