Boston Marathon bombings http://ripr.org en Heather Abbott Reflects On The Boston Marathon Bombings One Year Later http://ripr.org/post/heather-abbott-reflects-boston-marathon-bombings-one-year-later <p>Boston Marathon Bombing survivor Heather Abbott will be attending the race once again this year after spending the past year adjusting to life with a prosthetic leg.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Heather Abbott was waiting outside a restaurant near the Boston Marathon finish line when one of the bombs went off and shattered her lower left leg. She was given a prosthetic leg and has spent the past year adjusting to the changes in her life. Abbott said she has put a lot of effort into staying in touch with the other survivors and helping them with their recoveries.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:01:19 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 32075 at http://ripr.org Heather Abbott Reflects On The Boston Marathon Bombings One Year Later 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 President Obama and Boston: What the president was right about http://ripr.org/post/president-obama-and-boston-what-president-was-right-about <p>The Red Sox duck boat parade streamed through the streets of Boston&nbsp; as fans by the hundreds of thousands lined up to cheer on the improbable dream team that won the 2013 World Series.</p><p>While no athletic accomplishment can ever leaven the horror of the Boston Marathon bombings for survivors and the still-suffering families shattered by this cowardly act of terrorism, it was nonetheless grand to see the simple majesty of a gesture made at the road race finish line by Red Sawx players.</p> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 15:40:45 +0000 Scott MacKay 24195 at http://ripr.org Lessons we can learn from the Red Sox http://ripr.org/post/lessons-we-can-learn-red-sox <p>The Boston Red Sox, New England’s most beloved sports team, are the world champions of baseball. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what we can learn from these men who played a boys game with joy.</p><p>Fifty years ago, the French-born cultural historian Jacques Barzun wrote a lyrical paean to baseball. His most noted passage was that ``whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules, and reality of the game.’’</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:41:42 +0000 Scott MacKay 24104 at http://ripr.org Boston Marathon Bombing Victim Heather Abbott Speaks About Her Recovery http://ripr.org/post/boston-marathon-bombing-victim-heather-abbott-speaks-about-her-recovery <p>Newport resident and survivor of the Boston marathon bombings Heather Abbott gave her first formal presentation Wednesday to a packed lecture hall at Salve Regina University.&nbsp; Abbott told the audience how she recovered from the partial amputation of her left leg. She&rsquo;s continuing physical therapy for that injury but she must still undergo surgery for another.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:21:27 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 23003 at http://ripr.org Boston Marathon Bombing Victim Heather Abbott Speaks About Her Recovery 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