Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon
9:05 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Head Of The Boston Athletic Association Talks Marathon Security

Head of the Boston Athletic Association, Joann Flaminio
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

36,000 runners hit the pavement this morning for the Boston Marathon. The 118th running of the race has special significance.  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.  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.

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RI News
2:48 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Boston Marathon: RI Trooper Doesn’t Consider Himself A Hero

Rhode Island State Police trooper Roupen Bastajian is running this year's marathon after helping victims of last year's bombings.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

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.

Last year’s marathon was the 117th and 117 is Bastajian’s  badge number. It was a beautiful day, other state troopers were also running the marathon and he did it, he crossed the finish line. Minutes later, as he was on his way to the medical tent, the first bomb exploded.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
2:35 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: We Remember: Patriot's Day 2014

The corner of Cambridge and Tremont streets after the Boston Marathon bombings, one year ago.
Credit Bradley Campbell / RIPR

It’s been a year since bombs and blood in the streets shattered one of New England’s treasured civic celebrations.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the lessons of the Boston Marathon bombings as this year’s race approaches.

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Boston Marathon Explosions
3:08 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

RI Trooper Who Aided Bombing Victims: I'm No Hero

State Trooper Roupen Bastijian finished the Boston Marathon just minutes before the first bomb went off.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

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.  The trooper rejects any suggestion that he’s a hero.

Trooper Roupen Bastajian has participated in five marathons. But the April 15th Boston Marathon was the first one he completed running all the way. He decided to compete because it was the 117th running of the Boston Marathon and 117 is his badge number.

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Boston Marathon Explosions
7:16 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombing Victim Receives Warm Welcome Home

Heather Abbott, at Rosecliff Mansion in Newport for her 'welcome home' party.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Newport residents threw a big welcome home party Sunday for Heather Abbott.  She’s the 38-year-old woman who lost the lower part of her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings.  A veritable who’s who of Rhode Island’s political establishment was on hand to praise her courage and spunk.

The Preservation Society of Newport County donated the use of Rosecliff Mansion for Heather Abbott’s welcome home party.   When she arrived on crutches, wearing a form-fitting royal blue sleeveless dress, she received a round of applause.

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RI News
12:31 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Katherine Russell Adds Lawyer to Her Legal Team

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.  She continues to be represented by the Providence Firm DeLuca and Weizenbaum, though the firm specializes in medical malpractice.

RI News
9:48 am
Mon May 6, 2013

The Latest on Widow of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect

Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A North Kingstown woman finds herself at the vortex of one of the most intensive criminal investigations in American history.  This is the latest on Katherine Russell and her connection to the Boston Marathon bombing investigation.

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.  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.

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Boston Marathon Explosions
4:38 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Mysterious "Misha" With Connection to Bombing Suspect Turns up in RI

Reporters wait outside the home of a Rhode Island man with connections to one of the Boston bombing suspects.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

A mysterious man named “Misha,” who may have evangelized Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has surfaced in West Warwick.

Originally identified by the New York Review of Books, Misha was keeping a low profile Monday as reporters gathered outside his modest apartment.

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Boston Marathon Explosions
8:31 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Injured Newport Woman Keeping Up Her Spirits

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.  Heather Abbott gave her first press conference Thursday from a hospital gurney at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. 

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.

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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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