Boston Marathon

Injured Newport Woman Keeping Up Her Spirits

Apr 26, 2013

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.

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.

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.

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."

Johnson and Wales University Remembers Boston

Apr 22, 2013
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.

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.

Forever Boston

Apr 22, 2013

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.

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.

Forever Boston

Apr 19, 2013

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.

Rhode Islanders Feel Effects of Boston Lockdown

Apr 19, 2013
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.

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.

RI Blood Center Seeks Donors to Replenish Supply

Apr 16, 2013

The Rhode Island Blood Center shipped blood to Boston hospitals to help victims of the explosions at the marathon. Now, the Center is looking for Rhode Island donors, but not for emergencies.

The Center said in a statement that it doesn’t anticipate needing to send more units of blood to Boston hospitals. What went to Boston didn't come from emergency donations, but what was already on the shelves.

Coping with a Disaster

Apr 15, 2013

Everyone at RIPR is hoping you made it home safe today if you were on scene at the Boston Marathon. But even if you made it home without physical injuries, you might find yourself suffering from some completely understandable emotional trauma. Here are some resources to help you cope:

Boston Athletic Association

Reports are coming in from Rhode Islanders who experienced the incident firsthand.  One North Kingstown runner finished the race moments before the explosions.  Frank Coseglia said he was a block and a half away when it happened, and wasn’t sure what was going on. 

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