The 12 biggest stories since the Boston Marathon bombings

Samantha Lacovara takes pictures of a banner mourners were signing during a candlelight vigil for bomb victims a day after two explosions hit the Boston Marathon, in Boston, Massachusetts April 16, 2013. Credit: Reuters
Samantha Lacovara takes pictures of a banner mourners were signing during a candlelight vigil for bomb victims a day after two explosions hit the Boston Marathon, in Boston, Massachusetts April 16, 2013. Credit: Reuters

Today marks the six month anniversary of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings, a terror attack that claimed the lives of three people and injured more than 260. Days later, on April 18, MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, 26, was shot and killed by the terror suspects, prompting a day-long manhunt that ended with the death of suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the arrest of his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Following the capture, a flood of relief washed over the city, and the nation, but the months since have seen a tumultuous mingling of healing and anger, unity and controversy. Here are a dozen notable events that have happened since the brutal April 15 attack.

1. On May 19, injured MBTA transit police officer Richard “Dic” Donohue takes his first steps since almost dying in an April 19 Watertown shootout with the terror suspects. Before the shootout, MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, 26,

would be shot and killed by the terror suspects. Donohue continues his recovery.

(full story)

2. British Trio organizes One Run across the U.S. to raise money for survivors. On June 7, a relay organized by Danny Bent, Kate Treleaven and Jamie Hay kicked off in Los Angeles, bringing together more than 1,000 runners from across the nation.

(full story)

3. Sprawling Boston Marathon Memorial at Copley taken down, archived. A massive, citizen-built memorial on Boylston Street drew thousands to pay their respects to the victims and survivors of the Marathon bombing. It was removed and sent for archiving on June 25.

(View photos below, and read the full story.)

4. Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  indicted.  On June 27, a federal grand jury has returned a 30-count indictment related to the Boston Marathon explosions and murder of Collier. Charges included conspiracy, murder, and using a weapon of mass destruction.

(full story)

5. One Fund starts paying out $61 million to Boston marathon survivors. On July 1, 232 survivors began receiving financial support from the One Fund.“No amount of money can replace what has been lost,” said One Fund Boston administrator Ken Feinberg. “It was a solemn responsibility to allocate these finite contributions across tremendous pain and suffering, but it was made lighter by the unprecedented generosity of Bostonians, of Americans, and of people around the world.”

(full story)

6. Two people accused of defrauding the One Fund. Although millions of people contributed money to the One Fund, not all were so generous. On July 2, Branden Mattier, 22, of South Boston, allegedly submitted a false claim of $2.2 million, and on July 19 Audrea Gause, 26, of Troy, N.Y, was arrested for allegedly collecting a fraudulent $480,000 claim.

7. Tsarnaev appears in federal court in Boston. On July 10, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made his first public appearance since his April 19 arrest in Watertown. The courthouse was packed with media, survivors and Tsarnaev supporters.

Outside, a small group of his supporters clashed with locals. The 20-year-old, whose face was slightly disfigured due to injuries sustained during his capture, plead not guilty to all charges.

(full story)

8. Rolling Stone Tsarnaev cover outrages a nation.  On July 16, Rolling Stone magazine released the cover of its August issue, which featured a photograph of Tsarnaev that an irate Mass. state trooper later described as “fluffed and buffed.” The cover drew outrage from the public, and caused numerous businesses to boycott the issue.

(full story)

9. State trooper releases dramatic photos of Tsarnaev from night of capture. On July 18, the aforementioned trooper, Sgt. Sean Murphy, gave Boston Magazine photographs of a bloody Tsarnaev surrendering to police. The magazine published the photographs, and Murphy was placed on restricted duty as a result of the leak.

(full story)

10. Tsarnaev’s alleged cover-up cronies face a judge. Three friends of accused Boston Marathon terror suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were arrested on suspicion of concealing evidence and lying to federal agents in the wake of the deadly bombing.

(full story)

11. “Boston Marathon Hero” Carlos Arrendondo is given a new truck. In another showing of generosity, Carlos Arrendondo, a Roslindale veterans-rights activist who saved Marathon survivor Jeff Bauman, was gifted a new pickup trick courtesy of luxury car mogul Herb Chambers. He was handed the keys on Aug. 20 as thanks for his bravery.

(full story)

12. Tsarnaev asks for more lenient prison restrictions. More public outrage followed defense attorneys’ request that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is being held in solitary confinement in Devens Federal Prison, have access to more privileges.

(full story)

Follow Morgan Rousseau on Twitter: @MetroMorgan
Follow Metro Boston on Twitter: @MetroBOS

 



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Apple says its systems not to blame for…

By Edwin Chan and Christina FarrSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The week before a crucial launch of its new iPhone, Apple Inc said intimate photos of…

Local

Tallest residential building planned for lower Manhattan

A residential tower planned for lower Manhattan will soar 1,356 feet in the air -- just 12 feet shy of 1 World Trade Center. When…

Local

Bronx man commits suicide by decapitation

A Bronx man committed suicide Monday morning in the Hunts Point area of the Bronx by decapitating himself. According to the NYPD, the 51-year-old man…

Local

Top cops enroll in Twitter course at John…

NYPD officers are reportedly getting a lesson on the best way to use 140 characters or less. The New York Post reported Tuesday top officers…

Arts

Pop culture and prostitutes: New Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit at…

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec documented the cult of celebrity and the rise of pop entertainment in his prints, posters and lithographs — now on display at MoMA.

Arts

PHOTO: Extreme artist Eskil Ronningsbakken balances unicycle on…

Extreme artist’ Eskil Ronningsbakken balances on the edge of a cliff face at 4,600 feet – on a unicycle. The Norwegian travels across the globe, balancing over vertiginous ravines, tall…

Music

Hear two previously unreleased Adele songs

Missing some Adele in your life? Two previously unreleased songs from the singer have appeared online.

Music

Lincoln Center just made 'Lord of the Rings'…

Middle Earth already has sweeping vistas, a hero's journey and technology-revolutionizing special effects. But next April, the Lincoln Center will add another dimension to Peter Jackson's…

NFL

Michael Vick set to be weekly guest with…

Mike Francesa may need to backtrack from his harsh commentary of Michael Vick now that the Jets backup quarterback will be a weekly guest on his show.

NFL

Jets expect to make playoffs after sitting on…

The same pundits who predicted the Jets would be woeful a season ago are now eying the playoffs for this revamped team.

NFL

Antonio Allen returns to practice after concussion

Antonio Allen was cleared to practice again following his concussion two weeks ago.

Sports

Belinda Bencic leads crop of young stars serving…

Belinda Bencic, a 17-year-old Swiss Miss, beat two Top-10 players before suffering a disappointing loss Tuesday in the quarterfinals.

Parenting

In defense of making a mess during playtime

"Recipes for Play" authors Rachel Sumner and Ruth Mitchener think playtime should involve the five senses and making a mess is part of the fun.

Wellbeing

Jason Hope helps push anti-aging efforts forward

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article When it comes to age-related illness, the direction of modern medicine seems more reactive than proactive. In…

Wellbeing

Today's Doomsday preppers: a closer look at survivalist…

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article. The term “Doomsday prepper” is often associated with the paranoid, anti-government stereotype of the 1990s. The truth…

Education

These college students think breakfast is the most…

  It should be no surprise that the city that never sleeps is also home to the most students who like to order food in…