Monthly Archives: April 2013

JP man learns friend survived near-miss

April 26, 2013
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Like many concerned Jamaica Plain residents, Henry Beguiristain wondered about the safety of his friends running and watching the marathon yesterday. But in his case, the danger was closer than most: his friend, Tim Hare, was mere feet away from the second explosion. Hare, who was uninjured, told the Gazette his eyewitness account. Beguiristain...

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JP Mourns

April 26, 2013
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The flag at Jamaica Pond Park flies at half-staff for the victims of the Boston Marathon on the afternoon of April 20. (Gazette Photo by John Ruch)

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Red Cross CEO runs marathon, then helps victims

April 26, 2013
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Jarrett Barrios, the chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts and a Jamaica Plain resident, had his first-ever run of the Boston Marathon halted by the April 15 bombing. Then, despite hurting his leg during the run, he went straight to work with hundreds of other Red Cross volunteers to...

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MSPCA: No animals hurt by bombs

April 26, 2013
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The Angell Animal Medical Center did not receive any reports of animal casualties from the Boston Marathon bombing, according to spokesperson Rob Halpin. The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), which runs the cutting-edge animal hospital at its 350 S. Huntington Ave. headquarters in Jamaica Plain, also has not received...

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JP’s earlier Patriots’ Day crime

April 26, 2013
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The insane crime of bombing the Back Bay’s streets would be horrific at any time. But it was a particularly appalling contrast with the backdrop of the Boston Marathon, the Patriots’ Day holiday and sunny weather. Jamaica Plain has seen that horrific contrast before. Five years ago, on Patriots’ Day 2008, a man was shot to...

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JP’s company key to marathon

April 26, 2013
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A Jamaica Plain rental company whose equipment is a crucial part of the Boston Marathon did not suffer any casualties in the bombing. But its gear became part of a gigantic crime scene downtown. All of the grandstands, barricades and other event gear for the Boston Marathon is provided by Interstate Rental Service on...

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Peace activist became rescue hero

April 26, 2013
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Carlos Arredondo, a well-known anti-war activist known for his strong ties to Jamaica Plain, rushed to the aid of Boston Marathon bombing victims and became globally famous by appearing in some of the most dramatic news photos of the event. In an exclusive Gazette interview last week, Arredondo talked about the devastating irony of...

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The shock in the Back Bay

April 26, 2013
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Perhaps I am still in sense of shock as the details and the reality of the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon sink into my mind. One is almost immune when you hear about civilian targeted  bombs exploding in those places of unrest like the Middle East or Africa. Today, I...

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Kentucky runner, 21 family members escape bomb

April 26, 2013
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(Photo Courtesy Traci Vazquez) Amy Compston (center) waves as she nears the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15, about 22 minutes before the bombs went off.

A Kentucky athlete running her first Boston Marathon could have lost her entire, 21-member family in the April 15 bombing after they spent all day near the finish line to cheer her on, leaving only three minutes before the blasts. “All day, they were literally 25 feet, if that far, from where the bomb...

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Arkansas rep. backs off ‘cowering’ crack

April 26, 2013
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(Image by Gazette Staff) A screenshot of the Twitter exchange between Bell and O’Malley.

Arkansas state Rep. Nate Bell, who suggested April 19 on Twitter that Bostonians are “cowering” because they lack assault rifles during the marathon bomber manhunt, and was rebuked by local City Councilor Matt O’Malley, partly apologized for those comments. “I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they...

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