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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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Kentucky runner, 21 family members escape bomb

April 26, 2013
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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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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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Candidates apply for mayoral election papers

April 26, 2013
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Fourteen candidates had applied for nomination papers in the race to replace Mayor Thomas Menino at the Gazette deadline, though others have announced their intention to also enter the scrum. Some of those who have announced include state Rep. Martin Walsh, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley and City Councilors John Connolly, Rob Consalvo...

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JP Kids: Teens fight for summer job funding

April 26, 2013
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The citywide Youth Jobs Coalition, composed of adult and youth leaders including local organizations Hyde Square Task Force and Teen Empowerment, are once again fighting to fund teen summer jobs. The current proposed state budget cuts funding to support youth jobs with the City from last year’s $9 million to $2 million. That is...

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Hyde Square Runners

April 26, 2013
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JP Kids: How BPS responded to students’ bomb trauma

April 26, 2013
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By Rebeca Oliveira and Peter Shanley, Gazette Staff Whether they were near or far from the scene, Boston’s children felt the trauma of the Boston Marathon bombing, which counted an 8-year-old Dorchester boy among the dead. The bombing happened during the Boston Public Schools (BPS) vacation week, leaving some students wondering about their classmates’...

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