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MSPCA: No animal casualties from bombs

April 18, 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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Dozens attend church vigil

April 18, 2013
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CENTRAL JP—Dozens of people attended a candlelight vigil on the lawn of First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain last night, the first such local vigil in the wake of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing. “It’s a way of helping people know they’re not alone in a time of stress and crisis,” First Baptist Pastor Ashlee...

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Kentucky runner, 21 family members narrowly escape bomb

April 16, 2013
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Kentucky runner, 21 family members narrowly escape bomb

A Kentucky athlete running her first Boston Marathon could have lost her entire, 21-member family in yesterday’s bombing after they spent all day near the finish line to cheer her on, leaving only three minutes before the blasts. Amy Compston told the Gazette that some members of her family–who, along with her, are staying...

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Churches and temple plan vigils, services

April 16, 2013
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Various JP religious institutions are responding to yesterday’s events by offering extra services and support. First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist, located at 6 Eliot St., held a vigil last night and is offering pastoral services. It can be reached at 617-524-1634. Hope Central Church at 87 Seaverns Ave. has invited families with...

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JP man learns friend survived bomb blast

April 16, 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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Faulkner Hospital treating bomb victims

April 16, 2013
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Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain is treating 12 patients, one of whom is in critical condition, from yesterday’s Boston Marathon bombing. Dr. Rick Larson, who heads the department of emergency medicine at Faulkner Hospital, said many patients suffered penetrating injuries from packed shrapnel, including ball-bearing or BB-type shrapnel. One patient suffered...

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JP company’s gear, key to Marathon, now part of crime scene

April 16, 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 yesterday’s bombing. But its gear is now 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...

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JP runners, spectators tell of bomb horror

April 16, 2013
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By John Ruch, Rebeca Oliveira and Peter Shanley/Gazette Staff Local runners and spectators of yesterday’s Boston Marathon have begun reporting in with tales of shock and horror from its bombing. So far, there are no reports of anyone local being injured. Harry Smith, the president of the JP Regan Youth League, ran the Marathon...

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Local anti-war activist aided bomb victims

April 16, 2013
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Carlos Arredondo, a famous anti-war activist known for his strong ties to Jamaica Plain, aided victims of yesterday’s Boston Marathon bombing and is seen in some of the most dramatic news photos of the event. An Associated Press photo showed Arredondo aiding a man whose legs had been blown off, apparently pinching shut the...

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5 years ago, JP shocked by another Patriots’ Day crime

April 15, 2013
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Today’s 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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