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Desiree Linden is the first American since 1985 to finish first among the women in the prestigious race. Linden pulled away at the end of Heartbreak Hill and ran alone through Brookline to finish in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds. That's the slowest time for a women's winner since 1978.

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 The city of Boston has held a moment of silence on the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Facebook: Boston Marathon Documentary

The 121st Boston Marathon will be run on April 17th. It’s considered one of the top international running events. In 2013 the world’s attention turned to the race as two bombs near the finish line killed three people and injured more than 260 others. A new documentary recounts the history of the Boston Marathon and the return of racers and spectators after the 2013 tragedy.

April 15, 2013, Boston, Massachusetts--The winner of the marathon crossed the finish line hours ago, but Boylston Street remains vibrant as friends and families cheer a steady stream of runners coming down the final stretch. Suddenly the unthinkable happens...BOOM! BOOM! Two massive blasts instantaneously transform triumph to tragedy, killing four and leaving a blood-soaked trail of shrapnel and severed limbs in their wake.

Directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg focus not on the politics or sensationalism, but instead offer a patchwork of deeply moving portraits of the victims, struggling to move forward on prosthetic limbs and recreate their lives.

Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing will screen twice as part of the the Woodstock Film Festival


In the NBA playoffs, Cleveland beat Detroit 106-101, Miami bested Charlotte 123-91, San Antonio topped Memphis 106-74, and it was the Clippers over Portland 115-95.

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Grey skies are expected for today's Boston Marathon, but onlookers will be cheering nonetheless. Some 30,000 runners are expected to take part in the second Boston Marathon since bombs went off near the finish line in 2013, killing three people and wounding another 260. Tom Grilk, the executive director of the Boston Athletic Association, says, "What happened in 2013 was the closest and perhaps most poignant part of our history, but part of the history."

Boston Marathon Winner Visits Kingston

Apr 26, 2014

The men’s winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon is in the Hudson Valley this weekend. 


The 118th Boston Marathon took place today amid heavy security a year after the bombings near the race’s finish line that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

State and local police officers were highly visible—even positioned on the rooftops of some buildings.  Bomb-sniffing dogs checked trash containers. Spectators had to pass through metal detectors to get to some areas.  Authorities said the entire 26.2- mile race course was under video surveillance. Helicopters circled overhead.

4/21/14 Panel

Apr 21, 2014


  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include:
Afghan Runoff
Ukraine Fatal Clash
Boston Marathon
Sherpa Strike
Army Hairstyle Ban

Sports Report: Boston Marathon Starts This Morning

Apr 21, 2014

The Boston Marathon starts today with the Mobility Impaired Start at 8:50 am, Push Chair Wheelchair Division Start at 9:17 am, Handcycle Participants Start at 9:22 am, Elite Women’s at 9:32 am, the Elite Men’s and Wave One at 10 am, Wave Two at 10:25 am, Wave Three at 11 am, and Wave Four at 11:25 am. More information about the Marathon can be found at EPSN.

Schenectady, New York is throwing a parade for Union College’s men’s hockey team after its 7-4 victory over Minnesota Saturday. Union College defenseman and captain Mat Bodie has agreed to an entry-level contract with the New York Rangers. ESPN said Bodie will finish his degree this spring and join the Rangers for developmental camp this summer. Bodie led all NCAA defensemen with 39 points this season and will join Union rival RPI alumni Ryan Haggerty on the roster for the Rangers.

Today is the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260.  It brings back painful memories for an entire region and it focuses on the plans to protect the runners and spectators at this year’s Marathon six days from now.


  One year ago today, the city of Boston and its marathon and people were victim of terrifying act of terrorism.

Boston Globe journalists, Scott Helman and Jenna Russell have written a book entitled Long Mile Home Boston Under Attack, the City's Courageous Recovery, and the Epic Hunt for Justice which tells the gripping story of the tragic, surreal, and ultimately inspiring week of April 15, 2013: the preparations of the bombers; the glory of the race; the extraordinary emergency response to the explosions; the massive deployment of city, state, and federal law enforcement personnel; and the nation’s and the world’s emotional and humanitarian response before, during, and after the apprehension of the suspects.

In the NBA, Portland blew out Brooklyn 124-80 as Maurice Williams had 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Will Barton dropped in 20 points and Nicolas Batum added 19 points in the Trail Blazers' fourth consecutive win and largest margin of victory this season.

Raymond Felton returned to Knicks practice on Wednesday, saying his arrest on felony weapons charges was "not a distraction" to the team.

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James Brooke will come home to the Berkshires this week. A native of Lenox, who attended Berkshire Country Day School and Yale University, has been a lifelong foreign correspondent, most recently covering Russia and the former Soviet Union for the Voice of America. 

James Brooke will be at the Lenox Library tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. for a free lecture on how Russia views the Boston Marathon, now that one Tsarnaev brother is dead, and another is in custody. He spoke today with WAMC’s Brian Shields.


Police departments everywhere are reviewing security measures for large public events in light of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings.  A large outdoor event that typically draws more than 10,000 people is taking place on Saturday in Springfield Massachusetts.



Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev was charged by federal officials yesterday with using a weapon of mass destruction and more charges lay ahead as Massachusetts prosecutors expect to charge him separately in the killing of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier who was shot in his cruiser Thursday night on the school's campus in Cambridge.

Mass. To Observe Moment Of Silence Monday

Apr 22, 2013
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is asking residents to observe a moment of silence Monday at the time the first of two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The one-minute silent tribute to victims is scheduled for 2:50 p.m. and will be followed by the ringing of bells in Boston and elsewhere in Massachusetts. It marks one week since the attacks that killed three people and wounded more than 180 others.

The news that the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings are Chechnyan has created even more questions about their history and motivations.

Joining us now to discuss the recent political relations between Chechnya and the United States, Russia, and other nations is Mark A. Baskin, a Senior Associate for Academic Affairs at the State University of New York Center for International Development at and a research professor in the political science department at the Rockefeller College at the University at Albany.


WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Boston Police say a 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings is in custody after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and accomplice dead.  

Police announced via Twitter that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (JOH'-kahr tsahr-NY'-ev) was in custody. His brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, was killed Friday in a furious attempt to escape police.

   The two brothers suspected of carrying out the bombings at the Boston Marathon are said to be ethnic Chechyans who moved to the Boston area about a decade ago.  To find out more about the area where the brothers came from, WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Audrey Altstadt, a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Ryan Polly

What started as a planned run with friends has broadened into a worldwide effort to raise funds for Mass General and other charities helping the victims of Monday’s bombing in Boston.

Burlington Vermont resident Ryan Polly was running in his first ever marathon on Monday.

He and other marathoners were about a mile from the finish line when the explosions occurred. He initially thought emergency vehicles were responding to a heart attack victim, but as he got closer, he encountered chaos and panic.


Travelers on buses, trains and planes will find stepped up security in the wake of the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Travelers are being advised  to have all luggage tagged with their names and to not leave bags unattended.  They can also expect random security checks in bus and train stations and airports. Christopher Crean, the vice president for public safety and security for Peter Pan Bus Lines, said company employees have been reminded to follow security procedures.


Yesterday marked a sad day for both our region and Massachusetts capital city as three people perished and hundreds of others were injured in what has been described by officials as an act of terror.

Today we’re opening the lines for you to hear your stories of what many are now calling the Boston Marathon bombing, and your reactions as the investigation continues to develop. We’ll also be monitoring the wires for the latest news on the investigation and bring it to you if and when it becomes available.


Authorities in Boston continue to comb through a mile-square crime scene as they search for clues to the deadly explosions that brought Monday’s running of the Boston Marathon to a horrific stop.

4/16/13 - Panel

Apr 16, 2013

  Today's panelists are Ray Graf and David Guistina. We will also welcome Kevin Moran, Managing Editor of The Berkshire Eagle for a portion of the discussion. Joe Donahue moderates.

We will discuss yesterday's Boston Marathon bombings.

In this segment - we cut away for a press conference from Boston with Governor Deval Patrick and other officials. 

Westchester Increases Security After Boston Explosions

Apr 16, 2013

At least one county executive in New York’s Hudson Valley says security was stepped up Monday as a result of the bombings at the Boston Marathon. And security will remain heightened through at least today.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Apr 16, 2013

At least three people are dead and more than 140 injured after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon. The injuries include broken bones, shrapnel wounds and ruptured eardrums. President Barack Obama vowed that those responsible will "feel the full weight of justice."

Despite the day’s setbacks, some runners were able to complete the race. Lelisa Desisa was the men’s winner and Rita Jeptoo was the first woman to finish.

Abigail Kienbaum

Newton, Massachusetts resident Abigail Kienbaum was in Boston for the marathon on Monday. A promotional staffer, she was working just blocks away from the site of the explosions at the finish line.

For more on the events today in Boston, WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke with Rick Mathews, the director of the National Center for Security and Preparedness at the University at Albany. He began by asking him if at this early stage he believes the explosions were the work of domestic or foreign terrorists.