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Boston Marathon explosions

At least two explosions occurred near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing at least three and injuring more than 170.

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There’s much more to Bill Iffrig than that iconic photo from the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. From Sports on Earth Films Via Getty Images

EVERETT — “Every runner’s goal is to run Boston,” Bill Iffrig says.

Little did Iffrig know, his 2013 running of the Boston Marathon would change his life forever and land him on newsstands across the country.

Iffrig, 79, is a retired mill worker from Lake Stevens, Wash. He was meters away from the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon when two pressure cooker bombs allegedly planted by Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev exploded, knocking him off his feet.

A photographer snapped a picture of the moment, with Iffrig on the ground and police men hovering above him. The image soon become ingrained in American consciousness.

A year after the bombing, Iffrig is the subject of a documentary titled The Finish Line. The film tries to paint a “complete portrait of a man whose image came to represent a city and an event struck by tragedy,”  Sports on Earth Film says.

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WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors announced today they will seek the death penalty for DzhokharTsarnaev in connection with last year’s Boston Marathon bombing, saying in federal court papers that the attack that killed three people and injured hundreds of others was committed in an “especially heinous, cruel and depraved manner.”

An Inside Look At Bombing SuspectsIt marks the first time the Obama administration will attempt to execute an accused terrorist in a federal court case.

However, given that Tsarnaev is portrayed by his legal defense team as under the spell of his now-deceased older brother, and that there have been no legal executions in Massachusetts in more than 65 years, it may be tough for prosecutors to obtain the ultimate punishment there.

The Justice Department announced the decision to seek the death penalty in a two-sentence statement from Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr.

“After consideration of the relevant facts, the applicable regulations and the submissions made by the defendant’s counsel, I have determined that the United States will seek the death penalty in this matter,” Holder said. “The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision.”

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BOSTON — Boston marathon bombing suspect DzhokharTsarnaev suffered multiple and severe gunshot injuries before his capture in April, newly released court documents show.

The most serious of the injuries was a gunshot wound that appeared to enter through the left inside of his mouth and exit through the lower left side of his face, said Stephen Ray Odom, a trauma surgeon who treated Tsarnaev at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

“This was a high-powered injury that has resulted in skull-base fracture, with injuries to the middle ear, the skull base, … his … vertebrae … as well as injury to the pharynx, (and) the mouth.” Odom said in testimony given April 22, three days after Tsarnaev was arrested following the bombing.


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His testimony, unsealed Monday, does not say whether the 20-year-old college student inflicted the wound on himself or suffered it during his showdown with police April 19.

Authorities cornered him in a boat in the backyard of a Watertown, Massachusetts, home after an intense manhunt.

Another document unsealed Monday said a special team of federal agents were able to speak with the seriously wounded Tsarnaev for about two days without any Miranda warnings being given, under a “public safety exception.” The document shows he was read his Miranda rights in the hospital on April 22.

Tsarnaev is charged with killing four people — three spectators who died in the April 15 bombings and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer ambushed in his cruiser a few days later.

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(CNN) — The backlash over Rolling Stone’s cover photo of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev led to the release of new photos of his capture Thursday, images a police photographer said show “the real Boston bomber.”


A bloody Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with a sniper rifle laser trained on him. (Photo credit: Sean Murphy for Boston Magazine)

In contrast to the tousle-haired, placid-looking 19-year-old on the front of the magazine, the new pictures show Tsarnaev emerging from the boat where he was cornered — his face smeared with blood, his skin ashen in the laser glow from snipers’ gun sights.

In one, he pulls up his shirt, apparently showing he has no weapon underneath; in another, he slumps across the deck of the trailered boat, his bloodied arm hanging down.

The pictures were taken by Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Sean Murphy and published online by Boston Magazine on Thursday afternoon.

In a statement accompanying the photos, Murphy called the Rolling Stone cover “an insult” and “hurtful” to survivors of the April 15 bombings.

“This guy is evil,” Murphy said. “This is the real Boston bomber. Not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.”


(Photo Illustration by Sean McCabe / Rolling Stone)

John Wolfson, Boston Magazine’s editor in chief, said the magazine has hundreds of similar photos and will publish more in its September issue. He said Murphy was “conflicted on some level” about releasing the photos, but “genuinely worried” about how the Rolling Stone cover will affect the victims’ families.

“I think he was also worried that certain impressionable people might be lured to replicate that by the kind of glamorous-looking photo that is on the Rolling Stone cover,” Wolfson told CNN’s “The Situation Room.”

A Massachusetts State Police spokesman said that the agency had not authorized the photos’ release.

“Today’s dissemination to Boston Magazine of photographs of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev and police activity related to his capture was not authorized by the Massachusetts State Police,” spokesman David Procopio said in a statement issued Thursday night. “The department will not release the photographs to media outlets. The State Police will have no further comment on this matter tonight.”

Wolfson told CNN late Thursday night that Murphy had been relieved of duty pending a review. Police officials and Murphy could not be immediately reached for comment.

Tsarnaev is awaiting trial on federal charges in the Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three people and wounded more than 260 on April 15. In addition, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was shot to death during the dramatic pursuit of Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, who was killed during a gun battle with police.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty.

Rolling Stone has defended its decision to profile Tsarnaev, whom the same cover called a “monster.” The magazine said the story “falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day.”

But the cover photo has sparked fury on social media and prompted several retail chains to pull the issue from their racks.

Still, some people seemed eager to sell it.

By Thursday, the eBay auction website listed dozens of copies of the controversial edition of Rolling Stone for sale.


NEW YORK – Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s face on the cover of the latest Rolling Stone sparked a backlash against the magazine Wednesday in social media and in boardrooms around the country.

“THE BOMBER,” the cover reads. “How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster.”

The photo of a tousle-haired, thinly goateed Tsarnaev is one the suspect posted online himself and has been picked up by other outlets. But a groundswell of criticism objecting to its prominent play emerged on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook and among leaders in Boston, where the marathon bombings killed three people, wounded more than 200 and led to a frantic manhunt that left a police officer dead.


(Photo Illustration by Sean McCabe / Rolling Stone)

Ed Kelly, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, called it “insulting.” Using Tsarnaev’s booking photo might have been one thing, but a photo that shows “the innocence of youth” gives the wrong message, Kelly told CNN.

“He gave up any innocence he had on April 15, when he took the life of an innocent child, two women and then went on to execute a police officer,” Kelly said.

“What he did to a city, a country, we’re never going to forgive him for it,” Kelly said. “We’re not going to cower from it. It disturbs us that our media chooses to celebrate it.”

Three prominent New England-based businesses — CVS pharmacies, Stop & Stop, and Tedeschi Food Shops — heard the public outcry and announced they will not sell that edition, which will be on newsstands soon.

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(Photo Illustration by Sean McCabe / Rolling Stone)

NEW YORK – Rolling Stone magazine on Tuesday night announced its August cover story on its website – and the photo on its cover generated immediate outrage on social media.

Rolling Stone said its cover story is “a deeply reported account of the life and times of Boston bomber Jahar Tsarnaev,” which delves into “how a charming kid with a bright future became a monster.”

But it was the photo and its placement on the magazine’s cover that sparked immediate outrage on social media.

Disgusted in Rolling Stone said, “You put him on the cover? Shame on you!”

Akscribe wrote, “This cover is beyond horrible. It glorifies a mass murderer–and I’m sure it gives a big jolt to some copycat out there. Whoever approved this cover should be fired immediately.”

Bostonrocks33 wrote, “This is gross!! You could write a book & nothing would make this hateful act understandable!! Shame on Rolling Stones for putting that murderer on the cover in such a glamorous way!! Evil is evil & that’s what this nothing more!! I will never purchase your magazine ever!!!”

And those were some of milder comments. To go to Rolling Stone’s website, click here.

 (Joe Sterling/CNN) — A federal grand jury has returned a 30-count indictment against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, the U.S. attorney’s office in Massachusetts said Thursday.

The counts involve his “alleged role in using weapons of mass destruction” at the April 15 event “to kill three individuals and maim or seriously injure many others” and “using a firearm to intentionally kill Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Police Officer Sean Collier.” At least 264 people were injured in the double bombings, which took place near the marathon finish line.

Police took Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, into custody on April 19 after finding him hiding in a boat in the backyard of a Watertown, Massachusetts, home. The other bombing suspect, his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died after a gunfight with authorities hours before his brother’s arrest. After much secrecy and protest, Tamerlan was buried in a rural Virginia cemetery.

An Inside Look At Bombing Suspects

Tsarnaev was charged by indictment with a range of counts, the office of U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said in a media statement.

The charges are use of a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death and conspiracy; bombing of a place of public use resulting in death and conspiracy; malicious destruction of property resulting in death and conspiracy; use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence causing death; carjacking resulting in serious bodily injury; interference with commerce by threats or violence; and aiding and abetting.

Read the indictment

Seventeen charges authorize a penalty of up to life in prison or the death penalty. Other charges authorize a maximum penalty of life in prison or a fixed term of years. He is scheduled to be arraigned on July 10 in U.S. District Court in Boston.

Alleged conspiracy started no later than February

The indictment alleges that the brothers conspired to use improvised explosive devices against people, property and public places from no later than February until Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was apprehended.

“The brothers placed IEDs among the crowds of spectators who were cheering the runners towards the Marathon finish line” and “detonated the bombs seconds apart, killing three people, maiming and injuring many more, and forcing a premature end to the Marathon.”

The IEDs were made from pressure cookers, explosive powder, shrapnel, adhesives and other items, and were designed to shred skin, shatter bone and cause extreme pain and suffering, as well as death, the indictment said.

On April 18, the FBI released photographs of the brothers, identifying them as bombing suspects.

Hours later, they drove their Honda Civic to the MIT campus, where they shot and killed Collier and attempted to steal his service weapon, the indictment said. They were armed with five IEDs, a Ruger P95 semiautomatic handgun, ammunition, a machete and a hunting knife.

After they killed Collier, “they carjacked a Mercedes, kidnapped the driver, and forced him to drive to a gas station, robbing him of $800 along the way.” The driver escaped, and the brothers drove the carjacked vehicle to Watertown, where police spotted and tried to apprehend them.

“The brothers fired at the police officers and used four additional IEDs against them. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev then reentered the carjacked vehicle and drove it directly at the officers, running over his brother as he managed to escape. Tsarnaev is alleged to have hidden in a dry-docked boat in a Watertown backyard until his arrest the following night,” the attorney’s office said.

While Dzhokhar was hiding from police in the boat, he scrawled messages on an inside wall and boat beams that give a hint about his alleged motivation:

“The U.S. Government is killing our innocent civilians.” “I can’t stand to see such evil unpunished.” We Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all.” “Now I don’t like killing innocent people it is forbidden in Islam but due to said [unintelligible] it is allowed.” And, “Stop killing our innocent people and we will stop.”

BOSTON (CNN) — For Erika Brannock, Monday was a long time coming — 50 days in fact.


Erika Brannock, the Towson, Md., teacher injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, returns to Baltimore.
( Baltimore Sun photo by Yvonne Wenger / June 3, 2013 )

That’s how long she was hospitalized after bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon ripped apart her legs.

She was the last of the more than 250 victims from that attack to be released.

“I leave here today — after 11 surgeries, some pretty dark moments, and 50 days in this hospital — with nothing but admiration for this great city,” said Brannock, who was treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

On the day of the marathon, she, her sister and her brother-in-law had gone to watch Brannock’s mother run.

They were standing near the finish line when the bombs went off.

“I fell backwards, and I could see oranges and yellows,” Brannock told CNN on Monday. “I could hear the sirens and people crying and screaming. But I never heard the actual boom.”

“I had a conversation with God in my head, and I told him I wasn’t ready to go.”

Just at that moment, a woman crawled over to Brannock and grabbed her hand. She used her belt as a tourniquet on Brannock’s leg.

“She had heard me screaming for help and she said, ‘My name is Joan from California, and I’m not going to let you go.’ And she stayed with me the whole time.”

Brannock, 29, credits this mystery woman with saving her life. She desperately wants to find and thank her.

Brannock, a preschool teacher from Maryland, suffered severe bone and tissue damage, requiring the amputation of her lower left leg.

“I would not be here today without the talent and devotion of my care team, as well as the first responders and the marathon spectator — who I only know as ‘Joan from California’ — wherever you are — you saved my life,” she said.

The double bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 killed three people and injured at least 264.

Brannock’s sister, Nicole Gross, had a broken leg and remained hospitalized for 33 days. Her sister’s husband suffered cuts, bruises and burns.

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