August 12, 2016
By David W. Brown It started with a simple gesture. Find a few strangers, sit down at a common table, and talk about some of the most uncomfortable topics that have divided us for decades. Race . . . power . . . politics. Most of us don't talk about these things with our own family - let alone with people we don't know. But that's what's missing in these volatile times. We talk at each other. We talk past each other. But rarely do we talk to each other. The Beer Summit was established to make that happen.
October 24, 2013 |
Six months ago, as the first runners crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis began to breathe a little easier. The international press covering the marathon's elite runners had already begun to pack up. "When the press starts to walk away, you feel a little relieved. The international attention - and therefore the threat of terrorism - diminishes," he told a packed room at the Convention Center on Tuesday. Two hours later that April day, two bombs went off at the finish line.
July 3, 2013 |
BOSTON POLICE have asked authorities in Bristol, Conn., for their help with an investigation into a double homicide linked to former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, police said. The request was based on evidence developed through the investigation of 27-year-old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd's slaying, Bristol Police Lt. Kevin Morrell said. He said police were asked to search the same home in Bristol, Conn. for both investigations, and a vehicle was seized at the address on Friday.
May 18, 2013 |
A message flashed across Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan's phone as he sat in a Center City conference room Thursday: A suspicious package had been spotted blocks away. As it turned out, the bag was harmless, the tip familiar. In the month after the Boston terror attack, Philadelphia police responded to more than 300 such reports, with 32 just on the day of the Broad Street Run, Sullivan said. Bomb-squad officers even built and detonated a backpack bomb identical to the one that killed three people in Boston.
May 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis III said Thursday that his department was unaware that the Russian security service sent a query to the FBI about one of two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombing long before the attack. When asked whether he would have given the suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a second look had he known, Davis told a congressional committee: "We would certainly look at the information. We would certainly talk to the individual. " Davis, testifying at the first congressional hearing into the April 15 bombing, said the FBI had interviewed Tsarnaev after the Russian warning and closed out the case without finding any derogatory information.
May 7, 2013 |
Along the 10-mile course of Sunday's Broad Street Run , from Olney Avenue to the Navy Yard, police with bomb-detection dogs were a frequent presence. Above the race course, police helicopters hovered, while underground, SEPTA transit police rode the subway line. It was a cooperative effort between federal agents and city police. And the result was one they all hoped and planned for: a safe event. "The planning and the preparation, all of the coordination has really led to a very successful race in terms of race operations," Mayor Nutter said nearly three hours after the starting gun fired, when the vast majority of runners had crossed the finish line.
May 5, 2013 |
BOSTON - A suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings died from gunshot wounds and blunt trauma to his head and torso, his death certificate says. Worcester funeral home owner Peter Stefan has the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and read details from his death certificate on Friday. It cites "gunshot wounds of torso and extremities," Stefan said. Tsarnaev died last month after a gunfight with authorities a few days after the attack. Police have said he ran out of ammunition before his brother dragged his body under a vehicle while fleeing the scene.
April 25, 2013 |
Despite playing just one season for the Flyers, Jaromir Jagr, left a indelible impression. The owner of 681 career NHL goals, Jagr is scheduled to play his first game against his former team Tuesday night when the Boston Bruins visit the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Jagr had 19 goals and 35 assists for 54 points in 73 games with the Flyers last season and added a goal and seven assists in 11 playoff games. He signed as a free agent with the Dallas Stars in the offseason and was traded to Boston on April 2. So it was no surprise after Boston's morning skate on Tuesday that Jagr drew a crowd of media.
April 20, 2013 |
WATERTOWN, Mass. - A Massachusetts college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombing was captured hiding out in a boat parked in a backyard Friday and his older brother lay dead in a furious 24-hour drama that transfixed the nation and paralyzed the Boston area with fear. The bloody endgame came four days after the bombing and just a day after the FBI released surveillance-camera images of two young men suspected of planting the pressure-cooker explosives that ripped through the crowd at the marathon finish line, killing three people and wounding more than 180. The two men were identified by authorities and relatives as ethnic Chechens from southern Russia who had been in the United States for about a decade and were believed to be living in Cambridge.
April 17, 2013 |
Mayor Nutter told reporters Tuesday there had been no specific threats or incidents in Philadelphia, but he said local law enforcement and emergency personnel would be at "a heightened level of security" in response to the Boston explosions. The city still expects to see about 40,000 runners compete in Philadelphia's Broad Street Run on May 5, the mayor said, but he said there would be "a more visible security presence" in place to make sure that participants and spectators are safe.