Seven months after she was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, Towson preschool teacher Erika Brannock is walking again with the help of a prosthetic leg and her own will power. “You know, if you can get through this, which is one of the most horrific things that somebody can go through, you know you’re good to get through the rest of your life,” Brannock said.
Players and officials boarded duck boats — amphibious vehicles normally used to ferry tourists — at historic Fenway Park for a “rolling rally” that would wind its way along city streets and into the Charles River, Reuters reports.
The London Marathon began with a moment of silence for the victims in the Boston Marathon bombings. Many displayed ribbons of support or signs with sayings like “Run for Boston” or “4.15.13,” the date of the Boston race. About 35,000 runners took part in the race with thousands of spectators watching on. Race organizers say the police presence was boosted by 40 percent as a precaution, according to Reuters. Several dollars will be donated to The One Fund Boston for each London Marathon finisher.
Maryland’s own Tatyana McFadden was the first across the line in the women’s wheelchair division, just six days after coming in first in the Boston Marathon. Her official time is listed as 01:46:02, a record mark. McFadden has said that she hopes to win the Boston, London, New York and Chicago marathons in the same year.
Police killed one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing during a shootout and were engaged in a house-to-house search for a second suspect on Friday in the Boston metropolitan area. Much of Boston was under a virtual lockdown as police searched the region. The manhunt for 19-year-old bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ended with his capture on a boat parked on a residential property on Franklin Street in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Much of Boston is on lockdown, gay marriage vote sparks violence in France, Hindus prepare for the festival commemorating the birth Rama and more in today’s daily brief.