Court could reimpose Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence
The Supreme Court will consider reinstating the death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, presenting President Joe Biden with an early test of his opposition to capital punishment. The case wont be heard until the fall, and its unclear how the new administration will approach Tsarnaevs case. The initial prosecution and decision to seek a death sentence was made by the Obama administration, in which Biden served as vice president. AdBiden has pledged to seek an end to the federal death penalty, but he has said nothing about how he plans to do so. Even if the court were to reinstate the death sentence, nothing would force Biden to schedule an execution date.
Boston Marathon plan to hand out 70,000 medals roils runners
FILE - In this April 17, 2017, file photo, runners head down the stretch to the finish line in the 121st Boston Marathon in Boston. “A virtual Boston race that invites everyone is a reason to celebrate,” said Maria Arana, a marathoner and coach in Phoenix. It also comes as the Boston Marathon and other big-city races are struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic and looking for creative ways to keep runners engaged online. Grilk said the in-person race, if it comes off as scheduled on Oct. 11, will have a reduced field to help keep athletes and spectators safe. It's not the same as the actual Boston Marathon, and it doesn't devalue” the experience of those who meet strict qualifying standards for a chance to line up in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.
Pandemic help wanted: Fast food managers, road race experts
Event organizers and other unconventional logistics experts are using their skills to help the nation vaccinate as many people against COVID-19 as possible. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)A year into the coronavirus pandemic, Americans are painfully aware that overcoming the scourge is a marathon, not a sprint. The race director of the Boston Marathon, which is on hold until fall, has been tapped by the state of Massachusetts to run mass vaccination operations at Gillette Stadium and Fenway Park. In California, Disneyland — hit hard by the global health crisis — is hosting a mass vaccination effort, as is Six Flags Magic Mountain, about 60 miles north. Philadelphia officials chose a 22-year-old Drexel University graduate student in psychology to help get a mass vaccination site up and running quickly.
Long road to normalcy: Virtual village connects marathoners
FILE - In this April 18, 2011, file photo, runners gather at the athletes village prior to the 115th running of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass. Organizers of the marathon, postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic, have launched a virtual Athletes' Village in 2020 to reproduce at least some of the camaraderie of the real thing. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)BOSTON – Organizers of the Boston Marathon — postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic — have launched a virtual Athletes’ Village to reproduce at least some of the camaraderie of the real thing. The virtual village, launched Jan. 5, is a far cry from the bucket-list magic and mystique of the real Athletes’ Village in a schoolyard near the start line in Hopkinton. “Joining the virtual village was a no-brainer for me,” Bruynell said.
2021 Boston Marathon postponed at least until the fall
FILE - In this April 15, 2019, file photo, the elite men break from the start of the 123rd Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass. Next years Boston Marathon has been postponed. "We are unable to host the Boston Marathon this coming April,” BAA CEO Tom Grilk said in a statement. Organizers said they hope to work with state and local officials to “determine if a fall 2021 date is feasible.” The BAA said it hopes to select a fall date by the end of the year. The 2020 Boston Marathon was originally postponed from April to September, but it was canceled outright two months later — the first time since 1897 that there was no in-person Boston Marathon of any sort.
Ready, set, go! Virtual Boston Marathon is about to be run
A weeklong TV special and the new mobile app will showcase their stories as they go the distance on their own. Amazon and WBZ-TV are teaming up on a Boston Marathon Live broadcast that will be aired nightly starting Monday, Sept. 7, through Sunday, Sept. 13. One advantage to the virtual marathon: Runners can pick a day where the weather suits them, rather than get stuck racing in withering heat or pouring rain. RC Malden, a suburban Boston running club, alluded to that Friday in a tweet: Running a marathon is hard. A virtual Boston Marathon Expo also will be held, featuring sessions with running legends, coaches, dietitians and wellness professionals.
Prospect of 2nd Boston Marathon bomber trial brings anguish
But President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that the federal government must again seek the Death Penalty in a do-over of that chapter of the original trial." Yet, victims and their family members have long been divided over the death penalty for Tsarnaev. Others infuriated by the appeals court's decision say they are prepared to face Tsarnaev in court again, if need be. Liz Norden, whose two sons who each lost a leg, also hopes prosecutors continue to go after the death penalty. "I just think if we dont follow through with the death penalty in this type of crime, what would fit it?"
Ruling renews fairness debate in Boston Marathon bomber case
A federal appeals court has overturned the death sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Friday, July 31, 2020, saying the judge who oversaw the case didn't adequately screen jurors for potential biases. When it comes to death penalty cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has been much more pro-prosecution than many of the circuit courts, said Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center. Should Friday's ruling stand, attention will shift to whether an impartial jury can be impaneled in a city still traumatized by the 2013 attack. Tsarnaev's defense team may renew its request to transfer the case out of Boston, where they have long contended public opinion is immutably slanted. Everybody in the community understands where Boston Strong came from, Dunham said.