After bombs, Boston Marathon under tight security
BOSTON (AP) - State and local officials are hoping for a safe but still enjoyable day for the 36,000 runners planning to participate in the Boston Marathon and the hundreds of thousands of spectators.
One year after a pair of homemade bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others, the Boston Marathon returns to the streets for its 118th edition on Monday.
Bags will be restricted and searched near the finish line this year. More than 100 cameras have been installed along the route in Boston, and 50 or so "observation points" will be set up around the finish line.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday that authorities didn't want to turn the 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to Boston into a militarized zone.
2 Massachusetts towns ponder drone restrictions
(Information in the following story is from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.), http://www.gazettenet.com )
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Town Meetings in Amherst and Leverett will consider resolutions calling on the federal government to end the use of drones for assassinations and regulate the unmanned aircraft locally.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that Amherst Select Board member James Wald says he's not comfortable with the town having a foreign policy when the federal government doesn't have one.
Frank Gatti, a Town Meeting member and lead petitioner in Amherst, said the drone resolution would express concern about the U.S. government killing people in Pakistan and Yemen.
It would ask U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey and U.S. Rep. James McGovern to propose legislation to stop funding drone killings.
A second restriction would keep drones at least 500 feet above private property unless otherwise authorized by town officials.
Dad of Massachusetts boy found dead plans funeral
BOSTON (AP) - The father of a missing boy whose body was found off a Massachusetts highway says he was crushed to hear that his 5-year-old son's remains had been identified but is planning his funeral.
Jose Oliver tells the Boston Herald he was "lost, angry and crushed" when the medical examiner called to confirm the body found Friday was his son's.
Jeremiah Oliver was last seen in September but wasn't reported missing until December.
Before his body was found, Jeremiah's case led to criminal charges against his mother and her boyfriend and calls for changes within the state's child welfare agency. Three workers were fired.
No new charges have been announced related to Jeremiah's death.
Jose Oliver lives in New Britain, Conn., and says he plans to return Sunday to Massachusetts.
Massachusetts woman found dead outside hospital
REHOBOTH, Mass. (AP) - A Rehoboth woman who had been reported missing since Tuesday has been found dead outside an Attleboro hospital.
Rehoboth police said Saturday that Joyce Eddy was found dead in her car in the parking lot of Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro.
The 57-year-old Eddy was last seen at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at a Burger King in East Providence, R.I. She was to have followed her husband home from the restaurant.
Police say her husband reported her missing.
No foul play is suspected, but Rehoboth, Attleboro and state police are investigating.
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS-TAKE BACK DAY
Massachusetts to participate in drug take-back day
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - Nineteen communities in western Massachusetts will participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, when people are asked to clean out their medicine cabinets of unwanted and outdated prescription drugs to help prevent misuse, diversion and abuse of the drugs.
The Northwestern District Attorney's Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Hampshire and Franklin sheriff's departments, local police, prevention coalitions and other partners have collected more than seven tons of unwanted and outdated prescription drugs since 2011.
This year's take-back day is April 26.
Participating towns include Northampton, Amherst, Belchertown, Easthampton, Granby, Hadley, Huntington, Southampton, South Hadley, Ware, Williamsburg, Greenfield, Ashfield, Deerfield, Erving, Montague, Orange, Sunderland and Athol.
Bruins top Red Wings 4-1, even series at 1-1
BOSTON (AP) - Justin Florek and Reilly Smith scored in a three-minute span in the first period and the Boston Bruins evened their playoff series with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in the Game 2 on Sunday.
Showing more spark after not taking enough challenging shots on goal in their 1-0 loss Friday night, the Bruins had 18 shots in the first period after managing just 25 in the entire opener.
Luke Glendening cut Boston's lead to 2-1 at 13:20 of the second period before Milan Lucic scored late in the second and Zdeno Chara added a power-play goal early in the third.
Game 3 of the best-of-seven series between the top-seeded Bruins, who won the Presidents' Cup with an NHL-high 117 points, and eighth-seeded Red Wings is set for Detroit on Tuesday night.
RED SOX-MARATHON CEREMONY
Red Sox remember Boston Marathon victims
BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Red Sox held an emotional 20-minute pregame ceremony honoring victims of the Boston Marathon bombings along with law enforcement officials, medical personnel, runners and race volunteers before Sunday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles.
With canvasses of handwritten notes from each of the 50 states being held on the outfield warning track from the left field corner in front of the Green Monster around to the Pesky Pole, a number of victims came walking in from the left-field corner to a loud ovation.
Just over a year ago, two bombs exploded near the finish line - less than a mile from Fenway Park, killing three and injuring over 260 others. It happened about an hour after Boston had defeated Tampa Bay.
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