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Boston Marathon Bombings

Boston Amputees 'Appreciate Life So Much More'

Boston Amputees 'Appreciate Life So Much More'

Originally posted 06/09/2013 07:30PM

Of all the challenges they've had to face, say the amputee survivors of the Boston Marathon, coping with the loss of their independence has been one of the greatest.

"Picking things up off the floor, getting food, things that I used to be able to do independently now I no longer can do," says single leg amputee Mery Daniel, 31, who appears on PEOPLE's cover this week.

In these exclusive PEOPLE videos, Daniel, the mother of a 5-year-old daughter, as well as fellow survivors Adrianne Haslet, Nicole Gross, Erika Brannock, Roseann Sdoia, Marc Fucarile and Celeste and Sydney Corcoran, open up about adjusting to life on crutches and in wheelchairs.

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Boston Bombing Amputees: Tales of Strength & Courage

Boston Bombing Amputees: Tales of Strength & Courage

Originally posted 06/08/2013 06:40PM

When they met on April 15 on their way to the hospital, Roseann Sdoia and Marc Fucarile were both fighting for their lives.

"She kept me awake, telling me to focus on my fiancée and my kid," says Fucarile, who lost his right leg that day.

They're still turning to each other, like so many of their fellow survivors – whom PEOPLE photographed on May 30 at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, Mass.

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How the Boston Bombing Amputees Are Coping

After the Boston Bombings: Survivors Speak Out

Originally posted 06/05/2013 08:00AM

When she stood on her new prosthetic leg for the first time May 29, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet felt her eyes fill with tears.

"I started crying," the professional ballroom dancer, 32, tells PEOPLE. "I hadn't even taken a step yet. Just to stand tall was extremely emotional."

In this week's PEOPLE cover story, featuring candid interviews and an exclusive photo portfolio taken on May 30 at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, Mass., Haslet and 10 other survivors – including nine amputees – reveal how they've been coping since the April 15 blasts that claimed three lives and left as many as 264 people injured.

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Teen Injured in Boston Marathon Bombing Named Prom Queen

Teen Injured in Boston Marathon Bombing Named Prom Queen

Originally posted 05/29/2013 05:40PM

She wasn't able to dance, but simply being able to attend her prom at Lowell High School made it a memorable night for Massachusetts teenager Sydney Corcoran, who was hit by shrapnel and badly wounded in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings.

Happily, the graduating senior, 18, is on the mend and rallied this week after months of physical therapy and weeks in the hospital. Donning a strapless cream-colored dress and a pair of blinged-out crutches Tuesday night, she reunited with her classmates for the first time since the tragedy.

Once at the event, the attractive brunette had another surprise in store for her: Corcoran was named prom queen.

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Boston Bombings Suspect Left Note in Boat: Report

Boston Bombings Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Left Note in Boat: Report

Originally posted 05/16/2013 11:35AM

Shortly before his April 19 capture, as he remained hidden and bleeding inside the hull of a boat, Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reportedly scrawled a note admitting to the April 15 attack and saying it was in retaliation for American action against Muslims.

A law enforcement source also told CNN on Thursday that the message said Dzhokhar, 19, would not miss his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, – who had already been killed by police on April 18 – because he would soon be joining him as a martyr in paradise.

"When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims," read the note, scrawled with a marker on the interior wall of the boat's cabin, according to CBS News senior correspondent John Miller.

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Boston Marathon Victim's Sister, 7, Recovering Slowly

Martin Richard's Sister Is Recovering Slowly

Originally posted 05/09/2013 02:05PM

Her brother Martin Richard, 8, became the face of the Boston Marathon bombings – the littlest victim, mourned by thousands.

Since then, no one has forgotten young Jane Richard, 7, who lost a leg in the blasts. And now, to her family's great relief, she's finally on the path to recovery.

"Last evening, just 23 days after the bombing attack on Boston, our daughter Jane underwent her eleventh surgery," her parents Bill and Denise Richard said in a lengthy update Thursday.

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'Compassionate Individual' Steps Forward to Bury Boston Bombing Suspect

Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Body Is Buried in Undisclosed Location

Originally posted 05/09/2013 11:05AM

The body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried in an undisclosed location outside the city of Worcester, where it had been held for a week at a funeral home, police said Thursday.

"As a result of our public appeal for help, a courageous and compassionate individual came forward to provide the assistance needed to properly bury the deceased," Worcester police said in a statement.

Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst said the body was no longer in Worcester and is now entombed.

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PEOPLE's Critic on Violence in Iron Man 3 & Similarities to Boston Bombing

Iron Man 3 & Boston Marathon Bombing: PEOPLE's Critic Weighs In About Violent Similarities

Originally posted 05/03/2013 12:55PM

A megalomaniacal terrorist unleashes a rash of bombings across the United States. Innocent people die. A nation reels in horror. No, these aren’t the latest headlines – they're the set-up of the latest Iron Man movie, already igniting controversy.

For some viewers, that plotline about a terrorist known as The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) cuts too closely to the Boston Marathon bombing allegedly carried out by the Tsarnaev brothers earlier this month. It certainly caused a hush to fall over the crowd at the film's glitzy Los Angeles premiere at the El Capitan Theatre last week.

The film's stars addressed the issue at a press conference last week, with Don Cheadle (who plays Col. James Rhodes) stressing that the film was finished well before the bombings earlier this month, and that there is no political agenda.

"The job of this film is to entertain," he said. "That's what we're hoping to do."

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Boston Bomber's 'Former Fling' Says Three Additional Suspects 'Idolized' Him

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's 'Former Fling' Says Three Additional Suspects 'Idolized' Him

Originally posted 05/02/2013 04:00PM

A young woman who claims she had a "fleeting fling" with surviving Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth says he was a popular student who was "idolized" by his friends, including the three additional suspects arrested for assisting Dzhokar after the bombing.

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told Mother Jones she was in shock when she realized Dzhokhar – who went by the nickname Jahar at school – was involved with the bombings, since he seemed like a typical, even "adorable" college student.

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Jeff Bauman & Carlos Arredondo: Helping Each Other Heal After Boston Bombings

Jeff Bauman and Carlos Arredondo: Victim and Savior Bond After Boston Bombings

Originally posted 05/02/2013 11:30AM

They met under the most dire circumstances – one man desperately in need of the other. But Jeff Bauman and Carlos Arredondo have ended up helping each other in ways neither could have imagined.

The pair were immortalized in the most famous photo from the Boston Marathon bombings. Arredondo, 52, in a cowboy hat, is seen rushing Bauman, 27, to medical care after one of the bombs shattered both of Bauman's legs below the knee.

In the weeks since that awful afternoon, the men have bonded. And in some ways, it is Bauman who is helping Arredondo to heal – from years of mental health problems.

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