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Originally posted 04/19/2013 01:45PM
In an unprecedented closure of a major American city, police locked down Watertown, Mass., Friday in a hunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, the second suspect in Monday's horrific Boston Marathon bombing.
Originally posted 04/18/2013 02:25PM
President Barack Obama sought to inspire a stricken city and comfort an unnerved nation Thursday, declaring that Boston "will run again" and vowing to hunt down the perpetrator of the twin blasts that brought mayhem and death to the Boston Marathon.
"If they sought to intimidate us, to terrorize us ... it should be pretty clear right now that they picked the wrong city to do it," Obama said.
The president spoke at an interfaith service in Boston honoring the three people killed and more than 170 injured when a pair of bombs ripped through the crowd gathered Monday afternoon near the finish line of the famous race.
Originally posted 04/18/2013 10:55AM
Angie Miller brought down the house Wednesday on American Idol with a rousing, emotional tribute to Boston – and later told PEOPLE that, believe it or not, she wished she could have been there Monday.
The 19-year-old Idol finalist, who hails from Beverly, Mass., north of Boston, played a stunning piano rendition of "I'll Stand By You" by the Pretenders – bringing the judges and audience to their feet in what's been a gut-wrenching week following the attacks at the Boston marathon. (Watch her performance below.)
After the show, Miller told PEOPLE about why she picked this particular song from the year she was born and how her loved ones are doing back east.
"I have lots of family, lots of friends, who ran [the marathon] and were there. So, yeah, it wasn't a great day," she said. "It's so weird, but I wish I could have been there. That's weird saying that, but I just wish I could have been there with my friends and family, and just been with them."
Originally posted 04/16/2013 06:45PM
In a hospital emergency room where tiny little patients are saved every day, medical staff has seen a lot of tragedy and trauma. But on April 15 at Boston Children's Hospital, the injuries that came through the door were different.
"These kids were really badly hurt," says trauma surgeon Dr. David Mooney, director of the trauma center at Boston Children's Hospital. "They had soot all over their faces, burnt hair and burnt eyebrows and tourniquets on their legs that first responders had put there to save their lives and keep them from bleeding to death."
Mooney says that the hospital sees an average of 30 to 40 injured children a day and many times they turn out to be less serious than what they'd originally thought.
"It was really the opposite," he says. "It was horrible. It was hard to imagine someone would do this."
Originally posted 04/15/2013 04:30PM
After multiple explosions occurred near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday, social media played a large role in notifying the public.
From news organizations to first-hand accounts, the internet kicked into high-gear as more and more users learned of the tragic events via Twitter:
Originally posted 11/15/2012 06:00AM
Emmy-winning comedienne Kathy Griffin dined at Strega Waterfront on Boston's Fan Pier recently.
Griffin – who performed in nearby Worcester at the Hanover Theatre on Sunday – ordered up the restaurant's house special, calamari fritto misto.
Joined by her manager, Griffin "had Strega's Caesar salad with no croutons or cheese," an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
After enjoying her salad, Griffin had her own pasta dish made with penne pasta, peas and chopped chicken in a vodka cream sauce.
The Kathy host is on tour through 2013.
Originally posted 10/17/2012 06:00AM
Back to school!
Tyra Banks visited Boston over the weekend for a Harvard Business School reunion.
While in Beantown, the model mogul brunched with a girlfriend at Towne Stove and Spirits in the Back Bay.
Later that day, the America's Next Top Model creator shared a fun photo of herself and a friend posing in front of Boston Library.
Originally posted 04/17/2012 10:15AM
Whenever Ryan Sutter was looking for a pick-me-up along the 26.2 mile course of Monday's Boston Marathon, he needed only to think of his pal Ethan Zohn.
Sutter was running the race for former Survivor winner, who was unable to participate due to a recurrence of Hodgkin's lymphoma.
"My inspiration was Ethan, but no matter what I did physically it's nothing compared to what he and other people with cancer do every day," the former Bachelorette star told the Boston Herald. "That kept me going."
Originally posted 03/29/2012 06:00AM
Look who's in lockup!
Massachusetts native Matt Damon recently sipped cocktails with friends at Alibi in Boston's Liberty Hotel. Over a few drinks in the hotel bar – which is set in the old "drunk tank" of what used to be Boston's Charles Street jail – the actor and father of four, 41, looked "relaxed," a source tells PEOPLE.
"He was just hanging out," adds the source. "He seemed very chill, and was in a great mood." No word on whether he made bail, however!
– Kristen Mascia
Originally posted 11/23/2011 05:55AM
In town for his concert with Jay-Z, Kanye West had a late lunch at Cafeteria on Newbury Street in Boston. Dressed incognito in a hooded sweatshirt, he enjoyed calamari and grilled cheese with tomato soup. But the rapper may not have been as undercover as he would've liked. A source tells us a Boston Duck Tours bus driver passed the restaurant while leading a tour, spotted West sitting there eating – then pointed him out to all his passengers! – Liz McNeil
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