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Roseann Sdoia, who lost part of her right leg in the Boston Marathon blast five years ago, says it's still sometimes hard to comprehend how her annual outing to watch the race on that sunny Spring day changed her life forever.

"I still wake up in the morning five years later and go 'Oh my God, I don't have a leg,'" she says. "Even though I live it every day, and every day I have to put this stupid [prosthetic leg] on and lug it around ... I still have a really hard time thinking to myself what really happened."

Dennis Rainear was 10 miles into the Grand Valley Marathon when he was hit. Something struck the top of his head and nearly knocked him over. He staggered for a few steps.

“Put my hand immediately to my head, and it was just like in the cartoons, where you see a guy get a big goose egg on his head when he gets bonked,” Dennis says. “Sure enough, I had a big goose egg on my head.”

Dennis’ head started throbbing, his ears ringing, and his vision blurring. But he looked at his hand and didn’t see any blood. So, he kept running and trying to figure out what happened.

Connecticut Juvenile Training School Closes

Apr 13, 2018

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said Friday that he’s not expecting the Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown, the state’s only juvenile prison, to ever be used again as a youth detention facility.

“We can reasonably predict that we will have less need for prisons in the future,” Malloy said, “So whether this prison, as badly built and designed as it was, will ever be used for something? I am not sure whether those cells will be. They were cells that were built, for instance, without toilets. Which, you know, made not sense at all.”

Attendees of a City Council meeting in Springfield, Mass. stood up and applauded after approval of an order preventing the city from interfering in religious institutions that provide sanctuary to immigrants.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

We take a look at a unanimous vote taken by the Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council, as it passed an order saying the city will not interfere with institutions granting sanction to immigrants

The Springfield, Mass., Police Department headquarters.
Unidentified staff photo / Springfield Republican

A federal investigation has been opened to review police practices in the former narcotics unit in Springfield, Massachusetts.  

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno in February 2018.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Ever since a Springfield, Massachusetts, church opened its doors last month to an undocumented woman from Peru about to be deported, Mayor Domenic Sarno has been trying to shut it down. The First Amendment could ultimately block him.

 


Connecticut State Senator Ted Kennedy Jr, D-Branford, is urging his colleagues to pass a bill that would allow more access to mental health services. He has been a longtime advocate for having equal insurance coverage for physical and mental health. 

A rendering of an MGM casino set to open in September. It's under construction in Springfield, Massachusetts.
MGM Springfield

Before the roulette wheel starts spinning or the first legal blackjack hand is dealt, the gambling landscape in Massachusetts could be primed for a significant reshuffling.

Tom Latanowich.
Yarmouth Police Department via WBUR

The man described by authorities as a career criminal and charged with the shooting death of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, police officer Sean Gannon is being held without bail.

New Vermont Distillery Run By Veterans For Veterans

Apr 13, 2018

It’s getting easier and easier to find top-notch, handcrafted whiskey, bourbon, vodka, and other spirits made right here in the United States. With more than 1,500 craft distillers across the country, the American spirits movement is on the rise, and in Vermont the industry is booming.

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