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FBI: Forensic Evidence Recovered From Bombs Used in Marathon Attack

The FBI has recovered several pieces of forensic evidence from Monday’s attacks at the Boston Marathon, officials said on Tuesday night, but said they still have no suspects and no one has yet claimed responsibility. FBI Special Agent Rick DesLauriers said the forensic evidence found at the scene of the blasts on Boylston Street included potential pieces of a pressure cooker device with BB gun bullets, nails and possibly gunpowder, stuffed into a black nylon backpack. Debris and evidence were found inside stores and along rooftops of buildings in the area, officials said.  “That gives you an idea of the power of the blast,” said Special Agent Gene Marquez of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The evidence has been expedited to a lab in Virginia for processing.  Officials said those at the scene should contact them if they saw anyone with a heavy black backpack in the area before the blasts occurred, and to note if any friends or family had spoken of an attack on April 15 or that they were targeting the marathon. Police said there might have been “test” bombs blown up prior to the event, and want to know of any other explosions that may have happened in the area prior to Monday. “The person who did this was someone’s friend, neighbor or co-worker,” DesLauriers said.  DesLauriers said the FBI has received more than 2,000 tips from the public thus far, but they still need more to piece together a “meticulous” investigation, and the investigation is “still in its infancy.” Businesses with security cameras are asked to turn in their security footage from the area.  “We’re literally going over the crime scene with a fine tooth comb,” said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. “There is not a rush to any end.” South End Patch

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 16, 2013 at 11:12 pm

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Donate Used Prom Dresses And Suits to Boston Teens in Need

Think back to your own prom night. The feeling of getting dressed up and celebrating your senior year of high school with all your best friends was a pretty special, once-in-a-lifetime event.  Now, picture what it feels like to desparately want to attend, but to be too short on money to buy a dress or a suit. That’s what Deputy Superintendent Lisa Holmes of the Boston Police Department saw through her work in the Grove Hill community center and the Burke High School in Dorchester about five years ago. And that’s why she decided to start a prom dress drive. “It came from working with young girls and hearing girls talking about how expensive it is and how many girls didn’t go to their proms because they couldn’t afford the experience, the dresses, the hair, the whole thing,” Deputy Holmes said. Knowing that she and her friends would go to formal events, wear a dress once and leave it hanging in her closet, Holmes thought about asking her own friends to donate their gently used dresses so that girls in need could attend their prom. And that’s when it started to grow. “The response from the girls was overwhelming,” said Holmes, and from there, the next year it just got bigger and bigger. Holmes has partnered with another community group that also holds a yearly prom dress drive, United Sisters of Color. Last year, 300 dresses were collected. New to the drive this year is the donation of suits for young men, too. “We had an overwhelming response from young men wanting to be included too,” said Deputy Holmes.  Once the dresses and suits are collected, Holmes reaches out to Boston Public Schools, Boston Center for Youth and Families and other community organization to ask them to identify which students might be in need. Those students are then invited to come pick out a dress.  “We spend a lot of time picking out the dress, and when they turn around and see themselves in the mirror, that look is priceless,” said Deputy Holmes. “They’re like, ‘Oh my god, that’s me?’ because they’ve never seen themselves that way and no one has taken the time to let them see themselves that way.” Holmes said that for her, that’s what means the most to her about the project. “It’s the one night a girl gets to be a princess, and feel beautiful and special,” she said. “So for me, its just that any young person who wants to should be able to experience it and finances shouldn’t be the reason teens can’t go through this rite of passage.” Operation Prom […]

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm

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