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Connecting Marathon Victims to Special Care

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A new collaborative effort by city and state government will help connect victims and their families with trained specialists.
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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - July 24, 2013 at 11:15 pm

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Boston Strangler Victim’s Family: “People Really Did Care”

(Credit: Sara Jacobi) Casey Sherman, the nephew of Boston Strangler victim Mary Sullivan, spoke in public on Thursday morning at Boston Police Headquarters.

As police announced Thursday morning their  "99.9 percent" certainty that suspected Boston Strangler Albert DeSalvo was responsible for the death of 19-year-old Beacon-Hill resident Mary Sullivan in 1964, her family shared their overwhelming relief
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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - July 11, 2013 at 6:27 pm

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Marathon Victims Pushed to Meet One Fund Boston June 15 Deadline

One Fund Boston funds will go to help the Boston Marathon victims.

One Fund Boston administrator Kenneth Feinberger is urging Boston Marathon bombing victims to get claims in before the June 15 deadine.

“You would be amazed at how people in grief, with all sorts of uncertainty about their lives, don’t file. File at the last minute. File claim forms written in crayon,”Feinberg told the Boston Herald.

Funds are scheduled to start being distributed on June 30, with the three families who lost a loved one to receive around $ 1 million. 

Next, those who suffered double amputations or more would receive funds, then single amputees, then those who required an overnight hospital stay. The final protocol for dispersing funds can be viewed on the One Fund site.

Downloadable claim forms are available through the One Fund Boston website. Victims can read and download a Frequently Asked Questions section about One Fund Boston for filing claims.

Help with completing One Fund forms is available by calling 866-298-2951 or going to the One Fund Boston website read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - May 23, 2013 at 7:14 pm

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How to Help Victims of the Oklahoma Tornado

A child is pulled from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla.

Americans across the country are reacting with shock to the devastation caused by a 2-mile wide Tornado in Oklahoma. Dozens have died, and President Obama has declared the path of the tornado a major disaster area.

If you would like to help, you can do so from your computer or mobile device right now.

The Red Cross says in the immediate aftermath, the best way to help is to donate at RedCross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999.

The Salvation Army has mobilized in Oklahoma, and you can support them by donating online; or by texting STORM to 80888 to contribute $ 10 to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts; or by making a donation via phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

For a longer lists of organizations related to recovery from the tornado, see this list on The Huffington Post.

South End Patch will be posting stories of locals who are working to help victims from afar. If you know of someone local was affected by the tornado or who is working to help the victims, please contact southend@patch.com.

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - May 21, 2013 at 3:57 pm

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Outpatient Victims to Receive One Fund Boston Payments

One Fund Boston funds will go to help the Boston Marathon victims.

Boston Marathon bombing victims being treated as outpatients at Boston-area hospitals are eligible to receive One Fund Boston payments. 

Claims are now being accepted through June 15, and money will start being handed out on June 30 on a rolling basis, according to One Fund Boston’s website.

The final protocol and prioritization for victims was also released through the website. Individual death claims, double amputees and those who suffered permanent brain damage are the top priority. Previously, One Fund Boston administrator Kenneth Feinberg had estimated the families of the three victims who died from the bombings could receive $ 1 million.

“Money is a pretty poor substitute,” Feinberg said at one of the Town Hall meetings held to discuss the protocol of how funds would be distributed. “Money is a pretty poor substitute of what you’re going through and what the people who are suffering are going through.” read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - May 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm

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Families of Marathon Bombing Victims Could Receive $1 Million Each

Victims and family members of the Boston Marathon bombings attended a town hall meeting on May 6, 2013, at the Copley Library, to learn about how funds would be dispersed from One Fund Boston.

One Fund Boston administrator Kenneth Feinberg led a Town Hall meeting on Monday to discuss how funds will be distributed to victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Feinberg, who helped distribute the private funds for victims of 9/11, the Aurora, CO theater shooting and the Virginia Tech shooting, said the final protocol for fund distribution will be completed by May 15. 

The One Fund Boston currently has $ 28 million pledged, with $ 11 million in cash, Feinberg said in a publicly broadcast meeting from the Copley Public Library.

Feinberg reiterated that it was possible the families of the four victims could be given a million dollars. Initial protocol listed different levels of compensation for double and single amputees. 

“Whatever we do with this fund is inadequate. Lower your expectations of this fund. If you had a billion you wouldn’t have enough money to … compensate people,” Feinberg said. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - May 7, 2013 at 3:32 pm

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Massachusetts Congress Introduces Resolution Honoring Bombing Victims

A poster placed at a memorial on Boylston and Berkeley streets honors the four people have died last week in incidents related to the Boston Marathon bombing—Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell and Lingzi Lu, who were killed in the explosions on April 15, and MIT Officer Sean Collier, who was killed early Friday morning as police hunted for the bombing suspects.

Submitted by the office of Sen. Elizabeth Warren

The Massachusetts Congressional Delegation on Tuesday introduced a resolution commending the heroism, courage and sacrifice of the victims of last week’s attacks in Boston.

The delegation includes Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. William “Mo” Cowan, Rep. Ed Markey, Rep. Richard Neal, Rep. Jim McGovern, Rep. John Tierney, Rep. Michael Capuano, Rep. Stephen Lynch, Rep. Bill Keating, Rep. Joe Kennedy and Rep. Niki Tsongas.

The resolution honors the memories of those lost, and expresses thanks to the men and women of law enforcement in the United States for their unwavering determination, courage, and resolve to bring to justice the people responsible for the bombings that occurred during the running of the 117th Boston Marathon.

The full text of the resolution is below, and the online resolution can be found here.

RESOLUTION 

Commending the heroism, courage, and sacrifice of Sean Collier, an officer in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Department, Martin Richard, an 8-yearold resident of Dorchester, Massachusetts, Krystle Campbell, a native of Medford, Massachusetts, Lu Lingzi, a student at Boston University, and all the victims who are recovering from injuries caused by the attacks in Boston, Massachusetts, including Richard Donohue, Jr., an officer in the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Transit Police Department. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm

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Runners to Show Support for Marathon Victims Monday Evening

Among the gifts placed at the Boston Marathon memorial site are running shoes and medals.

Runners in more than 100 cities and towns across America are participating in group runs Monday evening to show their support for Boston Marathon bombing victims.

The runners were inspired by a blogger, Brian Kelley (Pavement Runner) who is organizing a #BostonStrong event for runners in San Francisco, and who has invited others to do the same in their towns.

As of midday Monday, people in 115 cities and towns across America had created Facebook event pages for their respective towns. Others, including a handful of local moms in Wakefield who write a weekly parenting column for Patch.com, have organized their own informal events to show their support.

“I feel like I need to do something. Something more than a donation. Something more than a blog post or a photo or a graphic,” Kelley wrote on his Pavement Runner blog. “I’m inspired by the community and how we have come together and shown our support, shed our tears, and expressed our fears.” read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 23, 2013 at 1:45 pm

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‘The People That Matter:’ Updates on Victims, Vigils

A woman wearing a Boston Marathon jacket bows her head in prayer in Framingham. (File photo)

Thousands of Facebook users have been sharing this passionate post from the ‘Salty Dad’ fan page (must be signed in to Facebook to see), expressing a desire to learn more about the Boston Marathon victims, and less about the suspects.

“It is time that we, as a nation, demand that the press, the politicians, the pundits, and the 24 hour ‘news’ channels news start focusing on the people that matter, and ignore the ones that don’t,” the original poster wrote, referencing the media attention given to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.  

We at Patch want to do our part keeping the victims’ memories alive. We’ll update this article as often as possible, with articles about and for the victims that have been published in Patch and other media outlets. We’ll also include stories about heroism, about helpers, about fundraisers and vigils. If you are looking for other coverage, too, you may refer to this page that compiles the latest about the investigation. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 23, 2013 at 9:04 am

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VIDEO: One Week Later, Crowd Returns to Boylston Street to Honor Boston Bombing Victims

A crowd gathers for a moment of silence at 2:50 p.m. on Monday, April 22, 2013, exactly one week after the bombing of the Boston Marathon.

One week after thousands of people gathered on Boylston Street to cheer on runners as they crossed the finish line of the 117th annual Boston Marathon, several hundred people returned to the area to honor those who were killed and injured in the bombings that forever changed a Boston tradition.

At 2:50 p.m.—the time when, one week prior, the first explosion went off, followed 10 seconds later by a second—the city of Boston and communities throughout Massachusetts held a moment of silence.

With the Copley Square area still cordoned off as a crime scene, hundreds of visitors gathered behind fencing at the corner of Boylston and Berkeley streets where a makeshift memorial sprouted up in the week following the event.

The memorial, which features thousands of tributes such as flags, T-shirts, running shoes, posters, cards, teddy bears and flowers, has been moved off the street to the sidewalk outside the Bank of America building, presumably in anticipation of Boylston Street being reopened to the public—though a date for that opening has not yet been announced. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 23, 2013 at 12:05 am

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