Two Years After the Bombs, Boston Marathon Looks Forward, Not Backwards

first_imgBOSTON — It’s been decades since you could run in the Boston Marathon without qualifying, before limits on the field size made entering — almost as much as finishing — something to aspire to.The course has changed a dozen times or more. Women were officially welcomed in 1972, wheelchairs three years later, and prize money was introduced in 1986, ushering in a professional era that rejuvenated the event and fortified its status as the world’s most prestigious road race.But nothing in more than a century has done more to shape how the Boston Marathon is perceived and how it will look in the future than the twin explosions at the finish line in 2013.And when the field of 30,000 leaves Hopkinton on Monday for the 119th race, the effect of those bombs will be seen not just in the ever-watchful security but in the way the runners and their supporters have responded to the unprecedented attack.“I don’t think it’s ever going to be just a race again,” said Desiree Linden, who returns this year in search of the American victory she missed by 2 seconds in 2011. “There’s so much history here: some of it is good, some of it is bad. When you run Boston, that’s always going to be a part of it.”Over the more than a century since the first Boston Marathon in 1897 until Lelisa Desisa won in 2013, the event transformed from a footrace among friends into one of the world’s premier athletic contests.But not until the bombings that killed three people and wounded 260 did the marathon became a touchstone for the resiliency of a city and its signature sporting event.Last year’s race became the centerpiece of the city’s recovery, and the calls to take back the finish line were answered when Meb Keflezighi became the first American man to win since 1983.“The marathon gods blessed Meb with that run. It was electric,” said Shalane Flanagan, who finished seventh last year and hopes to break a 30-year drought in the women’s race. “Last year was extremely special, just being an American. It’s a run I’ll never, ever forget.”A daughter of marathon runners, Flanagan grew up in suburban Marblehead with a reverence for the Boston race. Just to run it was life-changing, she said; to win it would be an honor.“Yeah, it was a race. But at the same time it was beyond a race, because of what was on the line,” Keflezighi said this week as he prepared to defend his cathartic 2014 title.“We can’t get those people back; it can never be forgotten. It can never be normal, because everyone’s going to think about that moment. But we do what we can,” said the two-time Olympic silver medalist who had written on last year’s race bib the names of those killed.Reminders of the April 15 bombings are still easy to find two years later.Earlier this month, a federal court jury convicted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of all 30 counts in the bombings and the manhunt, in which an MIT police officer was killed. Jurors will soon decide whether he should be sentenced to life in prison or to death.Mayor Marty Walsh declared a day of remembrance and community called “One Boston Day.” On race day, already the state holiday of Patriots’ Day, the Boston Red Sox will wear special uniforms with the city’s name on their chest.Security along the route has been increased. More miles of fencing between the runners and the fans. More officers on bicycle. Runners will again pack their belongings in see-through bags. Spectators will be screened before entering the finish-line bleachers.“In some ways the plan is even deeper this year than it was last year,” said Kurt Schwartz, the Massachusetts undersecretary for homeland security. “Last year we built something completely new. We didn’t get it 100 percent right, and we figured it out along the way.”Schwartz said officials have avoided more drastic measures, like creating a buffer zone between fans and the runners, or closing off certain areas of the course to spectators entirely. “It would just so fundamentally change the character of the day. It would be short-sighted,” he said.“Last year, we still put a million or more spectators along the course. They were right along the street’s edge,” Schwartz said. “I don’t think the experience of the spectators or runners was significantly different last year.”Everything else has changed.Amby Burfoot, who first ran in 1965 and won the 1968 race, has watched the event grow from fewer than 500 men to an international spectacle. He has seen East Africans dominate since the race turned professional, and the addition of women, who this year will fill a record 46 percent of the field.And he has seen the race respond to an unprecedented attack.“Last year was without question the greatest footrace in the history of humankind,” said Burfoot, who is now an editor at Runner’s World magazine. “Every runner and every spectator was a hero last year. We can’t do that again. There’s only one of those.“This year is almost a return to the new normalcy.”Boston Athletic Association President Joanne Flaminio said there was so much pressure last year on everyone — organizers, competitors, security — to produce an event that would help people overcome the calamity.“I think this year it’s different. We’re looking forward to a new chapter in our history and the next 100 years,” Flaminio said.Consistent through that history, before the bombs and after, are themes like patriotism and resilience. Of overcoming pain and injury. Of amateurs running for charity, or just to make it to the end.“The bombing is part of the Boston Marathon history now,” four-time winner Bill Rodgers said. “But I think the public got to see what the Boston Marathon really stands for, and how the Boston area came together.“The healing is occurring; that’s what everyone wants. They want it to be a wonderful celebration, just like it has always been. And I think that’s what’s happening.”JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Wainwright Heats Up, Cards beat Brewers 5-2 for 3-Game Sweep

first_imgST. LOUIS — Adam Wainwright was warm enough on a cool day, allowing one run in six innings for his 150th career victory, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.Last year’s MVP, Christian Yelich, had most of the day off but still had a chance to rescue the Brewers. He came up as a pinch-hitter with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, but Jordan Hicks struck him out to pick up his seventh save in eight chances.Wainwright (2-2) matched his season low in runs allowed, and it was his first quality start in a game with a starting temperature of 60 degrees or cooler since May 27, 2017.St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright, left, talks with pitching coach Mike Maddux after working the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Marcell Ozuna and Yadier Molina homered for the Cardinals as part of a four-run fourth. Ozuna’s three-run homer extended his on-base streak to 14 games, and it was his 17th career homer against the Brewers, the most he’s had against any opponent.Molina’s blast extended his 12-game hitting streak, tying him with Paul DeJong for the longest by a Cardinal this season. Paul Goldschmidt got the rally started with a single, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.St. Louis’ three-game sweep of Milwaukee was its first against its NL Central rival since July 1-3, 2016. The teams have already played 10 times this season, and Wednesday’s result evened the season series at 5-5. They combined for 45 home runs in the 10 games.Jhoulys Chacin (2-3) lasted four innings, allowing four runs on five hits. Zach Davies on April 13 was the last Brewers pitcher to turn in a quality start.Brewers starters have gone 8-7 with a 5.84 ERA this season, and they are the only team in the NL whose starters average less than five innings per game. Help is coming soon, however, in the form of left-hander Gio González, who has agreed to a one-year contract with Milwaukee, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced.Eric Thames homered in the first for Milwaukee. The team’s last 23 runs have come via the home run.BADER’S BACKBefore the game, the Cardinals activated OF Harrison Bader (right hamstring strain) from the 10-day injured list and optioned RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon to Triple-A Memphis.TRAINER’S ROOMBrewers: Yelich (rest) wasn’t in the starting lineup for the first time this season.Cardinals: OF Tyler O’Neill (right elbow ulnar nerve sublaxion) went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts in his first rehab game at Double-A Springfield on Tuesday night.UP NEXTBrewers: RHP Chase Anderson (2-0, 3.00 ERA) will get the start as Milwaukee continues its trip against the Mets on Friday. Anderson is 2-2 with a 3.94 ERA in six career starts against the Mets.Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (2-1, 4.97) kicks off a three-game set against the visiting Reds and RHP Anthony DeSclafani (0-1, 5.59) on Friday. Mikolas gave up a pair of runs in eight innings on Saturday, becoming the first St. Louis starter this season to record an out beyond the sixth inning.By: Joe Harris, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoTalking Tactics: Solskjaer’s risky Man Utd; Puel Leicester sack; Fernandinho irreplaceable

first_imgTagsOpinionAbout the authorAlex Keble FollowShare the loveHave your say Talking Tactics: Solskjaer’s risky Man Utd; Puel Leicester sack; Fernandinho irreplaceableby Alex Keble10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool went four points clear at the top of the Premier League table after Crystal Palace’s shock win against Manchester City. Roy Hodgson’s side exposed some emerging issues in the City midfield and defence, tactically outclassing his opponent on Saturday to put Jurgen Klopp’s team firmly in control of the title race.Elsewhere Ole Gunnar Solskjaer emphasised risk-taking as Manchester United found a fluency and tactical coherence that has been lacking all season. They are still eight points off fourth, but after such a dominant performance Champions League qualification is not unthinkable. Here are three things we learnt from the weekend action:1) Ranieri-style Leicester win shows Puel isn’t the right fit for the clubIt might seem harsh to highlight Claude Puel’s unsuitability to the Leicester job immediately after a 1-0 win at Chelsea, but the manner of their performance should be a wake-up call to the board. Holding just 28% possession and breaking forward quickly, Leicester were forced to play in the counter-attacking style that has become the ‘Leicester way’ ever since their title win. Puel’s desire to play patient possession football hasn’t sat well with the fans or certain players; after Saturday, it’s easy to see why.Chelsea are becoming increasingly jaded, and at Stamford Bridge they struggled to find any rhythm. Leicester’s narrow, compact shell meant Jorginho was consistently forced to spread the ball out wide (rather than cut incisive balls through the middle) for the wingers to attempt crosses (36 in total, their highest tally of the season). It was classic Leicester: deny space in the middle, force long balls into the box, and – with Wes Morgan and Harry Maguire in defence – head everything clear.On the counter, Jamie Vardy came to life after a difficult season adapting to Puel’s tactics. James Maddison also looked freer, breaking into space behind Jorginho to set up the winner with a neat assist. It’s clear that Leicester have the personnel – and the desire – to play in a very different philosophy to the one their current manager preaches.2) Narrow front three helps United play high-tempo attacking footballOle Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game in charge of Manchester United was easy enough, but nevertheless he deserves credit for unshackling the players; they had clearly been told to get the ball forward quickly, keep it moving at high speed, and take plenty of risks in possession. The sight of Victor Lindelof playing a one-two and galloping deep into the Cardiff half summed up the new attitude.Tactically speaking, the biggest change was in the positional play of United’s front three. Marcus Rashford dropped off the front while Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial moved infield from the wings, with all three players regularly combining in the number ten space. Such narrowness, and positional fluidity, pulled Cardiff’s defence out of position – most notably in the move for United’s third goal.There will be tougher challenges ahead, but Solskjaer clearly understands the club’s history and the players’ desire to play expansive attacking football. That should ensure his tenure is a successful one.3) Fernandinho is irreplaceable as John Stones is exposed by PalaceMan City seemed to have unlimited strength in depth, and yet on Saturday they were beaten primarily because John Stones could not deputise successfully for the injured Fernandinho. The Brazilian is a clever player defensively, but more importantly has a rare agility for a defensive midfielder. This allows City to play in a very wide formation, because Fernandinho can rapidly change direction and recover the ball.Stones clearly isn’t the most mobile of footballers, making him a strange choice to start in central midfield on Saturday. He was turned in the build-up to the first two Palace goals, first by failing to make a strong enough tackle on James McArthur and then losing control of the midfield battle as Palace won a freekick (from which Andros Townsend scored). Fernandinho’s injury could mean he misses the Leicester City match on Boxing Day – which is a major boost for Liverpool. Just like Palace, it is easy to imagine Leicester’s Maddison and Vardy countering around the flat-footed Stones.Best of the Week – Hodgson’s use of SchluppCrystal Palace’s performance in their victory over Man City was fairly typical of Roy Hodgson’s time in charge of the club, although there was one big difference: Jeffrey Schlupp played in central midfield for perhaps the first time in his career. He added pace and directness in the centre, allowing Palace to counter-attack against John Stones rather than out wide. Schlupp’s impact was most obvious in his equalising goal, but Hodgson’s selection also indirectly played a hand in Palace’s second and third. By adding Schlupp into the middle, switching from 4-4-2 to 4-5-1, Hodgson had to move Andros Townsend out to the right wing. His cutting inside from the right sucked Man City inwards, helping Aaron Wan-Bissaka isolate Fabian Delph – as he did in the build-up to Palace’s match-winning penalty.Worst of the Week – Everton’s defendingConfusion across the back four defined Everton’s 6-2 defeat to Tottenham on Sunday. They failed to track Spurs’ runs properly, communicating badly and clearly struggling with Marco Silva’s high line.But more important was the lack of pressure on the Spurs midfielders. Mauricio Pochettino instructed his team to play lots of long balls in behind Everton’s high line, and this worked primarily because Everton’s midfield didn’t close down quickly enough. Christian Eriksen was given the freedom of Goodison Park – and that can only end in one team winning. last_img read more

Sustained fiscal restraint needed if United Conservatives win election Kenney

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta conservative leadership candidate Jason Kenney says a period of austerity would be required if he is elected premier two years from now to undo damage caused by the NDP government.Kenney, a former federal Conservative cabinet minister who is running for leader of the fledgling United Conservative Party, said it will take time to fix the financial mess left by Premier Rachel Notley’s government.“For us to balance the budget we’re going to have to … restart our economy with pro-growth policies including the elimination of the carbon tax and doing everything we can to make Alberta open for business again,” Kenney said Wednesday in Calgary.“And we will have to go through a period of sustained fiscal restraint. That doesn’t mean cutting 20 per cent of our budget, but it does mean learning from how B.C. and other provinces deliver the same services so much more efficiently.”Kenney says British Columbia has a larger population and more newcomers that need help resettling, but the province spends 20 per cent less per capita than Alberta.Kenney also fired back at Notley for comments she made at the opening of an Edmonton school earlier this month. Notley told students the United Conservative Party wants to cut funding for schools instead of ensuring students get a modern education.Kenney said Notley shouldn’t be campaigning in front of schoolchildren.“She told us that any fiscal restraint means hacking and slashing and threatening schools and hospitals,” he said. “Albertans are way too smart to buy the fear and smear campaign from this government.”Alberta has been struggling for years with a prolonged trough in oil prices, draining billions of dollars from its bottom line and putting thousands of people out of work.In its last fiscal update, the government said it would dip into its reserve fund and look for more in-house savings to keep its $10.5-billion deficit from sliding further into the red.Kenney was endorsed Wednesday by former interim Progressive Conservative leader Ric McIver and former Wildrose member Jason Nixon.Nixon, who was involved in discussions to unite the two right-wing parites, said Kenney was concerned with making a party focused on the membership and people of Alberta. That set him apart from former Wildrose leader Brian Jean who is also running to lead the new party.“One leader was more concerned with trying to make the process easier for their leadership race and that leader was Brian Jean,” Nixon said. “I think that shows a tremendous difference between Jason and Brian.”United Conservative Party members vote for a leader Oct. 28.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

39B buyout of Tribune by Sinclair ends in acrimony

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The $3.9 billion buyout of Tribune Media by Sinclair collapsed Thursday, ending a bid to create a massive media juggernaut that could have rivaled the reach of Fox News.Tribune Media Co. said Thursday that it is suing Sinclair for breach of contract and at least $1 billion in damages, according to its complaint .Sinclair used “unnecessarily aggressive and protracted negotiations” with the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission over regulatory requirements, the Chicago company said, and it refused to sell the stations it needed to in order to gain regulatory approval.Sinclair Broadcast Group wanted the Chicago company’s 42 TV stations and had initially agreed to dump almost two dozen of its own to score approval by the FCC.The media company, which has enjoyed the support of President Donald Trump, appeared to be cruising toward approval by U.S. regulators.Last month, however, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said that he had “serious concerns” about the deal, saying that Sinclair might still be able to operate the stations “in practice, even if not in name.”That drew a rebuke from Trump.“So sad and unfair that the FCC wouldn’t approve the Sinclair Broadcast merger with Tribune,” Trump tweeted. He said that allowing Sinclair to expand its reach would have led to a “much needed conservative voice by and for the people.”Sinclair operates 192 stations, runs 611 channels and operates in 89 U.S. markets. It would have been able to expand rapidly into numerous new markets with the Tribune acquisition.Sinclair has become a significant outlet for conservative views.It was admonished by media watchdogs in April after Deadspin, a sports news site, pieced together clips of dozens of TV anchors for Sinclair reading from the same script, which warned viewers about “biased and false news” from other media outlets.Sinclair has defended the decision to have its anchors read from the same script across the country as a way to distinguish its news shows from unreliable stories on social media.The Maryland company said Thursday in a prepared statement that the Tribune lawsuit is “entirely without merit.”“We unequivocally stand by our position that we did not mislead the FCC with respect to the transaction or act in any way other than with complete candour and transparency,” said CEO Chris Ripley.Free media advocacy groups cheered the demise of the deal.Public Knowledge, an advocacy group that has been critical of the FCC under Pai, has been against a tie up between Sinclair and Tribune from the start.“While what has apparently killed this deal was Sinclair’s pattern of deception at the FCC — a fact that should affect its future dealings at the Commission — the deal was bad on its own merits, and this latest development is good for consumers,” said Phillip Berenbroick, senior policy counsel at the organization. “Broadcasters are supposed to serve their local communities. This deal would have contributed to the trend where ‘local’ news and ‘local’ programming is created or scripted out of town.”last_img read more

Taking stock Businesses brace for nodeal Brexit

first_imgDUNSTABLE, England — British businesses large and small are stockpiling inventory because of concerns they will be cut off from suppliers if the country leaves the European Union without an agreement on future trading relations.The risk of a no-deal Brexit is increasing after the divorce agreement Prime Minister Theresa May negotiated with the EU was crushed in Parliament on Tuesday.As companies stock up, storage space is running out and warehousing companies are enjoying a boom in revenue.Danica Kirka, The Associated Presslast_img

New Mayor elected in Tumbler Ridge

first_imgTUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – Keith Bertrand has been elected the Mayor of Tumbler Ridge.  In a four-way race, Bertrand defeated incumbent Don McPherson by only 13 votes.McPherson ended up with 238 votes followed by Garret Golhof at 163 and Jerrilyn Schembri with 114.The three incumbent Councillors running for reelection will all return for the next four years.  Joanne Kirby, Will Howe and Darryl Krakowka will be joined by three new Councillors, Chris Norbury, Bernie Lehman and Curtis Miedzinski. SearchSearch inCandidateVotesElected CandidateVotesElected SearchSearch inCandidatesVotesElected CandidatesVotesElected Don McPherson238 Jerrilyn Schembri114 Garret Golhof163 Keith Bertrand251X Tumbler Ridge – Councillor Here are the full election results. Tumbler Ridge – Mayor Chris Norbury611X Curtis Miedzinski448X Bernie Lehmann532X Stacey Lajeunesse214 Darryl Krakowka502X Joanne Kirby396X Will Howe426X Monty Hendrickson343 Barry Blackman139last_img read more

City of Fort St John receives award for Annual Financial Report

first_img“To achieve this award for the third consecutive year is a significant achievement and speaks to the accomplishments of Council and staff in ensuring open and transparent reporting.”The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Program was established to encourage municipal governments throughout Canada to publish high-quality financial reports and to provide peer recognition and technical guidance for officials preparing these reports.The 2017 Annual Report is available on the City’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John was recently awarded the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting.This award was given to the City by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the 2017 Annual Report.Mayor Lori Ackerman says this award is a significant achievement as it shows that the City is ensuring open and transparent reporting.last_img read more

Bert Bowes Teacher wins national Energy Educator award

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Grade 7 French Immersion teacher, Nicole O’Reilly has been awarded the 2019 Energy Educator of the Year prize for her ongoing commitment to environmental education. The annual prize is recognized as part of the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge (CEDC), funded by Shell Canada is an award-winning educational program created by Canadian Geographic Education, to improve energy literacy among Canadian students.Nicole O’Reilly’s class was one of nearly 1,400 classrooms from across Canada that participated in the Challenge this year. With 16 energy-related challenges, such as calculating your carbon footprint and going an hour without power, 27,000 students across Canada engaged in the 8th annual Classroom Energy Diet Challenge. O’Reilly shares she appreciates the recognition the award brings, but she’s even more excited about what her $500 cash prize will do for her school’s eco-initiatives. “The prize money will go right back into Bert Bowes Middle School’s recycling program and green projects, such as our two grow towers,” says O’Reilly. “I also want to offer gifts and prizes to my students who have worked hard volunteering their time sifting through many undesirable things that end up in our recycling. They deserve to be rewarded.”“Students not only learn about environmental impacts, they take action. Students have taken a leadership role within the school with our recycling program, they’ve designed and implemented competitions and school-wide activities to develop a broader understanding of energy literacy,” says Wade Hart, principal at Bert Bowes Middle School, who shares he is proud of the efforts he has seen in the students because of O’Reilly’s support, which is making a difference in the school and community. Susan McGarvey, an education coordinator for Northern Environmental Action Team, shares Nicole O’Reilly is one of the rare gems that takes on projects that are above and beyond the typical classroom setting. “Nicole doesn’t just educate her students about energy literacy, she helps them understand the nature and role of energy in their daily lives, and helps them to find creative ways to solve problems,” said McGarvey. The national Classroom Energy Diet Challenge is an energy literacy program that provides K to 12 students across Canada competition that is fun to help teach students to reduce their carbon footprint and become stewards of the environment. The annual Educator of the Year prize is given out to teachers to celebrate their contributions to improving energy literacy among Canadian students.last_img read more

‘US banding together with India, like-minded nations to protect sovereignty of Indo-Pacific’

first_imgWashington DC: The US is “banding together” with nations like India, Australia, Japan and South Korea to ensure that the sovereignty of Indo-Pacific nations are protected and that they are not subjected to any coercion, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. His comments came days after the Indian Navy participated with the navies of the US, the Philippines and Japan in their first joint naval exercise in the disputed South China Sea, where China is flexing its muscle. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportPompeo, in his address to the Claremont Institute’s 40th Anniversary Gala in Beverly Hills, California, said: “We are banding together with the like-minded nations like Australia, India, Japan and South Korea to make sure that each Indo-Pacific nation can protect its sovereignty from coercion”. “It’s part of a greater commitment to a free and open order. You all know this: The distinctive mark of western civilization is the belief in the inherent worth of human beings, with the attendant respect for god-authored rights and liberties. Indeed, the declaration says that ‘all men are created equal’. And we ought to help nations protect these first things and human rights as well,” he said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsTrump administration’s policies, he said, has been a real pivot to Asia. “The President has taken action to stop China from stealing our stuff. No longer will American companies be forced to hand over their technological crown jewels as the price of doing business in China. When a deal doesn’t work for the United States, no deal shall be done, Pompeo said. The United States, he said, has bolstered its military presence in the South China Sea, and have put nations on notice around the world that the sale of key infrastructure and technology companies to China threatens their national security.last_img read more