April 23, 2013 |
As SWAT officers moved in to capture Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was hiding in a boat parked in a residential backyard, they didn't know whether he had a gun or explosives that he could use against them. So they approached from behind a Kevlar shield, focusing intently on the suspect's hands. "You could see one hand was clear of any weapons, but each time he went the other way, his hand went down inside the boat, out of our view. And I know everybody here -- we've spoken about it. Each time he did that, we had to assume that he was reaching for either a weapon, a firearm, or some type of explosive ignition device to try to draw us in and then take us out in a suicide-type manner," Officer Jeff Campbell of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority said on CNN on Monday.
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January 21, 1989 |
History provides both inspiration and instruction. Throughout his presidency, Ronald Reagan frequently invoked historical refrains to illustrate his vision of the American experience. In his final televised address, he warned that we are not doing an adequate job of teaching America's children "what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world. . . . that America is freedom--freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise."
November 13, 1987 |
Two commuter trains crashed at an underground station during morning rush hour Thursday, injuring at least 110 people and forcing hundreds of others to grope through a dark, smoky tunnel to safety, authorities said. Officials of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which owns the Amtrak-operated commuter lines, said a seven-car train struck the rear of another seven-car train that was letting off passengers at a station in the Back Bay section shortly after 8 a.m.
December 12, 1990 |
An Amtrak train from Washington derailed and slammed into a packed commuter train in Boston's Back Bay station during this morning's rush hour, injuring 186 passengers, 10 of them critically, officials said. The impact "threw the trains in the air," and spilled 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel that caught fire in the downtown underground station, said acting city Fire Commissioner John Harrison.
August 1, 1985 |
A powerful storm unleashed a deluge on parts of the Northeast today, flooding streets in parts of Massachusetts with up to six feet of water, while twisters downed trees and tore roofs off homes in Philadelphia and south-central Pennsylvania. At least two people were reported killed in weather-related traffic accidents. A dam in southwestern Pennsylvania that appeared to be moving threatened homes and forced 13 families to evacuate. They returned later in the morning.
May 8, 1986 |
A train packed with commuters slammed into a freight train in the fog Wednesday morning, injuring 200 people as passengers were hurled through the cars seconds after the conductor yelled: "Brace yourselves." Although most suffered only cuts and bruises in the crash of the four-car commuter train from Framingham, about 50 people were taken away on stretchers and five were seriously hurt. "I was reading my paper and then--bang. There was no warning. People really went flying.
November 24, 1996 |
'Thanksgiving Day," billed as a "can't-miss combination of historical costume drama, screwball comedy, animal adventure, film noir and doomsday thriller," hits screens nationwide this holiday weekend. And all movieland is holding its collective breath. Will this colossally costly production--$259 million-- yet again up the industry ante for blockbuster hits, or will it founder on the hubris of makers who have too brazenly defied movie-making convention?
January 15, 2013 |
Hawaiian Airlines plans to buy more than a dozen new Airbus planes to help it meet demand for travel between California and the islands. The planes, to be delivered in four to seven years, will allow Hawaiian to open new markets, the airline said . . . . The inaugural June Lake Winter Festival takes place Feb. 1-3, with snow sculptures, snowshoeing and the Triple Threat Winter Triathlon . . . . The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. is holding "Sex and the City Zoo 4: Sexy beast!