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Where the blasts occurred

Restaurants in the area
Two explosions near Copley Square rocked the area near the finish line during Monday's Boston Marathon. The powerful blasts in quick succession transformed a scene of athletic celebration into bloody chaos.
Fenway
Finish line
Bleachers
Medical tent
FIRST EXPLOSION
SECOND EXPLOSION
Runners gained access to Boylston Street, the final steps of the race, through Hereford Street from Commonwealth Avenue. From this corner, they were able to see the finish line and the bleachers.
Both explosions took place just feet away from the finish line, where the bleachers stood, and quite close to the medical tent for runners.
Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center One of the main convention centers of the city, just beside the Prudential Center, the second tallest skyscraper in Boston.
Copley Square A meeting point in Boston and star of Marathon day, with a T station and many amenities.

Boston Police, Boston redevelopment Authority

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State approves plan for Salem’s Bentley School to become a charter

Salem’s Bentley School, one of the lowest achieving public schools in the state, will become a charter school next fall.

Last week, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education awarded two new charters, choosing Bentley, a K-5 elementary, and the UP Academy Charter School of Springfield. Both will be Horace Mann charter schools, funded by the local school districts but run by an independent board.

The Salem school will be called the Bentley Academy Charter School.

“The in-district charter gives us an opportunity to focus — and I think in a stronger way — on some of the needs of the students in that school,” said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, who also chairs the School Committee and supported Bentley’s shift to a charter.

For the last four years, Bentley has struggled with academic achievement.

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