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Boston police spokeswoman helps ring opening bell on stock exchange

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Boston police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca helped to ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday morning, invited by Twitter, which was launching its much-anticipated initial public offering, because of her department’s use of Twitter during the Boston Marathon bombings. Twitter said Fiandaca, actor Patrick Stewart and 9-year-old activist Vivienne Harr were “very different people,” but had one thing in common: “They use Twitter in amazing ways.” Twitter said the Police Department’s tweets served as “a lifeline of communication for the entire city and served as a defense against miscommunication” during the uncertain days after the April 15 bombings, which killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

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