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Marathon memorial enshrined

Makeshift memorial to victims attains permanence

A snaking hose from a compact vacuum drooped from Emily Shafer’s shoulder as she moved its filtered nozzle inside a pair of worn, dirt-smudged running shoes.

“They’re just kind of gritty,” Shafer said above the soft, steady noise of the vacuum. “There’s plant debris; there’s sand. We’re just trying to get some of that off.”

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