Athletes from the elite men's field started the 118th Boston Marathon.

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Athletes from the elite men's field started the 118th Boston Marathon.

Elite men's runners made their way along the course.

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Elite men made their way along the course.

Runners in the first wave of 9,000 crossed the start line.

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Runners in the first wave of 9,000 crossed the start line.

From left: Rita Jeptoo, Shalane Flanagan, Yeshi Esayias, Buzunesh Deba, Mare Dibaba, and Jemima Jelagat Sumgong run shortly after the start in the women's division.

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Elite women ran along the course shortly after the start of the women's division.

Athletes from the elite women's field crossed the start line.

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Athletes from the elite women's field crossed the start line.

Dick Hoyt pushed his son Rick Hoyt (center) as they competed in the wheelchair division.

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Dick Hoyt pushed his son Rick Hoyt (center) as they competed in the wheelchair division.

Security officers checked bags that spectators brought onto Boylston Street.

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Security officers checked bags that spectators brought onto Boylston Street.

A New York police union dispatched 10 officers and a food truck to Boston to provide free hot dogs for Boston police.

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A New York police union dispatched officers and a food truck to provide free hot dogs for Boston police.

A moment of silence was held prior to the start of the Marathon.

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A moment of silence was held prior to the start of the Marathon.

Charity runners for Children's Hospital rested before the start of the Marathon at the Masonic Lodge in downtown Hopkinton.

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Charity runners for Children's Hospital rested before the start of the race.

Wellesley College student Alix Lewis set up the

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Wellesley College student Alix Lewis set up the "scream tunnel" posters.

Sarah Norcott will reveal to her husband, Jim, the sex of their baby when he finishes the race today.

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Sarah Norcott will reveal to her husband, Jim, the sex of their baby when he finishes the race today.

Runners prepared for the race at Boston Common.

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Runners prepared for the race at Boston Common.

Race officials handled last-minute preparations at the starting line.

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Race officials handled last-minute preparations at the starting line.

Various law enforcement agencies were in Hopkinton this morning.

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Various law enforcement agencies were in Hopkinton this morning.

BAA race director Dave McGillivray gave directions to military members before they headed off to march the course.

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BAA race director Dave McGillivray gave directions to military members before they headed off to march the course.

A Marathon worker cleaned the finish line before the race.

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A Marathon worker cleaned the finish line before the race.

Memorials for the Marathon bombing victims are set up at the finish line.

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Memorials for the Marathon bombing victims are set up at the finish line.

Live updates

Runners return to Marathon course

The runners began to put the past behind them as the first waves made their way along the Marathon route.

Wellesley College student Alix Lewis set up the “scream tunnel” posters.

Spectators show solidarity with Marathon runners

Dispatches from along the route as runners and spectators alike take in the sights and sounds on the race.

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“We’re taking back our race today. We’re taking back the finish line,” race director Dave MacGillivray said.

Interactive

Faces of the Boston Marathon field

The average Joe, the first-timer, and the rising star are just a few you’ll meet when you take a closer look at the runners entered in the 2014 Boston Marathon.

Visually impaired runner to be guided by NPR radio host

Peter Sagal, the 49-year-old host of the Chicago-based show “Wait, Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!”, will run with a Littleton man.

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A tractor trailer and taxi cab collided and then burst into flames on the northbound side of the bridge.

Battle of Lexington reenactment marks Patriots’ Day

For some, this morning’s annual reenactment of the opening shots of the American Revolution had special significance.

Father of Jeremiah Oliver believes others helped dispose of boy’s body

Jose Oliver said he believed the child’s mother, her boyfriend, and others close to the couple were involved in the child’s death.

Hunt for a Boston Public Schools chief accelerates

The panel overseeing the recruitment hopes to reach a goal of hiring a superintendent who could be on the job by September.

Boston detective forced to retire 14 years after injury

Detective Delores Facey, a 19-year veteran, said she wants to keep her job and is mystified that she has been forced to leave for an injury that never hindered her work.

Obituaries

Mr. Carter, landing a right against Luis Rodriguez at Madison Square Garden in 1965, was charged with three murders in 1966. In his song “Hurricane,” Bob Dylan championed the innocence of Mr. Carter, who spent 19 years in prison.

Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, at 76; boxer wrongly convicted of murder

Mr. Carter was convicted twice on the same charges of fatally shooting two men and a woman in a Paterson, N.J., tavern in 1966. Both verdicts were overturned.

Regionals

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Rene Khachadourian with a lamb-shaped cake, one of his bakery’s annual Easter offerings.

Easter brings brisk business to bakeries

In the back room of Antoine’s Pastry Shop in Newton, where the walls gleam with Peeps-yellow tiles, Frances Khachadourian spoons custard into round pastries.

Starts & Stops

Starts & Stops

Despite what a first glance might suggest, the flag on the side of this train is really forward. Flags must face the direction of travel.

US flags on new trains draws attention

Despite what a first glance might suggest, the flag on the side of new commuter rail locomotives is really forward. Flags must face the direction of travel.

MCAS results

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Results for each of the state’s districts in English, math, and science, sorted by grade.

Arrest of Aaron Hernandez

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Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is charged with the murder of Dorchester man Odin Lloyd, whose body was found near Hernandez’s home.

JFK: 50 Years Later

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A five-part series examining the profound impact of former President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

The Boston Marathon bombings

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Coverage of deadly blasts that shook the city, and the ensuing manhunt resulting in the death of an MIT police officer, the death of one suspect, and the capture of another.

Casino gambling in Mass.

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Globe coverage of the state’s implementation of resort gambling following the 2011 law legalizing casinos.

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