The starkly different worlds of Grove Hall and Gillette Stadium — one troubled by gangs and poverty, the other studded with football celebrity — intersected when Dorchester landscaper Odin Lloyd and Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez became acquainted.
A disgraced former FBI supervisor told a US District Court jury today that he panicked in 1995 when federal prosecutors arrested Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, out of fear that the member of the Winter Hill Gang would expose the FBI agent’s own crimes.
Nearly $61 million raised by the One Fund Boston will be distributed to 232 individuals and families starting Sunday, marking the end of a crash two-month campaign to raise money quickly to help victims of the Marathon bombings. The total — which far exceeded the expectations of the fund’s administrators — will allow them to write larger checks on average than the aid provided to the victims of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Those whose relatives’ died and those who suffered the most grievous injuries as a result of the terror in Boston will each receive nearly $2.2 million. The administrators of the fund, which was established shortly after the bombings by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Governor Deval Patrick, rejected 26 claims that were submitted earlier this month. One claim is still being reviewed, and any compensation for that person would come from money raised over the coming months.
There are 16 people whose legs were blown off in the Boston Marathon bombings — Celeste Corcoran lost both. Sixteen people who have taken — or are likely to in the coming months — their first halting baby steps on prosthetic legs, leaning on walkers or parallel bars. It’s a long-anticipated moment that has produced surprising emotions. They have been hit hard by the finality of their injuries, and by the arduous work and enormous expense involved in getting back on their feet.