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April 11, 2014 12:25 PM EST | AP


The two bombs that exploded near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon killed three and wounded dozens, shattering the jubilation surrounding the storied race and submerging the city and its suburbs in a week of chaos. The Associated Press plans the following cross-format coverage for the April 15 anniversary of the attacks and in advance of the 2014 marathon, which is scheduled for April 21:

— UPDATES online movement for BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING-HEALING THE WOUNDS; interactive availability for relevant subscribers.




BOSTON — After the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon, mourners began leaving thousands of items at a makeshift memorial near the finish line to honor the victims of the attacks. Some left teddy bears, signs and marathon bibs while others draped running sneakers to commemorate the three people killed and more than 260 injured during the April 15 attacks. To mark the anniversary of the bombings, the material will be curated into an exhibit hosted by the Boston Public Library. By Paige Sutherland. 620 words, photos. Sent March 31.


CARLISLE, Mass. — Jeff Bauman lost both his legs in the Boston Marathon bombings, injuries documented in an arresting Associated Press photograph that showed him being rushed from the scene in a wheelchair by three rescuers. He then became a hero when he played a key role in identifying the men suspected of placing the two bombs. Bauman spoke with the AP about his recovery on the eve of the publication of his book about the past year. By Michelle R. Smith. 930 words, AP Photos MACK701-709. Sent April 5.


BOSTON — Every time Roseann Sdoia comes home, she must climb 18 steps — six stairs into the building, another 12 to her apartment. It is an old building in Boston's North End, with doors that are big and heavy, not an easy place for an amputee to live. When she left the hospital, a month after the Boston marathon bombing, she had to choose whether to stay. "Early on when all this happened, so many people were telling me to move out of the city and move out of my apartment because of the stairs and I don't have an elevator and parking is not very convenient," she recalls. "But I have been able to get past all of that."

In that, she mirrors Boston itself. In the course of a year, limbs have been replaced, psyches soothed, the wounds sustained in a moment at the marathon's finish line have at least begun to heal. At the same time, a city shaken by an unthinkable act of terrorism has returned to its usual rhythms — sadder, but some say stronger, as well. By Denise Lavoie and Paige Sutherland. 1,900 words, photos. Sent with 20 photos April 10 in advance for use April 12-13, first available for online use at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 12.

— BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING-HEALING THE WOUNDS-ABRIDGED: 1000 words, photos. Sent in advance April 10 for use April 12-13, first available for online use at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 12.

— BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING-TIMELINE: Key events surrounding the bombing of the Boston Marathon. Moving Saturday, April 12.


An EMT. A volunteer. A spectator in a cowboy hat. Moments after bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, these three helped rescue a man whose legs were blown off, a scene captured in an Associated Press photo. That man, Jeff Bauman, was lauded as a hero himself when he gave authorities a description that helped them track down two suspects. A year later, the AP revisited the lives of the four people in the image. By Charles Krupa and Michelle R. Smith. UPCOMING: 480 words, 10 photos. Moving Sunday, April 13.


BOSTON — A year after two bombs ripped through crowds gathered at the Boston Marathon finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 260, one suspect is awaiting trial and the other is dead. Although prosecutors believe they have strong evidence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's guilt, there are still many unanswered questions about the attacks and the men at the center of the investigation. By Denise Lavoie. 800 words, photos. Moving by 2 p.m. Monday, April 14.

AP VIDEO: Anniversary Tribute Wrap: Looking back to the day of the bombing with archival footage and featuring highlights from AP interviews with victims, first responders and families. Moving by 3 a.m. Tuesday, April 15.


WALTHAM, Mass. — It was a grisly slaying in a suburb that sometimes goes years without one murder, let alone three. Now questions linger not only about who killed three young men in 2011, but also whether the Boston Marathon bombings could have been prevented if their case had been solved. Police initially believed the killings were drug-related, either a drug robbery gone bad or a drug hit. It wasn't until two bombs exploded at the marathon that investigators began focusing on a new suspect: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two brothers who authorities say orchestrated and carried out the bombings. By Denise Lavoie and Michelle R. Smith. 1,000 words, photos. Moving Tuesday, April 15.


BOSTON — Events commemorating the anniversary are to include a ceremony at the Prudential Center with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and other officials. Photos, video. Moving spot Tuesday, April 15.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Amputee runner Jeff Glasbrenner was three-tenths of a mile from the finish at the Boston Marathon last spring when the twin pressure cooker bombs exploded. He's among the 5,633 runners who didn't finish last year but were given the chance return and cross the finish line a year later. This time, Glasbrenner is bringing some company. He trained two fellow right-leg amputees who had never even imagined running a marathon before. For him, it's all about the finish line. For them, it's about the start. By Pat Graham and Alex Sanz. 850 words, photos, video. Moving by 3 a.m. Wednesday, April 16.

AP VIDEO: The Victims, One Year Later — Victims of the blast recount what their lives have been like for the past year and look toward the coming race with mixed emotions. Moving Wednesday, April 16.

AP VIDEO: Collier's Sister — The sister of MIT security officer Sean Collier, whose killing led to the dragnet that captured the bombing suspect, talks to AP about the impact of that night on her family and the city. Moving Wednesday, April 16.


BOSTON — The Boston Marathon expects to host its second-largest field in 2014. How do a massive number of registrations, amped up security procedures, charitable donations and sponsorships affect the financial health of the race? By Jimmy Golen. 600 words, photos. Moving by 2 p.m. Thursday, April 17.


BOSTON — With an additional 9,000 runners for this year's Boston Marathon, hotel rooms in Boston were already harder than usual to come by. Add the people who aren't running but just want to be part of the experience, and the company that handles bookings for the Boston Athletic Association has had to find space for people far outside the city. "The appearance is people seem to be embracing the whole experience this year differently than in past years," says Thomas Gilligan of Marathon Tours and Travel. "There's an emotional side to the event that didn't exist in previous years." 600 words, photos. Moving by 2 p.m. Friday, April 18.


BOSTON — The 118th running of the Boston Marathon will have more security than ever before. Organizers are trying to find a balance between allowing people to enjoy the race and keeping everyone safe, but runners and up to a million spectators expected to cheer them on will see security checkpoints, bomb-sniffing dogs, and other security measures that have not yet been disclosed. By Denise Lavoie. 600 words, photos. Moving by 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19.


LONDON — A look at how elite runners are making the choice to run — or not run — this year's marathon. Moving Saturday, April 19.



An Associated Press interactive tells the stories of three survivors in the midst of their recoveries — combining text, photos, video and graphics in a rich multimedia package. A link is now available for members with interactive subscriptions; they will receive more detailed instructions and that preview in a separate notification. The interactive is embargoed for use until 3 a.m., Monday, April 14.