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Bostonians Remember Deadly Marathon Bombing 10 Years Later

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BOSTON – Families of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing honored the 10th anniversary of the tragedy early Saturday by quietly going together to the memorial sites near the finish line and laying wreaths, with a bagpiper playing “The Bells of Dunblane” and a few runners gazing on.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, who was running for City Council for the first time during the bombing, marched alongside Gov. Maura Healey in the solemn procession. They stood silently with the families at each memorial place, marked by three stone pillars for the three victims. Later in the day, a brief ceremony will be placed at the marathon finish line, with bells ringing and a moment of quiet.

The 127th Boston Marathon will take place on Monday.

“The day never leaves me,” Jennifer Black, 71, a realtor from Loveland, Ohio, said as she watched the parade, recalled how her run in 2013 was cut short due to the explosion, and spoke about those who perished in the tragedy. She is returning to Boston to race this year.

“So much loss, so much pain, all because of hate,” she said, tears flowing down her cheeks. “We must advocate for people. We must watch out for one another and pray for these families daily.”

Karen Russell of Boston, standing next to Black, said it was important for her to witness the parade, especially since it was the 10th anniversary.

“Even though we’ve gone on,” Russel remarked, “the families are still suffering.” “Many people were hurt that day, and that pain will never disappear.” I believe it is critical that I be present to show them that we still care.”

When two pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the marathon finish line, three people were killed, and over 260 were injured. Among those killed were Lu Lingzi, a 23-year-old Chinese graduate student at Boston University; Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old restaurant manager from Medford, Massachusetts; and Martin Richard, an 8-year-old who had gone to watch the marathon with his family.

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The 127th Boston Marathon will take place on Monday.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Officer Sean Collier was shot dead in his car after a four-day manhunt paralyzed the city. Dennis Simmonds, a Boston police officer, died a year after being injured in a shootout with the bombers.

Police apprehended Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston neighborhood of Watertown, where he was hiding in a boat docked in a garden hours after his brother was killed. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot by police and driven over by his brother as he escaped.

“I think we’re all still living with those tragic days 10 years ago,” former Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans recently said.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was condemned to death, and most of the focus in the following years centered on his attempt to prevent execution.

A federal appeals court is considering Tsarnaev’s latest attempt to avoid execution. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston heard arguments in the 29-year-old’s case in January but has yet to rule.

In 2020, the appeals court overturned Tsarnaev’s death sentence, claiming that the trial judge failed to adequately examine jurors for potential prejudices. However, the United States Supreme Court reinstated it last year.

The 1st Circuit is now considering whether further concerns not addressed by the Supreme Court need the death sentence to be overturned again. Tsarnaev claims the trial judge wrongfully refused his challenge to two jurors who defense attorneys claim misled during jury selection questioning.

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The bombing brought Boston together — “Boston Strong” became the city’s rallying cry.

The bombing brought Boston together — “Boston Strong” became the city’s rallying cry — and motivated many in the running world, and inspired dozens of individuals affected by the terror incident to run the marathon. Several flower pots with the words “Boston Strong” featured what has become known as Marathon daffodils at the memorial locations on Saturday.

“It galvanized and demonstrated our sport’s and our city’s resiliency, our desire to continue even better and to improve the Boston Marathon,” said Boston Athletic Association President and CEO Jack Fleming. “The Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 resulted in a new or different appreciation for what Boston, and the Boston Marathon, has always stood for, which is that expression of freedom you receive and get while running.”

On Saturday, the emphasis will be on honoring the bombing’s victims and survivors, but also, as Wu put it, “really making sure this was a moment to focus on where the city and our communities, our families are headed in the future.”

That spirit will be mirrored on “One Boston Day,” a day of goodwill and service to honor victims, survivors, and first responders. Several community service events, including a shoe collection, food drives, blood drives, and neighborhood cleanups, are taking place this year.

“This time of year elicits strong emotions in so many of us across the City, as well as those affected by the tragedy ten years ago.” “But the most resounding one is that Boston is indeed strong and that our communities come together in times of need,” Jacob Robinson, executive director of West Roxbury Main Streets, one of the organizations holding the shoe drive, said.

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Pregnant Hailey Bieber Shows Off Her Baby Bump In Glam Gothic Attire — See Her Look!

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Hailey Bieber is channeling her darker side.

On Saturday, June 22, the 27-year-old model, presently pregnant with her first child, published an Instagram Story of herself wearing a black lace gown.

Bieber posed in a black lace bodysuit, emphasizing her baby bump. She paired the outfit with black sunglasses and a small black pocketbook and wore her hair in a sloppy bun.

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Pregnant Hailey Bieber Shows Off Her Baby Bump In Glam Gothic Attire

When spotted on the streets of New York City, the Rhode founder was wearing a black leather jacket over his gothic outfit.

Hailey and Justin Bieber announced their first pregnancy in May with a romantic Instagram post in which Hailey held a bouquet and showed off her expanding baby bump.

Justin’s mother, Pattie Mallette, expressed excitement in an Instagram Reel following their news.

“I’ve been waiting for this day. And now that they’ve announced it, I can finally celebrate with you all, and oh my word, I’m going to be a grandmother,” she added in the video.

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Pregnant Hailey Bieber Shows Off Her Baby Bump In Glam Gothic Attire

Shortly after, Hailey’s uncle, Billy Baldwin, spoke exclusively with PEOPLE about his growing family. “I really feel like there’s no higher calling than that responsibility,” he said of Hailey and Justin, 30, who are becoming parents.

The couple married in a small courtroom ceremony in September 2018 before exchanging vows in a grander ceremony in South Carolina the following year.

Throughout Hailey’s pregnancy, she has boldly shown her baby bump.

Earlier this month, the pregnant woman took a mirror selfie dressed in baggy black slacks and a slightly cropped striped blouse. She accessorized the look with a black leather shoulder bag, matching sunglasses, and one of Rhode’s viral phone cases.

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Pregnant Hailey Bieber Shows Off Her Baby Bump In Glam Gothic Attire

Before that, she published photographs from her latest campaign with Yves Saint Laurent, revealing that she had been carrying her child for months when she photographed for the brand.

“Shot this 4 months preggy with a little bean in my belly,” she posted on Instagram Stories, alongside a photo of the ad.

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Canada Day Parade Cancelled in Montreal Due to Bureaucracy and Politics

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The organizer of Montreal’s Canada Day parade has cancelled this year’s event, blaming bureaucratic red tape and politics. Nick Cowen the main Organizer of the Montreal Canada Day Parade issued a press release stating that he has had increasing difficulty in obtaining permissions and funds, as well as approval from government officials.

“Despite honoring all conditions set forth, Cowen said in his press release that he had been met with rules that change at the last minute and requests that make putting on the parade virtually impossible, An event that is meant to inspire unity has been thwarted because of division.”

Cowen claimed that in 2023, he was compelled to fill out the same documentation many times and completely restructure the event to satisfy Montreal city regulators. He also stated that he was directed to find 148 volunteers at the last minute, in order to ensure that at least one person stood by the procession cars’ tires.

“Imagine you are in traffic and need four people, one at each tire, to make sure no one runs under the wheel of a normal car,” he stated in an email.

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He added that the federal government “requested that parts of the parade be removed entirely,” including the cake to be presented at the end of the march. “The parade’s budget was also reduced to 2013 levels in another devastating blow to this cherished event,” the author said.

The city of Montreal and the federal heritage agency did not respond to a request for comment on Sunday.

The parade has taken place since the late 1970s, however it was canceled between 2020 and 2022 due of the COVID-19 epidemic.

The news comes as organizers in some communities have rethought their celebrations in recent years due to rising security and insurance costs, as well as funding issues.

Cowen told The Canadian Press that, while COVID-19 contributed to the event’s cancellation, he was also trying to meet mounting costs as federal financing failed to keep up with inflation.

Other Canada Day celebrations will take place in Montreal on July 1, including the customary Old Port celebration with games, face painting, cupcakes, and music.

Canada Day in Montreal

In Montreal, Canada Day is a vibrant celebration that oozes enthusiasm and pride throughout the city. People dress in their finest patriotic garb, and the streets are filled with red and white.

Typically, the day begins with a massive parade through the city center, complete with colorful floats, marching bands, and cultural performers. Local parks are wonderful picnic spots since they host family-friendly activities such as face painting, games, and live music.

Streetside food trucks bordering the avenues serve a variety of Canadian foods, including poutine and maple sugar. Fireworks over the Old Port brighten the sky as the sun sets, creating a fantastic atmosphere.

Concerts and other activities continue throughout the evening, emphasizing local talent and fostering a sense of community. It’s a day of celebration, togetherness, and deep appreciation for Canada’s rich history.

Both locals and foreigners should attend this event because of Montreal’s unique fusion of French and English cultures, which adds a unique flavor to the celebrations.

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NATO Secretary-General Urges Trudeau to Honour Canada’s Spending Target

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Canada needs to meet NATO’s minimum defence spending target, and present a plan on how it will reach it as a way to show authoritarian regimes that Western allies are aligned, NATO alliance’s secretary general has said.

Numbers NATO released this week show Canada is expected to spend 1.37 per cent of its gross domestic product on defence this year, well below the two per cent target.

“Canada’s standing in NATO is strong, but at the same time of course we expect all allies to make good on the promise of investing two per cent,” Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of NATO, said during an event hosted by the NATO Association of Canada in Ottawa.

Ahead of Stoltenberg’s remarks, Defence Minister Bill Blair promised the goal will eventually be reached, as Russia’s war in Ukraine raises a threat of expanded conflict in Europe.

Last year, members agreed that two per cent should be a minimum, a reflection of worries over Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Stoltenberg acknowledged it’s tough for politicians to prioritize defence over social services, but said a precondition of success in any Western country is preserving peace and investing in security.

Canada faces the same challenges as all the allied countries that have budgets, he said.

“They’re concerned about the fiscal balance. They want to spend money on health, education and on the other things,” he said.

But at the end of the day, if those countries aren’t able to prevent war, their efforts on health, education and climate change “will fail” he said.

NATO Association of Canada

His remarks on spending received enthusiastic applause from the NATO Association of Canada, including from former defence minister Anita Anand, who snuck in the back to listen to his remarks.

A handful of protesters gathered outside a building in the parliamentary precinct where Stoltenberg spoke.

On the sidewalk in front of the building, “Canada lagging behind our NATO allies” was written in chalk, along with “Trudeau and Blair laughing stocks of the world” and “Canadians are not laughing.”

Stoltenberg’s visit came the same day Russia and North Korea signed an agreement that pledges mutual aid if either country faces “aggression.”

Stoltenberg expressed concern that Russia could be providing support to North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, and over China “propping up Russia’s war economy” by providing electronics that are being used in weapons and combat against Ukraine.

“So the answer is that when they are more and more aligned, all the authoritarian regimes like North Korea, China, Iran and Russia, then it’s even more important that we are aligned as countries believing in freedom and democracy,” he said.

Defence Spending

Defence spending across European allies and Canada was up nearly 18 per cent this year alone, Stoltenberg said during a speech at the White House on Monday — the biggest increase in decades.

Blair has said Canada’s defence spending will climb to at least 1.75 per cent of its GDP by 2029.

Additional spending on a new submarine fleet and integrated air defence and missile systems will probably push the figure past the two per cent mark, Blair said.

“Let me assure you that we’ve been doing a great deal of work within our Defence Department, with the government of Canada, but also with our NATO allies,” Blair said.

Allies were “very encouraged” by a defence policy update Canada released earlier this year, he said.

Defence spending will be among a number of topics Stoltenberg said he would raise with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who he had dinner with on Wednesday.

Defence spending delayed

The secretary general embraced Trudeau and Ottawa warmly, calling Canada like “home” and the prime minister “friend.” Stoltenberg also wants Canada to scale up its contribution in the North and maritime operations.

Both Blair and Anand, now treasury board president, acknowledged this week that defence spending is delayed because of a shortage of procurement workers. “We have the ability to accelerate spending. It does require an investment in people to get the job done,” Blair said.

The Liberal government has set aside $1.8 billion over 20 years to increase the number of workers who can purchase new equipment, recruit, train new soldiers and upgrade infrastructure.

NATO leaders are set to meet in Washington, D.C., next month for an annual summit and mark the alliance’s 75th anniversary.

Increasing funding for Ukraine will be an agenda priority, after Stoltenberg came forward with a proposal for all NATO allies to contribute 40 billion euros a year, Blair said.

At the White House on Monday, Stoltenberg said his expectation for next month’s meeting is to have allies agree “to step up financial and military support to Ukraine,” and reduce the burden on the U.S.

Source: The Canadian Press

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