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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Runner survives Boston Marathon bombing, then Texas explosion

04.19.13 at 7:57 am ET
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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Royals at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Braves at Pirates, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL: Penguins at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN Plus)
NHL: Predators at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Joe Berti was on hand for both the Boston Marathon bombing and the Texas explosion this week. (AP)

Joe Berti, a 43-year-old from Texas, crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon seconds before Monday’s bombing. He escaped unharmed, while his wife, Amy, who was at the finish line watching him, was hit by shrapnel but did not suffer serious injuries.

Berti was back home in Texas this week and driving to his Austin home from a meeting when he saw and felt the explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco.

“It’s a miracle,” Berti told The Associated Press. “People keep saying, ‘Don’t you feel unlucky?’ and I was actually the opposite — saying not only do I not feel unlucky, but I feel blessed that my wife could be 10 yards from the explosion and not have a scratch.”

As for a suggestion that Joe should stay home for a while, Amy Berti said: “We need to keep him moving. Maybe he just needs to stand in an open field.”

Salaheddin Barhoum, who runs track at Revere High School, spent Wednesday night and Thursday morning clearing his name after his photo was on the front page of the New York Post along with 24-year-old Yassine Zaimi and identified as someone the FBI wanted to talk to in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing.

After the photo made its way across the web, Barhoum sent a message on his Facebook page: Going to the court right now! S*** is real. But you will see guys [I] did not do anything.

The FBI essentially cleared Barhoum and Zaimi — both Moroccan — during a Thursday press conference, when it showed pictures of the actual suspects and indicated photos of other individuals were not relevant.

In an interview with ABC News, Barhoum said that when he saw the Post cover, “It’s the worst feeling that I can possibly feel. … I’m only 17.”

Said New York Post editor in chief Col Allan: “We stand by our story. … The image [of the two] was e-mailed to law enforcement agencies [Wednesday] afternoon seeking information about these men, as our story reported. We did not identify them as suspects.”

♦ An Atlanta man pleaded guilty to mailing threatening letters to ESPN this week, seven years after being sentenced to five years of probation on a similar charge. Sentencing is scheduled for July 10.

According to court testimony (via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Evan P. Chaggaris, 42, mailed approximately 24 handwritten letters to the network with threats to injure or kill certain ESPN personalities.

In 2004, he mailed 31 threatening letters to ESPN and made six threatening phone calls to one ESPN personality. He pleaded guilty two years later.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 19, 1969, the Red Sox traded which 1968 All-Star to the Indians?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When the Sox, the Celtics, the Patriots, the Bruins are champions again — to the chagrin of New York and Chicago fans — the crowds will gather and watch a parade go down Boylston Street. And this time next year, on the third Monday in April, the world will return to this great American city to run harder than ever and to cheer even louder for the 118th Boston Marathon. Bet on it!” — President Barack Obama, in a speech in Boston on Thursday

STAT OF THE DAY: 14 – Where the Patriots rank in strength of schedule for 2013

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Orioles catcher Matt Wieters hits a walk-off grand slam to beat the Rays.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ken Harrelson, who finished third in American League MVP voting in 1968

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Turtles co-founder Mark “Flo” Volman (in orange shirt) was born on this day in 1947.

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