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Bill Richard, father of Marathon bombing victim, on D&C: ‘We quite frankly did not want to be portrayed in the movie’ 04.18.16 at 11:59 am ET
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Bill Richard, the father of Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard, joined Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Monday morning from the finish line and said that he wishes Mark Wahlberg’s “Patriots Day” movie wasn’t being made.

“We quite frankly did not want to be portrayed in the movie,” Richard said. “We did not want any actors playing the Richard family. Those were the plans. We received assurances that we wouldn’t be portrayed. There’s just no benefit to us being onscreen having actors play a family of five when everyone knows what the outcome is.”

The Richard family met with Wahlberg before filming to express their concerns. Like Wahlberg, they are Dorchester natives.

“I’m comfortable that Mark is a local guy doing it,” Richard said. “If it was anybody else, we might not have even been given the courtesy of a conversation with them. We don’t have any ill will towards them. I think a lot of people share the sentiment that we do — it’s a little too soon.”

Asked if he believed the movie would respectfully portray the events of the 2013 Marathon, Richard said he didn’t know. Bombing victim Jeff Bauman and actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who will portray him in a separate film entitled “Stronger,” threw out first pitches at Fenway on Monday.

“It’s Hollywood,” Richard said. “While we’re not personally looking forward to it, nor do we think it should be portrayed by Hollywood, we can only control so much. Mark is a standup guy. We talked to him about it, we told him our feelings. We respect their process. There are many survivors who are involved in it.”

Richard chose instead to focus on the work of the Martin Richard Foundation. His son was 8 when he lost his life following the second explosion, but he keeps his memory alive with a team of roughly 100 runners partaking in the race as part of the MR8 charity team. The foundation has also partnered with John Hancock to build a park in Martin’s name on the Boston waterfront, with $8 donations possible by texting the name “Martin” to 91999.

“I don’t subscribe to the idea that things happen for a reason, that God has a list,” Richard said. “We got dealt a bad hand and we’re going to deal with it in the future going forward. Martin’s going to live a full life, through these hundred runners, previous runners, and the runners we have in years ahead.”

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Boston Marathon bombing survivor Victoria McGrath dies in Dubai car crash 03.08.16 at 12:45 pm ET
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Victoria McGrath (center), pictured at a 2013 event honoring Marathon bombing survivors, was killed in a crash in Dubai on Monday. (Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

Victoria McGrath (center), pictured at a 2013 event honoring Marathon bombing survivors, was killed in a crash in Dubai on Sunday. (Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

Victoria McGrath, the subject of an iconic photo in the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, has died in a car crash in Dubai, according to published reports.

McGrath, 23, was killed on Sunday along with three others, including a Northeastern classmate, in a Ferrari being driven by a Canadian boxer. She was traveling through Dubai with classmate Priscilla Perez Torres, who also died in the crash. The two were set to graduate from NU this spring.

Northeastern released a statement on Monday:

“Victoria was from Weston, Connecticut, and survived severe injuries during the Boston Marathon bombing. She was devoted to helping others through leadership in student organizations and community service work. Priscilla came to Northeastern from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, and was passionate about travel and working on issues related to nutrition and women’s health. Each were kind, talented young women, with exceptional futures before them.”

McGrath was injured in the 2013 bombing and had a tourniquet applied to her left leg, which required extensive surgery and rehab. She was photographed being carried to medical personnel by Boston firefighter Jimmy Plourde, who told the Boston Herald on Monday, “It’s been said that I helped to save her life, but the truth is Victoria saved my life after the marathon as her love, support and friendship helped myself and my family deal with the acts of 4/15/13.”

The drive of the car, Canadian boxer Cody Nixon, was in Dubai to serve as the best man in his friend’s wedding. In his final Instagram photo, he posed with the rented yellow Ferrari and noted, “Don’t worry, I won’t speed.”

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Did Bruce Springsteen really look at Kirk Minihane? 02.05.16 at 8:07 am ET
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Kirk Minihane’s infatuation with Bruce Springsteen has been well documented. Now there’s proof, thanks to the Twitter documentation from Gerry Callahan (and others) at Springsteen’s TD Garden show Thursday night …

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Defense says investigators told Dzhokhar Tsarnaev brother Tamerlan was still alive after Marathon bombings arrest 01.27.16 at 2:16 pm ET
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In the hours after he was arrested in the back of a boat in Watertown, Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev repeatedly asked investigators from his hospital bed if his brother Tamerlan remained alive.

According to documents released by his defense on Wednesday and summarized at boston.com, they lied and said yes.

A judge ordered the release of roughly 600 documents that had been OK’d by both the prosecution and the defense in the trial of Tsarnaev, who was convicted of helping plant two bombs near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon that killed three and injured more than 260.

While handcuffed to a bed and drifting in and out of consciousness, Tsarnaev could not speak. According to records released on Wednesday, he had suffered gunshot wounds to the head, face, throat and jaw, as well as his left hand and both legs. So he scribbled notes to his interrogators.

“Is my brother alive I know you said he is are you lying Is he alive? one person can tell you that,” he wrote. “Is he alive, show me the news! Whats today? Where is he?”

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was already dead at that point, killed, investigators believe, when his younger brother struck him with a stolen car while fleeing a shootout in Watertown.

At another point, Tsarnaev complains that investigators won’t let him rest.

‘€œI am tired. Leave me alone. I want a l[illegible],’€ he wrote, later adding, “I’m exhausted.”

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Could decision on Tom Brady’s appeal be upon us? Glenn Ordway thinks so 07.14.15 at 4:10 pm ET
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Is the big news about to break?

Appearing on Dennis & Callahan Tuesday morning, Glenn Ordway said that according to one of his sources there was a very good possibility that the decision regarding Tom Brady‘s appeal coming down either Tuesday or Wednesday.

Ordway, who correctly revealed when the Wells Report would be released, suggested at various times throughout D&C Tuesday (including at the 4:47 mark of the above audio) that it was his understanding that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was ready to announce his findings when it came to whether or not the four-game suspension handed down to Brady would be upheld.

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Yankees make deal to acquire ball from Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit 07.03.15 at 1:47 pm ET
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After a couple of weeks of negotiations, the Yankees will hold a press conference before Friday’s game against the Rays at Yankee Stadium in which they will receive the ball Alex Rodriguez hit into the right-field bleachers for his 3,000th hit last month.

Zach Hample, the fan who caught the ball, agreed to relinquish it in exchange for a $150,000 donation to his favorite charity, Pitch In For Baseball, along with some memorabilia, tickets and other perks, according to reports out of New York.

Hample, who claims to have caught thousands of baseballs during games and batting practice over the years, was not cooperative with the team when first contacted during the June 19 game against the Tigers after Rodriguez recorded his historic hit.

Hample answered some critics of his decision to settle with the team when he tweeted Friday morning: So let me get this straight — I was “disrespecting the game” when I kept the ball & now I’m an “idiot” for giving it back? Ha, whatever.

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Report: FBI investigating Cardinals for hacking Astros’ internal networks 06.16.15 at 11:18 am ET
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According to a New York Times report, the FBI is investigating the Cardinals for hacking into the internal networks of the Astros to steal closely guarded information about player personnel.

The report says the Cardinals got a hold of a network which housed special databases the team had built. Internal discussions about trades, proprietary statistics and scouting reports were compromised.

Major League Baseball “€œhas been aware of and has fully cooperated with the federal investigation into the illegal breach of the Astros’€™ baseball operations database,”€ a spokesman for baseball’€™s commissioner, Rob Manfred, said in a written statement to the paper.

It is believed the hacking stemmed from vengeful front-office employees for the Cardinals hoping to “wreak havoc” on the work of general manager Jeff Luhnow, who is now with the Astros after being in the Cardinals’ organization until 2011.

No Cardinals team employees have been disciplined for the matter as of now.

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American Pharoah becomes first horse to win Triple Crown since 1978 06.06.15 at 6:59 pm ET
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The drought is over. American Pharoah won Saturday’s Belmont Stakes to become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. American Pharoah, with jockey Victor Espinoza on his back, led the race from the start and pulled away from the field down the stretch.

American Pharoah becomes the 12th horse ever to win the Triple Crown. The last to do it before him was Affirmed in 1978. That capped off a stretch that saw three horses win the Triple Crown in a six-year span, with Secretariat accomplishing the feat in 1973 and Seattle Slew doing the same in 1977.

Between Affirmed and American Pharoah, 13 horses had won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness but failed to win the Belmont, including California Chrome last year.

President of FIFA Sepp Blatter to resign 06.02.15 at 1:01 pm ET
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Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter

Four days after being re-elected as President of FIFA, Sepp Blatter announced Tuesday he will resign.

At a surprise press conference he called for “extraordinary congress” of FIFA to convene to elect his successor. He plans to continue serving in his role until his successor is named.

Blatter had 133 votes to 73 for Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan in the vote last Friday. Since no candidate won two-thirds of the vote, there was to have been a second vote in which the winner would only need a majority. However, Prince Ali, a FIFA vice president for the past four years, conceded defeat and withdrew.

Two FIFA vice presidents and a recently elected executive committee member remained in custody during Friday’€™s election. They are fighting extradition to the United States, where they would face corruption charges related to tournaments held in North America.

Blatter denied having any role in the alleged bribery, blaming others for embarrassing the sport and saying it was impossible to be responsible for everyone’€™s behavior.

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Mayor Marty Walsh on D&C: ‘Zero tolerance for spending taxpayers’ money’ on stadiums, venues for Boston 2024 05.28.15 at 9:02 am ET
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Martin Walsh

Martin Walsh

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined Dennis & Callahan Thursday morning to talk about Boston 2024, specifically taxpayers’ money when it relates to the Olympics potentially coming to Boston. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

A report obtained by the Boston Business Journal highlights the need for public spending for the games to come to Boston. Walsh tried to clarify the report Thursday.

“What the report was based on the document that was submitted to the USOC for the Olympics to come to Boston, it’s based on a concept,” said Walsh. “The final bid that would be put in, which would be I think December or January, that is going to be the actual plan with what is going to be put forth. In that actual plan is going to have to spell out how you’re actually going to pay for the venues, and where the venues are going to be located and how the financing would work.”

Walsh then went on to explain his view on taxpayers’ money and how it will be used.

“I have zero tolerance for spending taxpayers’ money on building stadiums or building venues for the Olympics,” Walsh said. “Now as far as infrastructure, I view that differently. The reason why I view that differently is regardless of where the venues are in the City of Boston, if we improve the infrastructure whether it is the roads, a side walk, a crosswalk, lighting, whatever the case may be, that is something that is beneficial to residents of our city, or even if there is a venue outside of Boston. Let’s say there is a venue in another city in Massachusetts, and there is infrastructure there — those infrastructure improvements are beneficial short term and long term for the residents of that area. That is money that should have been spent.

“When I look at the MBTA, I see an opportunity here — let’s assume we get the Olympics, and [in] 2017 they announce Boston as the Olympic city and we’re going to move forward — now we have a date of 2024 that we need to make sure that the MBTA is running properly, is upgraded, is state of the art because of the volume of people that will want to be moving around the city and the Commonwealth. We need to have a reliable transportation system. That forces us, and that forces all of us to work together to improve the MBTA.

“If we don’t get the Olympics, what I am afraid of with the MBTA is [what we] are having [this winter] in 2024 — we’re having the same conversation we had this year [that] we had in 2010 when we did some legislation in the state house and in 1997. Two other times we were working to fix the MBTA. This gives us an end date that we need to make it move forward. The conversation of the Olympics over the next two years allows us, Boston, to go around the world and promote our city on a world stage. Whether or not we get the Olympics or not, there’s a benefit for us to be involved in the conversation.”

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