Top Local Stories Of 2013

It was a day nobody could have imagined. On April 15, 2013, as thousands of runners were victoriously completing their 26.2 mile journey, a pair of explosions shook the Boston Marathon finish line.  When the dust literally settled, three people were dead, hundreds more injured, and countless everyday heroes rushed in to help the victims. It became clear almost immediately that Boston had been struck by terrorism. (Photo: WBZ-TV)View:  April 15 in Photos  Read:   Complete Coverage
Boston Marathon Bombings It was a day nobody could have imagined. On April 15, 2013, as thousands of runners were victoriously completing their 26.2 mile journey, a pair of explosions shook the Boston Marathon finish line. When the dust literally settled, three people were dead, hundreds more injured, and countless everyday heroes rushed in to help the victims. It became clear almost immediately that Boston had been struck by terrorism. (Photo: WBZ-TV)
View: April 15 in Photos
Read: Complete Coverage
On the evening of Thursday, April 18 Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev re-emerged, allegedly killing an MIT police officer. An overnight police chase and gun battle followed. Tamerlan was killed. His younger brother Dzhokhar escaped, leading to an unprecedented lockdown of residents in Boston and surrounding towns. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)Photos:   The Hunt for Bombing Suspects
Capture/Death of Marathon Bombing Suspects On the evening of Thursday, April 18 Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev re-emerged, allegedly killing an MIT police officer. An overnight police chase and gun battle followed. Tamerlan was killed. His younger brother Dzhokhar escaped, leading to an unprecedented lockdown of residents in Boston and surrounding towns. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
Photos: The Hunt for Bombing Suspects
After a full day of SWAT teams combing through local neighborhoods, the surviving Tsarnaev brother was finally located, injured and bloody, hiding in a boat in a Watertown backyard.  (Photo courtesy: CBS News)Photos:  The Capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Capture/Death of Marathon Bombing Suspects After a full day of SWAT teams combing through local neighborhoods, the surviving Tsarnaev brother was finally located, injured and bloody, hiding in a boat in a Watertown backyard. (Photo courtesy: CBS News)
Photos: The Capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
A single theme emerged in the days and months following the marathon bombings. Boston doesn’t bow to terrorism. Boston is resilient. Boston is strong. Boston Strong soon appeared on everything from t-shirts to billboards and baseball fields, becoming a unifying rally call for city pride. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Read:  Boston Strong Makes Sports Illustrated Read:  College Students Raise $1M Selling Boston Strong Shirts  Photos: Boston Strong Concert
Boston Strong A single theme emerged in the days and months following the marathon bombings. Boston doesn’t bow to terrorism. Boston is resilient. Boston is strong.
Boston Strong soon appeared on everything from t-shirts to billboards and baseball fields, becoming a unifying rally call for city pride. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Read: Boston Strong Makes Sports Illustrated
Read: College Students Raise $1M Selling Boston Strong Shirts
Photos: Boston Strong Concert
On February 8-9 Boston saw its 5th greatest snowfall of all time. Nearly 25 inches of snow dumped on the city, with a widespread 20-30+ inches across the region. Blizzard conditions led Governor Deval Patrick to declare a travel ban, and a State of Emergency.  (Viewer Photo from Worcester)Read:  State of Emergency Declared Read:  February Blizzard Snow Totals
February Blizzard On February 8-9 Boston saw its 5th greatest snowfall of all time. Nearly 25 inches of snow dumped on the city, with a widespread 20-30+ inches across the region. Blizzard conditions led Governor Deval Patrick to declare a travel ban, and a State of Emergency. (Viewer Photo from Worcester)
Read: State of Emergency Declared
Read: February Blizzard Snow Totals
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BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 30: The Boston Red Sox celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Six of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on October 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1.
Red Sox Win World Series Worst to First. After a disastrous 2012 season, the Red Sox made a U-turn in 2013, under the leadership of John Farrell. (Photo Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Photos: Red Sox Celebrate World Series
On the morning of June 26, then-Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was led from his North Attleboro home in handcuffs. Within hours he appeared in court, charged with first degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. Prosecutors allege that Hernandez and two other men picked Lloyd up in Dorchester and drove him to an empty lot in North Attleboro, where Hernandez is accused of shooting him five times. (Photo courtesy: Boston Globe-George Rizer)Read: Aaron Hernandez Taken From Home By Police
Aaron Hernandez Murder Arrest On the morning of June 26, then-Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was led from his North Attleboro home in handcuffs. Within hours he appeared in court, charged with first degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. Prosecutors allege that Hernandez and two other men picked Lloyd up in Dorchester and drove him to an empty lot in North Attleboro, where Hernandez is accused of shooting him five times. (Photo courtesy: Boston Globe-George Rizer)
Read: Aaron Hernandez Taken From Home By Police
In March, Boston’s longest-serving mayor announced he would not seek re-election to a sixth term. After twenty years in office, and a series of recent health issues, Mayor Tom Menino decided to hand over the reins. Before the year was out, Boston Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson and Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis would also step down. When his term ends in January, Menino will take a job at Boston University.  Marty Walsh was elected the next Mayor of Boston. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)Read: Mayor Menino Will Not Seek Re-Election  Watch: One-on-One With Mayor Tom Menino
Boston Mayor Tom Menino In March, Boston’s longest-serving mayor announced he would not seek re-election to a sixth term. After twenty years in office, and a series of recent health issues, Mayor Tom Menino decided to hand over the reins. Before the year was out, Boston Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson and Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis would also step down.
When his term ends in January, Menino will take a job at Boston University. Marty Walsh was elected the next Mayor of Boston. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Read: Mayor Menino Will Not Seek Re-Election
Watch: One-on-One With Mayor Tom Menino
Danvers High School turned into a murder scene in October, when 24-year-old math teacher Colleen Ritzer’s body was discovered in woods near the school. Authorities allege that 14-year-old Phillip Chism (R) killed his teacher in a school bathroom, then carried her body out to the woods in a recycling barrel. He was charged with murder, aggravated rape and robbery. (WBZ-TV Photos)Read: Teen Charged In Murder Of Danvers High Teacher
Danvers Teacher Killed; Student Arrested Danvers High School turned into a murder scene in October, when 24-year-old math teacher Colleen Ritzer’s body was discovered in woods near the school. Authorities allege that 14-year-old Phillip Chism (R) killed his teacher in a school bathroom, then carried her body out to the woods in a recycling barrel. He was charged with murder, aggravated rape and robbery. (WBZ-TV Photos)
Read: Teen Charged In Murder Of Danvers High Teacher
On February 1, Massachusetts Senior Senator John Kerry was sworn in as the 68th Secretary of State, signing on to lead the nation’s international diplomatic agenda.  By vacating his Senate seat, the stage was set for a summer Special Election. In June, voters chose Representative Ed Markey to become Massachusetts’ next senator. (WBZ-TV Photo)Watch: Sen. John Kerry’s Exit Interview
John Kerry Becomes Secretary Of State On February 1, Massachusetts Senior Senator John Kerry was sworn in as the 68th Secretary of State, signing on to lead the nation’s international diplomatic agenda. By vacating his Senate seat, the stage was set for a summer Special Election. In June, voters chose Representative Ed Markey to become Massachusetts’ next senator. (WBZ-TV Photo)
Watch: Sen. John Kerry’s Exit Interview
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