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Patrick Signs Bill Authorizing 'Boston Strong' License Plates

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) -- Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill on Friday that authorizes the Massachusetts Registrar of Motor Vehicles to create a license plate memorializing the victims of last year's Boston Marathon bombings.

The Governor's Office says that all proceeds from the sales of the "Boston Strong" license plates would be distributed to the One Fund or another non-profit organization offering assistance to the bombing victims.

Patrick said that "seeing these plates on the road will help remind us all that we are one community and we are proud to be Boston Strong."

This year's marathon takes place on Monday and will be among the largest in history with 36,000 official participants, the Governor's Office said.

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Police Investigating After Man Shot in South End

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) -- Police are investigating a Wednesday night shooting that took place in the South End.

The Standard-Times reports that Daniel DaRosa, 19, was shot in the back at about 11 p.m. He was found lying in the hallways of a building on Mosher Street.

DaRosa and at least six others were together in the apartment on Mosher Street. Detectives say that DaRosa had gone outside to smoke a cigarette when he was shot.

He is currently listed in critical condition, the Standard-Times says.

An investigation is ongoing.

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Police Investigating After Body Found at Scene of House Fire

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) -- Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found Tuesday morning following a fire at his West End home.

According to the Standard-Times, the fire occurred at a single-family home on Rounds Street. The man's body was found in a second-floor bedroom.

The body was removed from the home on Tuesday and the state Medical Examiner's Office plans to conduct an autopsy.

Anyone with information about the fire or who may have noticed anything or anything in the area of the fire is asked to call (508) 991-6300.

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Marathon Bombing Survivors, Heroes to Be Honored at Downtown Ceremony

(BOSTON) -- The victims and heroes of last year's Boston Marathon bombing will be honored during a ceremony in downtown Boston Tuesday, the anniversary of the attack.

The bombings claimed three lives and injured more than 260 people.

Heather Abbott, who lost her left leg in the bombings last year, says marking the anniversary of that tragic day is going to be very emotional for her.

"[It's] a day to remember the people that we lost and to think about those other people that are hurt more than I am. And to be with my friends and my family," she said.


The marathon's executive director, Tom Grilk, says the ceremony could have a different meaning to almost everybody.

"The reason for conducting the tribute, and some of the other events that we have taking place, is to provide an opportunity for people to react, to remember in their own way, Grilk said.

Boston's mayor and Vice President Joe Biden will also attend the ceremony. After the service, there will be a moment of silence at 2:49pm ET -- the moment the bombs exploded last year.

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Boston Marathon Survivor Speaks Out for the First Time

(BOSTON) -- Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon attack, and a father who lost his young son is now speaking out about the tragedy.

In his first interview, Bill Richard told the Boston Globe that after the first bomb went off hundreds of yards away from his family, they found themselves right next to the second bomb.

Richard's eight-year-old son passed away. His daughter lost her lower left leg and his wife was blinded in her right eye by shrapnel. Richard's ear drums ruptured and now, despite two surgeries, he lives with an excruciating ringing sound.

Richard says he's determined to turn this year's marathon into something positive.

"It became clear over these last few months that we would not run from the event but embrace it, to help us heal, to honor our son and his message, and to pay it forward," Richard said.

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