Politics and News

Lowell Sun ’04: Deceased Bombing Suspect Was Amateur Boxer

I’m not even going to try to post breaking news this morning, but I did want to share archival stories shared by Lowell Sun reporter Robert Mills. A 2004 article profiled deceased bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsnarnaev. Reporter Carmine Frongillio wrote,

“Tsarnaev, 17, grew up in Grozny, Chechnya, the capital city of the Cechen Republic. Much of Grozny was destroyed during the Russia-Chechen conflict, and Tsarnaev and his family moved to the United States five months ago in hopes of starting a new life.

While learning to adapt to his new culture, Tsarnaev, a sophomore at Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School, decided to begin training at the Somerville Boxing Club.

Tsarnaev’s father, Anzor, boxed in Russia, where he won an amateur championship. He may be living in a new land, but based on his first showing in Lowell, Tsarnaev is certainly talented enough to follow in his father’s footsteps.”

Chillingly, the article quotes him: “I like the USA,” said Tsarnaev. “America has a lot of jobs. That’s something Russia doesn’t have. You have a chance to make money here if you are willing to work.”

Robert Mills shared two other Sun stories that mentioned Tsnarnaev. He participated in the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in May 2010 and a Southern New England title bout in February 2010.

ht @Robert_Mills and @Boston_to_a_T

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Back Bay Transportation Nightmare

Universal Hub reports a cable fire on the Green Line near the Arlington station is causing major transit headaches this morning. Stations are shut down in the Back Bay, with commuters waiting over 25 minutes for shuttle buses at Kenmore Station. Many are opting to walk the remainder of their commute in this morning’s 10 degree, windy weather.

Surface transit is also affected, with traffic clogged on Boylston St. from Arlington St. running west to the Prudential Tower. It also appears Silver Line buses are coming into service off their normal route as shuttles, replacing the Green Line.

The Green Line is stuck half a stop away and it's 10 degrees out. #mbtaannoy http://t.co/tf2MOXHT
Anne Steele

If helicopters and fire engines weren’t enough, the Red Line commuters also suffered disabled trains at Porter and Andrew stations.