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April 21, 2014
One year ago, two bombs exploded at the finish of the Boston Marathon. The blasts killed three and left many others as amputees. Participants in this year's marathon are running with a different spirit. VOA's Carolyn Presutti is there and spoke with residents who were at the race, as the drama unfolded last year, to ask how the city is different since then.
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Video Boston Hosts Marathon One Year After Bombing

One year ago, two bombs exploded at the finish of the Boston Marathon. The blasts killed three and left many others as amputees. Participants in this year's marathon are running with a different spirit. VOA's Carolyn Presutti is there and spoke with residents who were at the race, as the drama unfolded last year, to ask how the city is different since then.
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