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  • Lighting designers discuss the plan to install light in bronze pillars, as a memorial to victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings takes shape, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at one of the bombing locations near the finish line on Boylston Street in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • A worker tightens bolts on the base of one of four bronze light pillars as a memorial to victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings takes shape, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at one of the bombing locations near the finish line on Boylston Street in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • Artist Pablo Eduardo checks the level on the base of one of four bronze light pillars, as a memorial to victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings takes shape, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at one of the bombing locations near the finish line on Boylston Street in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • Workers tighten bolts on the base of one of four bronze light pillars, as a memorial to victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings takes shape, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at one of the bombing locations near the finish line on Boylston Street in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

  • Workers use a crane to move bronze light pillars into place as a memorial to victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings takes shape, Wednesday, at one of the bombing locations near the finish line on Boylston Street in Boston. ap photo

  • Artist Pablo Eduardo, right, checks the level on the base of one of four bronze light pillars, as a memorial to victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings takes shape, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at one of the bombing locations near the finish line on Boylston Street in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Elise Amendola

Published: 7/10/2019 11:56:29 PM
Memorial to marathon bombing victims takes shape in Boston

BOSTON — Four bronze spires that will make up part of a memorial to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings have been put in place near the finish line.

The spires, ranging in height from about 17 feet (5 meters) to 21 feet (6 meters), will serve as light poles for the memorial. They were installed Wednesday at one of the two locations where pressure cooker bombs detonated on April 15, 2013, killing three people and wounding more than 260 others.

Memorials will eventually stand at both sites and will also honor two police officers who died after the attacks.

Planning began four years ago for the $2 million memorial, and it’s since undergone substantial redesign.

Artist Pablo Eduardo has said it’s important to meet the hopes and expectations of families who lost loved ones.

Harvard economist suspended for ‘unwelcome sexual conduct’

CAMBRIDGE — Harvard University has suspended a well-known economist after an investigation found he engaged in “unwelcome sexual conduct” toward several people.

Claudine Gay, a Harvard dean, said in an email to the economics department Wednesday that the review found Roland Fryer Jr. created a “hostile work environment” over several years.

Gay says Fryer will be placed on administrative leave for two years.

Fryer was accused last year of talking about sex, making inappropriate comments and objectifying women in his research lab.

He called those allegations “patently false” and denied ever discriminating against or harassing anyone in his lab.

Fryer said in an emailed statement Wednesday he’s “deeply disappointed,” particularly because his colleagues’ work in the research lab has been stopped. He says “Harvard has spoken” and “in due course” he will as well.

Feds: Stolen info used to buy construction materials

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Federal prosecutors have charged several Rhode Island men with using stolen identities and credit card information to buy construction materials and tools at home improvement stores.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Providence says the scheme involved items that were ordered online, by telephone or in person at the stores in Rhode island and Massachusetts In each case, investigators say, the stolen payment information was provided by phone to unwitting store cashiers during pick-up.

Prosecutors say tens of thousands of dollars in construction materials were fraudulently taken from the stores between last September and January.

Four defendants face charges including aggravated identity theft.

State to direct money returned from GE sale to housing

BOSTON — Massachusetts plans to use $86 million it received through the sale of General Electric’s Boston headquarters to fund an affordable housing program.

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration announced Tuesday that $60 million will go toward hundreds of new homes for first-time homebuyers with moderate incomes. The remaining funds will be directed toward the creation of 260 new rental units.

GE announced in February that it was downsizing its world headquarters in Boston and would return money that Massachusetts spent as part of an incentives package to lure the company from Connecticut in 2016. The company decided to sell a waterfront parcel it had originally eyed for a 12-story office building.

Baker also continues to seek passage of legislation he says will address a statewide shortage of affordable housing.

Suspect at large after woman with stroller attacked

CAMBRIDGE — Police are trying to identify a suspect after woman with a baby stroller was attacked in Cambridge.

Witnesses told investigators that a barefoot man yelled at the woman who was walking in the area of Harvard Street on Tuesday, before striking her with a cellphone and unsuccessfully attempting to pull the stroller away from the victim.

Cambridge police said in a Facebook post that the man, believed to be in his late 20s, fled toward Central Square and remains at large.

Police said the woman did not seek medical attention after the incident and her 1-year-old child was not hurt.

Labor board intervenes in dispute between casino and union

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The National Labor Relations Board is intervening in a dispute between a Rhode Island casino and a union seeking a list of reported crimes at the facility.

Twin River Casino has until next Monday to answer a complaint issued by the board, after the union representing casino employees filed an unfair labor practice charge.

Twin River spokeswoman Patti Doyle says they’re midst of union negotiations and not surprised by the timing of this accusation. She says they’ll cooperate with the labor board.

Service Employees International Union Local 334 asked in March for a list of reported crimes at the Lincoln casino.

Union lawyer Marc Gursky says Twin River responded with a list of crimes involving employees, not all crimes.

The union wants the casino to provide parking lot shuttles for employees, or take other steps.

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