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Boston Marathon bombings hit close to home

April 27, 2013
By BURT ANGELI - Sports Writer , The Daily News

ScuttleBu(r)t ...

Jacki (Coppens) Fairbairn, a 1982 Niagara High School graduate, crossed the Boston Marathon finish line moments after the deadly explosions.

"I got water, there was a big boom and everyone went, 'Oh my God,' and I turned around and there was a big black plume," Fairbairn told the Boston media.

Niagara Journal columnist Kerry Grippen, who alerted us to Iron Mountain grad Brendan Pancheri running the Boston Marathon, also noted Rob Yamry (Niagara) and Laura Lemanski Gould (Florence) at the event.

Four U.P. women - Donna Gering (Ironwood), Kaylyn Bernard (Escanaba), Katie Clark (Escanaba) and Barb Trudeau (Marquette) - who ran 26.2 miles in Boston also participated at the Norway Spring Classic last Saturday.

Gering, in her fourth and final Boston Marathon, finished an hour after the blasts.

"I don't care to have to qualify," Gering, 48, told The Daily Globe. "You have to qualify 20 minutes faster. I'm getting older.

"We've always had a great time in Boston, so I thought one more time and this happens."

Tip of the hat to the Dickinson County Trail Runners Group and its beautiful tribute to the Boston Marathon victims Thursday at Flivver Field. Looked like around 150 people taking part in the ceremony ...

Michigan Tech's Tom Kearly calls Tyler Scarlett the most accurate quarterback he has ever coached.

That's saying something with Kingsford's Steve Short among Kearly's past quarterbacks. Scarlett, a junior from Clarkston, completed a school-record 66 percent of his passes as a freshman ...

From the Book Shelf: For those historians caught up in the life of Abraham Lincoln, one will enjoy the "The Baltimore Plot: The First Conspiracy to Assassinate Abraham Lincoln" (Westholme, 396 pages). Author Michael J. Kline explains the involvement of John Wilkes Booth, private detective Allan Pinkerton and others in a train trip from Springfield, Illinois, to Washington D.C. ...

From Dwight Perry, Seattle Times: "Rent-A-Mourner, a company in England, hires out trained funeral mourners.

In Chicago, they call those Cubs fans." ...



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