First family hits beach on last vacation day
EDGARTOWN -- President Obama is hitting the beach for his last day of family vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.
Obama, his wife and daughters went to a private beach on the island’s south shore Saturday morning. The president has been vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard for a week and is returning to Washington today.
Obama has kept a low profile during his stay. He spoke out publicly only once, to condemn escalating violence in Egypt. He filled most of his days with golf and evenings out with the first lady.
The first family has been staying at a secluded four-bedroom rental home in Chilmark.
Police ride pays tribute to fallen MIT officer
CAMBRIDGE -- A procession of police officers on motorcycles has paid tribute to fallen Massachusetts Institute of Technology Officer Sean Collier by putting a single red rose where he died.
More than 100 officers from Boston area police departments took part in Saturday’s ride, which started in Cambridge.
Organizers say the event was put on by Ride4Cops and raised $50,000 to help families of officers who die in the line of duty.
Saturday’s procession also visited the Law Enforcement Memorial at the Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston, where participants placed a wreath.
A federal indictment alleges surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother fatally shot Collier on April 18 while trying to elude authorities.
Muslim youths plan
Boston peace rally
BOSTON -- A group of Muslim youths is planning a rally today on Boston Common, saying they want to emphasize that true Islam is a religion of peace.
The organizers of the Muslims for Peace rally say they’re responding to recent violence, including the Boston Marathon bombings in April and the killing of a soldier in London in May. Both incidents have been linked to Islamic extremists.
The group says it wants to clear up misconceptions about Islam. It also wants to stress that the people accused in the crimes are responsible for their own actions and don’t represent Islam.
Troopers raise $15K for marathon victims
CONCORD -- The New Hampshire Troopers Association has raised $15,000 for the main relief fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims.
The association raised the money through T-shirt sales to members and the public.
The money is going to One Fund Boston.
The association said the fundraising was an opportunity to support those who were killed and injured "as well as showing Boston that New Hampshire stands strong with them."
-- The Associated Press