Thursday Morning: Phoebe Prince’s Mother Rips Bullies

Published May 5, 2011

In emotional testimony, the anguished mother of Phoebe Prince condemned the students that admitted to bullying her daughter, saying their harassment was “predatory” and contributed to her death. Three more teens are expected to accept plea deals today.

Opening statements in the corruption trial of former House Speaker Sal DiMasi are set to begin today. The case centers on whether DiMasi used his influence as speaker illegally. Want to get caught up on the details fast? Check out this WBUR timeline.

Former Gov. Mitt Romney has a commanding lead among likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters, according to the latest Suffolk University poll.

The wife of one of the 9/11 victims from Boston was invited to go to Ground Zero with President Obama today. Christie Coombs of Abington wrote the President a letter at 2 a.m. Sunday after learning that Osama bin Laden had been killed.

Finally, Celtics great Bill Russell is getting a statue. The team’s charitable arm announced yesterday that it will erect a statue in Russell’s honor. That’s after an incredible 11 NBA titles, four MVP awards and thousands of hours spent working for civil rights. Oh, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Bradley Manning, the man at the center of the WikiLeaks controversy, joined an informal hacking club at Boston University, according to the Washington Post. In the report, the paper tries to understand exactly who Manning is.

The Bruins scored twice in the first 63 seconds and never let up in a 5-1 win over the Flyers, taking a commanding 3-0 series lead. The Bruins need just one more win to skate into the Eastern Conference finals. Of course, scribes wrote the same thing last year, before an epic collapse.

What we’re following: We’ll continue to report on the Phoebe Prince case, the DiMasi trial and Sen. Kerry’s hearing on U.S.-Pakistan relations.