Sgt. Sean Murphy visited TIME in December 2013 to discuss the photographs he made during the dramatic capture of suspected Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on April 19, 2013, in one of the first interviews since he retired from the force. As the bombing suspect’s trial on 30 criminal counts begins in Boston this week, relive the final moments of the manhunt that led to his arrest. The full interview can be read on TIME LightBox.
Cops cornered suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose trial began this week, on April 19, 2013
Officer Wenjian Liu was shot and killed in the line of duty on Dec. 20, along with partner Rafael Ramos. During funeral services Sunday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered a eulogy along with Liu's widow, Pei Xia Chen. Chen and Liu were newlyweds when he was killed
Stuart Scott passed away Sunday morning after a seven-year battle with cancer
The former three-term New York Governor died Thursday at the age of 82 , just hours after his son was inaugurated for a second term as New York governor.
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It’s been over a century since the New Year’s Eve Ball was first dropped, in 1907, in New York City’s Times Square. According to the Times Square Alliance, the first-ever ball was a metal-and-wood orb that clocked it at 700 lbs. Since then, it’s gone through several iterations, with the current ball — known as the Big Ball — clocking in at nearly 12,000 lbs. of LED lights and Waterford Crystal facets.
The location, TIME declared in 1988, is a meaningful one: “Americans’ emblematic visions of their country incline toward the arcadian — cabins in a peaceable countryside, a small town with no entertainment wilder than a Sousa band in the park. But in this century, as the U.S. became an urban nation, New York City‘s Times Square emerged as a different sort of American apotheosis. Times Square exemplified a certain idea of the city carried to its frenetic extreme: a few blocks dense with too many lights and too much action, a happy chaos of honky-tonk night life (the Florodora girls, Legs Diamond’s Hotsy Totsy Club), theatrical bliss (Barrymore’s Hamlet, the Marx Brothers) and the spontaneous razzmatazz of the rialto,” wrote Kurt Andersen. “There was a civic side as well: Times Square became the natural New York place for jubilation en masse, every New Year‘s Eve and every time America won a war.”
A live webcast of this year’s ball drop will begin at 6:00 Eastern on Wednesday.
The 11,875-pound ball is covered in 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles
Every New Year’s Eve brings a new ball to New York City’s Times Square. The tradition began in 1907 and remains one of the world’s most iconic spectacles at the turn of the new year.
This year’s design is called The Gift of Fortitude. The design utilizes “diamond cuts on either side of a crystal pillar to represent the inner attributes of resolve, courage and spirit necessary to triumph over adversity,” according to the Times Square Ball’s official website.
The ball is illuminated by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LED lights and can display more than 16 million vibrant colors in billions of patterns.