BOSTON (AP) -- One man who works a few blocks away from the site of the Boston Marathon bombings says it will take a while before there's a "sense of normalcy." He says, "There are scars here that will be with us for a long time."
But the area took a step in that direction today, as Boylston Street, where the blasts occurred, was reopened.
Two construction workers were guarding fresh concrete that was still drying on the sidewalk where one of the bombs exploded. Some windows in the area are still boarded up.
At a Starbucks, customers were allowed to retrieve purses, school bags and cellphones that were left under tables in the chaotic aftermath of the explosions.
Meanwhile, thousands gathered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a memorial service for Sean Collier. The campus police officer was killed three days after the bombings. Authorities say he was shot by the suspects.
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