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Boston bombing survivors to be guests at Obama speech

Bombing survivors Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman were invited to the State of the Union address.
Bombing survivors Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman were invited to the State of the Union address.Charles Krupa/Associated Press

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WASHINGTON — Two survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing and an openly gay NBA player are among the guests who will sit with Michelle Obama on Tuesday when President Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address.

Guests of the president’s wife are often chosen because they symbolize an issue or policy the president is promoting.

Bombing survivors Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman, both of Boston, will be among the guests. A photograph of Arredondo, 53, and Bauman, 27, has become one of the iconic images from the April bombing. The photo captured Arredondo rushing a badly injured Bauman away from the scene of the attack.

Bauman, who lost both legs in the attack, played a crucial role in identifying the bombers while he was recovering.

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