Pittsburgh council wants fed funds for marathon

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh officials promised beefed up security for last month’s Pittsburgh Marathon, even though they couldn’t say at the time how they planned to pay for it.

Now that’s become clear.

City Council has given preliminary approval to a measure to use $100,000 in federal grant money to pay for the extra security and police presence at the May 5 race. More than 500 city officers were on hand that day as security was beefed up in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings which killed three and wounded more than 260 people in April.

After the bombings, the Department of Homeland Security authorized cities to use some federal money to safeguard major events and that’s what the council resolution aims to do. It must still be discussed by council next week and voted on again a week later.

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