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No Jail for 18-Year-Old Accused of Raping 2 Teens

David Becker's lawyer says his client can now enjoy 'college experience' without sex offender 'stigma'

(Newser) - A Massachusetts teen accused of raping two unconscious teens at a house party in April has been sentenced by a Palmer judge to two years' probation, the New York Daily News reports. The case was ordered continued without a finding for two years, meaning if 18-year-old David Becker gets through... More »

Police: Nun Has No Cash, So Robber Takes Rosary

2 women have been charged in Massachusetts

(Newser) - If you're thinking a nun might not be your best choice for robbing if you're looking to grab a bunch of cash, you're apparently not wrong: Police in Massachusetts say a woman held up a sister from the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth convent at knifepoint Sunday... More »

65 Years After Dying in POW Camp, Veteran Comes Home

Thanks to an 11-year effort by his nephew

(Newser) - The remains of a Korean War veteran are back in his Massachusetts hometown 65 years after his death, thanks to his nephew's 11-year effort seeking their return, the AP reports. According to the Boston Globe , the remains of US Army Cpl. Ronald Sparks were flown from Hawaii to Boston'... More »

Murdered Jogger May Have Injured Her Killer

Police believe Vanessa Marcotte fought for her life

(Newser) - The 27-year-old woman killed while jogging Sunday in Massachusetts may have fought back against her killer. "We believe that there was struggle between Vanessa and her killer that may have resulted in her killer receiving injuries," Mass Live quotes district attorney Joseph Early as saying Thursday. Those injuries... More »

2nd Jogger Brutally Killed, This Time in Massachusetts

Vanessa Marcotte's naked, burned body was found Sunday night

(Newser) - A 27-year-old jogger from New York City was found dead in Princeton, Mass., on Sunday, her naked body partially burned, police say. Vanessa Marcotte—an account manager for Google—had set out from her mother's house, which she was visiting for the weekend, around 1pm, authorities say. Her family... More »

90-Year-Old Busted Over Prostitute Has Priceless Response

With age comes entitlement, apparently

(Newser) - When you're 90 years old, most people give you a pass to do certain things without question—eat what you want, nap all day, watch Columbo marathons, solicit prostitutes … well, maybe not that last one. At least not in Dennis Port, Mass., where a nonagenarian was arraigned Tuesday... More »

Mass. Passes Nation's 'Strongest Equal Pay Law'

It bars employers from asking for applicants' pay history

(Newser) - Massachusetts "just took a big step toward closing the wage gap" with "the strongest equal pay law in the country," as Mother Jones puts it. Gov. Charlie Baker signed a new law Monday ensuring employees can speak openly about their wages, helping to uncover pay gaps, and... More »

Teen Knocks on Wrong Door, Gets Shot Dead

The boy thought he was at a friend's house

(Newser) - A Massachusetts man has been charged with murder after he allegedly fired a bullet through his door, striking a teen who mistakenly thought he was at a friend's house, MassLive.com reports. According to the Boston Globe , police found 15-year-old Dylan Francisco on Saturday afternoon outside the Chicopee home... More »

Bank Robbery Suspect Hails Uber as Getaway Car: Cops

Cops say Luis Mallett apparently needed the cash to settle a bar tab

(Newser) - If you're going to be a 21st-century bank robber, you have to use every modern convenience at your disposal, including flagging an Uber vehicle as your getaway car. CNET reports that a man identified as 29-year-old Luis Mallett allegedly robbed a Santander Bank in Weymouth, Mass., on Monday, giving... More »

Bostonians Seek Landmark Status for Beloved Citgo Sign

'Beacon for the region' has been there since 1965

(Newser) - Outsiders may not realize it at first, but the Citgo sign that has stood over Boston's Kenmore Square since 1965 is a beloved part of the city's heritage—and Bostonians won't let it go without a fight. After a proposed building sale put the 3,600-square-foot LED... More »

Top 10 College Towns in US

California's got three; Iowa has two

(Newser) - Business Insider , with help from Niche, has a list of the top 30 college towns in the US. That's based on cost of living, the real-estate market, diversity, access to amenities, crime rates, and more. To qualify as a college town, places had to be home to a... More »

Boy, 6, Hooks Great White Shark Off Cape Cod

Texas family cut fishing line to free it

(Newser) - "We're going to need a bigger boat." That's what Lars White told his 6-year-old son, Blake, after the boy hooked a great white shark while fishing Saturday off Cape Cod, Mass., the AP reports. The Houston resident told the Cape Cod Times that the 10- to... More »

Cabbie Returns $187K, Gets Meager Reward

Fare left inheritance in Boston taxi

(Newser) - A man who left about $187,000 cash in a Boston taxi has been reunited with his money thanks to an honest cabbie, police say. Raymond "Buzzy" MacCausland, a driver for the Independent Taxi Operators Association, picked up a fare with a cast on one leg on Saturday. "... More »

Al Gore's Daughter Arrested in Boston Protest

Karenna Gore is facing charges of resisting arrest, trespassing, disturbing the peace

(Newser) - Karenna Gore, the oldest daughter of Al Gore, was arrested along with 22 other activists during a protest Wednesday in Boston, Grist reports. The group was protesting a pipeline being built by Spectra Energy that will move fracked gas through a Boston neighborhood. According to WCVB , Gore, a mother of... More »

Custodian Lands Dream Job After Earning Degree at 54

Michael Vaudreuil had to start over when he lost everything in 2008

(Newser) - Michael Vaudreuil first made headlines in May when the custodian received a degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts-based Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the very school the 54-year-old had spent the past decade cleaning. Now he's got another big announcement: a dream job with multibillion-dollar aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, where... More »

A Decade Later, Guy Pays Train Fares He Evaded

He figures they added up to about $300

(Newser) - One Massachusetts commuter believes it's never too late to say you're sorry—or pay your train fare, the AP reports. The Boston Globe reports Matthew Andrewes hand-delivered an apology letter, along with $300 in cash, to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on June 9. That's the amount... More »

FDA Warns Whole Foods About Filthy Kitchen

Multiple violations found at Mass. facility

(Newser) - The Food and Drug Administration has sent Whole Foods Market a letter over "serious violations" at a Massachusetts kitchen, warning the grocer that food prepared there "may have been contaminated with filth," the AP reports. The FDA's Public Health Service describes multiple inspections conducted during February... More »

Kid on 911 Call: 'Daddy Went Past a Red Light'

His dad says he was only turning right

(Newser) - Michael Richardson says he was heading to the car wash with his son in Quincy, Mass., on Saturday when he turned right on a red light. "I told him to stop, but he didn't listen," says 6-year-old Robbie, who knows "a red light makes you stop.... More »

Swim Team Captain Drowns During Lifeguard Tryouts

Coach says star swimmer's death is 'unfathomable'

(Newser) - Jack Jakubek was one of the last people anybody would ever expect to drown: The 22-year-old had been captain of the swim team in high school and at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he set records in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke, KTLA reports. But during... More »

Man Runs for 10K Straight Days, Rain or Shine

Lenworth Williamson, 57, enjoys "the endorphins"

(Newser) - A Massachusetts man who made a resolution on Jan. 1, 1989, to run every day is still going strong—27 years later, the AP reports. Saugus resident Lenworth "Kip" Williamson recently ran for the 10,000th consecutive day. The 57-year-old General Electric Co. engineering manager tells the Daily Item ... More »

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