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Young Mayor's Alleged Dark Past Is Haunting Him

But Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia denies all charges

(Newser) - Elected at age 23, arrested three years later: That's the latest on Jasiel Correia, the youngest-ever mayor of Fall River, Mass., and alleged defrauder of investors in a tech startup, the Boston Globe reports. Before turning mayor in 2015, Correia allegedly spent $231,000 in investors' money on everything... More »

Cases Tainted by Perpetually High Lab Worker Tossed Out

Sonja Farak abused crime lab drugs for 8 years

(Newser) - Thousands of additional drug cases tainted by a former chemist authorities say was high on an assortment of substances almost every day she worked at a state drug lab for eight years must be dismissed, Massachusetts' highest court ruled Thursday. The Supreme Judicial Court's decision is the latest twist... More »

Teacher Accused of Doing Strange Thing With His Child

Anthony Helinski allegedly stuck his toddler in a game machine

(Newser) - A Massachusetts teacher has been charged with putting his toddler into a game machine at a New Hampshire shopping mall and using her to steal prizes, the AP reports. Police in Salem say 34-year-old Anthony Helinski, of Lawrence, Mass., turned himself in Wednesday, five days after witnesses at the Mall... More »

Fatal Truck Accident Prompts Knife Attack

"You killed my mom," alleged attacker reportedly shouted

(Newser) - A vehicle vs. pedestrian accident in Watertown, Mass., left a woman dead on Wednesday. The violent aftermath of the crash left the driver of the flatbed tow truck that hit her in critical condition and another man in police custody. Authorities say that after the woman was struck, a man... More »

Reading Was Way Off Before Massachusetts Gas Explosions

Per a letter from Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey to Columbia Gas

(Newser) - The pressure in natural gas pipelines prior to a series of explosions and fires in Massachusetts last week was 12 times higher than it should have been, according to a letter from the state's US senators to executives of the utility in charge of the pipelines. Sens. Elizabeth Warren... More »

Rare Shark Fatality Takes Life of Boogie Boarder

It's the first Mass. shark-attack death in 80 years

(Newser) - A man was bitten by a shark Saturday in the water off a Cape Cod beach and died later at a hospital, becoming the state's first shark attack fatality in more than 80 years, the AP reports. The 26-year-old man from Revere succumbed to his injuries following the attack... More »

Investigators Hunt for Answers in Mass. Gas Explosions

The NTSB has joined the investigation

(Newser) - Investigators worked Friday to pinpoint the cause of a series of fiery natural gas explosions that killed a teen driver in his car just hours after he got his license, injured at least 25 others, and left dozens of homes in smoldering ruins. Authorities said an estimated 8,000 people... More »

Gas Explosions, Fires Hit Dozens of Massachusetts Homes

'It looked like Armageddon, it really did'

(Newser) - A terrifying series of gas explosions hit three communities north of Boston on Thursday, damaging scores of homes and killing a teenager. The blasts ignited dozens of house fires in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, forcing thousands of families to flee, NBC reports. Authorities believe up to 80 houses were... More »

Jeweler's Billboard Strikes a Nerve

Garieri Jewelers in Massachusetts getting death threats over 'Take a Knee' joke

(Newser) - Garieri Jewelers hoped to catch people's attention with a billboard in Charlton, Massachusetts, and they certainly did. The owners didn't bank on the death threats, however. As CBS Boston reports, the billboard in question shows a man kneeling on a football field as he proposes. "If you'... More »

Powerful Incumbent Loses Mass. Democratic Primary

Ayanna Pressley slams Trump, party establishment

(Newser) - Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley scored an upset win in a Massachusetts primary Tuesday night and is set to become the state's first black congresswoman—especially since no Republican is running against her in the 7th Congressional District. Pressley defeated 10-term Rep. Michael Capuano, who had been endorsed by... More »

As Brothers Try to Spread Dad's Ashes, a Double Tragedy

1 dead, 1 paralyzed in Friday crash in Hanson, Mass.

(Newser) - An Army National Guard pilot is dead, and his brother paralyzed from the waist down, after the plane they were hoping to use to scatter their late father's ashes crashed into a Massachusetts pond. On leave from a tour of duty in Kosovo, pilot Scott Landis, 34, had taken... More »

Cape Cod Suffers First Shark Attack in 6 Years

Man suffered wounds to torso, legs

(Newser) - A man swimming off Cape Cod was attacked by a shark on Wednesday and was airlifted to a hospital. It was the first shark attack on a human at the popular summer tourist destination since 2012. The victim was a 61-year-old man who suffered puncture wounds to his torso and... More »

Car Owner Checks Fluids, Finds High Levels of Snake

And police sound a little too cheeky about having to retrieve the boa constrictor

(Newser) - There are days when all the stoplights turn green, and then there are the days where you go to jumpstart your car and hear an ominous rattle : An unidentified resident of Stoughton, Mass., was having the latter sort of day when they went to check their fluids and found a... More »

Stephen King's Son Thinks He's Found Murder Victim in Jaws

'If nothing else, it's a pretty good little ghost story'

(Newser) - "What if the young murder victim no one has ever been able to identify has been seen by hundreds of millions of people in a beloved summer classic?" It's a wild idea, but one Joe Hill just can't shake since seeing Jaws on the big screen in... More »

Cops Called on Student Eating Lunch: 'All I Did Was Be Black'

Someone called Smith College cops to check on Oumou Kanoute

(Newser) - A Massachusetts college president is apologizing after campus police were called to investigate an undergraduate black student quietly eating her lunch in a common room. Smith College President Kathleen McCartney says in a letter Thursday the college is hiring a "third-party investigator" to review the incident and that every... More »

Town's Entire Police Force Abruptly Resigns

Blandford, Mass., officers say their lives were at risk

(Newser) - The entire four-member police department of a small western Massachusetts town has resigned, citing poor equipment and unsafe working conditions, the AP reports. Interim Police Chief Roberta Sarnacki and three officers submitted their resignations in a letter to Blandford officials on Monday, effective immediately. The officers said the town's... More »

5 US States With Best, Worst School Systems

Massachusetts takes top spot; New Mexico is last

(Newser) - If you know your children will be in public schools for their entire K-12 career, it might pay to check out which states have the highest-quality educational offerings. WalletHub looked at how all 50, plus the District of Columbia, ranked across more than two dozen metrics in the "Quality"... More »

Simpsons Writer: Springfield Isn't in Massachusetts

It's 'nowhere,' Mike Reiss says

(Newser) - A veteran writer for The Simpsons says the show isn't based in Massachusetts despite several references to the state. The Boston Globe reports Mike Reiss recently sat down for a segment on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to discuss the show and his new book, Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets,... More »

5 Most, Least Violent States

Louisiana and Maine are on opposite ends

(Newser) - The most violent US states tend to be in the South. They also tend to have the least restrictive gun laws in the country. That's according to 24/7 Wall St. , which determined the most and least violent of all 50 states based on the rate of murder, other violent... More »

She Was 'in Agony,' Still Tried to Call Off Ambulance

Woman injured on subway reportedly said 'I have terrible insurance'

(Newser) - A woman riding the subway in Boston got her leg stuck between the platform and a train Friday, prompting a pricey ambulance ride and setting off a healthcare debate. The 45-year-old woman, who has not been identified, stepped into a 5-inch gap as she got off the Orange Line at... More »

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