Massachusetts

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Girl, 11, Dies After Choking on Marshmallow at Birthday Party

She was unconscious for nearly a week

(Newser) - An 11-year-old Massachusetts girl died early Friday after choking on a marshmallow at a friend's birthday party, NBC 10 News reports. According to WCVB , Iris Estabrooks dropped off her daughter Azriel at the party in Somerset last Saturday. An hour later, she got a call that Azriel was unconscious.... More »

One Part of New Uber Deal: Drivers Can Encourage Tips

But they'll remain independent contractors

(Newser) - It will cost Uber up to $100 million and some significant policy concessions, but the ride-hailing company is forging forward with its thriving business model by keeping its drivers independent contractors—for now, the AP reports. Uber settled major class-action lawsuits in California and Massachusetts that sought employee status and... More »

129-Year-Old Church Moved to Make Way for Casino

Its new home is next to a skating rink

(Newser) - A historic Massachusetts church started slowly rolling along the street Tuesday to make way for a nearly $1 billion casino, the AP reports. After weeks of preparation, crews began moving Springfield's 129-year-old First Spiritualist Church about two football-field lengths, where it will eventually stand next to a skating rink... More »

Mass. High School Student Begging for College Tuition

That's not an exaggeration

(Newser) - Emily Stutz is begging to get into college—as in really begging. On Saturday, the high school senior from Lowell, Mass., was at a shopping center holding a sign that read: "H.S. Senior. No $ for College. Anything helps," reports CBS Boston . "My first day outside... More »

Newspaper Runs Fake Front Page on 'President' Donald Trump

The Boston Globe prints satirical page

(Newser) - The Boston Globe printed a satirical front page complete with fake stories that show how "troubling" its editorial board says a Donald Trump presidency would be for America, the AP reports. The newspaper's front page is dated April 9, 2017, and its lead story is about Trump calling... More »

Men Wanted for Trying to Rap Battle Some Teens

'Frightening' or 'absurd?'

(Newser) - Be on the lookout for a roaming group of young people picking rap battles with unsuspecting citizens, warn police in one Massachusetts town. WCVB reports the Charlton Police Department issued the warning after an SUV with two or three young men inside stopped next to a group of young teens... More »

Fans Break Out Into Anti-Semitic Chant at HS Basketball Game

'You killed Jesus'

(Newser) - Students and administrators at a Boston-area Catholic school had to apologize after dozens of its fans chanted "You killed Jesus" during a basketball game against a school with a large number of Jewish students on Friday, the Washington Post reports. Some Jewish attendees at the division title game between... More »

106K Sign Petition Calling for Bill Clinton's Arrest

They think he violated election laws on Super Tuesday

(Newser) - More than 106,000 people have signed a Change.org petition calling for "the immediate arrest of President Bill Clinton" for allegedly violating Massachusetts election laws. On Super Tuesday, Clinton was seen glad-handing voters and volunteers —and even kissing an elderly woman—at polling places. The problem? Campaigning... More »

Whoops: Bill Clinton May Have Broken Election Rules

He entered polling sites despite rule against soliciting votes

(Newser) - Hours before his wife was named the Massachusetts primary winner on Super Tuesday, apparent political novice Bill Clinton strolled into a polling station in Boston. Standing with Mayor Marty Walsh at the Holy Name Parish School, Clinton greeted poll staff and voters and even kissed an elderly woman on the... More »

Hisss: Mass.' Rattlesnake Colony Is None Too Popular

Public skeptical of conservation effort for snakes whose numbers are down to 200

(Newser) - A state plan to establish a colony of venomous timber rattlesnakes on an off-limits island in Massachusetts' largest body of water has some rattled by visions of dangerous serpents slithering through woods, attacking humans. Those are completely irrational fears, said Tom French of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, who'... More »

Airborne Manhole Cover Hits SUV, Kills Driver

Authorities have no idea what made the 200-pound cover to fly into the air

(Newser) - A dislodged manhole cover weighing more than 200 pounds went airborne and crashed through an SUV's windshield on a major highway, killing a woman as she drove during the Friday morning commute in Boston, the AP reports. Gov. Charlie Baker calls the incident "bizarre" and says highway crews... More »

Bald Eagles Make Big Comeback in Boston

And that's great news for the birds and the city

(Newser) - A symbol of America is once again flying high above one of the nation's most historic cities. “I had never seen one in my life before,” Tom Palmer tells the Boston Globe . “It’s exciting. These are American icons.” Late last month, the 60-year-old Massachusetts... More »

Patriots Fan's Premature Tattoo: Super Bowl 'Champs'

Burke O'Connell will be wearing pants for a while to cover up ink

(Newser) - A New England Patriots fan was a bit premature when he got a tattoo declaring the team champions of a game they never reached—yet he says he has no regrets. Burke O'Connell, 31, says he strongly believed the Patriots would win the AFC Championship and advance to the... More »

Barking Dog Leads Help to Trapped Furry Companion

Good dog

(Newser) - It was a scene straight out of an episode of Lassie. Police in western Massachusetts say a dog approached an officer on Tuesday barking frantically and then led the officer across a field and down an icy, 30-foot embankment, where the dog's canine companion had become entangled in the... More »

Impressive Arsenal Found in Car Outside Mass. Stadium

A 48-year-old man was arrested and faces a litany of charges

(Newser) - A meat cleaver, a stun gun, a katana, and a crossbow. Those are just a few pieces of the impressive arsenal found inside the car of a man in an employee parking lot at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, CBS Boston reports. Police say 48-year-old Matthew Bromson was acting suspicious... More »

This Is the 'PS4' a Boy Got for Christmas

It was a wooden fake purchased at Target

(Newser) - "This is the best present ever, thank you, Santa!" was 9-year-old Scott Lundy's initial reaction when he unwrapped his big gift Christmas morning: a Sony PS4. But that exuberance quickly turned to tears when Scott and his dad, Brian, actually opened up the box to set the... More »

Mass. Kid, 16, Guilty in Math Teacher's Rape, Murder

Philip Chism convicted as adult in gruesome slaying of Colleen Ritzer in school bathroom

(Newser) - A Massachusetts teenager was convicted Tuesday of raping and killing his high school math teacher. Philip Chism was 14 when he followed his algebra teacher, Colleen Ritzer, into a school bathroom, strangled her, stabbed her at least 16 times, and raped her. During his trial, his lawyer admitted Chism killed... More »

Landlord Fights Judge's Order: Take Islam Class

State supreme court to decide if order went too far

(Newser) - After a landlord was convicted of pushing her Muslim tenant down a flight of stairs, a judge ordered her to respect the rights of all Muslims and to take an introductory course on Islam. Now the highest court in Massachusetts is being asked to decide whether the judge violated the... More »

Driver May Have Tied Back Throttle of Runaway Train

Department of Transportation secretary says that claim is being investigated

(Newser) - After a Boston Red Line train went through four stations without a driver Thursday , the governor of Massachusetts said it had been "tampered with." The news today doesn't sound quite so sinister: The investigation is focusing on operator error, the state's Department of Transportation secretary tells... More »

Boston Choir a Safe Haven for Transgender Singers

Butterfly Music Transgender Chorus helps members transition their voices

(Newser) - In the world of vocal groups, where singers are separated along bold gender lines with little room for gray, the Butterfly Music Transgender Chorus stands out. Founded last year in Boston, it's one of the country's first choirs reserved for transgender singers. In recent months, the chorus has... More »

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