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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 »

Cops: 5 Dead Americans Stolen for Arcane Religion

Amador Medina was apparently practicing Santeria

(Newser) - Have skeletal remains lying around at home? Yeah, that's a bit of a problem—as Amador Medina learned when police accused him of keeping five disinterred bodies at his Hartford, Conn., apartment. Medina, 32, allegedly paid someone to dig up the three adults and two children for use in... More »

Cop Accused of Bomb, Shootout Hoaxes Found Dead

Massachusetts officer believed to have died by suicide

(Newser) - A sad end to a strange story: Bryan Johnson, a former police officer accused of calling in a bomb threat and faking a shootout earlier this year, was found dead in his Millis, Mass., home Thanksgiving morning—and authorities believe he died by his own hand, USA Today reports. The... More »

Dozens of Animals Perish in Massachusetts Shelter Fire

All but 5 of rescue's dogs, cats are dead

(Newser) - Heartbreaking: A Massachusetts animal shelter building caught fire late Sunday and was totally engulfed by the time firefighters got there—leading to the deaths of dozens of animals. "We didn't think we'd be able to save any of the animals. That was our first goal—to do... More »

Woman Wins $1M Scratch-Offs —21 Years Apart

It's going to be a very merry Christmas for Constance Carpenito's family

(Newser) - Few people are lucky enough to win $1 million in the lottery. But one Massachusetts woman has now done it twice. Constance Carpenito, of Stoneham, recently won a $1 million prize on a scratch-off ticket in the $10,000,000 Diamond Millionaire instant game. A spokesman for the Massachusetts Lottery... More »

Pastafarian Scores a Win Vs. Mass.

Yes, Lindsay Miller, you can wear a colander in your driver's license photo

(Newser) - Score another victory for the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts—normally not one to allow head coverings in driver's license photos—has made an exception for one Lindsay Miller and the colander she likes to wear as a hat. As the AP notes, Miller... More »

Cop Awarded for Sending Flowers to Crying Speeder

Ashley Catatao went 'beyond the call of duty,' says chief

(Newser) - A Massachusetts police officer who sent flowers to a crying woman she pulled over for speeding has received a commendation. Somerville Officer Ashley Catatao received a Beyond the Call of Duty Award from Chief David Fallon on Tuesday for her empathy and professionalism during the Nov. 4 traffic stop. More »

You Probably Can't Carry Your Toy Gun in Boston

If it has a marking to distinguish it from a real gun, you're OK

(Newser) - You should probably leave your toy gun at home if you're planning to be out and about in Boston. The city has banned "realistic-looking" toy handguns or "replica" handguns, NBC News and the Boston Globe report. Anyone caught with such a "gun" in a public space... More »

Legally Blind Barber Gets $100K for Wrongful Termination

He says his condition didn't affect his work

(Newser) - A legally blind barber was awarded $100,000 by a Massachusetts commission against discrimination after it says he was wrongly fired. The Boston Herald reported Saturday that Joel Nixon had been working for Tony's Barber Shop in Norton for a year before his boss discovered his condition. The 29-year-old... More »

Woman Learns She's Pregnant, Gives Birth an Hour Later

Baby, gallstone. Tomato, tomahto

(Newser) - Pregnancy can be a wild nine months of mood swings, cravings, love, stress, bonding, and so much more. Unless you're Massachusetts resident Judy Brown, who got the whole thing out of the way in about an hour. ABC News reports the 47-year-old went to the hospital Wednesday night with... More »

10-Year-Old: Change Law So I Can Be POTUS

10-year-old says foreign adoption shouldn't dash her presidential ambitions

(Newser) - Massachusetts is known for churning out its fair share of patriots, and Alena Mulhern is no exception. But when the Kingston 10-year-old first told her mom she hoped to be the president of the United States someday, Barbara Mulhern Caparell said, "Honey, unfortunately that's the only thing you... More »

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