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Manning Talks Dystopias, Privacy, Being Called a 'Traitor'

Transgender activist spoke in Massachusetts, noting: 'I did the best I could'

(Newser) - Harvard withdrew its fellowship offer to Chelsea Manning last week after CIA Director Mike Pompeo refused to speak there (he called Manning an "American traitor"), but the military whistleblower and transgender activist pushed back on that assessment during a weekend appearance in Massachusetts. The Guardian reports that Manning... More »

The 5 Richest, Poorest US States

Maryland's median household income is $37K more than Mississippi's

(Newser) - The median household income in the US climbed more between 2014 and 2016 than in any other two-year period on record. But that doesn't mean all Americans shared equally in the gains. Maryland residents enjoy a median household income that is almost twice that of people in Mississippi, per... More »

Racism Banner Causes Scene at Fenway

'White people need to wake up,' say anti-racism protesters

(Newser) - A banner draped from the stands of Boston's Fenway Park was meant to spark a conversation, says one of the individuals involved in Wednesday night's stunt. In that sense, it was a success. During the fourth inning of the Red Sox game against the Oakland Athletics, three protesters... More »

Library: No, We Don't Take Chuck E. Cheese Tokens

Massachusetts residents are apparently trying to pay fines with them

(Newser) - A Massachusetts library is having to issue the rather obvious reminder to patrons that Chuck E. Cheese tokens are not an acceptable form of payment for overdue book fines, reports the AP . "This summer we’ve had a surge of folks attempting to pay fines and printing fees with... More »

76-Year-Old Was Gardening. Then the Boulders Fell

Man crushed to death by falling rocks in his backyard

(Newser) - Police in Massachusetts say a man was crushed to death by falling boulders while working in his backyard, the AP reports. Authorities say the 76-year-old was doing yard work in Peabody on Monday when a retaining wall gave way, causing large rocks to fall on top of him. A crane... More »

Mavis Wanczyk Wins $758M Powerball Jackpot, Quits Job

'My pipe dream came true'

(Newser) - "I called [my employer] and told them I will not be coming back," Fox News quotes Mavis Wanczyk as saying after claiming her massive $758.7 million Powerball jackpot on Thursday. USA Today reports it's the largest grand prize won with a single lottery ticket in US... More »

Dad and Daughter Busted Over Loud Party—They're Kennedys

Max, son of Robert, and his daughter Caroline arrested in Hyannis Port

(Newser) - A younger member of the Kennedy clan got busted over the weekend for disorderly conduct while hosting a loud party in Hyannis Port. But don't worry, she won't get in trouble with her folks—Dad was busted along with her. Police arrested 52-year-old Max Kennedy, son of Robert,... More »

Teen Damages Holocaust Memorial, Gets Tackled

Bystanders in Boston hold him until police arrive

(Newser) - A holocaust museum in Boston was vandalized for the second time this summer, and this time bystanders tackled the alleged vandal. Boston police say a 17-year-old shattered a glass panel of the New England Holocaust Memorial with a rock, reports the Boston Herald . The panel contained etchings of the numbers... More »

Cop After Deadly Car Crash in Va.: 'Hahahaha love this'

Massachusetts officer under investigation for what he calls 'stupid comment'

(Newser) - A police officer far removed from the weekend violence in Virginia faces disciplinary action because of it. That's because Conrad Lariviere, a cop from Springfield, Mass., made what even he admits is a "stupid comment" online about Saturday's fatal car crash , reports MassLive . "Hahahaha love this,... More »

'Monster' Pedophile Priest Shanley Set to Go Free

'We fear for the safety of children,' says SNAP

(Newser) - A pedophile priest is scheduled to be released from prison in Massachusetts within days, drawing outrage from the families of his alleged victims who say he's a threat to children. Paul Shanley, 86, was sentenced in 2005 to 12 to 15 years in prison for the rape of a... More »

Ship Created Under Washington Floats Again

USS Constitution returned to Boston's waters Sunday night

(Newser) - The USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship still afloat, has returned to Boston's waters. The undocking of "Old Ironsides" on Sunday marked the end of restoration work that started two years ago, officials say. The restorations extend the life of the nearly 2-foot-thick wooden vessel—the... More »

White Parents Fight Dress Code They Say Targets Black Girls

'When our daughters walk with us, they have our white privilege'

(Newser) - When twins Mya and Deanna Cook got permission to get braided hair extensions last spring, their white parents Aaron and Colleen Cook say it was in part to let their adopted daughters celebrate their black heritage. But it didn't take long for the 16-year-old students at Mystic Valley Regional... More »

Iranian Cancer Researcher Detained in Boston, Sent Back

Boston Children's Hospital says he had a valid visa

(Newser) - An Iranian cancer researcher arriving in the US to start work at a prominent Boston hospital was detained at Logan International Airport before being sent back to Iran. Boston Children's Hospital said in a statement Tuesday that Dr. Mohsen Dehnavi was prevented from entering the country with his wife... More »

Sleuth Following 2 Leads in Biggest US Art Heist

The leads have been followed before, but Arthur Brand has a track record

(Newser) - A Dutch art sleuth with an impressive track record says he's following two possible leads in the largest art heist in US history. Arthur Brand thinks a decision last month to double the reward to $10 million for information could prompt the return of 13 works stolen from Boston'... More »

Justice for 'Baby Doe': Mom's Boyfriend Guilty

A computer-generated image of Bella Bond was shared by millions

(Newser) - A man was convicted Monday of second-degree murder in the death of a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her remains washed up on the shores of a Boston Harbor island, per the AP . Michael McCarthy was charged in the 2015 killing of Bella Bond, his girlfriend'... More »

Rare Blood Disorder Now Runs in This Adopted Family

Tracy Antonelli found all 3 of her daughters in China

(Newser) - In 2012, Massachusetts resident Tracy Antonelli flew to China to adopt now-7-year-old Emmie. Antonelli had found her on an adoption advocacy site the year before and was shocked to learn the little girl was suffering from thalassemia, a rare genetic blood disorder that Antonelli herself was diagnosed with at the... More »

Pot Company Gives New Meaning to Take-and-Bake Pizza

Massachusetts dispensary sells personal pizzas infused with THC

(Newser) - A Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensary has created a culinary delight for patients who don't want to smoke their pot or eat it in the form of sweets, the AP reports. Quincy-based Ermont Inc. has been selling cannabis-infused pizza for about three weeks to rave reviews. The 6-inch cheese pizzas... More »

She Prodded Her Boyfriend to Kill Himself. He Did.

Michelle Carter's involuntary manslaughter trial began Tuesday

(Newser) - Conrad Roy III's method of death has long been established: The 18-year-old killed himself via carbon monoxide poisoning in 2014. What will be determined in a Taunton, Mass., courtroom is whether his death was the result of his girlfriend's prodding. The AP reports Michelle Carter's involuntary manslaughter... More »

This Is America's Safest State

Vermont is A-OK, Mississippi not so much

(Newser) - Drug problems aside , living in Vermont is your safest bet to stay safe, according to WalletHub . The site reviewed a variety of data falling under the categories of personal, financial, workplace, and road safety, as well as emergency preparedness, to give the states a safety score out of 100,... More »

Dr. Seuss Museum Opens, With Some Controversy

Some want to know why Springfield, Mass., museum doesn't have his WWII-era work

(Newser) - From the squiggly, pink handrails outside the entrance to the front hall decorated with scenes from "And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street"—a real street just blocks away—the new Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum says, "You're off to great places!... More »

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