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Man's Quick Swim Turns Into 4-Hour Nightmare

Randall Hackett found a buoy amid heavy fog

(Newser) - A swimmer who vanished off a Massachusetts beach was found safe and sound Tuesday after treading water for 4 1/2 hours. Randall Hackett, 58, and his 28-year-old son-in-law, Alexander Auerbach, had decided to swim part of the 4-mile distance of Crane Beach in Ipswich around 5pm Tuesday, report the Salem ... More »

Striking Harvard Dining Hall Workers Arrested

9 women charged with disorderly conduct

(Newser) - Nine striking dining hall workers at the world's richest university were arrested Friday after holding a sit-in to demand better wages and health benefits. The workers—who are among 750 food service workers on strike at Harvard—were arrested alongside two union officials after blocking the streets of Harvard... More »

Hospital Removes Patient's Kidney by Accident

The patient had the same name as a patient with a kidney tumor

(Newser) - A surgeon removed a kidney from the wrong patient last July in what a Massachusetts hospital is calling a "deeply unfortunate situation," the Boston Globe reports. According to the Worcester Telegram , two patients with the same name had CT scans done in June. One of the scans showed... More »

Thief May Have Thought Human Ashes Were Drugs

Mass. woman says her mom's remains were stolen out of her Jeep

(Newser) - A woman whose mother's ashes were stolen from her car fears an addict stole and ingested them thinking they were drugs, the AP reports. Carolyn Parker tells the Enterprise of Brockton, Mass., the ashes were in a plastic bag inside a small white box in her glove compartment. They... More »

2 Cops Shot, 1 Suspect Dead in Boston

Both officers in 'extremely critical' condition

(Newser) - Two Boston police officers are fighting for their lives after a suspect opened fire at the scene of a domestic disturbance late Wednesday. Police Commissioner William B. Evans says the officers entered a home in Orient Heights at 10:51pm, after an apparent fight between roommates, and were met by... More »

Young Widower Writes Moving Note to Hospital Staff

'I will remember that last hour together for the rest of my life': Peter DeMarco in 'NYT'

(Newser) - A simple thank-you card to the staff at Massachusetts' CHA Cambridge Hospital wasn't enough for writer Peter DeMarco after his 34-year-old wife, Laura Levis, died last month following a severe asthma attack, per Cosmopolitan . Instead, he penned a heartfelt missive to them that was published in Thursday's New ... More »

National Guard Raids Grandma's Garden—for a Single Pot Plant

Margaret Holcomb, 81, says it eases her arthritis

(Newser) - Margaret Holcomb is an 81-year-old grandmother in Amherst, Mass., who says she has been growing one marijuana plant in her raspberry patch for years because it soothes her arthritis and glaucoma and also helps her sleep at night. So when a military-style helicopter descended on her garden (which is fenced... More »

Melee in Boston's Theater District Leaves 7 Injured

Victims stabbed by knives, bottles

(Newser) - Authorities say seven people have been injured in an apparent fight in Boston's Theater District, the AP reports. The Boston Globe reports that Bernard O'Rourke, police superintendent of the bureau of field services, said officers responded to a report of a fight about 2:15am Sunday in the... More »

In 'Heartbreaking' Video, Toddler Tries to Wake Up ODed Mom

The 36-year-old woman is being charged with child endangerment

(Newser) - Instead of helping when a 36-year-old woman collapsed from an apparent overdose, leaving her 2-year-old daughter crying on the floor of a Family Dollar, a bystander whipped out their cellphone and started filming, WILX reports. And while police wish the bystander would have helped instead, they will be using the... More »

Cops: Intruder Painted Woman's Puppy Purple

'Cruel low-life animal abuser' accused of crime spree

(Newser) - Massachusetts man Felix Reagan is accused of crimes including auto theft, breaking and entering, and assaulting a police officer—but he probably wouldn't be in the news if he hadn't also allegedly painted a puppy purple. Police in Oak Bluffs say they arrested Reagan Saturday afternoon after a... More »

Mass. School Bans Homework for Entire Year

But Kelly Elementary School now has 8-hour day

(Newser) - Some 550 children in Massachusetts might now be the envy of students everywhere: A new policy at Kelly Elementary School in Holyoke means they won't be given a single homework assignment all year. But before you file your child's transfer papers, know this: The school—under state receivership... More »

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, 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 »

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