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Church's 3K-Pound Gargoyles Go Missing

No one in Worcester, Mass., has a clue where the giant historic statues could be

(Newser) - A 119-year-old Massachusetts church that had been slated for demolition almost 10 years ago was saved by a local preservation society—but now no one can find the 1.5-ton gargoyles that used to grace its exterior. Officials for Preservation Worcester, the city's Historical Commission, and Liberty Church are... More »

Man Who Plotted to Imprison Child Gets 27 Years

Cops found dungeon in his Mass. home

(Newser) - A sentencing today in Worcester, Mass., makes for rough reading: Prosecutors say 40-year-old Geoffrey Portway plotted to kidnap a child and then imprison, torture, kill, and cannibalize him in his homemade dungeon, reports the Boston Globe . The feds arrested Portway and a co-conspirator before anyone was abducted and seized a... More »

Tamerlan's Undertaker: 'I'm Not Honoring a Terrorist'

Owner of Worcester funeral home believes everyone deserves decent burial

(Newser) - Burying Tamerlan Tsarnaev isn't for the faint of heart—protesters gathered last night around a funeral home where the Boston bomber's body was initially taken after the state released it —but Peter Stefan is determined to do it. "I'm not honoring a terrorist," Stefan... More »

Mass. Man Held in Rape of 2-Year-Old

Was supposed to be babysitting girlfriend's toddler

(Newser) - Massachusetts police have charged a 22-year-old man with raping his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter, setting fire to her blanket, violently resisting arrest, marijuana possession, and a litany of other charges, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports. Christopher C. Mundell was supposed to be babysitting the toddler, and was highly intoxicated... More »

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