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150 Years After Lincoln's Death, His Tomb Takes Modern Hits

16th president's final resting place faces criticism, budget cuts

(Newser) - Caretakers of Abraham Lincoln's tomb, faced with budget cuts and a National Geographic critique that slammed the site as having "all the historical character of an office lobby," are a little on the defensive, even as they commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War president's... More »

Police: Home Lice Remedy Kills Baby Girl

Family put plastic bag on 1-year-old's head

(Newser) - A baby girl died this weekend when family members spread mayonnaise on her scalp and placed a shopping bag on her head—a home remedy for head lice, the Republican reports. Police in Springfield, Mass., say the 1-year-old child was left alone for hours and apparently suffocated under the bag.... More »

NRA Unholsters New Museum— in Gun Store

'If you are a gun person, you are going to love this place'

(Newser) - The National Rifle Association has unveiled a new museum—inside a gun store. The National Sporting Arms Museum, inside a sprawling Bass Pro store in Springfield, Mo., features close to 1,000 firearms, including ones owned by historical figures as diverse as Teddy Roosevelt, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Jesse James, Reuters... More »

Distant Capitals = Corrupt States

Take that, James Madison

(Newser) - James Madison once said that capital cities ought to be removed from the busiest parts of the country, so they'd be isolated from powerful interests. Well, guess again, Jim. A new study has found that states with distant capitals are much more likely to have rotten governments, the LA ... More »

10 US Cities Most Dangerous for Women

Saginaw, Michigan, and Anchorage, Alaska top Forbes' list

(Newser) - Rape statistics are notoriously unreliable, so Forbes has analyzed a wider swath of FBI crime data to create a list of America's most dangerous cities for women. Add robbery and aggravated assault statistics to forcible rape, and you get:
  1. Saginaw, Michigan: 90 miles from Detroit, Saginaw has 76 rapes
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America's Most Dangerous City Is...

Detroit, according to 2010 data

(Newser) - Detroit has once again been named America's most dangerous city, this time by Forbes , which offers the top (or, perhaps, bottom) 10, based on the FBI's uniform crime report for 2010:
  1. Detroit: A rate of 1,111 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. A dwindling population, low employment
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Mass. Tornadoes Kill 4

Tornado warning issued for some Boston suburbs

(Newser) - At least four people were killed and dozens more injured as tornadoes ripped through Massachusetts yesterday. A tornado in Springfield, the state's third-largest city, tore the roofs off buildings and tossed cars in the air, eyewitnesses tell the Boston Herald . As the state braces for a possible second wave... More »

Judge Orders Mental Exam for Loughner

He'll be transferred to Springfield, Mo., for videotaped evaluation

(Newser) - Jared Lee Loughner needs to have his head examined ASAP, according to a federal judge. US District Judge Larry Burns ordered a psychiatric evaluation yesterday to determine whether the alleged Tucson shooter is fit to stand trial, the AP reports. The evaluation must be carried out no later than April... More »

Springfield Mayor Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

Tim Davlin led capital city of Illinois since 2003

(Newser) - The 53-year-old mayor of Springfield, Illinois, is dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot, reports the State Journal-Register . Police found the body of Tim Davlin at home this morning after responding to a 911 call. Authorities have yet to confirm the cause of death. Davlin, mayor of the state capital since... More »

Mass. Mailman Steals 30K DVDs

Yearlong 2007 crime was noticed when, well, DVDs started disappearing en masse

(Newser) - A former Massachusetts postal worker has pleaded guilty to stealing 30,000 Netflix DVDs that passed through the Springfield post office, the Republican reports. Investigators got wise to the crime—which spanned all of 2007—when the company noticed it was losing up to a 100 DVDs a week in... More »

Air Jordan Touches Down in Hall of Fame

Guard leads class including David Robinson, John Stockton

(Newser) - Michael Jordan, maybe the greatest of them all, is taking his place alongside basketball's other greats. Jordan was being enshrined in the Hall of Fame tonight, an honor that follows all the championship rings and MVP trophies he collected during his career. He joins David Robinson and John Stockton, a... More »

Honest Abe for Commerce? Obama Pokes Fun at Trouble

Maybe Abe sat around waiting for a call to be commerce secretary

(Newser) - President Obama poked a little fun at himself and his own Cabinet-appointee travails last night during a tribute to Abe Lincoln in Illinois, notes the Chicago Tribune. Obama drew a long round of laughter when he described Lincoln's pre-presidential days as a Springfield lawyer, "his feet on a cluttered... More »

Illinois Awash in Philandering Drunks: Blago

Deposed guv rails against 'holier than thou' lawmakers

(Newser) - The lawmakers who deposed Rod Blagojevich are “holier than thou” hypocrites, the ex-guv declared on a radio show this morning, saying that Springfield is full of anonymous lawmakers who drink too much and cheat on their wives. “This is how the system in Springfield works,” he said.... More »

At Ill. Capitol, It's a Festivus Miracle!

Teen augments holiday display with 'Seinfeld' homage

(Newser) - The Illinois state capitol's holiday decorations this year include a Nativity scene, a menorah—and a Festivus pole, courtesy of a teenage Seinfeld fan. Michael Tennenhouse  visited for the Blagojevich impeachment hearings, stumbled on the holiday displays, and got to thinking. "Religious displays should not be in public buildings,... More »

Springfield, Vt., Takes 'Simpsons' Honors

Beats out 13 other Springfields to host movie premiere July 21

(Newser) - Springfield, Vt., edged out 13 other Springfields to win the right to host the July 21 premiere of The Simpsons movie—set, of course, in Springfield. Voters in an online poll chose the video homage by the team from the Green Mountain State, a spoof of the show's opening sequence. More »

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