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College to Offer Degree in Cracking Jokes

BFA in comedic arts will cover comedy theory, writing, performance

(Newser) - Emerson College will soon offer a degree "for those who want their studies to be a joke," cracks MassLive.com : a bachelor of fine arts in comedic arts. Thanks to the "marked rise of comedy's impact on American culture and its global influence," the Boston... More »

Slain Boston Terror Suspect Threatened to Behead Cops

Another suspect charged; cops believe dead man radicalized by ISIS

(Newser) - The terror suspect shot dead in Boston yesterday when officers confronted him in a CVS parking lot had reportedly been threatening to cut off the heads of law enforcement officials. An FBI agent says authorities didn't have a warrant but planned to "interview him and talk to him... More »

Man Under Terror Surveillance Killed in Boston

Also: Tsarnaev friend gets 6 years

(Newser) - Two prominent terror-related stories out of Boston today:
  • Suspect killed: A police officer and an FBI agent shot and killed a man who had been under surveillance as a terror suspect this morning, reports the Boston Globe . The man identified as Usaama Rahim pulled a "military-style" knife when confronted
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Boston Library Learns More Than Art Has Gone Missing

Investigation was launched into Rembrandt, Durer works last month

(Newser) - Apparently more than just valuable artwork is missing from the Boston Public Library's archives. A library spokeswoman says a retired employee who now volunteers told administrators last week that gold coins originally placed in the cornerstone of the main building have been missing for decades. The spokeswoman says the... More »

There Is Still Snow on the Ground in Boston

Gross snow, but snow nonetheless

(Newser) - It's nearly June, and there's still snow on the ground in Boston—and not the picturesque kind. Some sizable remnants of the winter's huge snow piles still remain, the Boston Globe reports. A former 75-foot-tall mound in the Seaport District, for example, is now three stories high... More »

Boston Marathon Hero-Cop Shot, 'Fighting for Life'

John Moynihan was shot 'point-blank' in face during a traffic stop

(Newser) - In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, Officer John Moynihan helped save a life. Now he's fighting for his own after being shot "point-blank right in the face," says Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. Police say a traffic stop in Roxbury spiraled darkly on Friday night:... More »

Boston Winter Now Snowiest Ever

Snow-weary city 'celebrates' record

(Newser) - Yet more snow fell on Boston yesterday, pushing this winter's total to a record 108.6 inches and sparking some tongue-in-cheek "celebrations" of the milestone. "We are once again the indisputable champions. Of being snowed on," crows the Boston Globe . The 2.9 inches that fell... More »

X-Men Artist Goes Missing in Caymans

Comic book inker Norman Lee disappears while swimming

(Newser) - A comic book artist who has worked on the likes of X-Men and the Avengers has gone missing in the Cayman Islands after swimming near Grand Cayman's east coast. While snorkeling about 250 yards from shore on Thursday morning, Norman Lee and his wife got separated, MyFoxBoston reports. Though... More »

Court: Marathon Bombing Trial Will Stay in Boston

Though dissenting judge thinks it's 'absurd'

(Newser) - Bostonians will decide the fate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, an appeals court ruled yesterday. The three-judge panel rejected a defense request to change the venue on the grounds that the alleged marathon bomber couldn't get a fair trial there, reports the Boston Globe . “Every potential juror in the Eastern... More »

Massachusetts Man Figures Out How to Profit Off Snow

People are paying $89 for packages of 'historic' snow

(Newser) - In what must be one of the greatest sales feats on record, a Massachusetts man has managed to actually sell some of the absurd amount of snow that has fallen on the state this winter. Manchester-by-the-Sea resident Kyle Waring tells Boston.com that he got the idea for ShipSnowYo.com... More »

How a White Kid From Boston Became an Asian Gangster

'Rolling Stone' speaks to the 'White Devil'

(Newser) - In a roughly 6,000-word profile, "Bac Guai John" tells his story to Rolling Stone , "publicly," and "for the first time," writes David Kushner. It's a fascinating look at the "White Devil," a Boston kid named John Willis who grew up essentially... More »

Mayor to Bostonians: Stop Jumping Out of Windows

Daredevils have been leaping into huge snowbanks

(Newser) - Boston has more snow than it knows what to do with , but jumping out of windows into snowbanks is still a "foolish" idea, says Mayor Martin Walsh. "I'm asking people to stop their nonsense right now. These are adults jumping out windows," the mayor said after... More »

Here's Where Boston Could Put All That Snow

Right into Boston Harbor

(Newser) - A record 6 feet of snow has dumped down on Boston in the past few weeks, and today looks to show that there's more where that came from. It's gotten so bad that the city has reached out to the general public and scientists alike for fresh ideas... More »

2 Feet of Snow Hit New England

New England sets snowfall record set in 1978

(Newser) - More than 2 feet of fresh snow piled up in parts of New England today, breaking records set during the Blizzard of 1978 and testing the patience of officials and commuters as forecasters warned of more winter misery later in the week. The latest onslaught forced the cancellations of hundreds... More »

New Storm Could Leave 80-Inch Snow Piles in Mass.

Nearly 60 inches have hit Boston this season so far

(Newser) - Just what Massachusetts needs: more snow . Given the amount of the stuff that's already on the ground, the latest accumulation—which marks the third snowstorm in two weeks—could leave piles as high as 80 inches in some areas of the state, the Boston Globe reports. By tomorrow morning,... More »

John Kerry Fined for Failure to Shovel Snow

He was in Saudi Arabia at the time...

(Newser) - John Kerry might be the secretary of state, but darn it, he still needs to shovel the snow outside his house. Boston got two feet of snow during this week's blizzard, and Mayor Martin Walsh vowed to crack down on the scofflaws who failed to clear off their sidewalks,... More »

'Wicked Storm' Slams New England

Blizzard largely misses NYC, but hits Boston

(Newser) - Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England today with none of the mercy it unexpectedly showed New York City , piling up more than 2 feet of snow. The storm punched out a 40-to-50-foot section of a seawall... More »

Warnings, Advice Pile Up as Northeast Blizzard Looms

United cancels all NYC, Philly, Boston flights

(Newser) - Thousands of flights in the Northeast have already been canceled for today and tomorrow as dire warnings about a coming blizzard pile up, and some 30 million people hunker down, reports NPR . Some 2,000 flights have been canceled for today, with another 1,800 nixed for tomorrow, FlightAware.com... More »

Surgeon Shot at Boston Hospital; Suspect Dead

Reportedly of self-inflicted gunshot wound at Brigham and Women's

(Newser) - A male cardiac surgeon is in critical condition after a shooting this morning at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, reports CBS . The hospital confirmed the incident via Facebook post , saying, "There has been a shooting in the Shapiro building, and the suspect has been apprehended. The Shapiro... More »

Boston Will Be US Contender to Host 2024 Olympics

City beats out LA, San Francisco, and DC

(Newser) - One American city will be in the running to host the 2024 Summer Olympics: Boston. The US Olympic Committee picked the city today over Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, reports the Boston Globe . Now comes two years of wooing the International Olympic Committee, which will make its final... More »

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