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This City Is the Smartest in America—by Far

Michigan's Ann Arbor nabs No. 1 spot on WalletHub list of most educated metro areas

(Newser) - Where do people in the know live, work, and play? WalletHub examines the educational levels in America's 150 most populated metro areas, looking at nearly a dozen metrics in the "Educational Attainment" and "Quality of Education and Attainment Gap" categories—to wit, what diplomas or degrees a... More »

Unsolved $500 Million Art Heist Gets a Podcast

The theft of 13 paintings from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum still perplexes authorities

(Newser) - A famously unsolved art heist will be the subject of a podcast that is sure to be the next big hit among true crime fans. In a statement released Thursday, WBUR and the Boston Globe announced they've teamed up for a series on the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft... More »

She Was 'in Agony,' Still Tried to Call Off Ambulance

Woman injured on subway reportedly said 'I have terrible insurance'

(Newser) - A woman riding the subway in Boston got her leg stuck between the platform and a train Friday, prompting a pricey ambulance ride and setting off a healthcare debate. The 45-year-old woman, who has not been identified, stepped into a 5-inch gap as she got off the Orange Line at... More »

The 'Rev' Gets 26 Years for Shooting Student in the Head

He thought the 17-year-old recruit was not generating enough sales and withholding money

(Newser) - A former high school dean and anti-violence advocate nicknamed "Rev" for his pastor-like influence was sentenced Friday in Boston to up to 26 years in prison for shooting and nearly killing a student he had recruited to sell marijuana for him. Shaun Harrison, 58, was sentenced a day after... More »

Boston Police Takes Flak for Black History Month Tweet

Department honored a white coach, and the mayor joined in the criticism

(Newser) - Boston's police department is taking all kinds of criticism over a tweet meant to celebrate Black History Month. The problem? The since-deleted tweet praised the accomplishments of a white man, reports WBZ . The offending tweet went out Sunday night, and it lauded the late Boston Celtics coach and exec... More »

10 Best, Worst Cities for Football Fanatics

Fans may be having the best time in Green Bay, apparently

(Newser) - Super Bowl Sunday is here, and across the nation fans are donning their jerseys, making chili, and checking their squares. Some cities may be more pumped than others, per WalletHub , which looked at nearly two dozen metrics across 240 metropolitan areas to see which cities rated the best for football... More »

Airline Orders Stranded Passengers to Delete Videos

Toronto-based Porter Airlines claims a misunderstanding

(Newser) - Passengers of a Canadian airline who were stranded in Boston over the weekend say airline officials threatened to have them arrested if they didn't delete videos of employees announcing a flight cancellation. Kira Wegler tells CTV News she was among passengers who waited hours before being removed from a... More »

Time Running Out for Huge Reward in Famous Art Heist

Help return lost works to Boston's Gardner Museum and get $10M, but only through 2017

(Newser) - Anyone who knows someone who knows someone who might know something about the notorious Gardner Museum art heist in Boston in 1990 might want to speak up quickly. A $10 million reward leading to the recovery of 13 works of art expires at midnight on Dec. 31. Actually, a reward... More »

Cardinal Seen as Villain in Abuse Scandal Is Dead

Cardinal Bernard Law protected priests while in Boston

(Newser) - He was considered a voice for immigrants, youth, and the poor, but that was before a widespread child sex abuse scandal tarnished his reputation. Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned as archbishop of the Boston Archdiocese in 2002, died early Wednesday at age 86 from complications of diabetes, liver failure, and... More »

Centuries-Old Tomb Opened Under Boston's Oldest Church

It's where lanterns were lit to alert Paul Revere

(Newser) - A 200-year-old tomb under the historic Boston church closely associated with Paul Revere's famous midnight ride in 1775 has been reopened. The Boston Globe reports the tomb at the Old North Church was briefly reopened Tuesday for a structural assessment ahead of a renovation of the city's oldest... More »

Church Wants Developer to Pay $19M Over Shadows

Boston landmark says it would use most of the money for low-income housing

(Newser) - A historic Boston church is asking a developer to pay $19 million to compensate for shadows cast by a proposed tower, per the AP . Old South Church claims the proposed Back Bay Station project will cast shadows on the 142-year-old church that will cause moisture damage and darken stained-glass windows,... More »

Archaeologists on the Hunt for Paul Revere's Poop

They're searching for Boston outhouse that patriot may have used

(Newser) - No. 1 if by land, No. 2 if by sea? Archaeologists are excavating what they believe was the site of an outhouse next door to Paul Revere's home—and the "privy," as the colonists politely called their potties, could be flush with artifacts. Historians say people typically... More »

This City Boasts the Best Public Transportation

Not hard to get around town in Boston

(Newser) - Getting around town is made easier if your city has a decent mass-transit system, and it can offer many benefits compared with hopping behind the wheel yourself, including extra exercise, better accessibility to prime job locations, and affordability. Boston is the best US city on the public transportation front, 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 »

New Boston Wax Museum's Likenesses Are ... Something

Tom Brady looks like someone who 'would murder you and hide the body'

(Newser) - A good roasting hasn't caused a meltdown at Boston's new wax museum. Officials at the Dreamland Wax Museum say they're embracing the extra attention brought by waves of online hecklers who have lampooned some of its less-than-flattering likenesses. Photos of the museum's life-sized wax figures have... More »

Boston 'Free Speech Rally' Surrounded by 40K Protesters

Trump tweets, 'We will heal'

(Newser) - A "Free Speech Rally" Saturday in Boston ended shortly after starting when dozens of right-wing rally attendees were met by 40,000 counter-protesters, WCVB reports. The rally was organized by conservative and libertarian activists who had denounced the neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups in Charlottesville a week earlier, USA ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Taxi Runs Into Group of Cab Drivers Near Boston Airport

Injuries reported, crash is thought to have been accidental

(Newser) - A taxi crashed into a group of cab drivers near Boston's airport on Monday, injuring 10 people in what police said appeared to be a "tragic accident," the AP reports. The 56-year-old driver's vehicle jumped a curb around 1:40pm, police said, and struck a group... More »

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