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Boston's Beloved, Brash Mayor Menino Dead at 71

Served 5 terms, diagnosed with cancer a month after leaving office

(Newser) - Thomas Menino, the colorful mayor of Boston who once scoffed that "visionaries don't get things done," then proceeded to shape his beloved city on a pretty visionary level, died today of cancer, reports the Boston Globe . He was 71. He was diagnosed in February, a month after... More »

Mystery of Time Capsule's Red Book Solved

Sadly, it's kind of boring

(Newser) - If you've been waiting a century to dig into Foreign Relations of the United States, 1896, this is your lucky day. For everyone else, it's kind of a letdown to learn that's the title of the mystery red book unlocked from a 1901 time capsule in Boston... More »

2 Park Rangers Stabbed on Boston Common

One has life-threatening injuries

(Newser) - A Boston park ranger suffered life-threatening injuries after being stabbed on the Boston Common this afternoon, reports the Boston Globe . Another ranger was injured in the attack inside what the AP calls the nation's oldest public park. Police say a homeless man with a "very violent, assaultive" history... More »

Romneys Opening Center to Fight Brain Disease

Will focus on Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, and other ailments with no cure

(Newser) - Their legacy already established in politics, Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, are working to leave a lasting mark on neuroscience. Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital today will announce the launch of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, a venture funded by the Romneys and their expansive... More »

Boston Time Capsule Yields Mystery Red Book

Historians won't know its contents for a while longer

(Newser) - New York City opened an old time capsule today that turned out to be ... kind of boring . Boston, on the other hand, has itself a mysterious red book, reports WBUR . Historians today removed a copper box that was placed inside the lion atop the Old State House back in 1901... More »

NYC Cracks Open 1914 Time Capsule 40 Years Late

Contents turn out to be pretty dull

(Newser) - A time capsule sealed with great fanfare in 1914 was finally cracked open yesterday—just over 40 years after the Lower Wall Street Business Men's Association had intended for it to be opened. The bronze box was forgotten amid the New-York Historical Society's archives for decades, but it... More »

We Saw Terrorists Spying at Airport Way Before 9/11: Witnesses

Reports of al-Qaeda operatives surveying Logan were allegedly ignored

(Newser) - Three American Airlines employees reported spotting 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta and at least one other man snooping around and videotaping security checkpoints at Boston's Logan Airport in May 2001—but no one did anything about it, according to newly released court papers cited in the New York Post . The... More »

Masturbating Man Grounds Flight in Omaha

Doug Adams, 26, allegedly tried to open emergency exit door

(Newser) - A masturbating man may be responsible for grounding an airplane in Nebraska Monday, though reports about what exactly took place on the Virgin America flight from Boston to Los Angeles are sketchy. The Federal Aviation Administration calls the incident a medical emergency, reports KNBC , but accounts from police in Omaha—... More »

Century-Old Time Capsule Found Inside Boston Statue

Now the tricky part: getting it out

(Newser) - A lion statue perched atop the Old State House in Boston has been hiding a secret for 113 years: He's got a time capsule inside his head, reports WBZ-TV . When the lion came down for restoration, authorities with the Bostonian Society used a tiny camera to peer inside and... More »

46 Treated for Booze at Keith Urban Show

Boston performance was 'nutso,' singer says

(Newser) - A Keith Urban concert near Boston last night resulted in a lot more reckless behavior than police expected. Some 46 people received medical treatment and 22 were hospitalized, mostly for alcohol-related illnesses, Reuters reports. "Last evening's Keith Urban concert was not anticipated to present with the volume of... More »

Couple Killed After Posting Sunset Picture to Instagram

Boston pair were strolling when 2 cars collided

(Newser) - How did Jack Lanzillotti and Jessica Campbell, a young Boston couple, spend their last hours? Together, and strolling through Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, reports the Boston Globe . And we know this because the 27-year-old Campbell posted this photo to Instagram about 5:30pm last Saturday of the sun setting... More »

Dozens Hospitalized During Avicii Concert

Heat + lots of drugs, alcohol = not great

(Newser) - By the time an Avicii concert at Boston's TD Garden ended around 11pm last night, a staging area had been set up nearby to deal with all the concertgoers requiring medical attention—a total of more than 80, about 50 of whom were treated by paramedics at the scene... More »

Baby Born 24 Days After His Twin Brother

Alexandre Antunes emerged first, at just 24 weeks

(Newser) - When a baby is born at 24 weeks, he or she has about a 50% chance of survival, Boston.com notes—but survive little Alexandre Antunes did. "We were praying to hear his cry, and we did," mom Lindalva DaSilva tells WCVB . What made his situation even more... More »

Key Charge Dropped in Boston Bomb Hoax

Kevin Edson no longer faces 20 years in prison

(Newser) - That "performance artist" accused of a bomb hoax at this year's Boston Marathon is off the hook—at least for the heftiest charge he faced. The charge of making a false bomb threat, which could have landed 25-year-old Kevin Edson in prison for 20 years, has been dropped,... More »

Now Hernandez Charged in 2012 Double Murder

2 counts of first-degree murder in 2012 slayings

(Newser) - Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on murder charges in a 2012 double slaying in Boston. Boston police spokeswoman Neva Coakley confirmed the indictment today. Hernandez is already being held without bail after pleading not guilty to murder in the unrelated death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd last... More »

Official Message to Boston Drivers: 'Use Yah Blinkah'

State DOT draws some attention to its safety push

(Newser) - Massachusetts' DOT wanted to make Boston drivers familiar with the foreign idea of signalling before lane changes, but they probably didn't expect this many national headlines as a result. The reason, as CBS Boston explains, is that the DOT's electronic highway signs have the message "Use Yah... More »

Boston Runners: We Ran, Limped, Walked ... Together

Reflections on joining together to triumph over tragedy

(Newser) - Today's Boston marathon is in the books , but what makes the race so special will continue to reverberate beyond today, or even this year. Boston runners and their supporters share their thoughts:
  • "In no other sport do the underwear-wearing elites compete on the same asphalt, at generally the
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Headed to Boston: Comfort Dogs

Team was on hand after last year's attacks

(Newser) - A team of golden retrievers helped Newtown recover from the Sandy Hook tragedy; the next year, they went to Boston after the marathon bombing. With another race approaching, the comfort dogs are visiting Boston once again, Yahoo News reports. "They're a calming presence and allow victims to open... More »

Meet the 'Artist' Behind Boston's Bomb Hoax

Kevin Edson, aka Kayvon Edson, posted strange meme jokes about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

(Newser) - Police have identified the man suspected of planting a fake bomb near the finish line of the Boston Marathon last night, and he is … something else. His name is Kevin Edson, according to the AP . A barefoot Edson approached the finish line last night wearing a black veil over... More »

Man Charged With Hoax Over Boston Backpacks

He dropped bag with rice cooker near finish line

(Newser) - The one-year anniversary of the Boston bombings isn't passing without a police scare. Authorities say they have taken a man into custody over two backpacks found near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where two pressure-cooker bombs exploded a year ago. One backpack contained a rice cooker, and... More »

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