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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 »

Biden in Boston: 'We Own the Finish Line'

City remembers, as White House observes moment of silence

(Newser) - Boston paused today to mark the one-year anniversary of the marathon bombings, and President Obama was observing a moment of silence at the White House at 2:49pm Eastern. Some quotes from the Boston ceremony, via CNN and AP :
  • Joe Biden: "You are Boston strong. But America is strong,
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Boston Marks a Somber Anniversary

Marathon audience expected to double this year

(Newser) - Today marks one year since two bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people, injured hundreds, and horrified the nation, and the city is preparing for a week of commemorations—including this year's marathon, which will go ahead on Monday under tight security.
  • Joe Biden
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Whitey Bulger: An Innocent Man Is Behind Bars

Boston hit man urges 'real killer' to step forward

(Newser) - Notorious Boston hit man James "Whitey" Bulger has adopted an unlikely cause: exonerating a man in prison for murder, the Boston Globe reports. Fred Weichel, a South Boston man behind bars for 32 years, has long claimed he never committed murder in 1980. He even got a new trial... More »

Firefighters Hunt Ruins, Find Lost Ring for Widow

Boston crew fulfills a promise after last week's deadly blaze

(Newser) - The widow of one of the two Boston firefighters killed in last week's deadly fire had only one request of his fellow firefighters: Find his wedding ring. And as Kevin Cullen of the Boston Globe reports, they somehow did just that in the ruins of the Back Bay blaze.... More »

2 Firefighters Dead in Boston

They died battling huge fire at four-story brownstone

(Newser) - Two Boston firefighters are dead and more than a dozen more people were hospitalized after a fire broke out at a four-story brownstone this afternoon, reports CBS Boston . City Councilor Josh Zakim, who represents Boston's densely populated Back Bay neighborhood, confirmed the two deaths. No details were available about... More »

Longtime Boston Mayor Fighting 'Advanced Cancer'

Docs stumped as to source of Menino's cancer

(Newser) - Boston's longtime former mayor, Thomas Menino, is battling what the Globe calls an "advanced cancer"—and one that has thus far stumped his doctors since his diagnosis last month. The cancer has metastasized to his liver and lymph nodes, but doctors are clueless as to where it... More »

Sam Adams Dumps Boston Parade Over Gay Rights

Company drops support after gay bar threatens boycott of beer

(Newser) - Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade has just lost a big-name sponsor over its refusal to let gay veterans march, reports the Boston Herald . Boston Beer Co.—maker of Sam Adams—announced today that it was dropping its support after talks between MassEquality and organizers of the nation'... More »

Boston Marathon Bans Bags, 'Bandits'

Military marchers also might be kicked out

(Newser) - The Boston Athletic Association is responding to last year's Marathon tragedy with an almost draconian set of new rules on competitors and spectators, the Boston Globe reports. According to a mass email sent out yesterday, the following are all forbidden this year: More »

Woman Crushed to Death in Freak Drawbridge Accident

She was on bridge when it was raised, was killed as it was lowered

(Newser) - A horrific accident in Boston, where a woman was crushed to death in a freak drawbridge accident yesterday. The woman was walking over the Meridian Street bridge when it was raised for a boat; the bridge operator heard her screaming and lowered the bridge—but the woman, clinging to one... More »

Boston Bombing Survivor Engaged to Nurse He Met at Hospital

He met her at rehab hospital weeks after attack

(Newser) - The Boston Marathon bombing left James "Bim" Costello with serious shrapnel injuries and burns so bad that he needed pig skin grafts on most of his right arm and right leg—but it also introduced him to the love of his life. Costello has become engaged to nurse Krista... More »

War on Christmas Was Very Real— in the 1600s

Boston Puritans banned the holiday

(Newser) - The War on Christmas existed long before Fox News. In the 17th century, it was an indisputable fact: Boston Puritans canceled Christmas for 22 years, and those caught celebrating were hit with a fine, Mental Floss explains. A court order in 1659 warned against "observing any such day as... More »

College Renaming Journalism School After Ron Burgundy

Emerson College stunt is just for a day

(Newser) - It's kind of a big deal that Emerson College is changing the name of its school of communication: The college in Boston will rename the school—for one day only—the Ron Burgundy School of Communication on Dec. 4 to honor the fictitious television anchorman. Actor Will Ferrell, in... More »

Biden Dials Wrong Number, Congratulates Wrong Guy

Whoops ... the Marty Walsh he called was not elected mayor

(Newser) - Joe Biden had a very Joe Biden moment Tuesday night, when he called to congratulate Marty Walsh on being elected mayor of Boston ... only he dialed the wrong number and ended up congratulating an entirely different Marty Walsh. The Walsh Biden called is a former aide to Ted Kennedy who... More »

Accused Peeping Tom: 'Upskirt' Photos Free Speech

Says people in public can't expect privacy

(Newser) - A Boston man is making the case that the Constitution allows him to secretly take photos up women's skirts in public. The lawyer for 31-year-old Michael Robertson argued that her client's actions in the Boston subway are protected by the First Amendment and that women "cannot expect... More »

Emotional Red Sox Fans Kiss Marathon Finish Line

Meanwhile, riots break out in New Hampshire, at UMass

(Newser) - Celebrations—and, occasionally, riots—broke out all over Red Sox Nation following last night's World Series win, the team's first at Fenway since 1918. But one gathering had particular poignancy: Many of the fans pouring out of Fenway made their way to the Boston Marathon finish line, bringing... More »

St. Louis Man Busted Over World Series Tweets

His last job was as a social media manager

(Newser) - A few years back, Bobby Metzinger's "social media expertise" landed him a job in the field; now, it's landed him in court. Metzinger, a 30-year-old former social media manager for a marketing company, is reportedly a St. Louis Cardinals fan. As the World Series kicked off, Metzinger... More »

Red Sox Win World Series

Beat Cardinals 6-1; first championship at home since 1918

(Newser) - David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox romped to their third World Series championship in 10 seasons, thumping October ace Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 last night in Game 6. Shane Victorino drove in four runs and John Lackey pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning as... More »

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