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Cops Say Post About George Floyd Was Shared by Accident

Mayor says Facebook post was 'unacceptable'

(Newser) - Derek Chauvin became a convicted murderer Tuesday—but somebody at a Massachusetts police department still held him up as a model of good behavior the next day. The Facebook page of the Fall River Police Department shared a screenshot Wednesday of a tweet that said, "Chauvin immediately stood and...

She Lost a $13K Flute in a Cab. She Got It Back 9 Years Later

A music store clerk called police after a man came in to get instrument appraised

(Newser) - Heidi Slyker says it was almost like losing a limb when she lost her beloved $13,000 flute in 2012. That missing piece is now back: Slyker's flute was returned with the help of a music store clerk. Slyker tells NBC Boston that she lost the silver flute in...

They Thought NWS Station Had 10 More Years. Now, Just Days

Cape Cod station abandoned 2 weeks ago due to coastal erosion to be razed later this month

(Newser) - Crashing waves were clearly eroding the land around a National Weather Service station on Massachusetts' Cape Cod. Still, officials thought it would stand for another 10 years at least. That's not the case now. The Chatham station, which has been in use for 50 years, was abandoned on March...

Coach Was Fired for 'Inappropriate Conduct.' Then a Sick Scheme Emerged

Steve Waithe allegedly fooled students into sending him nude photos

(Newser) - A former track and field coach at Northeastern University amassed 300 nude and semi-nude images of student athletes using an elaborate scheme involving social media, according to prosecutors. Steve Waithe, 28, of Chicago—who's also coached at the University of Tennessee, Penn State, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and...

Ancient Coins Suggest Notorious Pirate Hid in America

Arabic coins linked to Capt. Henry Every found across New England

(Newser) - A handful of Arabic coins unearthed from a pick-your-own-fruit orchard in rural Rhode Island and other random corners of New England may help solve one of the planet's oldest cold cases. The villain in this tale: a murderous English pirate who became the world's most-wanted criminal after plundering...

'Not Haunted' House Is on the Market in Mass.

'I have so many questions,' passerby tweets

(Newser) - A Massachusetts woman noticed something strange about the “For Sale" sign outside a home in her neighborhood. On top of the sign with the name of the broker and their contact information was a sign with the words “Not Haunted" in big red letters. “This just went...

Boston's New Mayor Is a First on 2 Fronts

Kim Janey is the first woman and the first Black person to hold the office

(Newser) - Boston has a new mayor in Kim Janey, who became the city's first female and first person of color to take the office, per the AP . Marty Walsh resigned Monday evening to become President Biden's labor secretary, and Janey—the Boston City Council president—stepped into the role...

Asteroid 'Firework' Exploded With Force of 440lbs of TNT

It was seen from 4 US states and Canada

(Newser) - People in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, and Quebec, Canada, claim to have witnessed an asteroid breaking up in the sky on Sunday, which turned out to be rattling. Many people reported hearing a rumble or sonic boom as a 10-pound bowling ball-sized chunk of an asteroid—traveling at...

'Satan' Tries to Get a Date at Subway Station

The man said he was only flirting

(Newser) - The Prince of Darkness is apparently looking for a date on the Boston subway system. A 20-year-old woman approached transit police at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Forest Hills station at about 10:45pm Monday to complain about an encounter with a man dressed all in black, including a...

Descendant of Slaves Loses Photo Fight With Harvard

Mass. judge rules university is rightful owner of photos of slaves taken for racist project

(Newser) - Photos of an enslaved father and daughter taken for a racist project at Harvard belong to the school, not the slaves' direct descendant, a Massachusetts judge has ruled. Tamara Lanier, who grew up hearing about great-great-great grandfather Renty, only learned about the 1850 daguerreotypes of himself and daughter Delia in...

Here Are the Best, Worst States for Women

Minnesota comes out on top, Mississippi is at the bottom

(Newser) - Pay gaps, the minimum wage, the pandemic—all issues that affect women disproportionately, though there are some areas of the US that offer better opportunities for women than others. WalletHub tries to shake those locations out, looking at more than two dozen metrics in two main categories: women's economic...

Here Are the Most, Least Educated States in America

Massachusetts comes out on top

(Newser) - Schooling has been upended during the coronavirus pandemic, but education remains paramount for future opportunities, so WalletHub took a look to see which states offer the best chance at becoming an egghead. The site examined all 50 states across 18 metrics in two main categories: educational attainment, which includes the...

Bones of 'Robin Hood of the Sea' May Be Found
Bones of Legendary
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Bones of Legendary Pirate May Have Been Found

Experts hope to identify the 'Robin Hood of the Sea'

(Newser) - Experts may be close to identifying the remains of a legendary pirate whose treasure-filled ship went down off the coast of Cape Cod 300 years ago. At least six skeletons were pulled recently from the Whydah Gally and are now being examined by the man who in 1984 discovered the...

Site of Infamous Borden Family Murders Is for Sale

Fall River, Mass., home where Lizzie Borden's dad, stepmom died, can be yours for $2M

(Newser) - The Massachusetts home where Lizzie Borden's father and stepmother were murdered with an ax has been listed for sale. The three-story Fall River clapboard house that has been converted into a museum and bed-and-breakfast was listed for sale online at an asking price of $2 million, the Boston Globe ...

10 Best States to Raise a Family
Best, Worst States
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Best, Worst States to Raise a Family

From Massachusetts to New Mexico

(Newser) - The best state in which to raise a family? That would be Massachusetts, according to WalletHub . The site used a number of metrics, including education, opportunities for "family fun," the number of families with young kids, health care, etc. Coming in dead last was New Mexico. Here are...

Shoplifting Call Takes Heartwarming Turn

A police officer provides Christmas dinner for women and kids

(Newser) - A Massachusetts police officer declined to charge two women accused of trying to steal groceries for their children, the AP reports, and instead bought them Christmas dinner. Somerset Officer Matt Lima responded to a report of shoplifting Dec. 20 at Stop & Shop, where two women with two young children...

Police: Teens Threw Bricks at Cars, With Grave Consequences

Emanuel Oliveras was seriously injured

(Newser) - Massachusetts police say four teens hurled bricks at 19 cars while driving about the streets of Worcester on Saturday afternoon—with serious consequences. Police say Emanuel Oliveras suffered a number of broken facial bones and "very serious, permanent injuries" after a brick shattered the windshield of the car he...

Boston Takes Down a Lincoln Statue

Also features a kneeling slave, and critics called it demeaning

(Newser) - A statue of Abraham Lincoln with a freed slave appearing to kneel at his feet has been removed from its perch in downtown Boston. Workers removed the Emancipation Memorial, also known as the Emancipation Group and the Freedman's Memorial, early Tuesday from a park where it had stood since...

Cops: Robber's Weapon of Choice Was a Needle

Massachusetts woman claimed needle was infected with AIDS, say police

(Newser) - Police say a woman managed to rob a convenience store with a needle she claimed was infected with AIDS before leading officers on a car chase, reports MassLive . It remains unclear whether the needle was actually infected. Raynham Police responded to a convenience store about 6pm Monday after reports that...

After COVID Vaccine's Arrival, Hospital's 'Rare Moment' of Joy

Staff at Boston Medical Center bust out the dance moves to Lizzo's 'Good as Hell'

(Newser) - Boston Medical Center was one of the first hospitals in Massachusetts to receive a shipment of the coronavirus vaccine Monday, and the 1,950 doses will start to be divvied out to front-line health care workers starting Wednesday, NBC Boston reports. After the delivery was made, however, something else happened:...

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