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Freak Accident Almost Kills Boston Barber

He needs open heart surgery after falling on his scissors

(Newser) - A Boston barber slipped and fell forward onto the floor during a haircut Friday—directly onto the scissors he was holding. "He was walking around the back of the chair and all of a sudden he’s on the floor. I look down and I see blood," Max...

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...

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:...

Thousands Lose Power Amid 'the First Big One'

Heavy snow lands in the Northeast

(Newser) - The first big wintry storm of the season began dropping what forecasters say could be more than a foot of wet, heavy snow Saturday on parts of the Northeast, making travel treacherous and cutting off power to tens of thousands, the AP reports. Morning rain gave over to snow in...

Boston Marathon Gives Up on the Spring

Organizers hope it will happen in fall 2021

(Newser) - This year, Boston Marathon organizers postponed the event until the fall before deciding to cancel the race for the first time in its 124-year history and replace it with a virtual event. Organizers say they hope to hold the race again in 2021, but the traditional date of the third...

Suspect Nabbed in Ballot Fire

Boston's Worldy Armand arrested after ballot drop box set ablaze; no word on motive

(Newser) - A man was charged with lighting a fire in a Boston ballot drop box and damaging dozens of ballots, police said Monday. Worldy Armand, a 39-year-old Boston resident, was taken into custody late Sunday after officers on patrol saw a man who matched the description of the suspect, per the...

Ballot Drop Box Set Ablaze in 'Deliberate' Attack

Massachusetts has asked the FBI to investigate, officials say

(Newser) - A fire was set Sunday in a Boston ballot drop box holding more than 120 ballots in what appears to have been a "deliberate attack," Massachusetts election officials said. The state has asked the FBI to investigate the fire that was set around 4am in a ballot drop...

Report: Here's How Woman Died in 'Ungodly' Accident

Massachusetts inspectors take a closer look

(Newser) - Inspectors are casting fresh light on a horrible accident that claimed a woman's life in Boston last month, the Boston Globe reports. According to a state report, 38-year-old Carrie O'Connor plunged into an elevator shaft while lugging an oversized package on the first floor. She was moving into...

Longest Flight in US Is Coming Back

Hawaiian Airlines will bring back flights from Honolulu to Boston in mid-December

(Newser) - Wheels up—the longest domestic flight in America is coming back, just in time for the holidays. In a statement this week, Hawaiian Airlines announced it will once more start up its twice-a-week nonstop service between Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport and Boston's Logan International Airport, a...

$500M in Art Vanished. Now, 'the Viper' Has Too

A vital contact in the the Gardner Museum heist has disappeared

(Newser) - A detective trying to solve the world's biggest art heist has a problem: his key contact is gone—which puts an estimated $500 million in stolen art by the likes of Vermeer, Rembrandt, Degas, and Manet even further out of reach, the Guardian reports. The sleuth, Charles Hill, is...

Big-City Mayor Delays School Reopening Plan

Only 'highest needs students' allowed in class in Boston before Oct. 22

(Newser) - Boston is pushing back its plan to reopen schools by two weeks, citing—what else?—the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Marty Walsh announced a delay in the city’s school reopening plan on Wednesday, noting the coronavirus positivity rate had gone above 4%, reports CBS Boston . Remote learning began on Sept....

Boston Woman Dies in 'Gruesome' Elevator Accident

'I heard just an ungodly scream'

(Newser) - A Boston woman was killed Monday in a accident involving what a neighbor calls a "terrible old elevator." Carrie O'Connor, a 38-year-old lecturer at Boston University, was pronounced dead at the scene after the accident around 5pm, WCVB reports. She had recently moved into the building in...

Schools Debating Whether to Reveal Students' COVID Status

Boston University joins UA in not informing faculty, other students of infected students in their classes

(Newser) - University of Alabama professors aren't the only ones "terrified" of an administration directive on COVID-19 in their own classrooms. Last week, it was reported that instructors there received an email from higher-ups warning them not to reveal to the rest of the class if anyone in that class...

From a Single Get-Together, 20K COVID Cases

Researchers say Biogen's February meeting in Boston was a super-spreader event

(Newser) - When the drug company Biogen held a conference at a Boston hotel on Feb. 26-27, the US had a grand total of 15 coronavirus cases on the books, notes the Washington Post . That would change quickly, of course, and a new study demonstrates how events like this international conference helped...

Veterans Memorial Vandalized in Boston

'It’s a terrible insult to the Puerto Rican community'

(Newser) - Police in Boston have promised to find the culprits behind the "cowardly" vandalism of the first monument in the mainland US to Puerto Rican veterans. Police say one stone pillar at the entrance to the Puerto Rican Veterans Memorial was knocked to the ground and the other was dislodged,...

John Krasinski Has Sweet Surprise for Boston Hospital Workers

A trip to Fenway, free season tickets, and a sincere thank-you

(Newser) - Some celebrity offerings amid the coronavirus aren't landing so well . John Krasinski seems to be a big exception to the rule. His no-frills "Some Good News" series on YouTube already has featured a reunion of sorts between him and Steve Carell about The Office. And his new episode...

First Marijuana Shop in Major East Coast City Opens

Boston's Pure Oasis expects big crowds

(Newser) - The first recreational marijuana shop in a major East Coast city opens Monday in Boston, where owners are bracing for large crowds. Pure Oasis owners Kobie Evans and Kevin Hart say they're preparing for up to 1,000 customers a day to visit the store—which is also the...

Female Attacker: 'This Is America! Speak English!'

Two Massachusetts women are collared for alleged assault in East Boston

(Newser) - Two white women allegedly attacked a Boston mom and daughter in part because the victims were speaking Spanish, NBC Boston reports. "My daughter and I were attacked, punched, kicked, and bitten by two white women," says the mother, identified only as Ms. Vasquez, 46. "As they beat...

Looking for a Paycheck? Here's Where the Jobs Are At

With a relatively low national unemployment rate, it's a good time to be looking for work

(Newser) - New year, new you—and if that revamped version of yourself includes seeking out a change in employer, WalletHub has some suggestions on where you might want to look. The site examined more than 180 major US cities, looking at more than 30 metrics in two main categories: a city'...

Deaths of Woman, 2 Children Investigated as Murder-Suicide

Boston parking garage, site of previous deaths, closes its top two floors

(Newser) - Boston authorities are investigating the death of a woman and two young children who fell from the top floor of a parking garage Wednesday as murder-suicide. Erin Pascal, 40, was found on the sidewalk next to the eight-story garage with her daughter, Allison, 4, and son, Andrew, 1, WYCN reports....

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