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Man Allegedly Chokes, Kicks Flight Attendant, Asks to Be Shot

Khalil El Dahr was reportedly angered after an in-flight call didn't go through

(Newser) - A passenger tried to rush the cockpit of a JetBlue flight on Wednesday before kicking and choking a flight attendant, according to an FBI affidavit . The man identified as Khalil El Dahr had become angry after trying unsuccessfully to make a phone call about an hour before the flight from...

Boston&#39;s &#39;Skinny House&#39; Hits Market For $1.2M
'Skinny House'
Fetches a Fat Price

'Skinny House' Fetches a Fat Price

Famed Boston house goes for $1.25M

(Newser) - Update: The Skinny House went for more than asking. The Boston home sold for $1.25 million, $50,000 above its listing price, per the AP . The home “received multiple offers and went under agreement for over list price in less than one week," says real estate agency...

Flight to Bahamas Nixed After Teen 'Masked Rebellion'

Dozens of high schoolers believed to be from Mass. wouldn't mask up, witnesses say

(Newser) - Passengers on an American Airlines flight out of North Carolina found their vacation to the Bahamas disrupted after what the New York Post calls a "masked rebellion" by dozens of teens. WSOC reports that Flight 893, headed to Nassau, was prepping to take off from Charlotte Douglas International Airport...

He Crashed Into Home, Started Shooting. Now, a Hate Crime Probe

Mass. authorities investigating incident that left 2 Black bystanders dead in Winthrop

(Newser) - A shooting over the weekend near Boston that left a retired Massachusetts State Police officer and an Air Force veteran dead is now being investigated as a hate crime, as the two Black victims were gunned down while other bystanders escaped without being targeted. Authorities say 28-year-old Nathan Allen stole...

Boston's Top Cop Fired Over Domestic Abuse Claims

Dennis White denies physically, mentally abusing ex-wife

(Newser) - Boston's police commissioner was fired Monday following a bitter battle to keep his job after decades-old domestic violence accusations came to light. Acting Mayor Kim Janey announced Dennis White's removal as the city's top cop, four months after White was placed on leave over the allegations just...

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...

Nurse's Beach Misadventure Is 'Metaphor for the Year'

Boston's Camille Coelho got hopelessly stuck in mud, needed rescue

(Newser) - Camille Coelho just wanted to take a stroll on the beach and look for some sea glass. Instead, the Massachusetts nurse ended up feeling the way so many have felt during the pandemic: she was stuck in the mud, per the AP. The 54-year-old was taking a walk at Boston’...

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...

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...

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...

Arrest Made in Ballot Box Fire
Nabbed in
Ballot Fire

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
Longest Flight in US
Is Coming Back

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....

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