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New Boston mayor promises to focus on crime, schools

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston's first new mayor in 20 years, former state representative Martin Walsh, vowed on Monday to focus on cutting the city's violent-crime rates and improving its school system. The former teacher addressed the challenges of two big appointments that he will make after being sworn in as Boston's 54th mayor - the city's next police commissioner and school superintendent.

Woman crushed to death by drawbridge in Boston as it is lowered

By Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - A woman was crushed to death during the lowering of a drawbridge in East Boston and the bridge operator has been put on leave pending an investigation, authorities said on Wednesday. A preliminary investigation showed the unnamed, Boston-area woman was attempting to walk across the structure, the Meridian Street Bridge, on Tuesday when it was raised to allow a vessel to pass on the Chelsea River below, Boston Police said in a statement posted online.

Detour ahead: Boston airport tunnel closes for $35M renovation

BOSTON - The Callahan Tunnel has begun closing for a scheduled 2 1/2 month renovation. The two-lane Boston Harbor tunnel began shutting down Friday night. An average of 30,000 vehicles flow through the tunnel each day, a route from the city to the East Boston neighbourhood and Logan International Airport. And the lengthy closure will undoubtedly push many motorists into the Ted Williams Tunnel or to other alternative routes such as the Tobin Bridge.

Buildings evacuated at Harvard after report of explosives

By Daniel Lovering CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) - Harvard University on Monday evacuated four buildings at the heart of its centuries-old campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, after warning students of unconfirmed reports that explosives had been planted. The Ivy League school said it evacuated the Science Center, Thayer, Sever and Emerson Halls. "Out of an abundance of caution, the buildings have been evacuated while the report is investigated," Harvard said on its Web site.

Democrat Clark wins congressional election in Massachusetts

BOSTON (Reuters) - Eastern Massachusetts voters elected a Democratic state senator as their newest representative in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday in a special election to fill the seat formerly held by now-Senator Edward Markey, according to local media reports.

Democrat seen leading in Massachusetts Congressional election

BOSTON (Reuters) - Voters in eastern Massachusetts are expected on Tuesday to elect a Democratic state senator to the U.S. House of Representatives in an off-calendar special election that has attracted little local or national attention. Democrat Katherine Clark, who has campaigned on issues including improving women's healthcare and the rising cost of college, is seen as the front-runner in a four-way race in a district that represents Boston's near western suburbs but not the city itself.

JFK photo exhibit captures Kennedys in public, private moments

By Ellen Freilich NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 50 photographs of John F. Kennedy, offering a behind-the-scenes record of JFK's private and public life during his presidential campaign and first year in the White House, comprise "My Kennedy Years," a new exhibit of signed and dated photographs by Jacques Lowe. The exhibit, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death, runs through January 31, 2014, at the Westwood Gallery in New York.

Washington remembers Kennedy at final resting place

Martin "Marty" Walsh well remembers the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. He especially remembers the weather in Washington, where he worked at the long-since-demolished Navy Building. "It was overcast and gray in the afternoon," the 75-year-old retiree said Friday, resting on a park bench below Kennedy's gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery. "Kind of like today." Under a low-hanging layer of gray clouds that stretched in all directions, hundreds of Americans of all ages, and many visitors from abroad, came to pay their respects and honor his legacy.

US marks 50th anniversary of JFK assassination

With flags fluttering at half-staff, the United States paused Friday to mourn President John F. Kennedy and a generation's broken dreams, cut down 50 years ago by an assassin's bullet. The young leader's brutal televised death, a dark turning point even in an era gripped by the Cold War nuclear stand-off and bloodshed in the jungles of Vietnam, shocked a global audience of millions. Five decades on the wound is still raw, with many still obsessed by the conspiracy theories surrounding his death, and others gripped by regret for the America they imagine might have been.

US marks 50th anniversary of JFK assassination

With flags fluttering at half-staff, the United States paused Friday to mourn President John F. Kennedy and a generation's broken dreams, cut down 50 years ago by an assassin's bullet. The young leader's brutal televised death, a dark turning point even in an era gripped by the Cold War nuclear stand-off and bloodshed in the jungles of Vietnam, shocked a global audience of millions. Five decades on the wound is still raw, with many still obsessed by the conspiracy theories surrounding his death, and others gripped by regret for the America they imagine might have been.
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