Tag: Massachusetts

Winning $758.7 Million Powerball Ticket Sold in Massachusetts

The winning ticket for the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. historyβ€”$758.7 millionβ€”was purchased in Massachusetts ahead of Wednesday night’s drawing, Powerball officials said. Massachusetts Lottery spokesman Christian Teja initially narrowed the location down to Watertown, but corrected that early Thursday, saying the ticket was purchased at the Pride Station & Store in Chicopee. The winning…

Ex-NFL Star Aaron Hernandez Found Dead In His Prison Cell

Former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez killed himself overnight in his prison cell, the Massachusetts Department of Corrections said Wednesday morning. Hernandez hanged himself with a bedsheet and tried to block his single-occupancy cell’s door, officials said; he was found at about 3 a.m. and pronounced dead at the hospital. The former…

John Geils Of J. Geils Band Fame Is Dead At 71

John Warrant Geils Jr., guitarist and namesake of the J. Geils Band, was found dead at his home in Groton, Massachusetts, on Tuesday afternoon. Police say he likely died of natural causes. The J. Geils Band formed in 1967, after bringing lead singer Peter Wolf into an earlier incarnation of the band, and released its…

#ShePersisted Goes Viral After Senate Votes To Silence Warren

GOP Turtle-Man Mitch McConnell inadvertently created a rallying cry for supporters of Sen. Elizabeth Warren when he rebuked her after the Senate voted to prevent her from speaking. As Democrats held the Senate floor overnight to protest Sen. Jeff Sessions’s (R-Ala.) nomination for attorney general, Warren quoted a 1986 letter that the late Coretta Scott…

First U.S. Penis Transplant Is Success [VIDEO]

A cancer victim has become the first man in the United States to receive a penis transplant, The New York Times reports. Thomas Manning, a 64-year-old bank courier, had his penis removed because of cancer and underwent the 15-hour experimental surgery earlier this month. The newspaper reports that the transplanted organ came from a matched…

Teen Guilty in Rape, Murder of Teacher [VIDEO]

A teen was convicted Tuesday in the brutal rape and murder of his high-school math teacher in Massachusetts. Philip Chism was found guilty of first-degree murder as well as charges of aggravated rape and armed robbery. Defense lawyers had argued that the 16-year-old suffered from a psychotic disorder when he killed Colleen Ritzer in 2013.…

Jury Selection to Begin in Murder Trial of Ex-NFLer Hernandez [VIDEO]

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is due in court on Friday for the first of two murder trials he faces this year, this one for the fatal shooting of an acquaintance near his home in southern Massachusetts. Hernandez, 25, is charged with summoning Odin Lloyd to his home late one night in June…

Remains of 3 infants found in trash-filled Massachusetts house

Police discovered the remains of three infants in a trash-filled house in Blackstone, Mass., on Wednesday. Four other children were removed from the same home last month. The cause of death for the infants has not yet been determined, but authorities described the house as filled with feces, bugs and rats. The investigation is ongoing.…

Lengthy Closing Arguments In Store At Bulger Trial

Prosecutors and defense attorneys are expected to present lengthy closing arguments to jurors as they lay out their cases in the racketeering trial of reputed gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. Closing arguments were scheduled for Monday in U.S. District Court, where during the nearly eight-week trial jurors heard sometimes gruesome testimony about 19 killings in which…