TIME cities

Boston Finds a 113-Year-Old Time Capsule but Can’t Get It Open

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In this Sept. 14, 2014, photo, a lion statue is removed from atop the Old State House on Washington Street in Boston Dina Rudick—AP

That's because it's housed inside a lion statue on the roof of the Old State House

Boston officials are puzzling over how to retrieve a 113-year-old time capsule from inside a lion statue on Boston’s Old State House.

The time capsule, mentioned in a 1901 Boston Daily Globe article, is a copper box containing contributions from local elected officials of the time, plus buttons from the presidential campaigns of William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt, Reuters reports.

“The work of the coppersmith is completed, and one of the last things he did was to seal a copper box, which is placed in the head of the lion, and which contains contributions from state and city officials, the Boston daily newspapers, the name of the maker of the lion and unicorn, and others, which will prove interesting when the box is opened many years hence,” reads the Feb. 1901 article.

But the catch is the statue: an iconic, golden lion that has, for 113 years, graced the roof of the 301-year-old Old State House, a red-brick building in Boston’s downtown.

“We are determining the best way to retrieve the time capsule without damaging the lion,” Heather Leet, director of development for the Bostonian Society, which maintains the building, told Reuters.

Boston’s Old State House, where the Declaration of Independence was read to cheering crowds from the building’s east balcony in 1776, was the first seat of the Massachusetts government, and is these days a popular stop for tourists walking the Freedom Trail.

The lion statue and its rooftop neighbor, a silver unicorn — both are symbols of the British monarchy — were taken off the building for maintenance earlier this month, Boston.com says.

Leet told Reuters that the group has known about the hidden box for several years, because a descendant of one of the statue’s sculptors sent them a letter about it. A fiber-optic camera, threaded into a hole in the statue, confirms the box’s existence.

Under the hashtag #LionAndUnicorn, the Bostonian Society has been crowd-sourcing ideas from locals on Twitter, asking them for suggestions on what to add to the capsule. Current ideas include “fossilized cannoli,” Dunkin Donuts styrofoam cups, and “Boston Strong” gear inspired by the city’s pulling together after the bombing of the Boston Marathon in 2013.

There was also the suggestion of a One Direction album. Sound the alarm; the British are coming. Again.

[Reuters]

TIME deals

Wynn Gets a Boston-Area Casino License

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This file artist's rendering released March 27, 2013 by Wynn Resorts shows a proposed resort casino on the banks of the Mystic River in Everett, Mass. AP

But opponents have won the right to hold a statewide referendum on gaming in the fall

Wynn Resorts has won a license to bring a $1.6 billion casino to Everett, Mass., a Boston-area town with a polluted waterfront and a big bet on gaming to raise its middling fortunes.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3 to 1 on Tuesday afternoon to award the sole license available near Boston to the Las Vegas–based gaming giant Wynn Resorts — and not to Mohegan Sun, the Connecticut-based developer that had pitched to build a $1.1 million casino in Revere, another Boston-area town that is seeing tough times.

Both towns had, over the past several months, staged public relations campaigns in which each claimed to be harder-up and less attractive than the other and thus more in need of a casino’s heady injection of jobs and cash.

Meanwhile, the two gaming juggernauts had each wagered that their stimulus package was richer than the others and would lift not just the fortunes of a single town but also plug holes in Massachusetts’ hemorrhaging coffers.

“You won’t recognize the city of Everett, hopefully, in 10 years,” Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria told the Boston Globe.

“We will no longer be the butt end of the city of Boston,” he said. “We will be the entrance to the city of Everett.’’

This is the second of three casino licenses to be awarded in the state, after a 2011 law legalized gambling and created three casino licenses, plus one slots-parlor license, which has also been awarded. Contentious battles have flared among big-name casino developers vying over the licenses, as well as between the gaming giants and those in Massachusetts who oppose the state’s use of gaming as a fix for its budget woes.

Casino foes have won the right to hold a statewide referendum on the gaming law in November. Critics say casinos do more harm than good to their municipal hosts, breeding crime and tanking property values, while others worry that the Northeastern market is too saturated and competitive for Massachusetts’ proposed casinos to generate the tax bounties they are touting.

MGM Resorts International, which won the first casino license, in Springfield, is holding off on building its complex until voters go to the polls, but the winner of the slots license, Penn National Gaming, is going ahead. Early polls on the referendum have been divided.

Wynn claims its casino will create more than 4,000 permanent jobs, plus about 3,000 construction jobs, and it has pledged Everett about $30 million in local enhancement projects and $45 million in traffic improvements. It has projected that its casino would haul in annual revenue of $800 million a year, more than $200 million of which would go to the state as gaming tax.

TIME Crime

Boston Bombing Suspect Requests Trial Delay

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev FBI/AP

The trial is currently scheduled to begin in November

Lawyers for Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev filed a petition Friday asking a federal judge to delay the start of his bombing trial to September 1, 2015 or later. The defense argues that it needs more time to prepare given the volume of evidence to sort through and the severity of the charges.

“The trial in this case is currently scheduled to begin just 16 months after the defendant was indicted,” the petition said. “It is critically important that any trial be fair, which means giving both sides, not just the government, enough time to uncover and present all relevant evidence.”

Earlier this month defense lawyers argued that media coverage in Boston would unfairly harm Tsarnaev’s defense and asked that the trial be moved from Boston.

Tsarnev is accused of carrying out the April 15, 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon with his brother Tamerlan. Three bystanders were killed and hundreds were injured during the bombing. A police officer died in subsequent shootings, and Tamerlan died after he was shot in the head during a manhunt for the two brothers.

The trial on charges of using a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death is currently scheduled to begin in November.

TIME Travel

10 Things To Do Wherever You Are

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Traveling this holiday weekend? Whether you’re headed to New York or San Francisco, Singapore or Tokyo, we’ve put together a list of your destination’s must-see attractions and activities. So if you want to hit the tourist hotspots, or if you prefer to see how the locals live, these ideas will make your Labor Day planning a bit less laborious:

TIME viral

Here’s Why People Are Dumping Ice on Themselves and Posting Videos of It

It's all for science

Charity has taken a chilly turn over the past week, as more and more celebrities and other people have opted to dump ice water on themselves and record the whole thing—all to raise money for research into ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

As a part of the so-called “ice bucket challenge,” started by a Massachusetts resident who has lived with ALS since 2012 to raise awareness for the disease, after posting their own ice-bucket videos, participants nominate others to get drenched via social media to keep the cycle going. If those challenged don’t accept, or fail to post their video within 24-hours, they must donate cash to ALS research. ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that impacts the brain and spinal chord, causing progressive paralysis.

Boston has taken heed, with athletes, Mayor Marty Walsh, and others recording themselves getting soaked. Boston.com hosted a citywide dousing last Thursday, challenging New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago to do the same. Celebrities have also taken part, with Lance Bass, Matt Lauer, Martha Stewart and Ansel Elgort among the more notable participants.

No word on how much the challenged has raised for ALS research so far, but the director of the ALS Therapy Development Institute in Massachusetts told the Boston Herald researchers are already seeing a boost in donations.

“We are seeing 10 times the number of online donations every day,” Carol Hamilton told the newspaper. “We are seeing an incredible number of people who didn’t know much about ALS last week and who do today.”

TIME weather

Tornado Does Damage to Revere, Mass.

“Given the magnitude of the storm, it’s really a miracle that no one sustained more serious injuries,” Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo told the Associated Press.

A storm that swept through the Boston area Sunday night hit the coastal city of about 53,000 people, leaving felled trees, shattered windows and rattled residents.

 

TIME health

The 10 Healthiest Places to Live in America

From Honolulu to Plano, Texas, here's where to move for fitness, nutrition and aging well

In a new TIME book, Healthiest Places to Live, we name the best cities for your well-being. The book is now available on newsstands everywhere.

TIME Music

Dozens Hospitalized at Avicii Boston Concert

The incidents occurred during a crowded electronic dance concert

Known for high-energy shows that pack thousands into concert venues, superstar DJ Avicii’s concert in Boston on Wednesday night ended with several people in the hospital.

Emergency crews took dozens of concert goers, mostly minors, to local hospitals suffering mainly from drug and alcohol problems, authorities said. Local media put the number of patients between 30 and 80.

Roisin Saratonion, 18, told the Boston Globe that she left the concert earlier than planned because “it was just too crazy in there.”

“You get really hot in there and you just pass out. You couldn’t breathe,” Saratonionsaid. “It was claustrophobic. People get dehydrated.”

Avicii, the Swedish artist behind the hit song Wake Me Up, performed at the TD Garden venue as part of his True Tour.

 

MONEY freebies

Where to Watch the USA-Germany World Cup Match for Free

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Cities around the U.S. are getting in the World Cup spirit by hosting free public viewing parties of the big USA-Germany match on Thursday. Here a dozen places where you can catch the action.

If you’re a soccer fan, you may want to take an extra long lunch break (or breakfast for those in the West) and watch the match on a big screen—typically a really, really big screen in a city park or popular gathering place—with thousands of fellow fans who are doing the same thing. Here are a dozen U.S. cities where the public is being welcomed to watch the match as a group. Admission is free at all venues, and drinks and food are generally available on site.

Ann Arbor, Mich.: At the office of the Ann Arbor News, 111 N. Ashley St.

Boston, Mass.: City Hall Plaza

Buffalo, N.Y.: Canalside

Chicago, Ill.: Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park

Dallas, Tex.: AT&T Plaza outside American Airlines Arena

Detroit, Mich.: Cadillac Square

Kansas City, Mo.: KC Live! Block

Los Angeles, Calif.: Hermosa Beach Pier

New York City: Bryant Park in Manhattan and under the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn

Orlando, Fla.: Wall Street Plaza (21+ only)

Salt Lake City, Utah: Energy Solutions Arena

Seattle, Wash.: Phinney Center

TIME Transportation

Amtrak Train Derails in Massachusetts

No injuries reported among passengers or crew

An Amtrak train en route from Washington, D.C., to Boston partially derailed early Monday morning after it hit a truck that was obstructing the tracks, officials said, temporarily halting service to and from Boston.

None of the 222 passengers or crew on the busy Northeast Regional line train were injured, Amtrak said. Police confirmed to WCVB that the truck was occupied, but wouldn’t say what happened to the people inside, only that the area is now a “large crime scene.”

Passengers, who were stranded for about four hours after the crash took place at about 4:30 a.m., were taken to Boston on a regional train line. Amtrak said at about 7 a.m. that service between Boston and Providence had been restored.

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