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Blast from the Past: Contents of Boston's 1901 Time Capsule Revealed

(BOSTON) -- A 113-year-old time capsule found outside Boston's Old State House was cracked opened and the contents of the package were revealed Wednesday by the Bostonian Society.

The capsule, which was found inside a lion statue that has long stood guard atop the building, contained sealed letters, photographs, newspaper clippings and the book "Foreign Relations of the United States, 1886."

Also included was a nail from the Old South church and a piece of wood, along with the message: "Wood removed from the Old Lion age of same 21 years in 1900."

Elizabeth Leet, spokeswoman for the Bostonian Society, said the contents were packed tightly inside the shoe box-sized container.

"You open the box, and it's like they put the stuff in there yesterday. Everything looks like it was just written yesterday," Leet told the Boston Globe.

Perhaps even more details of the past will be learned when the Bostonian Society opens the letters. Leet told the newspaper the letters will likely be steamed open to ensure the contents aren't damaged.

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Pair of Park Rangers Stabbed in Boston Common

(BOSTON) -- A pair of park rangers were stabbed on Tuesday afternoon in Boston Common, with one suffering life-threatening injuries.

According to the Boston Police Department, the stabbing occurred at about 4:52 p.m. at 38 Beacon Street.

Both of the rangers were injured in the attack. The victim with life-threatening injuries was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, while the other ranger, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, was taken to Tufts Medical Center.

A homeless man was charged in the attack.

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Hazmat Team Meets Flight at Logan Airport After Sick Passengers Report

(BOSTON) -- A plane arriving at Boston’s Logan Airport from Dubai was met by a hazmat team on Monday after five passengers reportedly displayed flu-like symptoms, according to an official from Massport, which runs the airport.

The plane was surrounded by ambulances and emergency responders in white and yellow suits.

None of the five sick people had been traveling in West Africa, the official said.

The Boston Public Health Commission said in statement Monday that it "has determined that the patients who arrived on United Emirates Flight #237 at Logan International Airport do not meet the criteria for any infections of public health concern, including Ebola, meningococcal infection, or MERS."

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New Bedford Regional Airport to Celebrate Completion of Runway Project

(NEW BEDFORD) -- New Bedford Regional Airport will celebrate the completion of the improvement project for one of its runways Friday.

The reconstruction of Runway 5/23 marks the final phase of a five-year, $30 million program that aims to improve airport safety.

The project includes a 400-foot extension of the runway, allowing an additional safety area for aircraft being used by the facility. The project also included general improvements to the airfield.

Officials will host a program on Oct. 17 to celebrate the end of "one of the largest aviation transportation projects in Massachusetts this year."

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Boston Patient with Ebola-Like Symptoms Not Considered at High Risk

(BOSTON) -- A man who showed up at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Braintree with Ebola-like symptoms and had recently been to Liberia "does not meet criteria to be considered someone at high risk" for the disease, health officials said Sunday night.

The patient presented himself Sunday morning complaining of headache and muscle aches and was taken by ambulance to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

"After discussions with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Boston Public Health Commission and its partners have determined that the patient being evaluated at BIDMC does not meet criteria to be considered someone at high risk for Ebola," the Boston Public Health Commission said in a statement. "The BPHC will continue to monitor this situation."

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Dr. Ken Sands said the patient was put in isolation and was being tested for the disease. It will take about 24 to 48 hours for the results, he said.

Hospital officials told ABC affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston that the patient was told by reception to go wait in his car and that the staff will let him know that an ambulance was coming. Police escorted the ambulance, whose driver wore a mask and hazmat suit, to Beth Israel.

Harvard Vanguard was closed during the incident, but reopened late Sunday afternoon, WCVB-TV reported.

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