Damaskin gingerly walked across the Common this morning.
First Night organizers have called off the 7 p.m. fireworks over the Common, and the 6 p.m. parade that was to precede them because it'll be just too damn cold. The midnight fireworks over Boston Harbor, however, are still on, because presumably the totally sober adults who would watch them outside will be smart enough to dress appropriately.
Also cancelled: Read more.
Mark watched the School of Honk jamming on the Common this evening.
The Globe reports tourists are starting to talk about the fur-covered butterballs in the Public Garden and on the Common.
On Thursday, a woman stood outside the Park Street subway station, feeding pigeons - much like another woman did more than 100 years ago: Read more.
NBC Boston reports on the large peace symbol made of people on the Common today.
Aline Kaplan has put together a guide to the bronze animal statues of Boston. Start with the Frog Pond frogs (then follow the links at the bottom).
Somebody was shot around 6:45 p.m. at the Parkman Bandstand. A suspect ran into the Park Street MBTA station and then onto the Green Line tracks towards Boylston Street. Boston Police officers and state troopers ran onto the tracks after him. Read more.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports on 14 people who were arraigned today (more will be arraigned on Tuesday and Wednesday). Didi Delgado, who helped organize the march from Roxbury to Boston Common, reports on the treatment of several of the people while they were locked up awaiting arraignment. Read more.
Dan Kennedy acknowledges the cops had a tough job on the Common, but wonders if they might have taken some liberties with the 1st Amendment, by, for example, banning the press from the bandstand:
Let’s not kid ourselves. There was real potential for violence far beyond the skirmishes that actually took place. The Boston Police did a good job of protecting public safety. But free speech took a back seat on Saturday, and I imagine we’re going to be hearing more about that in the days to come.
A couple dozen racists and Nazis, one dressed as a Minuteman, spent an hour or so standing on and near the Parkman Bandstand this afternoon under the baleful eyes of thousands of jeering protesters before slowly walking away and towards the Boylston Street side of Boston Common, to await a ride out in four Boston Police prisoner vans. Read more.
Mayor Walsh says he'll be spending Saturday going from one barbecue to another in Boston's neighborhoods, many as part of annual "unity" events at the city's housing projects.
That, he says, is how Bostonians should react to tomorrow's racism rally at the Parkman Bandstand. Read more.
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