Tens of thousands of Bostonians braved the heat and humidity today to rally at City Hall Plaza and on Boston Common to support immigrant families, especially the ones locked up and separated under the policies of the Trump administration. Read more.
Members of the Mendon Mennonite Church gathered on the grass near the Brewer Fountain today to belt out some gospel songs.
Federal authorities have arrested an Indiana man they say threatened to come to Boston for our post-Charlottesville rally by rightwingers and shoot the darker-skinned attendees as a false-flag operation to make leftwingers look bad when he actually wanted to harm the rightwingers. Read more.
Gary Chase shows us the flags volunteers staked in the Common this week to honor the more than 37,000 Massachusetts residents who have died defending the country in wars going back to the Revolution.
Roving UHub photographer Evangelos Efstathiou took in the annual Make Way for Ducklings parade around the Common and the Public Garden today.
Despite the extremely variable weather yesterday, the event seemed reasonably well intended. As usual, a lot of interesting food, vendors, performers and attendees.
Some photos -- maybe Facebook will let you see this album. Maybe not. One never can tell with Facebook:
I haven't figured out how to share these in a manner other than via Facebook, sorry. :-(
A California man who claims he suffered permanent ear damage from one of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company's annual June artillery barrages on the Common wants $20 million in recompense - half from the historic group and half from the National Guard. Read more.
It took some 45 minutes for all the marchers who started at Madison Park to fill into the Common, through a single entrance and past a BPD SWAT vehicle to join the thousands of people already waiting for them for a rally for gun control, against the NRA and against the bloodshed that happens time and time again - not just at high schools in well off towns, but in the streets of Roxbury, where Tarek Mroue was shot to death in a road-rage incident. Read more.
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.
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