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AG Healey: Don't open restricted waters to oil, gas drilling | Boston.com AG Healey: Don't open restricted waters to oil, gas drilling
Attorney General Maura Healey says she's opposed to the creation of a new five-year national offshore oil and gas leasing program that she says would open up all currently restricted offshore areas to drilling
Boston.com | August 20, 2017
Peace prevails in Boston as rally plays out | Boston Herald Peace prevails in Boston as rally plays out
A tidal wave of 40,000 peaceful counterprotesters drowned out a so-called “Free Speech Rally” on Boston Common yesterday afternoon before the shouts and chants from the crowd gave way to clashes in the street when participants swarmed police officers who were transporting rallygoers away from the scene.The highly anticipated rally, which drew just a few dozen conservative demonstrators
Boston Herald | August 20, 2017
Antifa member: Here to protect | Boston Herald Antifa member: Here to protect
Rob, 50, of Whitman said he’s been with the left-wing militant group antifa for a year. As counterprotesters gathered across the street from the State House yesterday, Rob told the Herald’s Antonio Planas about why he joined the group, which conservatives have labeled as violent agitators.“I’m not expecting anyone in the group to be violent. I’m expecting the group to
Boston Herald | August 20, 2017
Vet says free speech must come with responsibility | Boston Herald Vet says free speech must come with responsibility
Scott Hannon, 49, of Cambridge — a veteran who served his country as a staff sergeant in the Air Force — said his military career took him to countries such as Turkey, Iceland and Saudi Arabia.As he joined thousands of counterdemonstrators in protest of a so-called Free Speech Rally on Boston Common yesterday, he told the Herald’s Antonio Planas why he thinks the First Amendment
Boston Herald | August 20, 2017
Progressive feared for his life | Boston Herald Progressive feared for his life
Rinaldo Del Gallo, a self-described “Bernie-style progressive” and former state Senate candidate from Pittsfield, was told by Free Speech Rally organizers he would be able to speak yesterday. But when he arrived, Del Gallo told the Herald’s Dan Atkinson that he wasn’t allowed inside the rally area because his name was not on the speaker list.“So I’m sitting ther
Boston Herald | August 20, 2017
Weymouth police  probe woman’s  death as homicide | Boston Herald Weymouth police probe woman’s death as homicide
A small Weymouth neighborhood is looking for answers after officials say a 33-year-old woman was found dead in her apartment early yesterday morning.Michelle Clarke was found dead inside her Lake Street home just before 4 a.m. after officers received a call from a friend who was concerned about her well-being, Norfolk District Attorney spokesman David Traub said. Clarke’s death, he said, is
Boston Herald | August 20, 2017
Rallygoer ‘was hoping for better’ | Boston Herald Rallygoer ‘was hoping for better’
Massachusetts resident Sean Cronin said he went to Boston Common yesterday in the hopes of listening to what the speakers at the so-called Free Speech Rally had to say but was unable to get beyond the police boundary after counterprotesters attacked him and pushed him back. As he searched for another way to the Parkman Bandstand, Cronin told the Herald’s Dan Atkinson about his experience.&ld
Boston Herald | August 20, 2017
Two Florida cops killed in shooting, 4 others hit by gunfire across U.S. | Boston Herald Two Florida cops killed in shooting, 4 others hit by gunfire across U.S.
Six police officers were shot late Friday night — including two fatally — in three separate incidents in Florida and Pennsylvania, authorities said.Late Friday in Kissimmee, Fla., police say officer Matthew Baxter stopped three people while on patrol, and called Sgt. Sam Howard for backup. When the stop turned violent, police say Everett Miller, 45, pulled out a gun and shot both offic
Boston Herald | August 20, 2017
Duke University takes down statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee | Boston Herald Duke University takes down statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee
DURHAM, N.C. — Duke University removed a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee early yesterday after it was vandalized amid a national debate about monuments to the Confederacy.The university said it removed the carved limestone likeness before dawn from the entryway to Duke ­Chapel, where it stood among 10 historical figures. Officials discovered early Thursday that the statue’s face had b
Boston Herald | August 20, 2017
Sunny skies forecast  for tomorrow’s eclipse | Boston Herald Sunny skies forecast for tomorrow’s eclipse
As the solar eclipse crosses over the Bay State tomorrow, area residents looking for a fun place to view the phenomenon will have plenty of options.The skies should be clear tomorrow and rain isn’t expected to dampen the rare view of the sun partially disappearing behind the moon, according to the National Weather Service. The best view of the celestial event in Massachusetts is expected to
Boston Herald | August 20, 2017
Boston cops hailed for keeping the peace | Boston Herald Boston cops hailed for keeping the peace
Despite arresting more than two dozen people, being pelted with rocks and bottles and confiscating everything from sticks and flagpoles to bulletproof vests and a gun, police officials applauded the work of the hundreds of Hub cops who controlled a mostly peaceful crowd of 40,000 counterprotesters yesterday.“99.9 percent of the people here were here for the right reason, and that’s to
Boston Herald | August 20, 2017
Massive counter-protest upstages 'free speech rally' in Boston | Boston.com Massive counter-protest upstages 'free speech rally' in Boston
Counter-protesters marched through the city on Saturday to historic Boston Common, where conservatives had planned to deliver a series of speeches but soon left.
Boston.com | August 20, 2017
MSPCA's pet project is a hit | Boston Herald MSPCA's pet project is a hit
Dozens of dogs and cats were adopted yesterday at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as part of the annual “Clear the Shelter” campaign — a nationwide event aimed at encouraging people to rescue animals in need.MSPCA Boston spokesman Rob Halpin said he was happy to see people lined up outside the agency’s Jamaica Plain center well before it o
Boston Herald | August 20, 2017
Eastie Pride on display at community festival | Boston Herald Eastie Pride on display at community festival
East Boston residents celebrated their community yesterday during the 29th annual Eastie Pride Day.The daylong event kicked off at Piers Park and featured music, food and family-fun activities in recognition of the neighborhood’s heritage and diversity.The event also honored John White, the longtime director of the East Boston Area Planning Action Council who has served the community for nea
Boston Herald | August 20, 2017
Watch live: Protesters against 'free speech' rally gather on Boston Common | Boston.com Watch live: Protesters against 'free speech' rally gather on Boston Common
Thousands of people are demonstrating against the controversial event.
Boston.com | August 19, 2017
The most creative signs from the demonstrations against the ‘free speech’ rally | Boston.com The most creative signs from the demonstrations against the ‘free speech’ rally
From quoting retired Red Sox slugger David Ortiz to playing off statements made by President Donald Trump, counter-protesters demonstrating against the “free speech” rally Saturday on the Boston Common took some creative approaches to the signs they carried. Here’s a look at some of the best ones: Ouch. #bostonfreespeechrally pic.twitter.com/UCcxmGJANj — Jan Ransom (@Jan_Ransom
Boston.com | August 19, 2017
Tens of thousands protest Hub ‘Free Speech Rally’ | Boston Herald Tens of thousands protest Hub ‘Free Speech Rally’
Tens of thousands of counter-demonstrators swamped the Common today in protest of a so-called “Boston Free Speech Rally” at the Parkman Bandstand.The massive counter-protest, which drew an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 people to the Common, began this morning in Roxbury at 10 a.m., where a crowd of demonstrators gathered outside the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center to listen to a series
Boston Herald | August 19, 2017
Rally rabble-rousers to be 'dealt with swiftly' | Boston Herald Rally rabble-rousers to be 'dealt with swiftly'
Subtitle: Cops: Violence ‘will not be tolerated’Transit police will have a “substantial presence” at subways and train stations today as right-wing organizations and counterprotesters — with the latter group potentially in the tens of thousands — flood into the city for the so-called “Free Speech Rally” on the Common.“Our officers are ... the best
Boston Herald | August 19, 2017
Interfaith service stands in solidarity against bigotry | Boston Herald Interfaith service stands in solidarity against bigotry
Subtitle: Preaches to ‘follow your conscience’Nearly 2,000 people gathered at an interfaith service in Boston last night to stand in solidarity against hatred on the eve of today’s controversial so-called “Free Speech Rally” featuring at least two right-wing extremist speakers.While none of the religious leaders or elected officials who addressed the crowd of 1,700 at Te
Boston Herald | August 19, 2017
Plenty of blame in sea collision | Boston Herald Plenty of blame in sea collision
Subtitle: Skipper and crew at faultWASHINGTON — It was before dawn, and most of the ship’s crew lay asleep in their berths aboard the Fitzgerald, a U.S. destroyer, when suddenly the ocean flooded in on the starboard side and disaster loomed.“Water on deck!” the sailors yelled. “Get out!”Seawater poured in so fast that it was already waist-deep before the fi
Boston Herald | August 19, 2017
Frates on hand as Gov. Baker signs ‘Ice Bucket’ bill | Boston Herald Frates on hand as Gov. Baker signs ‘Ice Bucket’ bill
Peter Frates, who helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars to fight ALS, was on hand at the State House yesterday as Gov. Charlie Baker ceremoniously signed a bill designating the first week of August as “Ice Bucket Challenge” week.Frates began the challenge in 2014, when he dared people to either donate money to research the disease he is currently battling, or have a bucket of ic
Boston Herald | August 19, 2017
‘Barbarian’ exits White House, back at Breitbart to fight Trump foes | Boston Herald ‘Barbarian’ exits White House, back at Breitbart to fight Trump foes
Embracing his new nickname “Bannon the Barbarian,” Steve Bannon proclaimed “I’ve got my hands back on my weapons” and will be “going to war” against President Trump’s enemies, as he returned to Breitbart News last night just hours after his ouster as chief strategist.“If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up,” Bannon t
Boston Herald | August 19, 2017
These aerial views show the size of the counter-protest crowds in Boston | Boston.com These aerial views show the size of the counter-protest crowds in Boston
Thousands of protesters marched from Roxbury to the Boston Common on Saturday to demonstrate against a “free speech” rally held in the city’s historic park. Officials have not yet released an estimate of the crowd size, but these aerial views from reporters, photographers, and media outlets covering the events provide a sense of how many […]
Boston.com | August 19, 2017
Bowdoin College is moving Confederate memorial plague | Boston.com Bowdoin College is moving Confederate memorial plague
Bowdoin College is moving a confederate memorial plague from a school lobby to the archives and special collections of the college's library in the wake of deadly, race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia
Boston.com | August 19, 2017
'Free speech rally' cut short after massive counterprotest | Boston Herald 'Free speech rally' cut short after massive counterprotest
BOSTON — Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans converged Saturday on downtown Boston in a boisterous repudiation of white nationalism, dwarfing a small group of conservatives who cut short their planned "free speech rally" a week after a gathering of hate groups led to bloodshed in Virginia.An estimated 15,000 counterprotesters marched through the city to historic Boston Common,
Boston Herald | August 19, 2017
‘Great setup’ for fall foliage sets stage for peak peeping | Boston Herald ‘Great setup’ for fall foliage sets stage for peak peeping
BOSTON — New England’s fall foliage forecast is looking so fine it’s enough to make a maple leaf blush.For the first time in several years, little has conspired against a truly glorious autumn. There’s no more drought, the summer has been mild and the leaves — largely spared by marauding gypsy moth caterpillars — look healthy.Translation: A pretty great season f
Boston Herald | August 19, 2017
Amtrak brings back 1955 dome rail car to Downeaster train | Boston.com Amtrak brings back 1955 dome rail car to Downeaster train
Amtrak is bringing a 1955 domed railcar to Maine for the first time
Boston.com | August 19, 2017
The Latest: 27 arrests at rallies; Trump applauds people | Boston Herald The Latest: 27 arrests at rallies; Trump applauds people
BOSTON — The Latest on a conservative rally and counterdemonstration in Boston and around the country (all times local):5:25 p.m.Boston police say 27 arrests were made during the conservative activist rally and counterdemonstration on Boston Common.Commissioner William Evans says Saturday's events went off "as planned," with no one hurt or killed. Most of the arrests were for disorderly conduct
Boston Herald | August 19, 2017
Live updates from the ‘free speech’ rally and counter-protests on Boston Common | Boston.com Live updates from the ‘free speech’ rally and counter-protests on Boston Common
A controversial “free speech” rally is set for the Boston Common Saturday, and counter-protesters will be there too after a march from Roxbury this morning. We’ll have updates throughout the day below.
Boston.com | August 19, 2017
Boston, cradle of liberty, braces for spirited protests | Boston Herald Boston, cradle of liberty, braces for spirited protests
BOSTON — Conservative activists and leftist counterprotesters prepared for a confrontation on Boston Common that could draw thousands a week after a demonstration in Virginia turned deadly.Police Commissioner William Evans said Friday that 500 officers — some in uniform, others undercover — would be deployed to keep the two groups apart on Saturday. Boston's Democratic mayor, Marty Walsh, a
Boston Herald | August 19, 2017
'What unites us is always stronger than what divides us' | Boston.com 'What unites us is always stronger than what divides us'
More than 1,700 people attended an interfaith service at Temple Israel of Boston Friday to hear messages of unity on the eve of the controversial “Boston Free Speech’’ rally.
Boston.com | August 19, 2017
Authorities warn protesters to stay civil, don’t bring weapons | Boston Herald Authorities warn protesters to stay civil, don’t bring weapons
Police are putting the following measures in effect today in preparation for the so-called “Free Speech Rally” from noon to 2 p.m. on Boston Common, and what is expected to be a large counterprotest:The Swan Boats and Frog Pond will be closed.Tremont Street will be closed in the area of the Common beginning about 10:30 a.m. and towing will begin about 6 a.m.Parking and even stopping on
Boston Herald | August 19, 2017
Photos from the Boston 'free speech' rally and counter-protests | Boston.com Photos from the Boston 'free speech' rally and counter-protests
Thousands of people gathered to protest against the Saturday rally on Boston Common.
Boston.com | August 19, 2017
Tens of thousands expected to protest Hub ‘Free Speech Rally’ | Boston Herald Tens of thousands expected to protest Hub ‘Free Speech Rally’
Tens of thousands of counter-demonstrators are expected to swamp the Common today in protest of a so-called “Boston Free Speech Rally” that is slated to begin at noon at the Parkman Bandstand.The massive counter-protest, which organizers expect will draw between 20,000 and 30,000 people to the Common, began this morning in Roxbury at 10 a.m., where a crowd of demonstrators gathered out
Boston Herald | August 19, 2017
The Latest: Counterprotesters arrive ahead of Boston rally | Boston Herald The Latest: Counterprotesters arrive ahead of Boston rally
BOSTON — The Latest on a conservative rally and counter-demonstration in Boston and around the country (all times local):10:25 a.m.Demonstrators are arriving at a counterprotest ahead of a conservative rally that's getting underway on Boston Common.Democratic Boston Mayor Marty Walsh greeted counterprotesters Saturday morning outside Reggie Lewis Center in the city's Roxbury neighbor
Boston Herald | August 19, 2017
Photo Gallery: Free Speech Rally at Boston Common | Boston Herald Photo Gallery: Free Speech Rally at Boston Common
Media:  081917rallymg01.jpg 081917rallync0102.jpg 081917rallync0101.jpg 081917rallynl01A.jpg 081917commonNC001.jpg 081917rallycc01.jpg 081917rallycc02.jpg 081917rallynl02.jpgSection: Local CoverageSaturday, August 19, 2017
Boston Herald | August 19, 2017
The Latest: Dallas police prepare for rally against racism | Boston Herald The Latest: Dallas police prepare for rally against racism
DALLAS — The Latest on a conservative rally and counterdemonstration in Boston and around the country (all times local):7 p.m.Dallas officials are expecting thousands of people will show up for an evening rally against white supremacy at City Hall plaza, a short distance from the city's Confederate War Memorial.Several police sharp-shooters could be seen on top of nearby buildings ahead of the
Boston Herald | August 19, 2017
More delays for low-flying fighters over western Maine | Boston Herald More delays for low-flying fighters over western Maine
PORTLAND, Maine — A National Guard proposal to expand airspace for fighter jet training low over the mountains of western Maine has dragged on for so long that many of the aircraft currently used for training could be retired by the time the plans are completed.Vermont-based F-16 fighters account for the bulk of the training flights and are due to be replaced by stealthy F-35 fighters that figu
Boston Herald | August 19, 2017
Thousands march through Boston week after Virginia bloodshed | Boston Herald Thousands march through Boston week after Virginia bloodshed
BOSTON — Thousands of leftist counterprotesters marched peaceably through downtown Boston on Saturday, chanting anti-Nazi slogans and waving signs condemning white nationalism ahead of a rally being staged by conservative activists a week after a Virginia demonstration turned deadly.Police Commissioner William Evans said Friday that 500 officers — some in uniform, others undercover — were d
Boston Herald | August 19, 2017
The Latest: Counterprotesters march toward rally in Boston | Boston Herald The Latest: Counterprotesters march toward rally in Boston
BOSTON — The Latest on a conservative rally and counter-demonstration in Boston and around the country (all times local):11:30 a.m.Thousands of counterprotesters have begun a mileslong march ahead of a conservative rally that's getting underway in Boston.Demonstrators started marching Saturday morning from the city's Roxbury neighborhood. Organizers say demonstrators will march to Boston Common
Boston Herald | August 19, 2017