Cabinet secretaries sell Biden's ambitious agenda across US
Marty Walsh remembers what it was like when a Cabinet secretary would come to town. "He was speaking on behalf of President Obama and Vice President Biden, and people hung on every word.” Now Walsh, as secretary of labor, is on the other side of the equation, crisscrossing the country on behalf of President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan.news.yahoo.com
Biden warns Republicans: 'Don't get in the way'
President Joe Biden is warning Republicans not to "get in the way" of his infrastructure plans. In Cleveland Thursday, Biden held up a card with the names of GOP lawmakers who rejected his COVID aid bill but later promoted its help back home. (May 27)news.yahoo.com
Ex-Boston Mayor Marty Walsh knew of the domestic violence allegations against his pick for the city police commissioner prior to appointing him, affidavit says
In February, Walsh denied he had any knowledge of the domestic abuse allegations prior to appointing Dennis White as Boston police commissioner.news.yahoo.com
Biden is reportedly moving quickly to start issuing pardons
President Biden may begin issuing pardons before the 2022 midterms, The New York Times reports. Per the Times, administration officials have begun evaluating clemency requests, and activists have said they feel they're getting the sense pardons and commutations may be signed by the president within the next year or two. "We asked them not to wait to the end of a term to execute pardon and commutation power for photo ops, and they definitely assured us that is not this administration's plans," DeAnna Hoskins, the president of the criminal justice group JustLeadershipUSA, told the Times. Hoskins participated in a Zoom call between White House officials and formerly incarcerated citizens last month. While Biden appears to be getting the ball rolling early, the process itself will be quite deliberate and in conjunction with the Justice Department, which oversees a "rigorous application vetting process," the Times reports. That differs from former President Donald Trump's pardon approach, the Times notes, which often bypassed the Justice Department and instead relied on "an ad hoc network of friends and allies." Not everyone loves that idea, though. Desmond Meade, a voting rights activist who is seeking a federal pardon for a decades-old military conviction for stealing liquor and electronics on Navy bases while he was serving in the Army, said the Justice Department's application is "way too bureaucratic" and "daunting." He tried to convince the Biden administration to move the process outside the department, but it appears they are not inclined to do so, the Times reports. Read more at The New York Times. More stories from theweek.com7 scathingly funny cartoons about Liz Cheney's ousterThe GOP's blatant disregard for democracyThe White House is apparently overrun with fliesnews.yahoo.com
Labor Secretary Marty Walsh Wants More Servants in the Workforce
Labor Secretary Marty Walsh has said that he thinks more workers in the “gig economy” should be reclassified as employees. The trouble is that Secretary Walsh is attempting to relitigate battles of the 1930s, when he should be looking at how work and the priorities of workers have evolved. The secretary appears to think that gig-economy workers are being exploited by the platforms they work with and not being given their fair due in terms of benefits. On this view of the world, workers are best off with an employment contract that grants access to a trove of government-mandated benefits, including healthcare and restrictions on working hours. Yet taking a step back and considering what people want from work reveals a different view. The employment contract is just one way of working, and one that is increasingly out of step with what workers want. At heart, the employment contract puts one in a subordinate relationship with the employer — so subordinate that the law calls it a master-servant relationship. The employer buys your time and is entitled to ask you to do whatever she wants with it (within reason). That’s why, for instance, if an employee crashes his van into you, you sue his employer and not him (unless the employee was engaged in what the law calls a “frolic” unrelated to the employer’s needs). This doesn’t exactly sound very empowering, does it? The power of the employer over the employee explains why a host of labor and employment laws were passed in the 1930s to try to reduce the power of employers. Labor laws gave unions the right to negotiate contracts on behalf of all employees, and employment laws burdened employers with delivering a variety of social policies demanded by government. The 1930s were a different time, however. Many jobs could be performed by anyone with minimal training (they were literally “labor” jobs). The Great Depression meant that there were many people willing and able to do a given job. So what employees wanted was job security and some limitations on what employers could ask of them. They were willing to sell their time and labor without many conditions. Times have changed. Many jobs require specific skills, giving the worker more power. Workers also have other demands than those of workers in the 1930s. In the private sector, most see no need for labor unions. The rise of the gig economy provides alternatives. For instance, people who value flexibility in hours had been held back by the master-servant economy (they had to settle for rare part-time arrangements employers were often loath to offer) but suddenly found new choices in the gig economy. This was particularly the case with parents who valued being able to see to their children’s needs over the security of a 40-hour, 9-to-5 work week. Employment itself has also changed. The idea of a vertically integrated firm with career progression and jobs for life has waned in most sectors. Firms these days organize along different lines, contracting out non-essential services to other firms or to freelancers. Many employers don’t want to operate in a master-servant relationship, preferring to contract commercial terms instead. Gig-economy platforms are the most obvious example of that, but any firm that offers, for instance, extended time off or tuition benefits that encourage workers to leave the firm are operating under a different set of preconditions than employment law currently imagines. However, the idea that a master-servant relationship with an employer is somehow best for the worker remains prevalent. This has been the motive behind various attempts, most notably California’s AB5 bill, to forcibly convert gig workers into employees. The effect of these attempts has been to sweep up many traditionally freelance jobs that survived the legislation of the 1930s into an employment relationship. This is what helped doom the California attempt. Voters recognize that some people do not want an employment relationship and gravitate towards freelance work — which would not exist in an employment-only world. So many people were affected by AB5’s broad brush that California voters rejected AB5 by a large majority in a ballot initiative. Yet Secretary Walsh’s remarks indicate that the Biden administration might attempt to repeat AB5’s mistakes. The PRO Act, for instance, which President Biden has touted as an essential part of his infrastructure package, aims to make all gig-economy and freelance workers eligible for unionization, a first step on the road to AB5 and the imposition of a master-servant relationship neither the workers nor the platforms want. Instead of trying to force everyone into an outdated model, Secretary Walsh and his department should be looking at how work has changed, and should provide the president with proposals to send to Congress that reflect those changes.news.yahoo.com
Live long in sculpture: 20-foot art planned for Spock symbol
FILE - In this May 14, 2013 file photo, Leonard Nimoy gives a "Live Long and Prosper" hand gesture arrives at the LA premiere of "Star Trek Into Darkness" in Los Angeles. The Museum of Science, Boston, in collaboration with the Nimoy's family announced the development of a monument shaped in the hand gesture made famous by the actor's character, Mister Spock, to honor the Boston native who died in 2015. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)BOSTON – The Museum of Science in Boston is paying tribute to city native Leonard Nimoy with a 20-foot sculpture shaped like Mr. Spock's split-fingered “live long and prosper" hand gesture, the museum and the late “Star Trek” actor's family announced Friday. “The ‘live long and prosper’ symbol represents a message that my dad believed so strongly in,” his daughter, Julie Nimoy, said in a statement. “My dad always loved Boston and he would be honored knowing that the Museum of Science would be the permanent home to this memorial.
Boston turns historic page with 1st Black, 1st female mayor
Former Boston City Council President Kim Janey, 55, speaks after being sworn in as Boston's new mayor at City Hall, Wednesday, March 24, 2021, in Boston. She was the City Council president and will serve as acting mayor until a mayoral election in the fall. She also pledged to work to ensure that police in the city serve all residents fairly. Pressley described Janey as “a proud fourth-generation daughter of Roxbury," the heart of the city’s Black community. Her father was one of only eight Black students to graduate from the city’s prestigious Boston Latin School in 1964.
Biden Cabinet near complete but hundreds of jobs still open
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden’s Cabinet is nearly complete with the confirmation of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh. A panel will also vote on advancing the nomination of Polly Ellen Trottenberg to be deputy secretary of transportation. And even as the Biden administration moves through picking nominees, there's no guarantee they'll all receive a smooth confirmation. And some of the deputies have become political footballs for Republicans looking to score concessions from the Biden administration. Cruz continues to hold up Biden’s nominee for deputy secretary of state, Wendy Sherman, until sanctions are imposed.
Biden Cabinet near complete but hundreds of jobs still open
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden’s Cabinet is nearly complete with the confirmation of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh on Monday. A panel will also vote on advancing the nomination of Polly Ellen Trottenberg to be deputy secretary of Transportation. And even as the Biden administration moves through picking nominees, there's no guarantee they'll all receive a smooth confirmation. And some of the deputies have become political footballs for Republicans looking to score concessions from the Biden administration. Cruz continues to hold up Biden’s nominee for deputy secretary of State, Wendy Sherman, until sanctions are imposed.
The Latest: Wash. state warns hospitals on VIP vaccinations
The state crossed that mark Monday, exactly a year after officials reported the first case of a coronavirus infection in Massachusetts. — Maryland’s acting health secretary says the state’s hospitals have received less than half of their expected allocations of second doses of the coronavirus vaccine for front-line health workers this week. Schrader says state officials were talked with the federal Department of Health and Human Services all weekend trying to figure out what happened. The CDC says Iowa has delivered 190,689 first vaccine doses to individuals, or 6,044 per 100,000 people, the third lowest rate in the nation. Ad___PRAGUE — The Czech Republic is not planning to limit use of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for elderly people like some other European Union nations.
Democratic wins could strengthen Biden's legislative push
That could lead to battles with progressive Democrats who want to push the new administration further left than it likes. She acknowledged, however, that she does not think major change is "going to be a cakewalk” for Biden. In introducing Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as his choice for labor secretary, Biden noted that he gave “serious consideration” to progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Progressives also have clamored for Democrats to scrap the Senate filibuster rule, which would make things even easier for Biden’s legislative agenda. But Biden has opposed doing that, and Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, poised to become the new majority leader, was noncommittal this past week.
Biden says he seriously considered Bernie Sanders for labor secretary, but couldn't risk Senate control
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris introduced additional key nominees for their economic and jobs team at an event Friday in Wilmington, Delaware. Among them were Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for secretary of labor, a position for which Biden had also considered Senator Bernie Sanders. "I did give serious consideration on nominating my friend Bernie Sanders to this position. If Sanders had been nominated to labor secretary, his Senate seat would be up for grabs. "This is one of the most important departments to me, I trust Mayor Walsh and I'm honored he accepted," Biden said.cbsnews.com
Boston mayor, RI governor among Biden adds to economic team
– President-elect Joe Biden on Friday introduced the governor of Rhode Island, the mayor of Boston and a small-business advocate from California as the newest members of his economic team. Gina Raimondo as his choice to become commerce secretary, Mayor Marty Walsh as his candidate for labor secretary and Isabel Guzman as his pick to lead the Small Business Administration. As commerce secretary, Raimondo would help set the Biden administration's trade policy and promote U.S. opportunities for growth domestically and overseas. When the Democrat took the oath of office in 2018 for his second term, Biden presided over the inauguration. Biden's pick for the leader of the Small Business Administration, Guzman, is the current director of California's Office of the Small Business Advocate in the California governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.
Biden picks Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as labor secretary
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)BOSTON – President-elect Joe Biden will select Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as his labor secretary, according to a source familiar with the decision, choosing a former union worker who shares his Irish American background and working-class roots. Walsh, 53, has served as the Democratic mayor of Boston since 2014. Before that, Walsh served as a state representative for more than a decade. He’s also had to grapple with the city’s history of racial tensions to try to make the city more welcoming for people of all backgrounds. The event pulls together the state’s top elected officials, Democrats and Republicans, to enjoy Irish music and food — and cringe-worthy jokes.
Biden to nominate Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo to be commerce secretary
President-elect Joe Biden intends to nominate Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo to serve as commerce secretary and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to lead the Labor Department, CBS News confirmed Thursday, according to multiple people familiar with the choices. The decision to pick Raimondo comes after she was considered by Mr. Biden over the summer to be his running mate. During the vice presidential vetting process, Biden grew fond of the governor, a Biden campaign senior adviser told CBS News in August. She has been Rhode Island's governor since 2015 and was the co-founder of a venture capital firm, Point Judith Capital. In addition to the Cabinet picks, the Biden-Harris transition team also announced they will be nominating Don Graves as deputy commerce secretary.cbsnews.com
Statue of slave kneeling before Abraham Lincoln removed in Boston
A statue depicting a formerly enslaved man kneeling before President Abraham Lincoln was taken down in Boston, CBS Boston reported TuesdayThe Emancipation Group Memorial was removed after critics deemed the monument to be demeaning and racist. "I'm proud, I'm Black, and I'm young," he said. File photo of a statue in Boston depicting a freed slave kneeling at President Abraham Lincoln's feet. On Dec. 29, 2020, the statue, which drew objections amid a national reckoning with racial injustice, was removed from its perch. Steven Senne / APThe city has not said yet where the statue will be stored, according to CBS Boston.cbsnews.com
Statue of slave kneeling before Lincoln is removed in Boston
FILE - In this June 25, 2020, file photo, a statue that depicts a freed slave kneeling at President Abraham Lincoln's feet rests on a pedestal in Boston. On Tuesday, Dec. 29, the statue that drew objections amid a national reckoning with racial injustice was removed from its perch. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)A statue of Abraham Lincoln with a freed slave appearing to kneel at his feet — optics that drew objections amid a national reckoning with racial injustice — has been removed from its perch in downtown Boston. The copy was installed in Boston because the city was home to the statue’s white creator, Thomas Ball. Freed Black donors paid for the original in Washington; white politician and circus showman Moses Kimball financed the copy in Boston.
Boston mayor encourages residents to get tested for COVID-19
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Thursday the city is launching a new program called "Get The Test Boston" that encourages every resident to take a coronavirus test with cases rising in the city. Walsh said City of Boston employees will be offered one paid hour every 14 days to get tested during their normal work hours. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox"I'm asking everyone to commit to getting tested for COVID-19," Walsh said. The City of Boston offers free testing at sites in Nubian Square in Roxbury and East Boston's Central Square. The Boston Athletic Association announced Wednesday that the 2021 Boston Marathon has been postponed until at least next fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.cbsnews.com
FBI investigating fire set in Boston ballot drop box
This surveillance image provided by the Boston Police Department shows a man approaching a ballot drop box outside the Boston Public Library, early Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in downtown Boston. Massachusetts election officials say a fire was set at the ballot drop box holding more than 120 ballots in what appears to have been a deliberate attack." (Courtesy of Boston Police Department via AP)A fire was set Sunday in a Boston ballot drop box holding more than 120 ballots in what Massachusetts election officials said appears to have been a “deliberate attack,” now under investigation by the FBI. The fire that was set around 4 a.m. in a ballot drop box outside the Boston Public Library downtown, Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin's office said. If those voters don't submit a new ballot, “their original ballot will be hand-counted to the extent possible,” Galvin's office said.
Virus spikes have officials looking to shore up hospitals
Seven of 10 intensive care beds were filled in Utah hospitals and about six in 10 in Montana. Due to competing demands, particularly from flu season, 71% of the state’s hospital beds are occupied, the Nevada Hospital Association reported. State officials worry that hospital beds will fill up if trends continue. Minnesota reported 35 confirmed new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, tying a single-day record set on May 28. And the Iowa Department of Public Health reported 31 new deaths, the most confirmed in a 24-hour period since the beginning of the pandemic.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on state's vaccine distribution plan
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said Tuesday the state is developing a plan to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine. The plan lays out the initial steps for a "robust, comprehensive and equitable" vaccine distribution system once one or more vaccines become available. Massachusetts is among the states that has recently seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases. High risk communities are those with over 8 cases per 100,000 residents during the last 14 days. "While we continue to plan for distribution of a vaccine, we can't take our eyes off the measures that we've been talking about for the last several months to keep people safe," Baker said Tuesday.cbsnews.com
Boston mayor warns against house parties during COVID-19 uptick: "We are gonna be cracking down"
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Thursday that officials are giving "special attention" to gatherings and house parties "that are putting other people at risk," as the city sees an uptick in coronavirus cases. "We are tracing locations where house parties continue to happen," Walsh said, adding they are working with Boston's Inspectional Services department "to curtail these events." Get Breaking News Delivered to Your InboxWalsh called out reports of house parties in South Boston and other neighborhoods, and said neighbors have called local officials about "their fear of these large gatherings." High risk communities are those with over 8 cases per 100,000 residents during the last 14 days. Cities and towns across Massachusetts have been designated as higher risk, moderate risk or lower risk communities.cbsnews.com
Hospitals feel squeeze as coronavirus spikes in Midwest
Like other states, health officials in Wisconsin had warned since the pandemic began that COVID-19 patients could overwhelm hospitals. Nearly 678 COVID-19 infections per 100,000 people have been diagnosed over the past two weeks, leading the country for new cases per capita, according to the COVID Tracking Project. The space isn't exclusively for coronavirus patients but could be used to treat them if needed. Last week, the state had the nation’s sixth-highest rate of coronavirus infections per 100,000 people, according to a White House coronavirus task force report dated Sunday. The number of reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma increased by 980 on Wednesday, with 13 additional deaths, state health officials said.
Music world to conductor Seiji Ozawa: Happy 85th birthday
BOSTON The Boston Symphony Orchestra is asking the music world to help it celebrate former conductor Seiji Ozawa's 85th birthday Tuesday. As part of the celebration, Mayor Marty Walsh has issued a proclamation declaring Tuesday Seiji Ozawa Day in the City of Boston." Ozawa is the longest-serving conductor in Boston Symphony history, holding the title of music director for 29 years from 1973 until 2002. He has also been affiliated with the New Japan Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, the Vienna Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and New York's Metropolitan Opera. Ozawa announced in 2010 that he had esophageal cancer, but the Boston Symphony said his health currently is stable.
Hard-hit Massachusetts worries COVID-19 respite is fleeting
Casinos, gyms, movie theaters, and museums are among the businesses allowed to reopen in the state on Monday, under the third phase of Massachusetts Gov. Pay attention #Massachusetts #COVID19 is on the rise. Charlie Baker to consider rolling back his decision to move the state into the third phase of his reopening plan if case numbers dont improve. Gina Raimondo on Wednesday delayed the next phase in the states reopening plan by another month. Baker and other state officials stress Massachusetts' key virus measures remain far below those in other states, and below where Massachusetts stood when he began the phased reopening in mid-May.
From big cities to backyards, July 4 not usual blowout bash
The fireworks were not announced until an hour or so before to avoid attracting large crowds during the coronavirus pandemic. This is traditionally a weekend for gathering in large groups for historic ceremonies and social events, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said. The Fourth of July remains a party, though Americas 244th birthday wont be the usual blowout bash. Fireworks will still crackle over the National Mall in Washington and other places, though with fewer people packed together watching them. But whether its big cities or small towns bursting with pride, theres a desire to make sure some show goes on, no matter what it looks like.
Columbus as supremacist? Some with Italian roots reject him
BOSTON Generations of Italian Americans embraced Christopher Columbus with little thought to the dark side of his legacy. There has always been the feeling that Italian Americans all feel the same way about Columbus, said Heather Leavell, 46, of Bedford, one of the founders of the group Italian Americans for Indigenous Peoples' Day. For some, however including Francis Mazzaglia of the group the Italian American Alliance the destruction leveled at the Columbus statue amounts to a hate crime against Italian Americans. Corrie Popp, a 46-year-old high school English teacher and Waltham resident, said many younger Italian Americans are ready to dump Columbus. Most Italian Americans are big-hearted people, said Popp, whose mother is of Italian descent.
More global protests emerge over racism, police actions
Tensions were high in cities around the globe, nearly three weeks after George Floyd, a black man, died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee to his neck. A Black Lives Matter group in London called off a demonstration, saying the presence of counter-protesters would make it unsafe. Officials feared far-right activists would seek confrontations with anti-racism protesters under the guise of protecting statues. The march was led by supporters of Adama Traore, a French black man who died in police custody in 2016. A petition with 5,000 signatures said the statue represents a black man beneath someone else.Hundreds rallied in Prague for the second straight weekend in support of protests in the U.S.
The Latest: Three South Carolina coaches taking salary cuts
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___South Carolinas highest paid head coaches are taking 10% salary cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic. Football coach Will Muschamp, mens basketball coach Frank Martin and womens basketball coach Dawn Staley are taking the cuts. Football coach Chris Creighton, mens basketball coach Rob Murphy, and womens basketball coach Fred Castro will be affected by the 7% cuts. ___The German basketball league plans to finish its season next month in a closed three-week tournament. The Premier League season was suspended in March with United fifth in the standings.
Warm weather draws crowds in some cities as parts of U.S. start easing coronavirus lockdowns
Last week, California ordered beaches in Orange County to close, after crowds defied public health guidelines to throng the popular shoreline. Scott Gottlieb, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, said on Sunday the country was seeing a mixed bag of results from coronavirus mitigation efforts. He said there were about 20 states seeing a rising number of new cases including Illinois, Texas, Maryland, Indiana, Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. We expected that we would start seeing more significant declines in new cases and deaths around the nation at this point. On the other side of the spectrum was Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in Massachusetts, which has not begun reopening and is seeing coronavirus cases still climbing.feeds.reuters.com
Sunny days draw crowds to beaches, parks as U.S. reopens from lockdowns
Last week, California ordered beaches in Orange County to close, after crowds defied public health guidelines to throng the popular shoreline. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said there are some real issues near the pier and police would increase patrols. She also weighed in against allowing such businesses as beauty salons and spas to reopen in the first phase. He said there were about 20 states that are seeing a rising number of new cases including Illinois, Texas, Maryland, Indiana, Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. On the other side of the spectrum is Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in Massachusetts, which has not begun reopening and is seeing coronavirus cases still climbing.feeds.reuters.com
Protests and pleas: Reactions in U.S. vary wildly to coronavirus restrictions
Government leaders in Virginia, Idaho and Washington, D.C., announced they will extend coronavirus restrictions for several weeks in hopes of containing the outbreaks spread. And flag-waving protesters gathered outside government buildings in Michigan and Kentucky to voice their anger at stay-home orders. We do not know where this disease is going.New York Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a bag of produce packed at a Campaign Against Hunger food pantry in Brooklyn on Tuesday. Its the fight of our lives.AdvertisementBut the situation in New York City suggests that making sense of coronavirus statistics can be difficult. Trump initially claimed to hold total authority over loosening restrictions nationwide, prompting New York Gov.latimes.com
Boston Marathon is pushed back 5 months to September
Massachusetts officials announced Friday that the world-famous Boston Marathon is postponed this year due to the coronavirus outbreak. The race that was set to take place Monday, April 20, is now scheduled for September 14. "Our priority right now is the health and safety of our runners we want to keep people safe," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said at a press conference Friday. "I know this is a change but it's certainly the right thing to do," said Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. "As we've seen before, this marathon defines resilience," he said.cbsnews.com
Boston pension votes to fire money manager Fisher, withdrawals surge toward $1 billion
FILE PHOTO: Kenneth Fisher, the founder, chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Fisher Investments, speaks at the Reuters Investment Outlook Summit in New York, December 5, 2011. In Boston, Fisher Investments managed about $253 million for the citys pensions. So far, pension plans run for Boston, the state of Michigan and the city of Philadelphia have announced they will stop investing more than $900 million with Fisher Investments. Fisher Investments Chief Executive Damian Ornani has said the firm is launching a task force to address diversity and inclusion at the firm itself. Meanwhile, Boston-based mutual fund giant Fidelity Investments and pension plans around the country have said they are reviewing whether to keep investing money with Fisher Investments.feeds.reuters.com
Boston's 'Straight Pride Parade' one step closer to happening
(CNN) - Efforts to hold a "Straight Pride Parade" in Boston are one step closer to becoming reality. Next, organizers need the approval of police district captains and the licensing board to receive a parade permit and an entertainment license. The group originally requested to hold the event on City Hall Plaza and raise the "Straight Pride Flag" on city hall flag poles, the office said in a statement. According to the organizers' website, the straight pride flag features the male and female sex symbols linked against a purple and blue background. As such, the city maintains selectivity and control over the messages conveyed by the flags flown on our flag poles, and has chosen not to display the 'Straight Pride' flag."