Gay vets allowed spot in St. Patrick’s parade
Organizers of South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade reversed course Friday and said they’d allow a group of gay veterans to march in this year’s parade.
The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council said on the parade’s Twitter account that it had signed an “acceptance letter” that would clear the way for OutVets to participate.
“We are honored and humbled by all the outpouring of support that has been displayed for our LGBTQ veterans,” said OutVets lawyer Dee Dee Edmondson.
An earlier vote by the council to bar OutVets from marching drew condemnation from highprofile politicians, with some saying they would not march if the gay veterans were excluded.
— Associated Press
Musical with slurs goes on: Students at a New Jersey high school have begun performing a musical that includes scenes with racial slurs. Cherry Hill school district officials had planned to remove instances in the musical “Ragtime” when characters uttered the slur. But they decided to allow the students to perform the musical as written after students and community members of all races argued against sanitizing the show.
Two ill after drinking tea: Two people are critically ill in San Francisco after drinking tea from the same Chinatown herbalist. The city’s Department of Public Health said Friday that the tea leaves bought at Sun Wing Wo Trading Company contained the plant-based toxin Aconite. Health officials say that in the past two months a man in his 50s and a woman in her 30s became critically ill within an hour of drinking the tea and that both remain hospitalized. Aconite is used in Asian herbal medicines and must be processed properly to be safe.