Gay vets al­lowed spot in St. Pa­trick’s pa­rade

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

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.

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