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Field hospital discharges patients; 50 more COVID-19 deaths

Jun. 4, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The last patients have been discharged from Boston Hope, the field hospital set up inside the city's convention and center to help hospitals cope with the influx of COVID-19 patients, Mayor Marty Walsh said Thursday. Walsh said the temporary hospital “suspended operation pending future...

New citizens are sworn in while observing social distancing, outside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services building, Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Lawrence, Mass. The federal agency is resuming services in many cities across the country after being shuttered for more than two months because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Citizenship concerns remain as immigration agency reopens

Jun. 4, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — For Albert Baraka, the ceremony outside the federal immigration office in Lawrence, Massachusetts, was brief, but the change was a lifetime. The 20-year-old, who came to the country six years ago as a refugee from Congo, joined nine others Thursday morning to recite the oath of...

This Wednesday, June 3, 2020 photo, shows the relief sculpture on the Boston Massacre Monument on Boston Common that depicts Crispus Attucks, a black man, as the first person gunned down by British troops during the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770. The attack helped touch off the American Revolution. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

As nation confronts old demons, a 1770 slaying is recalled

Jun. 4, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Like George Floyd, he was black, in his mid-40s, and died at the hands of a white man. And like Floyd, he may have helped touch off a revolution. Many in the Black Lives Matter movement are invoking Crispus Attucks — an African American gunned down by a British soldier in the Boston...

Boston man charged with shooting at police held without bail

Jun. 4, 2020 9:02 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston man facing 21 counts of attempted murder for allegedly opening fire on police during the violence in the city early Monday morning has been ruled a danger to society by a judge and held for four months without bail, prosecutors said. John Boampong, 37, of the city's Dorchester...

A woman holds a sign in honor of George Floyd during a protest against police brutality on Boston Common, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Floyd who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Protesters on Boston Common meet to reject police brutality

Jun. 3, 2020 9:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Protesters gathered on Boston Common on Wednesday to again denounce police brutality against people of color, as authorities mopped up after violent demonstrations overnight in a restive suburb. Black Lives Matter called for more peaceful protesting aimed at ending white-on-black brutality...

A stylized American flag is held upside down among hundreds gathered in Boston, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, to protest against police brutality following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Thousands protest peacefully during police brutality rally

Jun. 2, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Chanting “no justice, no peace” and “black lives matter,” thousands of people peacefully demonstrated in a Boston park Tuesday to protest police brutality against black people. The racially diverse rally began with a “die-in” where protesters knelt...

1 of few black-owned pot shops in the US robbed in Boston

Jun. 2, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's lone retail marijuana shop is dealing with another setback. Pure Oasis, one of the few black-owned shops in the country, was robbed early Monday morning, as mostly peaceful protests against police brutality ended in violence miles away in downtown Boston, police said this week. More...

FILE - In this June 20, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens speaks during a news conference in Boston. Stevens says he supports the decisions of several of his players, including Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Enes Kanter, who have taken part in recent protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Stevens says he wrote a letter to his players letting them know he was with them and that he hopes the recent demonstrations around the country can help lead to healing and help to create sustainable change. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Celtics coach: Empathy means more than basketball right now

Jun. 2, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Celtics coach Brad Stevens believes the best way he can be helpful to his players right now is by listening to them. Boston players including Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Enes Kanter and Vincent Poirier have been among several NBA players to participate in recent protests following the death...

Owner Johnny Grimes stands outside his salon Monday, June 1, 2020, in Birmingham, Ala., as he works to board up the windows after it was vandalized and looted. Grimes said he was devastated by what had happened to his business but was sympathetic with those who demonstrated against police brutality.  (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Looting devastates businesses already shaken by virus

Jun. 2, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Looting and vandalism in cities across the country have dealt another blow to small businesses that were already reeling from the coronavirus outbreak. Along with big chain stores like Target, Walgreen and Macy’s, independent retailers in neighborhoods and downtown sections were...

Salem police captain suspended for inappropriate tweet

Jun. 2, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police captain has been suspended after posting a tweet criticizing Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for permitting demonstrations during the coronavirus pandemic. Capt. Kate Stephens tweeted ”(S)o you issued a permit for 10 of thousands of people to protest but I...