MASSACHUSETTSGays join in Boston parade
Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade made history yesterday as two gay and lesbian groups marched after decades of opposition that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. OutVets and Boston Pride joined the annual celebration of Irish heritage at the invitation of the sponsoring South Boston Allied War Veterans Council. The council's leaders voted 5-4 in December to welcome OutVets as one of about 100 groups in this year's parade. Boston Pride said it received an acceptance letter last week. "We honor immigrants and veterans, and they served," council leader Brian Mahoney said. Boston's mayors had boycotted the event since 1995, when the council took its fight to exclude gay groups to the U.S. Supreme Court and won on First Amendment grounds. This year Mayor Marty Walsh, Gov. Charlie Baker and other Massachusetts political leaders took part.
Boston gets a record snowfall
Boston's long winter is now also its snowiest, going back to 1872. The official measurement of 108.6 inches at Logan International Airport last night topped a season record of 107.9 inches set in 1995-96, according to the National Weather Service. The final 2.9 inches came in a snowstorm that was relatively tame after a record-setting monthly snowfall of 64.9 inches in February. The worst previous single month was January 2005 when 43.3 inches fell. Forecasters note that snow totals can still mount this year. March 1993 had 38.9 inches, and March 1916 had 33.
Where Mark Twain once wrote
The historic Nevada newspaper where Mark Twain cut his journalistic teeth is back in publication for the first time in three decades, and its owners plan to uphold tradition by offering more than just real news. The Territorial Enterprise was revived as an online and monthly print publication this week by Capitol Publishing Group. Samuel Clemens assumed his pen name and developed his penchant for western tall tales when he was a reporter from 1862 to 1864 at the feisty newspaper in Virginia City, about 20 miles southeast of Reno. The Territorial Enterprise, based by its new owners in nearby Carson City, plans to feature yarns in keeping with Twain's spirit, and cover politics, government, business and culture across the state.