Macy's department store has removed a window display marking the observance of Pride Week in Boston after a group that opposes same-sex marriage said it was offensive. The display at the downtown Boston store featured two male mannequins, one wearing a rainbow flag around his waist, next to a list of several planned Pride Week events. MassResistance, formerly the Article 8 Alliance, which has campaigned against gay marriage and gay-themed textbooks in public schools, objected to the display. The group posted pictures on its website, and scores of its supporters voiced their objections to Macy's by phone and e-mail. Elina Kazan, a Macy's spokeswoman, said the store decided to remove the mannequins but leave the list of events in order to strike a balance. Displays in previous years did not use mannequins. Sarah Wunsch, ACLU of Massachusetts spokeswoman, accused Macy's of ``succumbing to the bigotry" of what she called a fringe antigay group. (AP)
Roslindale man, 28, indicted in slaying
A 28-year-old Roslindale man was indicted Tuesday on charges of murder and illegal possession of a firearm in the shooting death of a Somerville man in Cambridge, the Middlesex district attorney's office said yesterday. According to police, Doowensky Nazaire , 22, was found with gunshot wounds on Massachusetts Avenue at about 1 a.m. March 28. Witnesses said the shooter had fled the scene. Elysee Bresilla , 28, was located nearby, on Essex Street, and arrested. Bresilla pleaded not guilty on March 28 in Cambridge District Court and was ordered held without bail. A Superior Court arraignment date has not been scheduled.
Jury selection begins in Somerville killing
Jury selection began yesterday in the trial of two Somerville men accused of killing Ryan Sullivan , a 16-year-old Somerville High School hockey player. Van Gustave , 26, and Joseph Spinucci , 27, were involved in a fight with 19-year-old William Tighe , a friend of Sullivan's, about 11 p.m. on July 1, 2004 , authorities have said. Sullivan died of multiple stab wounds suffered during the fight. Gustave and Spinucci were arrested the next day and have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, the Middlesex district attorney's office said.
Doctor resigns license permanently
The State Board of Registration in Medicine took disciplinary action yesterday against Dr. David Victor of Lowell, a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine specializing in ophthalmology and neurology, accepting the permanent ``resignation of his license to practice medicine." Although Victor's letter said he offered his resignation voluntarily, it is not subject to judicial review and ensures that Victor will not seek a license elsewhere. In March 2004, Victor entered into an agreement to restrict his practices while allegations by three separate patients that he had performed inappropriate physical exams were investigated. In August 2005, Victor agreed to cease practicing medicine pending the completion of the investigation. A fourth case was uncovered in which Victor admitted to engaging in inappropriate physical contact with a patient, according to a press release.
Nursing home loses federal funds, to close
A nursing home is shutting down after federal officials cut Medicaid and Medicare funding because of violations that endangered residents, authorities said. The government ended its contract with Hollywell Nursing and Rehab Center in Randolph on April 1 because of violations that posed an immediate danger, said Roseanne Pawelec, a spokeswoman for the regional Medicare office. Joseph Veno, nursing home administrator, confirmed the closing. (AP)
Traveler ends up on wrong side of pond
Jim Hourihan of Liverpool, England, had never heard of Manchester, N.H, but because of a mix-up, he ended up there this week while trying to fly to Manchester, England. Hourihan boarded a Continental Airlines
flight in Los Angeles on Monday, but it wasn't until he got on a connecting flight in Cleveland, a 50-seat jet, that he realized he was headed to New England, not jolly old England. Tuesday evening, after a stay in Manchester, Continental booked Hourihan on a flight to Newark to connect with a flight home at no extra charge, said Brian O'Neill, assistant director at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. (AP)
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