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USS Constitution to mark Independence Day with 21-gun salute

BOSTON -  There's more to Boston's Fourth of July celebrations than just fireworks on Monday.There was a morning flag-raising at City Hall Plaza and procession to the Old State House for the reading of the Declaration of Independence. Mayor Michelle Wu was part of the speaking ceremony, which in the past has included historical figures like John F. Kennedy.The USS Constitution will get underway in Boston Harbor at 10:00 a.m. Old Ironsides will fire a 21-gun salute, visible from Castle Island, at 11:30 a.m. The Old North Church will also host family-friendly Independence Day events starting at 10 a.m., including printing press demonstrations, story time, guided crypt tours, a historical scavenger hunt and a drum performance.Click here for a guide to Monday night's fireworks spectacular on the Esplanade. 
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Adam Vinatieri's son decommits from UMass football

BOSTON -- Back in February, A.J. Vinatieri -- the son of Patriots legend and future Pro Football Hall of Famer Adam Vinatieri -- excitedly announced his commitment to play football at the University of Massachusetts. That commitment, however, is no more.A.J. Vinatieri announced on Twitter that he has decommitted to UMass, and that he's now open to new recruitment.He's also posted some videos of his recent on-field work to help that recruitment process along.Vinatieri is a kicker and a punter, and he and his father had both expressed extreme excitement for the UMass opportunity. Yet between February and July, something clearly changed. 
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11 people shot within span of 7 hours in Boston

BOSTON – A total of 11 people were shot within a span of just over six hours during a violent night in Boston.In total, Boston Police responded to seven shooting incidents. The first shooting was reported Sunday night around 10:45 p.m. on Woodbole Ave. A juvenile suffered non-life threatening injuries. Less than 20 minutes later, a man was shot on Greenville Street. He was taken to an area hospital in what is described as serious but stable condition.While at that scene, Boston Police saw a car leaving the area. The driver had gunshot wounds. Police found a gun in the car,...

Joe Cardona finds one unfortunate parallel in military and NFL

BOSTON -- Time was, the sport of football emulated life on the battlefield. That time, though, is long gone.Joe Cardona -- who's entering his eighth season with the New England Patriots while also serving as a lieutenant in the United States Navy -- explained that current reality in detail in a guest column for Sports Illustrated on the Fourth of July."Football no longer mimics war or the values held close by our armed services," Cardona wrote, while stating that he has "struggled with my place between these two careers.""Today," Cardona added, "football is not war; it is money."Cardona stated that football being "big business" and "that is O.K." Yet he did find one unfortunate place where the U.S. military and the NFL have something in common."The military members putting their lives on the line see pennies on the dollar compared to our major defense contracts in our $773 billion defense budget. It's much like the NFL, where most players do not see nearly the value of revenue generated at the expense of their physical and cognitive health because it goes to ownership, the league or a handful of players who command a disproportionate allocation of the salary cap," Cardona wrote.
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3 Bruins’ Questions Following the Hiring of Jim Montgomery

When the Boston Bruins fired former coach Bruce Cassidy, it raised some eyebrows. It took three and a half weeks, but general manager (GM) Don Sweeney hired Jim Montgomery as Cassidy’s replacement. Montgomery was selected over several other candidates, but now that the search for a new coach is over, it’s time for Sweeney and the front office to focus on the 2022 offseason.

Happy Birthday America! #founders #fourthofjuly

– News covered by Quincy Quarry News with commentary added. The United States of America turns 246 years old today!. Fortunately, at least as far as the Quincy Quarry newsroom knows, no one is putting 246 candles on a cake as such would likely require a fire permit. At least...

Sam Hauser signs three year deal with the Boston Celtics

After playing one season with the Boston Celtics, former Virginia Cavaliers forward Sam Hauser has signed a three year contract with Brad Stevens’ organization after the team declined his team option and clearly view him as a part of their future. Hauser will be making $6 million total over the next three years.

Mayor: Boston 'getting very close' to naming new police commissioner

BOSTON — Boston could soon have a new top cop, more than a year after the city's last police commissioner was officially fired after spending months on administrative leave. Mayor Michelle Wu spoke about the search Monday while answering questions about a rash of shootings in the city overnight. She said an announcement could be made later this month.

Friends Creator To Donate $4 Million To Alma Mater Due To ‘Guilt’ Over Lack Of Diversity In The Series

The murder of George Floyd in police custody and summer of nationwide protests that followed in 2020 had an effect on how Marta Kauffman viewed “Friends” and its dearth of diversity in retrospect. The protests also renewed calls for reparations for slavery, an idea that had found its way into shows like HBO’s “Watchmen” the year before. This was the climate in which Kauffman started reconsidering the legacy of “Friends” and eventually arrived at her decision to make a donation for an endowed professorship in the African and African American studies department at the Waltham, Massachusetts private university.

Crews respond to crash in Central Falls

(WJAR) — Crews responded to a crash in Central Falls late Sunday night. The incident happened on Broad Street and Sacred Heart Avenue. An NBC 10 news crew observed a blue vehicle and a van with substantial damage. NBC 10 has placed calls to police to find out the...

Yankees Trade Rumors Heating Up; What Chatter Means For Red Sox

Despite a comfortable cushion atop the MLB standings, the New York Yankees don’t appear content to stand pat. The best team in baseball is still looking to add, according to multiple reports, and the most obvious area in need of improvement is the outfield. Joey Gallo and Aaron Hicks are essentially the only drags on an offense that’s driven in 403 runs through 80 games.

Firefighters knock down flames at industrial building in Freetown

FREETOWN, Mass. (WLNE) — Firefighters battled flames at an industrial building in Freetown Sunday night. The Lakeville Fire Department said that they were called to the scene as mutual aid just before 10:30 p.m. Fire officials said that the blaze started in a dumpster and then spread to the...

Dozens rescued after zoo amusement ride in Mass. abruptly stops

MENDON, Mass. — Dozens of people were safely rescued from a amusement ride at a Massachusetts zoo after an oil leak left them stranded high in the air. Similar to a ski lift, the Skyfari Ride at Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon allows guests to see the zoo’ from as high as 30 feet in the air. About 40 people were aloft just after 2:30 p.m. Friday when workers discovered a small oil leak and shut the ride down as a precaution.