BACK BAY — Our former colleague George Rizer shared some of his amazing photos from the tragic fire on June 17, 1972, in the Hotel Vendome in the Back Bay that claimed the lives of nine Boston firefighters, the largest loss of life in the department’s history. A memorial on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall commemorates the valor of the fire crews and marks the nine men lost that day. What George remembered was how the…

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QUINCY — Our friend Cody Huntington hit the streets in Quincy to photograph the peaceful protest following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, and the subsequent demonstrations against police brutality and injustice against people of color. Here is Cody’s report: “The past week has been incredibly difficult for many, but today I found a small glimpse of hope for our future. Today, a candlelight vigil was held in my city of Quincy, MA,…

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BOSTON — Our colleague Sean Goss packed his camera and headed to Boston for the evening protest march, the third one held in Boston on Sunday. The day’s marches were held to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and for other instances where a Black person was killed by police. As you can seen in Sean’s photos, the day was a peaceful and powerful one, but when the sun went down and the…

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By Morgan Hurley HINGHAM — John Hersey, who lives on a street in Hingham named for his ancestors, has set up for a bumper crop of tomatoes this summer — and he already knows where the delicious bounty is headed. Hersey planted the crop with a plan to give the tomatoes to the medical staff at the Dana-Farber’s cancer center in Weymouth, where Hersey said he received treatment. It is his way of thanking them…

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