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Greta Thunberg is the ‘ successor of Christ ‘

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According to the Swedish Church, teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg was a “successor of Christ” in defense of the environment. However, the statement triggered a furious reaction from certain Christians who say the claim is blasphemous.

Thunberg, who was 16 years old, seems to inspire Limhamns Kyrka Church in Sweden every Friday to protest outside the Swedish parliament.

The Kyrka Church of Limhamns posted on Twitter: “Announcement! One of his successors, Greta Thunberg, was appointed by Jesus of Nazareth. “The tweet was published in 2018 and proved controversial with many Christians blaspheming the church.

Others expressed less contentious views about the youth activist diagnosed with autism and obsessive compulsive disorder, however.

“Greta’s a girl only. Adults used her in the wrong manner, “remarked one user.

¡ as for lucka 1 as for kungoerelse! Jesus Från Nasaret har nu utsett en av sina efterträdare, nämligen Greta Thunberg. 1. December 2018:

Rajesh is a freelancer with a background in e-commerce marketing. Having spent her career in startups, He specializes in strategizing and executing marketing campaigns.

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Dear Abby: Aging mom’s daily life excludes daughter

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Dear Abby: Social skills are ‘rusty’ after pandemic lockdown

Dear Abby: I’m nearing 57 and single. My mother, who is 78, lives in the same apartment complex. I always try to talk with her because we don’t have much time together. All she wants to do is watch TV and read the paper. She allows me to talk to her for about a half-hour a day, then she has to go. If I visit her, she can only talk to me for a few minutes. Then she has to put the TV on.

I feel like I must beg her to talk with me. When I approached her about it, she said she’s living her life how she wants to (basically without me). Because of that, I have decided to give up and spend only Christmas and her birthday with her. She probably wouldn’t even notice. If you have any advice, I would like to see it.

— Her Sad, Hurt Daughter

Dear Sad, Hurt Daughter: I do have some. A half-hour phone call every day may be too much for your mother to handle. That she has to “limit” your calls to 30 minutes tells me you would like them to be even longer. (Every day!) Rather than punish her by distancing yourself and seeing her only twice a year, limit those visits and phone conversations to twice a week. I think it would be healthier for both of you if you find a way to become less emotionally dependent upon your mother. Also, plan some outings away from the apartment complex for you and your mom to share.

Dear Abby: My husband and I have been together 20 years. In the middle of our living room sits an albatross of a coffee table. My husband’s girlfriend made it for him in the late ’60s/early ’70s. I think it weighs 500 pounds.

I am finally redecorating the house and I want this table out of my life, but he won’t hear of it. He says there will be absolutely no negotiating on the subject. I have tried every approach. I feel like I’m second fiddle to his past. How can I move forward without such resentment?

— Hates the Relic in California

Dear Hates: Congratulations on redecorating your home. Rather than argue with your husband about the albatross, it may be time to rethink how you use the space. Many men enjoy having an area just their own, a “man cave.” Why not create one for him and put his treasured “love gift” in there, where you won’t have to see it? If he gives you an argument, that is the time to tell him you have tolerated having it in the middle of your home for the last 20 years and you have been a good sport about it long enough.

Dear Abby: Recently, I went swimming with my husband and his parents. We are around 50 years old; they are both 70. My in-laws took lots of photos and posted them on social media. I was not happy about it because I have gained weight during this COVID period. How do I mention this to them? Should I tell my husband?

— Uncomfortable in Texas

Dear Uncomfortable: By all means tell your husband if he doesn’t already know how uncomfortable this made you. Then ask your in-laws to PLEASE take the photos down because you hadn’t realized until you saw them how much weight you had put on. If your relations with them are friendly, they will probably accommodate you. Then schedule another “shoot” when you are shipshape again.


Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at DearAbby.com. 

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Defensive mistakes aplenty, Red Sox swept by Yankees at Fenway Park

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Step 1 of the Red Sox nightmare scenario has begun.

The New York Yankees rode into Fenway Park needing a sweep to unseat the Sox for the rights to host an American League Wild Card Game and get a leg up in what is sure to be a nutty race to the finish line this coming week.

A sweep, it was.

Both teams revealed their flaws in Sunday nights’ series finale, exchanging dropped fly balls and silly mistakes until the Yankees emerged victorious with a 6-3 win that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.

By wiping the Fenway floors with their rivals this weekend, the Yankees jumped one game up in the Wild Card race. The Sox are still in position to make the playoffs, one game behind the Yanks and one game up on the Blue Jays.

“It’s not what we wanted coming into this series,” manager Alex Cora said. “We wanted to win the series and keep the first Wild Card spot. It didn’t happen. But we’re still in position to make the playoffs, so it’s not the worst-case scenario.”

The Jays and Yankees have three games against one another this week, while the Sox finished their home portion of the 2021 schedule with a 49-32 record (.605) and now fly to Baltimore for three against the worst team in baseball.

It would take a collapse of epic proportions for the Sox to end up missing the playoffs.

But after watching this weekend, it’s hard to imagine either team making a deep playoff run no matter who makes it.

“You’ve just got to make sure you’re locked in Tuesday and start playing good baseball,” Cora said. “It’s not that we played bad baseball over the weekend. We just got beat.”

Friday’s game was an easy win for the Yanks when Nathan Eovaldi said he couldn’t grip the ball well enough to throw his curveball and got ripped to shreds in an 8-3 loss.

Saturday provided a much tighter contest as the Red Sox took a 2-1 lead into the eighth until Darwinzon Hernandez served up a grand slam to Giancarlo Stanton in an eventual 5-3 loss.

Sunday’s game was a show, and not a particularly flattering one for either side.

The Yankees took a 2-1 lead into the seventh, then the baseball started looking funny in the Boston sky.

The inning started with a hard-hit single by Jose Iglesias that rolled to the left-field wall. Iglesias thought about heading to second, but smartly stopped halfway there and turned back around, a veteran decision and one that is often made incorrectly by players not used to the Fenway dimensions.

Alex Verdugo then dropped a beautifully-placed drag bunt down the line to reach on an infield hit and put two on with nobody out.

One runner scored on a sacrifice fly by Christian Vazquez, then Kiké Hernandez struck out to bring Kyle Schwarber to the plate as a pinch-hitter.

Schwarber popped up to foul territory on the third-base side, but Gold Glove winner DJ LeMahieu made a rare mistake, drifting away from the ball and failing to make the catch. With second life, Schwarber lifted another weak pop-up to the left side, this time in shallow ground in left-center, and once again a Gold Glover dropped it. Joey Gallo overan the fly and maybe took his eye off it as it fell off his glove, allowing the Sox’ go-ahead runner to score from second.

This is nothing new for the Yankees, who, along with the Red Sox, have two of the three worst fielding percentages in MLB this year.

Gifted a 3-2 lead, the Red Sox couldn’t hang onto it.

Garrett Richards got wild and walked two — one was thrown out trying to steal second by Christian Vazquez — then allowed a double to Anthony Rizzo that prompted a pitching change. Adam Ottavino replaced him to face Aaron Judge and should’ve retired him, but Bobby Dalbec shied away from the fence on the first-base side and dropped a relatively-routine fly ball to give Judge second life.

For as much improvement as Dalbec has made on the defensive side over the last few months, he continues to play apprehensively and struggles to make plays in foul territory.

“I saw the ball getting closer to the railing and that’s all I saw,” Cora aid. “I heard the reaction of everybody but I’ll check with (Dalbec). Where I was, I wasn’t able to see it.”

Then Judge appeared to strike out swinging on a foul tip, but Vazquez dropped the ball, giving Judge a third life.

“I caught the ball and dropped it on the transfer,” Vazquez said. “They should have gotten together and made a better call there. I was trying to get the ball out of my hand. It was in the top of my glove and I was trying to get it to the middle of the glove. … I’ve never done that before.”

Judge then hit a laser towards the center-field wall for an RBI double that scored two and put the Yankees back in front. Stanton hit a majestic home run behind him and the Sox were cooked.

Despite a few baserunning mistakes by the Yankees that kept the Red Sox within striking distance, the Sox couldn’t get anything done off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth.

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Quitting smoking leads to people eating more junk food, Study Finds

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(StudyFinds.org) – Quitting smoking is no easy feat, especially when nicotine withdrawal kicks in. Now, a new study finds one of the immediate side-effects of giving up cigarettes is a craving for junk food. Researchers from the University of Minnesota Medical School say they’ve discovered a brain link between a person’s addiction to nicotine and poor eating habits.

The study points to the opioid system — the brain functions which regulate both addiction and appetite — being responsible for smokers seeking out high-calorie foods when they’re suffering from nicotine withdrawal. It’s a vicious cycle for people trying to quit, as junk food cravings can lead to weight gain and, in turn, can push people to go back to smoking cigarettes again.

“We looked at whether or not acute nicotine withdrawal increases the intake of junk food — high in salt, fat and sugar — and how the stress-relieving receptors of the opioid system are involved,” explains senior author Mustafa al’Absi, PhD in a university release. “Mitigating these challenges during the treatment process will help patients quit smoking while understanding their eating habits and encourage healthier decisions.”

Craving cigarettes leads to eating fattier foods

The team examined a group of both smokers and non-smokers between the ages of 18 and 75 during two lab experiments. Each group took part in a 24-hour withdrawal from nicotine products, while taking either a placebo or 50-mg dose of naltrexone — a medication doctors prescribe for both alcohol and opioid use disorders. After each session, researchers provided the smokers and non-smokers with a selection of snacks differing in their levels of salt and fat.

The experiments revealed that smokers suffering from nicotine withdrawal consumed more calories than non-smokers. Participants were also less likely to pick high-fat foods if they took naltrexone during the experiment.

“The study’s findings may be related to the use of food, especially those high in calories, to cope with the negative affect and distress that characterizes the feelings people experience during smoking withdrawal,” al’Absi explains. “Results from preclinical and clinical research support this and demonstrate that stress increases proclivity for high-fat and high-sugar foods.”

A possible medication for junk food cravings

The study also finds naltrexone normalized the calorie intake of smokers, dropping them to the same levels of non-smokers. Study authors say the results suggest the opioid system may be what triggers withdrawal-induced calorie cravings.

“This is rather a novel finding in the context of nicotine addiction and has lots of implications for the development of future treatment,” al’Absi says.

“These findings extend earlier studies that indicate the impact of tobacco use on appetite and help identify the influence of an important biological link, the brain opioid system, on craving during nicotine withdrawal,” al’Absi concludes. “The fear of weight gain is a major concern among smokers who think about quitting. The key to removing these barriers is to better understand the factors that increase the urge for high-caloric foods.”

The study appears in the Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

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Annissa Essaibi-George rejects ties to Trump via super PAC

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Mayoral candidate Annissa Essaibi-George is eschewing labels and trying to distance herself from conservative ties after a major Trump supporter sunk big money into a PAC supporting her.

“Any affiliation, any commentary, any implication that I am connected to Donald Trump, to me, is a gross statement,” said Essaibi-George, who serves on the City Council, during a Sunday appearance on WBZ’s “Keller @ Large.” “I don’t want this PAC involved. I don’t want them to speak for me. I’m more than capable to speak for myself.”

New Balance Chairman Jim Davis, a longtime Republican donor dumped $495,000 into a super PAC supporting Essaibi-George that bankrolled TV ads that flooded screens ahead of the preliminary.

Davis’s donation, which was first reported by the Dorchester Reporter, jumps out because of his ties to Republican causes including a $396,500 donation to Trump Victory, a political action committee that raised money for Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee.

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Supervised drug use, decriminalization bills before lawmakers

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Legislation to allow addicts to use hard drugs like heroin and fentanyl in the presence of staff trained to prevent overdoses is on the agenda for a daylong virtual hearing Monday at the State House.

One of the bills would create a 10-year pilot program “establishing two or more supervised consumption sites that utilize harm reduction tools, including clinical monitoring of the consumption of pre-obtained controlled substances in the presence of trained staff, for the purpose of reducing the risks of disease transmission and preventing overdose deaths.”

The site would have to provide sterile injection supplies, collect used hypodermic needles and syringes, and provide secure hypodermic needle and syringe disposal services — as well as offer referrals to addiction treatment and education on the risk of contracting HIV and viral hepatitis.

Similar proposals have met with political pushback in the past.

In 2019, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said that such sites would be illegal under federal law and that the state should instead focus on legal actions to curb overdose deaths. At the time, he pointed to comments by former U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling who said that regardless of any state law, drug users and employees at the sites would be exposed to federal criminal charges.

The idea of supervised sites has the support of groups like the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Massachusetts Hospital Association and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.

The ACLU also backs legislation that would make personal possession of illicit drugs a civil, rather than criminal, violation, and offer people with substance use disorders a connection to potential treatment — proposals that will also be part of the hearing.

In July, Rhode Island Gov. Daniel McKee signed into law a bill  authorizing the opening of so-called harm reduction centers where people dealing with addiction can take heroin and other illegal drugs under the supervision of medical professionals — making Rhode Island the first to enact such a statewide measure to combat the opioid crisis.

The hearing by the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

From 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. the hearing will focus on the two decriminalization bills and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the three supervised consumption site bills.

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Massachusetts weather outlook: Finally ‘feeling a lot more like fall’ in Boston

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Hurricane Sam still at Category 4 strength; 2 tropical depressions could form this week

Cooler temps and bouts of rainy weather mean it’s going to finally staring to feel a lot more like fall in Boston.

Meteorologists are forecasting temperatures dipping into 40s and low 50s overnight with highs barely climbing into the 60s on some days.

“This week we will definitely see cool enough weather where people will start to take their ACs out of their windows. It will be feeling a lot more like fall by the mid-to-later half of week,” said Torry Gaucher, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service’s Boston office.

After Sunday’s breezy but sunny September stunner, Monday will be the last warm day, with abundant sunshine for a little while. High temps should be in the high 70s, with cooler temps and sea breezes along the coast.

Come Tuesday, Gaucher said a cold front from the south with come through, bringing showers and cooler temps.

Wednesday is predicted to be dry, but as another cool front from northern Quebec comes through, temperatures won’t climb above the mid-60s.

The next chance for rain showers is on Thursday, but forecasters think the rain should clear up by nighttime, leading into a sunny and mild Friday. Saturday brings the threat of more brief showers or rainstorms, however.

Gaucher said the temps are a bit on the low side for Boston which generally sees temperatures around 70 degrees at this time of year.

Meteorologists are also keeping an eye on Category 4 Hurricane Sam in the Atlantic Ocean, which is expected to slowly weaken over the next couple of days, while remaining a major hurricane. The hurricane is expected to take a turn to the northwest making it less threatening for the U.S.

Two other tropical depressions are potentially forming in the Atlantic which could be cause for concern along the coast depending on their course.

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‘Most amazing person’: Gabby Petito’s father delivers eulogy at LI service

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HOLBROOK, N.Y. — Hundreds of mourners on Long Island stood in a line that wrapped around the block to attend a public memorial service for Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito on Sunday.

People were able to pay their respects between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Moloney’s Funeral Home in Holbrook. A live stream of the service provided by the funeral home included eulogies from Petito’s father and stepfather.

Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, remembered his beloved daughter as an adventurous spirit who was the light of his life.

“I want you to take a look at these pictures and I want you to be inspired by them … If there’s a trip you want to take, take it. Now. Do it now while you’ve got the time. If there is a relationship that you’re in that might not be the best thing for you, leave it now,” he said. “Gabby is the most amazing person I’ve ever met … I’m asking you guys to be inspired by the way she treated people, all people … She genuinely loved people … When you leave here today, be inspired by what she brought to the table … I couldn’t be more proud, as a father.”

Her stepfather, Jim Schmidt, said Petito helped him realize that you can always make money, but you can’t make up for lost time.

“Parents aren’t supposed to bury their children. This is not how this is supposed to work, but it is an unfortunate reality,” he said. “Gabby loved life and lived her life every single day … She is an example for all of us to live by. To enjoy every moment in this beautiful world, as she did. To love and give love to all like she did.”

Schmidt recalled a lyric from the Beatles song, “Let It Be,” which was tattooed on her arm.

“And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree; there will be an answer, let it be,” he said. “It’s OK to mourn for Gabby. It’s OK to feel sorrow and pain, but we want to celebrate her and how she lived her life. We want you to hold onto all those wonderful memories we shared with her because that would be the answer; let it be.”

Alexis Trama, who went to middle school with Petito, attended the service.

“It’s not fair,” Trama said. “Her family deserves to lay her to rest the right way.”

People who’d never met Petito came to pay their respects. Arianna Green traveled to the memorial from New Jersey.

“I just felt personally connected to Gabby,” Green said. “Her love for everything, life, nature, the little things.”

Lexi Ruiz recalled working with Petito at a cafe in nearby Patchogue that Ruiz managed.

“She was always willing to help someone else,” Ruiz said. “She was just such a light. Anywhere she went the room lit up. It’s nice to see so many people come together and support her family.”

PIX11’s Mary Murphy was live outside of the memorial service Sunday morning.

Petito, 22, was born and raised on Long Island. Her family lives in Blue Point.

In lieu of flowers, her family has asked for donations that will go toward a foundation they plan to set up in Petito’s name. Donations can be made online at the https://Johnnymacfoundation.org.

Petito was reported missing by her parents on Sept. 11 after she did not respond to calls and texts for several days while she and her fiancé Brian Laundrie, 23, were on a cross-country camping trip out West.

After the missing persons report was filed, police discovered Laundrie had returned to his parents home in North Port, Florida, alone in the van on Sept. 1. He later became a person of interest after he refused to cooperate with investigators.

On Sept. 17, Laundrie’s parents told investigators they had not seen their son since Sept. 14. Police continued to search for him on Sunday, as Petito’s family prepared to lay her to rest.

Petito’s body was found in a remote area of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on Sept. 19. Her death was deemed a homicide, meaning it was caused by another person. How she was killed was not disclosed by the medical examiner, pending further autopsy results.

Law enforcement officials have since issued an arrest warrant for Laundrie. He allegedly used a debit card and PIN to buy more than $1,000 worth of items between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, according to the indictment.

His family’s attorney noted the warrant is not for Petito’s death.

“While this arrest warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito’s homicide,” the FBI said.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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St. John’s Shrewsbury takes team title at Cape Cod golf Invitational

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BREWSTER – Sudden death decided the individual competition and one stroke separated the top three finishers in the team competition as a host of players throughout the state competed in the fifth annual Cape Cod National Golf Club High School Invitational.

St. John’s Shrewsbury outlasted a few familiar foes as the foursome of John Pagano, Matt Quinn, Liam Tenney, and Sean Tenney, combined for a score of 228 to take town the top team trophy. After a year off from COVID-19, fellow Catholic Conference competitors St. John’s Prep (228) and Xaverian (229) fell just short of the top spot for the coveted Sioux Campbell Memorial trophy, which honors long-time professional Jim Campbell’s wife from the Cape Cod National Golf Club.

Defending champion Lincoln-Sudbury pulled up in sixth place as the team shot 227 on the day.

“The Catholic Conference schedule gets you ready for these types of tournaments, we play those guys twice a year, it’s awesome and I just wanted our guys to go out and have fun today,” said Pioneers head coach Sean Noonan, who is in his eighth year with the program. “My guys have high expectations but luckily we were one shot better then the rest.

Pagano, who is a senior and has a verbal commitment to play golf next year at Williams, fired a 33 on the front nine including two eagles to lead all competitors. But it was shots from No. 2 Matt Quinn and Liam Tenney that sealed the deal for the Pioneers.

“I’ve never done that before and I think I had two eagles in the stretch of five holes, so I was feeling good,” said Pagano. “It was just a rollercoaster from there but towards the end of my round – everything settled down which was really crucial for us to come out on top.”

Quinn was three under on his last four holes and birdied his last hole to finish three-over 75 as Tenney, who was struggling at +8 for most of the round, sunk a six-foot putt to finish up a 38 on the back nine as the Pioneers needed every shot to count to take the top prize.

“It couldn’t have worked out any better, we started off the season off really well, and this is another benchmark on our way to what we are trying to do at the end of the year and play well at the state tournament,” added Noonan.

In a match that took over six-hours to complete, Ryan Downes of Longmeadow outlasted Aiden Azevedo of Haverhill on the fourth sudden death hole to capture the individual crown.

The Massachusetts Junior Amateur Champion Colin Spencer (Mashpee) had to settle for third with an even-par 72.

Both golfers finished two-under for the first 18 holes and then set out to finish on the par-5, first hole of the course after Downes had to get it up and down for birdie for the win.

Downes and Azevedo went shot for shot for the first three holes of sudden death as well as off the tee on the fourth, where their drives landed a few yards apart. But Azevedo hit his second shot a little left on the fairway while Downes tucked in short of the bunker to the right for the better view for birdie.

“It was nice to win as (Azevedo) he did hit it a little left, but it was still a good spot. But I was able to get it up and down and hit it to about two feet of the hole,” said Downes, only a sophomore. “This is a really good feeling and definitely means a lot to win on this awesome golf course and I’m definitely looking forward to coming back (next year).”

TEAM RESULTS: 1. St. John’s (Shrewsbury), 237; 2. St. John’s Prep, 228; 3. 6. Xaverian, 229; 4. Westford Academy, 233; 5. Concord-Carlisle, 236; 6. Lincoln-Sudbury, 237; 7. Winchester, 240; 8. (tie). B.C. High, 241; 8 (tie) Weston, 241

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 1. Ryan Downes (Longmeadow) 70; 2. Aiden Azevedo (Haverhill) 70;  3. Colin Spencer (Mashpee), 72; 4. Aiden O’Donovan(Somerville), 74; 5. James Robbins (North Andover), 75; 6. Jack Martin (Nauset), 78; 7. Cooper Guiliano (Nauset), 80; 8. Austin Ryan (Scituate), 81; 9. John Kinsley (Scituate), 88.

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A State House rally against Gov. Charlie Baker’s “forced” vaccine and mask mandates doubled as a campaign rally for Republican candidate for governor Geoff Diehl, who took shots at Baker over everything from mail-in voting to free choice.

“Let me ask you this: Are you guys against vaccine mandates and mask mandates?” Diehl said to an energized crowd that shouted “Yes” in return.as they gathered in front along Beacon Street on Sunday afternoon. “Then you know what you got to do. You’ve to vote out the governor. You’ve got to vote out the lieutenant governor and you’ve go to take this into your own hands.”

One attendee shouted out “Tyranny,” as Diehl rallied the crowd.

Participants at the the Boston Broadside Freedom Rally touted signs scrawled with slogans like “Our body, our choice,” “Unmask Massachusetts” and “Biden stole the election.”

Diehl, a vocal critic of Baker’s vaccine mandate for state workers in the state’s executive branch and of required mask-wearing in schools, said in a statement that the event was “about the freedom to choose for ourselves, the best path for our health, including whether to wear masks, have our children wear masks, and get vaccinated.”

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Patriots react to losing James White to serious hip injury

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FOXBORO — Within minutes of crumpling to the turf along the visitors sideline Sunday, Patriots running back James White was loaded onto a cart.

He had been helped to his feet by the team’s medical staff. He hardly put any weight on his right leg. Spotting the cart, more than half of White’s teammates left their sideline and crossed the field to wish their captain well. He was later ruled out with hip injury.

White’s absence immediately created problems for the Patriots offense, which scored a season-low 13 points in defeat. White had also entered kickoff as their leading receiver and only reliable back in blitz pickup. But losing him means more than replacing on-field production, according to teammates.

“It is going to hurt, because he is a great guy on the field and off the field and a lot of guys look up to James White. I know I do, said Pats wide receiver Jakobi Meyers. “So just seeing him laying down there and seeing him get put on the cart, it kind of makes your heart jump a little bit to your stomach. I mean we know we have to keep playing but losing someone like James White definitely hurt a little bit.”

The Pats turned to core special teamer Brandon Bolden for most of the second half, unable to trust starter Damien Harris or second-year back J.J. Taylor in blitz pickup. Harris allowed a sack on the team’s second drive, while Taylor is still developing in pass protection. Fourth-round rookie Rhamondre Stevenson was a healthy scratch.

Bolden did help stymie New Orleans’ blitz pressure, but finished with minus-one yard on three carries and 23 receiving yards on three catches.

“When it’s one of the guys you run with, one of the guys who you train with, one of the guys that you bleed and sweat with, it kind of hits a little different,” Bolden said. “So prayers to him, and hope he gets through it.”

Retaining White has helped the Patriots maintain their long-established culture amid an influx of new faces this season. Among the newcomers is wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, who scored the Pats’ only offensive touchdown, led the team with 96 receiving yards and had his injured captain top of mind post-game.

“I have always been a fan of him from just watching football throughout my life,” Bourne said. “I’ve seen James since I was young, and then meeting him in person, it was like, ‘Wow he is who he looks like on TV.’ So, to lose him is crucial. … We have some other guys who can help take his place, so we can hold it down until he gets back. But [I’m] praying for him.”

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