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Editorial: Since Boebert seems incapable, we’ll apologize to Omar for her

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Editorial: Since Boebert seems incapable, we’ll apologize to Omar for her

The Denver Post editorial board has mostly tried to ignore U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert’s antics because they add so little to the public discourse. Since the Western Slope representative was elected in November 2020, we’ve published two editorials about her. The first urged an investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and whether her words and actions helped former President Donald Trump spark the insurrection; the other editorial defended Boebert from sexist and elitist attacks targeting her on social media for her physical appearance and her lack of a college education.

But last week, Boebert crossed a line and now we must stand up for common decency. Boebert is intentionally using her platform to peddle a gross and false narrative about Muslim Americans. We cannot fathom what evil intent drives this behavior, but after first apologizing, Boebert now has made matters worse.

In a video that was circulated widely last week after being tweeted out by Patriot Takes — a group that describes its mission as “to research, monitor and expose the extremism and radicalization of the far-right across the darkest parts of the Internet” — Boebert told supporters a story about getting on an elevator and seeing a security guard rush toward her as the doors were closing:

“I look to my left and there she is: Ilhan Omar. And I said, ‘Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine,’” Boebert said in the video to cheers from the audience. “I looked over and I said, ‘Oh look, the jihad squad decided to show up for work today.’ ”

Making a joke about suicide bombers and suggesting that a congresswoman is a threat to safety and security because she is a Muslim is both racist and a form of religious bigotry. Boebert did apologize to “anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar,” and she pledged to call Omar directly, however, Boebert reported in a strange video on Monday that that phone call went poorly, and it’s no wonder given that she prefaces the conversation by once again raising the scepter of concern about Omar and threats to American security.

“Make no mistake. I will continue to fearlessly put America first. Never sympathizing with terrorists. Unfortunately, Ilhan can’t say the same thing, and our country is worse off for it,” she said.

Rep. Ilhan Omar deserved nothing short of a full apology. Instead, Boebert used the phone call as a publicity stunt and further insulted Omar. Boebert is clearly incapable of remorse or reflection, so as her fellow Coloradans — a beautiful place of tolerance and respect, diversity and freedom — we will help her.

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Division 2 track: Wellesley girls set school records at relays

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Wellesley’s Abigail Tucker was very much in the thick of the action early on at Sunday’s MSTCA Div. 2 State Relays at the Reggie Lewis Center.

The senior sprinter won two gold medals as the Raider girls dominated the infield events to kick off the competition. Tucker ran the second leg of the 4×50 relay and joined teammates Chantal Coehel, Abby Lothian and Emily Carp in establishing a meet record with a time of 24.91 seconds against a deep field. She was also a big cog on the 4×50 shuttle hurdles squad that also earned a win. Tucker, Lillie Caizoo, Megan Webb and Maeve Frambes bolted to a time of 30.67 for a very satisfying win over Hingham (30.70) and Mansfield (30.86). Both performances were also Wellesley school records.

“We didn’t even know how well we did (in the dash),” said Tucker. “It was a nice surprise. It was mainly the starts that give you the boost. We do a lot of starts, especially leading up to a meet. That’s one of our main focuses.”

Tucker said Wellesley has a surplus of hurdlers this season and they’ve been competing well. She called the win a “lucky surprise.”

Wellesley had 30 points early with the infield wins and the 4×200 victory (1:47.53). The Raiders’ biggest win came in the 4×400 (4:03.58) clinch the team title with 61 points. A tough North Andover team was second with 52 points.

Columbia University-bound Rory Clare was part of the winning 4×800 team (9:47.22) and anchored the 4×400 win (4:03.58) with a quick 59.7 split. Webb, who will attend the University of Pennsylvania, long jumped 17-7 and was part of the 4×400 squad along with the hurdles.

Freshman Annie Comella wound up with three gold medals as part of the long jump relay (14.97 meters), 4×200 and 4×400.

“It’s a lot to take in in the beginning,” said Comella. “I’m really grateful to come in and compete at my age. We talked about how great it would be to win and get good individual times. This gives us a lot of confidence going forward.”

On the boys’ side, North Andover took over from where they left off after winning pre-pandemic in 2020 by running away with the team competition with 64 points. John Finn’s Catholic Memorial squad was second with 36 points. The victory was also the first for first-year coach Jason Guarente, an assistant coach for seven years before taking over for legendary coach Steve Nugent.

“We have a great team and were focused all week long,” said Guarente. “The captains set the tone for the rest of the team. It feels good. The kids came in so focused and came to compete.”

Nate Jacques was part of two second-place teams, the high jump (5.16 meters) and shot put (40.17), as well as the third-place hurdle squad (27.35). Ronan McGary ran well in the 4×400 and his 800 leg of the second-place sprint medley relay (3:41.33).

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4 killed, 1 hurt in ‘ambush’ shooting at house party near LA

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Four people were killed and one was wounded when multiple shooters opened fire at a house party near Los Angeles early Sunday, authorities said.

Police responded around 1:30 a.m. to reports of shots fired at a home in the city of Inglewood, Mayor James Butts told reporters.

Two women and two men were shot and killed and another man was hospitalized in critical condition and expected to survive, CBS2 reported.

Butts called the shooting an “ambush” involving multiple weapons including a rifle and a handgun. The mayor described the incident as the worst single shooting crime in Inglewood since the 1990s.

The victims appear to have been targeted, he added.

Butts urged the suspects to turn themselves in. “We will find you and prosecute you,” he said.

Authorities are searching for multiple suspects, he said. Officers interviewed witnesses and canvassed the neighborhood looking for possible security camera footage.

The man who survived admitted being a member of a street gang in another city and investigators are trying to determine if the shooting was gang related, CBS2 said.

Inglewood is a city of about 100,000 people 10 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. It’s home to SoFi Stadium, where the Super Bowl will be played next month.

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Charlie Baker to deliver final state of the state address Tuesday

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Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver his final State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday, from the Hynes Convention Center — a rare departure from tradition for the annual event that is usually delivered in the House chamber of the State House.

The outgoing Republican governor is expected to talk about the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and reveal how he’ll handle the year to come and lock down his legacy as he prepares to return to private life.

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