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I wrote scores of full-length articles, news brief and obits for the Boston Globe between 1987 and 1989 as a full-time co-op student and as a summer intern. Here are a few.

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By David Grady, Contributing Reporter

Date: 06/12/1988 Page: 46

Thousands of gays and lesbians and their supporters marched through the streets of Boston yesterday in a display of pride and political strength during the 18th annual Boston Gay and Lesbian Pride Day.

Scores of homosexual support groups and grass-roots organizations and their friends and families began the day with a rally on City Hall Plaza before walking to Boston Common, where they celebrated the city's gay presence with music and guest speakers.

"It's important to have this opportunity to let people know we exist and are a powerful minority," Maryanne Kirkbride said yesterday, while around her thousands crowded the plaza to watch the raising of a gay community flag.

For those marching in the parade yesterday, a route that stretched from City Hall to Charles Street and around the Public Garden, Pride Day has become an annual day of acceptance.

"Gay pride is all year long," said Dee White, who joined the parade and festivities on the Common, "but this is a day to celebrate and to be with your gay family."

Balloons and marching bands added to the festive atmosphere of the day, butpolitics mixed with expressions of pride.

City Councilor David Scondras accused Democratic Party leaders of ''insulting Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition," while Rep. Barney Frank urged gays and lesbians to support Gov. Michael S. Dukakis' bid for the presidency.

Scondras, speaking at City Hall, said gay issues must be put on the party platform at the Democratic national convention in August, adding that the issues raised by Jackson's candidacy cannot be ignored.

"They're seeing something they don't want to see today," Scondras said, ''but they'd better get used to it, because we're here to stay."

Frank, speaking on the Common, told his listeners that Dukakis' record on gay rights "may not be perfect," but the gay community "should get ready to vote for him, and the day after the election get ready to aggravate him to be better."

The Pride Day parade, led by 49 motorcyclists from Moving Violations, a Boston-based women's motorcycle club, took 90 minutes to reach the Common from City Hall. Police estimated the number of participants at about 25,000. Pride Day organizers put the number at twice that.

Some men and women danced or held hands as they made their way along the parade route. Thousands of onlookers watched from the sidewalks, their many cheers drowning out the occasional jeer. Police reported no injuries or arrests.

Dennis Lewis received applause as he walked, head held high, down the middle of Charles Street wearing a white wedding gown.

"It's part of who and what Pride Day is all about," Lewis explained. "If it's helping people not to be prejudiced, then I'll wear a dress. We wear business suits and ties every day just like everyone else does. Today I am wearing a dress, but I'm still the same man underneath."

Among the many groups that joined the parade were a gay fathers' support group, gay and lesbian science fiction fans whose slogan is "out of the closet and into the universe," and a group of recovering alcoholics chanting ''Gay, sober, and proud!" Suburban lesbian support groups, over-40 gay organizations, and gay groups from Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine were also represented.

Members of Boston's AIDS Action Committee carried signs reading ''learning" and "teaching" and "caring" and "loving." Steven Tierney, an AAC board member, said that the words on the signs described the services his committee provides to those with AIDS.

"We're here today celebrating the dignity of the lives of people who have AIDS," Tierney said.

Despite the air of celebration yesterday, the specter of AIDS hung over the festivities. Black balloons waved in the wind among the colored ones carried by marchers, and a young man dressed as the Grim Reaper weaved in and out of line along the parade route.

One man carried a sign that read "AIDS decided some of my friends can't be here."

Members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power pushed a coffin along the streets and to the Common in protest of the federal government's handling of AIDS research.

"Even in a celebration of pride, we can't ignore the facts," said Raymond Schmidt, a member of the coalition. "AIDS is something that affects every aspect of our lives, and there is pride in facing the facts."


By David Grady, Contributing Reporter

Date: 07/06/1988 Page: 15

LYNN -- Nearly 50 firefighters, some chanting and carrying signs, stormed City Hall here yesterday and occupied the mayor's office for 20 minutes to protest the city's decision to disband the fire department's Rescue Squad.

The protest came several hours after a fire destroyed three houses and left 22 persons homeless, the latest in a string of blazes that have fire officials worrying an arsonist may be at work.

The firefighters marched to City Hall at 9 a.m. and into Mayor Albert DiVirgilio's office, forcing their way past secretaries and an aide to DiVirgilio. Once inside, they demanded to see the mayor to ask the Rescue Squad be reinstated, and chanted when they were told DiVirgilio was not in the building. Police informed the men they were trespassing and had to leave. The firefighters moved their protest to a hallway outside the mayor's office.

There were no arrests, but after an hour police escorted the protestors out of City Hall. Many of the firefighters chanted "We'll be back," and said they will protest again at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

Fire Lt. Dick Callahan said the July 1 disbanding of the Rescue Squad -- three-man teams that enter burning buildings to search for trapped people and turn off electricity and gas -- has left firefighters vulnerable to injury and the public in danger. Two firefighters were injured in separate fires Monday, and many lay blame for the injuries on the lack of Rescue Squad officers.

"Rescue's main priority is to evacuate buildings," Callahan said, "and we're not trained for search and rescue." He said firefighters trained to man pumps and hoses are now forced to perform the tasks of the Rescue Squad as well.

"You can't do two things at once," Callahan said.

David Coleman, president of the Lynn Firefighters Union Local 739, said DiVirgilio's decision to disband the Rescue Squad and transfer the men to other Lynn fire stations has decreased morale and left firefighters worried about their safety.

"The decision creates a lot of confusion," Coleman said. "We're going to get a lot of injuries. We'd like to know what they are going to do to ensure the firemen's and the public's safety."

Firefighters charged DiVirgilio with closing the Rescue Squad to gain control of the department, but the mayor defended the decision saying no manpower has been sacrificed and that Rescue equipment has simply been relocated to other fire apparatus.

"I have never tried to maintain control of the fire department," DiVirgilio said, adding the decision was made on the recommendation of former, acting and incoming fire chiefs.

"We have not eliminated the Rescue," he said, "we've expanded rescue capability."

Prior to the protest, a four-alarm fire destroyed a vacant home on Neptune Street and set ablaze two neighboring homes, driving 22 persons into the street.

Deputy Fire Chief William Conway said the fire started at about 5 a.m. in the wood-framed house at 70 Neptune St. Flames quickly spread to a tripledecker at 68 Neptune St. and a single-family home at 78 Neptune St.

Two Cambodian families, many in nightclothes, fled from their home, and police evacuated resident Ann Carter from her home as flames from next door ignited the roof.

There were no injuries, and the fire was brought under control by 8 a.m., Conway said.

"It was an inferno," said Virginia Breedy, as she watched firefighters battle the blaze from across the street. "You couldn't even come on this side of the street earlier. It was like logs on a fire, it was just crackling."

Though the fire's cause is still under investigation, District Fire Chief Richard Biagiotti said arson is suspected.

"With the speed of that fire, there had to have been gallons and gallons of accelerants," he said.

The Neptune Street fire was the fifth since Monday in Lynn and began in a building damaged by fire twice in the last two years. A police officer had been stationed there the previous evening because of ongoing renovation work, Police Lt. Joseph Rowe said. Because of staff shortages, however, the officer was not at the building when the fire broke out, Rowe said.

"They keep building it up, and it keeps burning down," said one witness.


By David Grady, Contributing Reporter

Date: 06/29/1988 Page: 24

When 17-year-old Tawanna Jackson returns to East Boston High School this fall, she will be a teacher as well as a student.

"Kids are more likely to listen to other kids when it comes to AIDS," says Jackson. "It's not like we're going to judge them or lecture them."

Jackson is one of 30 Boston public school students who are learning to teach their peers about AIDS.

Since late April, the students, representing East Boston, Brighton, West Roxbury, South Boston and English high schools, have met weekly for a series of training seminars to prepare them to talk about AIDS with their classmates.

"We know kids have been talking to kids about personal problems and heath issues," explains Ralph Fuccillo, who initiated the Peer Leadership/ Preventing AIDS Program. "And if some of those kids know the facts about AIDS, they can help clear up some of the confusion. Kids tend to find each other a more credible source and more accessible than health care professionals and other informed adults."

The students will be speaking to biology, health and athletic classes in their schools when classes resume in September, and they will visit students in several Boston middle schools to talk about AIDS.

Because misinformation about the virus spreads easily in hallways and schoolyards, the students will be sources of reliable information for their peers. Jackson and two classmates, Taysha Bly and Freddy Torres, say they have been approached by friends seeking facts about AIDS.

"In class, they show us films about AIDS," says Bly, "and the teacher says 'if you have any questions, ask Taysha.' "

"Kids think they won't get AIDS, but they have to know they can," Torres says.

They admit, though, that before joining the Peer Leadership Program, they had their share of misconceptions.

"I was scared that you could get AIDS from a mosquito, but I know better now," Jackson says.

The Peer Leadership/AIDS Prevention Program is sponsored by the Medical Foundation, a United Way agency that develops community health programs for high-risk populations.

The Medical Foundation began training students about drug abuse three years ago, and based on that program's success, the foundation decided to focus on AIDS, said Fuccillo.

"We were looking at the AIDS problem, and we knew youths wanted to take a hopeful approach, so we developed this program," he says.

The 10-week training period for the students was not strictly a medical lecture, but instead taught the group how to make responsible decisions and how to develop sound values and self-esteem.

"It's not enough just to give them information," says Catherine Coleman, a Foundation spokeswoman. "You have to give them the basis for making a proper decision."

The students agree.

"You have to learn about yourself before you can learn about and help others," explains Robert Turner, a sophomore at West Roxbury High School. ''We talked about leadership and values and tied it into AIDS."

During their training, the students discussed the disease with a man exposed to the AIDS virus.

Clena Deneus, a 17-year-old English High School sophomore, said meeting the man helped her better understand AIDS.

"It made me realize that if someone has AIDS, they shouldn't be ashamed," she says. "It's everybody's disease."

Turner, 16, says his friends were initially aghast when he told them he had met a man exposed to AIDS, but after he explained the facts, they were not so horrified.

Joanne Montesino, a 17-year-old sophomore at South Boston High School, says her experiences in the program have been shared with her classmates, too.

"A lot of kids have myths about AIDS," she says. "When I hear kids taking about it, I tell them what's really going on."

Teachers from the schools participating in the Peer Leadership training program say it is necessary to fight the spread of AIDS and the misconceptions surrounding the virus.

"I think the subject is so controversial and comes up all the time when kids talk that it's important these kids be there and know what they're talking about," says Mary Ellen Bower, who coordinates the program at West Roxbury High School.

Jerilyn Ouimette, a teacher at East Boston High, observes that students have to deal with many problems while growing up and says having the Peer Leadership program students in the schools helps other students cope.

"I wouldn't want to be a kid today, what with all the drugs and alcohol," says Ouimette. "But these kids are strong -- maybe it's because they've seen so much . . . drug use, their friends dying from drugs, and people in the community dying from AIDS."

"These kids are so articulate and convincing in conveying information," says Coleman. "They're just kids, and yet they're doing a wonderful thing."


By David Grady, Contributing Reporter

Date: 07/24/1988 Page: 30

Officials for Boston code enforcement met with vendors who work the Fenway Park area yesterday to try to reach an accord in the dispute over the hawking of wares outside the ballpark.

On Friday, the city had unsuccessfully brought criminal complaints against the sausage and peanut vendors, who the city contends crowd the sidewalks near the ballpark and pose unfair competition to area businesses.

Richard Iannella, code enforcement officer, talked to several vendors and told them he plans to establish an advisory committee with representatives from the Boston Red Sox, area merchants, the city and the vendors.

At issue is whether vendors can sell their food and souvenirs outside Fenway without "occupancy" permits, which would allow them to conduct business on public property for more than five minutes. With only ''vending" licenses, they must move to another location after conducting a sale or be subject to $50 fines, officials say.

Inspectors have been issuing the fines since opening day at Fenway Park, in April.

Iannella took 43 vendors to Boston Housing Court Friday, seeking criminal complaints against them, but lawyers representing the vendors convinced the court that the city cannot issue tickets and take criminal action at the same time.

All but two of the complaints were thrown out of court.

Sausage vendors, the bulk of sidewalk salesmen outside the ballpark, have said they consider the $50 tickets an operating cost, but vendors selling less lucrative items said they cannot afford the fine.

"The vendors who have been here for 10 or 20 years are getting shafted," said one vendor, who asked that his name not be used. "It's less than a handful of vendors who have too many carts that are ruining everything for the rest of us and drawing attention to us."

Several vendors said officers did not issue tickets yesterday but collected permit and license information for possible future criminal action. Iannella told the Associated Press yesterday that he may seek further complaints against the vendors tomorrow.

Nonetheless, many vendors said they understand the need for the crackdown on sausage and pretzel carts, citing the increased number of carts at Fenway Park since the Red Sox played in the 1986 World Series.

"I don't think Iannella has anything personal against us," said one vendor, "but I think he wants to see more organization. There are too many people down here with three or four carts crowding the place."