MASSACHUSETTS

History is made

at Boston parade

Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade made history Sunday as two gay and lesbian groups marched. The gay military veterans service group OutVets and gay-rights group Boston Pride joined the celebration of military veterans and Irish heritage at the invitation of the sponsoring South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, whose leaders voted 5-4 in December to welcome OutVets. Boston Pride said it got an acceptance letter last week.

Boston mayors had boycotted since 1995, when the council took its fight to exclude gay groups to the Supreme Court and won on First Amendment grounds. This year Mayor Marty Walsh took part. - AP
NEVADA

Twain's paper reborn

The newspaper where Mark Twain cut his journalistic teeth is back in publication for the first time in three decades. The Territorial Enterprise was revived as an online and print publication last week by Capitol Publishing Group. The owners plan to offer yarns, in keeping with Twain's spirit, plus real news. - AP

MASSACHUSETTS

Virtual tours

The Boston museum where thieves stole $500 million worth of masterpieces will honor the works by offering virtual tours. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum says it's doing its best to help visitors appreciate the 13 paintings that vanished March 18, 1990. The museum says it hasn't given up recovering the art. - AP