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VIDEO: Marathoner Reacts to President’s Speech

For many inside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Thursday morning, hearing Boston and national leaders speak was a moving experience.  “This time next year the world will return to this great American city to run even harder and cheer harder than ever,” said President Obama.  One attendee of the ceremony, Cheryl Babel, a school teacher in Danville, California, said that although she doesn’t live in Boston, she was moved by the ceremony. Watch her reaction in the video above.  What did you think of President Obama’s speech? What stuck with you the most? Tell us in the comments.  South End Patch

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 19, 2013 at 2:33 am

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Five Patriotic Presidents Day Facts

Check out any calendar and you’ll see that the third Monday in February is designated as Presidents Day, a holiday most commonly associated with two of the (arguably) most important presidents of our country, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. But really, only one of those is accurate. Read on to find out who — and what — we celebrate on Presidents Day, as well as some other fun facts: 1. Abraham Lincoln and George Washington share the same birth month. Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, while Washington was born on February 22, 1732 — only some 10 days and 77 years apart. But while Honest Abe made some important contributions to our country’s history, the federal government never really saw him as Washington’s equal. Here’s why… 2. February 20 is a federal holiday honoring George Washington’s birthday. In 1885, Chester A. Arthur — coincidentally, one of the least memorable presidents — signed the bill that made the third Monday in February a federal holiday called George Washington’s Birthday. People had already been celebrating Washington’s birthday since before his death — after all, he was a general and the first president. Yet so many people had qualms with Lincoln getting stiffed in the recognition department that the day became commonly known as Presidents Day and the celebration usually honored them both. 3. Yet Lincoln still comes out on top. A little research into presidential polls shows that Lincoln commonly tops the chart as the most popular and influential president in our country’s history. Washington’s rank ranges from the number two spot all the way down to number six. Want proof? Check out this MSNBC poll from 2009, in which historians ranked the presidents in order from greatest to least. Or see this Gallup poll from only one year ago, which places Lincoln in the two slot, with Washington hanging out at number five. You can just imagine that somewhere the two of them are slugging it out over who was more important — the guy with the numbers or the guy with the day. 4. No matter who Presidents Day honors, it all comes down to the sales. Presidents Day has long since been known as a time when retailers roll out The Star-Spangled Banner and pay some guy to don a stovepipe hat or powdered wig to triumphantly announce that ALL STOCK MUST GO! Ever since the 1980s, retailers have been using Presidents Day as an excuse to have great sales, in order to clear out merchandise to make room for spring and summer stock. 5. But what’s really the best way to celebrate Presidents Day? Other than running […]

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm

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What’s Open, Closed for Presidents’ Day in the South End

Retail stores: Open at owner’s discretion. Liquor stores: Open. Supermarkets: Open. Convenience stores: Open. Taverns, bars: Open. Banks: Closed. Stock market: Closed. Municipal, state, federal offices: Closed. Libraries: Closed. Schools: Closed. Mail: Post offices closed; express delivery only. Trash/Recycling: Delayed one day. MBTA: Running a Saturday schedule. Parking meters: Free in Boston (though time limits apply) South End Patch

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 18, 2013 at 11:01 am

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