On March 5, 1770 (250 years ago!), British soldiers killed 5 men on the streets of Boston in what would become known as the Boston Massacre. You can read the article from the March 12, 1770 Boston Gazette and Country Journal about the incident (graphic details about injuries). Who died on that day? Samuel Gray, Samuel Maverick, James Caldwell and Crispus Attucks. This attack was the first of several events that turned colonial sentiment against British rule. There are Boston Massacre re-enactments this Saturday, see info here. Below, Paul Revere's engraving of the incident.
A reminder to Governor Patrick:
People come to Massachusetts to see Boston historical sites, which document the very beginnings of our nation. People come to Massachusetts to visit our colleges, art museums, historic houses, shops and natural beauty. People don't come here to blow their money on slot machines and card tables. There's plenty of other businesses you could build that would create jobs.
Casino Free Massachusetts has lots of info on why casinos are a bad idea for our state, and ways to take action against it. The Legislature is holding hearings on March 18, 2008. Please contact your legislator before that and let him know where you stand.