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By Josh Resnek

During the tenure of nearly every American president from Washington to Lincoln, America was a slave-keeper democracy.

Black men and women were sold to cotton farmers and planters down south to work without freedom as beast of burden.

This means from the formation of our first government in 1776 until Lincoln emancipated the slaves in 1863, people were bought and sold like property.

Hard to grasp, really, considering what we are taught in school as part of our national history.

Washington was the largest slave-holder in the land when he died. Lincoln would rather have died than own a slave.

Until President John F. Kennedy came along in 1962, blacks couldn’t attend school at the University of Alabama.

The Justice Department of the United States did nothing to alter this situation. In other words, all those finely trained and highly educated legal minds dedicated to upholding the US Constitution, couldn’t find the legal excuse to endorse the idea that all men are created equal – that is – until JFK ordered his brother the US Attorney General Robert Kennedy, to send the National Guard and US Marshalls down to Alabama to allow blacks to enter the university to change the world – and he did.

The Justice Department is not, and has not always been the last best hope of this country.

The Attorney General of the United States works for the president – even if the president is Donald Trump and you hate him.

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Police investigating death and body found on Hancock Street

By Josh Resnek

Everett and State Police are investigating the exact cause of the death of a man found on the porch of a multi-family home early Monday morning on Hancock Street.

Although police are refusing to comment on the incident, sources close to the investigation told the Leader Herald the body that was found on the porch was that of a man wearing shorts who most likely died elsewhere and was transported to the porch.

“It is most likely a drug overdose,” said the source, who wished to remain unnamed.

“It is very sad. This particular residence is very quiet with respectable tenants,” he told the Leader Herald Tuesday morning.

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Joe Kennedy campaign stops In Everett; meets with locals

Everett City Councilor At-large Gerly Adrien speaks with U.S. Congressman and candidate for US Senate, Joe Kennedy III, on Broadway. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

By Josh Resnek

In the midst of a political campaign to unseat Senator Ed Markey, and only days before their first televised debate, Congressman Joe Kennedy came to Everett over the weekend.

Accompanied by Councilor at Large Gerly Adrien, he toured several local businesses. He spoke in fluent Spanish to the employees and owners of the local travel agency, Tivari Travels.

He visited the Creole restaurant on Main Street.

He then met with members of the local Haitian community at the Haitian Community Center.

Kennedy’s visit followed a successful tour of the city by Markey two weeks ago led by Adrien.

“He is a very impressive young congressman,” Adrien told the Leader Herald.

“The people of our city and of Massachusetts have an important and interesting choice to make in September,” she added.

Adrien, and Councilors Mike McLaughlin, Fred Capone and Stephanie Martins joined with Kennedy at the Haitian Community Center.

He spoke in front of a small crowd of about 50 men, women and children.

Markey is fighting for his political life in a battle that will likely end with him or Kennedy winning the Democratic Primary in September, and by default, the coveted senate seat.

Adrien was the catalyst for Kennedy’s appearance here.

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Former FBI agent Stern, Wynn’s Former Top Dog Of Security, Claimed Little Knowledge of Land Transaction

By Josh Resnek

The former Senior Vice President for Corporate Security at Wynn Resorts was James C. Stern, a 25 year special agent for the FBI. He departed the company last April just after the Massachusetts Gaming Commission held a public forum to ask Wynn executives about the sexual harassment cases involving their co-founder Steve Wynn.

For those of you who think this is old news, Stern’s removal came only ten months ago.

The casino land deal and everything having to do with it remains a current topic in legal circles and among many lawyers now litigating law cases related to the land deal and the subsequent award of the casino license to Wynn Resorts.

The Boston office of the FBI has shown a great deal of deference to the real culprits who stole the casino license from the Sterling Group in Revere so Steve Wynn could buy it for the Wynn Corporation from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission at a discount.

The folks from Sterling passed the law and order test to gain the license but lost it to Wynn, who had to resign from his own company in disgrace for alleged acts of egregious sexual harassment and worse, allegations about which the FBI claims to have had no knowledge of after conducting a thorough investigation.

This proved an old Massachusetts political adage that the good guys with all the qualifications never win over the bad guys who won, who never should have been awarded the license.

How the land was found, who originally bought it, how the FBI began a “thorough” investigation that somehow left out Steve Crosby, the former MGC chair and Paul Lohnes, his business partner to whom he owed money, is the stuff of Boston office FBI riddles.

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Friendly Sons of St. Patrick holding time at Encore

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By Josh Resnek

One of the city’s oldest continuous St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations organized and held by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick will take place at the Encore Boston Harbor Casino and Hotel in March.

This represents a significant move from the Connolly Center, where the celebration has been held in recent years.

It is also likely to represent a changing time as the price for entry is $100 per person with tables selling for $900, according to those organizing the event.

“What is going to happen to the elderly? Are they going to spend $100 each for their annual corned beef and cabbage dinner with all the fixings?” asked a local businessman who has attended the time for many years.

“How will they get to the Encore location? They won’t be walking there, I can assure you,” he added.

“Unless someone treats them, they won’t be there.”

The elderly comprise a large percentage of the total crowd expected to attend every year, and especially during recent years.

Recent St. Patrick’s Day celebrations have revealed a softening of the events lasting power.

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t what it used to be in Everett.

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