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July 12, 2013

After 43 years, two Vietnam vets reunite in Salem


That’s an odd day to hold a political event in this French-American city. Isn’t that Bastille Day? Isn’t that the day the people rose up and overthrew their government?

Opus, by the way, officially opens Tuesday.

Flag day

At a formal session of the state Senate just before the July 4 holiday, Sen. Joan Lovely showed her fellow senators an unusual American flag that was knitted by a 77-year-old grandmother in Iraq. The flag was given to her twin brother, Joe, an Air Force veteran now working for the federal government who assisted last year with the exit of U.S. troops from Iraq.

He was given the flag as a thank-you by a woman he befriended. The flag now hangs in Lovely’s office.

“I’m going to take good care of it,” she said.

Super Tully

Former Patriot linebacker Tully Banta-Cain was at the basketball court at Palmer Cove Playground on Wednesday talking and jamming with local kids. In addition to sacking quarterbacks, he is a pretty mean rapper and musician.

Banta-Cain is good friends with Callie Lipton and Aaron Katz of the Salem-based band The Dejas. The pair are music directors at The Plummer Home For Boys, the On Point program and The Salem Boys & Girls Club.

Isn’t it nice to hear some good news about the Patriots for a change?

Star gazing

Folk legend Joan Baez and her family visited the Peabody Essex Museum a few days ago, apparently to see the red-hot Faberge Revealed exhibit.

An eagle-eyed member of the staff — rumor is it might have been our own Tom Furey — spotted her entering the exhibit and did a double-take.

There was a report she was overheard humming “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” while riding an elevator. We’re still trying to chase that rumor down.

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