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Ten O'Clock News; Silber explains to Area B


Meg Vaillancourt reports that Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Silber held a press conference on a Roxbury street today, trying to explain his comments during the previous evening's gubernatorial debate, in which he referred to the residents of Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan as "a group of drug addicts." Silber apologizes for hurting anyone's feelings. A group of African American community leaders stand behind him. Vaillancourt notes that Silber blamed the media for not attending his speech on crime control on the steps of the Massachusetts State House. Vaillancourt reports that the press conference changed tone when Silber got into a hostile argument with Roxbury resident Priscilla Flint Russell. Interviews with Roxbury residents about John Silber. City Councilor Bruce Bolling, State Rep. Gloria Fox, and other Roxbury community leaders held a press conference today at which they condemned Silber for his comments. Following the edited story is additional footage of the Roxbury community leader press conference. Segments of Bruce Bolling's statement. Additional footage of John Silber's press conference. Segments for City Councilor Charles Yanceys' statement at the Roxbury community leader press conference. This edition of the Ten O'Clock News also included the following item: Marcus Jones reports on negative media coverage of the Roxbury community

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Ten O'Clock News

Silber explains to Area B

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NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



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Silber, John, 1926-
Drug traffic
African American politicians
Fox, Gloria, 1942-
Race relations
Campaign debates
Press conferences
Political campaigns
Bolling, Bruce C., 1945-2012
Roxbury (Boston, Mass.)
News Report
Bolling, Bruce C., 1945-2012 (Speaker)
Silber, John, 1926- (Speaker)
Fox, Gloria, 1942- (Speaker)
Vaillancourt, Meg (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Silber explains to Area B,” 09/12/1990, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 19, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_36827FD6100648C18D67C1B495668EEC.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Silber explains to Area B.” 09/12/1990. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 19, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_36827FD6100648C18D67C1B495668EEC>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Silber explains to Area B. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_36827FD6100648C18D67C1B495668EEC
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