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Ten O'Clock News; City Council on Mapplethorpe


City councilor Dapper O'Neil addresses City Council about the seven photos he thinks should be removed from Mapplethorpe exhibit. City councilor David Scondras defends freedom of expression. Boston City Council votes against censoring the exhibition. City councilor James Kelly compares his idea of art with his idea of pornography. Kelly proposed a rent hike on city leases, such as for Institute of Contemporary Art building.

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Ten O'Clock News

City Council on Mapplethorpe

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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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Broadcast program

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Art museums
Art -- Exhibitions
City councils
Freedom of speech
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)
Kelly, James M., 1940-2007
Boston (Mass.). City Council
Trials (Obscenity)
O'Neil, Albert L., 1920-2007
Mapplethorpe, Robert
Boston (Mass.)
News Report
Kelly, Hope (Reporter)
O'Neil, Albert L., 1920-2007 (Speaker)
Kelly, James M., 1940-2007 (Speaker)
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