Boston officials, in an attempt to salvage the Democratic convention's opening festivities, have launched a public relations offensive against the city's police union in its intensifying battle over a new police contract. The Boston Globe says convention organizers invited small business owners to a press conference to accuse the police union of putting its own concerns before the needs of struggling small firms, including those owned by minorities. They said their businesses would lose an opportunity if the union goes ahead with threatened picket lines. Several state delegations have pledged to boycott the parties, raising the possibility . . .
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