Newsboxes Off Streets During Dem Convention

By: Mark Fitzgerald

Newsracks will disappear from downtown Boston next Tuesday — by order of the police.

All vending boxes will be removed from July 20 through Aug. 1 as part of the extensive security measures in place for the Democratic National Convention, which will be held at the FleetCenter. The removal of newsracks has become routine during political conventions because of police concern that they can be hurled by violent protesters or used to plant explosives.

The Boston Globe has no objection to the order, said Toby Usnik, director of public relations for the paper’s owner, The New York Times Co. “As with the Boston Marathon, First Night or any other major event in the city, the Globe routinely complies with the request to remove newspaper vending machines when it is deemed they may be a security risk,” he said.

The Times has not yet received a similar order from police in New York City, where the Republican Party is holding its convention at Madison Square Garden, but similarly would have no objection to removing the boxes, Usnik said.

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