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GRAPHIC: N.Y. STATE OF MIND IN SOUTHIE? `The Departed' crew was back in Whitey Bulger's old stomping grounds yesterday for the third week of filming its set-in-Boston cops/mob drama. Director Martin Scorsese, center, above, brought his stellar cast - Jack Nicholson, left, and Matt Damon - and crew back to Southie to film in the Mary Ellen McCormack Housing Development and at the L Street Bath House. One question: Did Red Sox super fan Matt Damon think to warn Jack that wearing the blue Yankees cap into the projects, below, was not a cool thing to do??? Staff photos by Douglas McFadd

A PITCH FOR SUN SENSE: Just because there's a heat wave, you don't necessarily have to bake. That's the word from Red Sox ace Curt Schilling and his bride, Shonda. The Schillings and their kids - from left, Garrison, 4, Gabriella, 8, Gehrig, 10, and Grant, 5 - are appearing in a new public service announcement for the SHADE Foundation, aimed at preventing skin cancer. Shonda started the foundation after being diagnosed with melanoma. `Skin cancer can happen to anyone,' she said. `If you limit the sun, not the fun, you can reduce the risk for your loved ones.'
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HEADLINE: Editorial;

Freedom to be ignorant

``No matter where they needed America to come in, my brother was there. This was his calling.'' Lisa Piper, sister of Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Piper

Christopher Piper died on American soil and was laid to rest yesterday in the soil of his hometown of Marblehead, but he spent most of his adult life defending America on foreign soil. By all accounts there was no place he would have rather been.

We also have no doubt this Green Beret understood that the freedom he was fighting for included allowing the filth assembled on Marblehead streets yesterday to PROTESTat his funeral. The Kansas-based hate group carried signs reading ``Thank God for IED's'' like the roadside bomb which killed Piper and ``Thank God for dead soldiers'' among other trash.

``He always said `Freedom isn't free,' '' childhood friend Tim Donahue said. ``I thought he was going to catch Bin Laden himself.''

In fact, it was on a second voluntary tour of duty in Afghanistan that Piper was injured. He later died in a Texas military hospital.

The Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church blames 9/11 and military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan on America's tolerance for homosexuals. Their presence in Marblehead yesterday not only did not cast a shadow on the honoring of Piper, it cast his heroism in stark relief.

Nor does the ``god'' this ``church''' invokes bear any relation to the God cited in this prayer for American special forces:

``Almighty God, who art the author of liberty and the champion of the oppressed, hear our prayer.

``We, the men of the Special Forces, acknowledge our dependence upon thee in the preservation of human freedom. Go with us as we seek to defend the defenseless and to free the enslaved. May we ever remember that our nation, whose motto is ``In God We Trust,'' expects that we shall acquit ourselves with honor, that we may never bring shame upon our faith, our families, or our fellow men. Grant us wisdom from thy mind, courage from thine heart, strength from thine arm, and protection by thine hand. It is for thee that we do battle, and to thee belongs the victor's crown. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.''

Thank you, Sgt. Piper, we are in your debt.
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HEADLINE: Letters to the Editor

Kennedy no ally

This story sent me to my computer (``Isn't it time for you to resign?'' June 23). My suspicions were confirmed when I saw a similar article on titled ``Rumsfeld rejects Iraq pullout deadline.''

The story discussed my senator's blasting of Donald Rumsfeld for the mismanaged war and the intractable quagmire that Ted Kennedy claims the United States is in. What is my senator thinking when he makes these kind of statements? He must know they can be used to encourage our enemies.

Ted Kennedy continues to embarrass Massachusetts, the United States and me.

- Bob McCorry, Wakefield

Tragedy avoidable

The tragedy of three New Jersey boys who suffocated after becoming locked inside the trunk of a junk car should be a call to action to all communities, including my own, to enforce local laws to eliminate these hazards (``Deaths of 3 N.J. boys accidental,'' June 26).

We require that refrigerators be discarded with their doors removed, yet complaints about unregistered cars on private property often become lost in bureaucratic municipal processes. It's easy to shrug off complaints about junk cars as petty gripes about neighborhood eyesores. But given the heat of summer and the cold of our winters, towns should be vigilant to protect children from getting locked in trunks and passenger compartments, not to mention preventing kids' exposure to gasoline and toxic fluids.

Junk cars belong in the junk yard, not the back yard!

- Richard A. Duffy, Arlington

Minister responds

While in general, I admire Howard Manly's journalistic abilities, this column contains a number of unfortunate inaccuracies (``Preacher gets political,'' June 22)

First, in a Sunday sermon, I used the visit of a generic politician to a Black Ministerial Alliance meeting as a two-minute illustration without mentioning any politician's name.

Second, I have said on several occasions that the agenda to destroy the institutions of marriage and the family is ``demonic.'' I have never called Deval Patrick demonic.

Third, I am not now and have never been an adviser for Gov. Mitt Romney, and I am not a member of his ``kitchen cabinet.'' I agree with the definition of marriage as the union between one man and one woman, but the basis for my position is theological, not political.

Fourth, as president of the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, I do not oversee the distribution of millions of federal dollars. An oversight committee comprised of program officers from major foundations in Boston controls the decision making and re-granting of federal dollars.

Finally, as a servant of Christ, I have never stooped to ``carrying water'' for any politician, and I am offended by the accusation. And in terms of my pulpit being ``part religious, part political,'' traditionally the pulpit of the black church has been the place where spiritual revelation, social analysis and even political critique converge. That my pulpit follows in this centuries old tradition should shock no African-American.

- Bishop G.A. Thompson,

Sr. Pastor, Jubilee Christian Church

President, BMA of Greater Boston

Spare us the details

Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa went too far in Inside Trash (as I refer to it) (``Book: Diana rated JFK Jr. as `10 out of 10' in hotel tryst,'' June 27). It is easy to listen to the ravings of an warped mind looking to sell books, but even the Herald should have its limits as to what sensationalistic items to print. Of course, the two parties are deceased and thus the author and the Herald do not have to worry about backlash - that is except from friends and family members of JFK Jr. and Princess Diana.

JFK Jr.'s sister Caroline should be the most outraged, as should Princes Harry and Williams over this item that disperses the reputations of their loved ones.

- Paul J. Baranofsky, Waltham

New trial an injustice

I am appalled that a judge has granted Alexander Pring-Wilson a new trial. (``Judge zaps Harvard student's murder conviction,'' June 25). This says that if you are a crime victim, you had better have had a stellar reputation, otherwise you will not receive justice. It also shows that if you are a perpetrator, and mommy and daddy have money, you can buy yourself a new trial.

- Rhonda M. Colleton, Quincy

Beckham's missed

Let me add my voice to those mourning the departure of Beverly Beckham's column. On more than one occasion, Beckham's writing brought tears to my eyes, and when I e-mailed her to tell her that, I received a prompt and warm reply. Too many columnists merely grind their axes, but she gave us insight into another side of human events, and her words will be missed.

- Don Wall, Saugus
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`Pugilist' doesn't pull any punches
BYLINE: By Robert Nesti

``Pugilist Specialist,'' presented by the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, Wellfleet, through July 16.

``Pugilist Specialist'' plays like a Jerry Bruckheimer movie: Four Marines, part of an elite intelligence group, are ordered to assassinate the head (code name: the Bearded Lady) of an unnamed Mideast country. (Written in 2003 before the Iraq invasion, there's little doubt who the leader is.)

Yet unlike one of those films, there's little gung-ho camaraderie amongst the soldiers; instead, social and political issues threaten to break them apart and sabotage the mission.

Central to these is the role of women in the military, represented by Lt. Emma Stein, a demolitions expert who's known as a spokeswoman for Marine recruitment ads and the-not-so-secret source of leaks to The New York Times.

Joining her as both friend and foe in the mission are Lt. Studdard, an eerily cold communications expert; Lt. Travis Freud, a hot-headed sniper; and their commander, Col. Johns, who has a tendency to speak in aphorisms about the nature of their operation.

As conceived by Adriano Shaplin for the San Francisco-based Riot Theatre, the drama unfolds in a series of short, taut sequences in which the mission is planned and the conflicts play out. Stein is cast as the outsider, partly because of her outspokenness and also because of an ingrained prejudice against women in the military.

Shaplin's staccato dialogue often evokes David Mamet in its precise interplay of character and situation; but what's most unique about the play is how it captures the nuts and bolts of a covert operation while texturing a deeply ironic critique on the workings of the military. The double-talk is often Orwellian and makes the play, in these days of scandals such as Abu Ghraib, scarily relevant.

Set in an austere barrackslike setting (designed by WHAT resident designer Dan Joy), the production unfolds with gripping suspense spliced with dark humor. Director Wesley Savick directs his cast with martial precision. Mandy Schmieder, a ringer for actress Laura Linney, ably conveys Lt. Stein's fierce intelligence and determination. Gabriel Kuttner subtly draws the introverted Lt. Studdard, while Rick Gifford is wonderfully extroverted as the outspoken cowboy Lt. Freud. Tom Kee nicely shades Col. Johns, whose words prove to have more meaning than immediately meets the eye.
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Rhetoric heats up to near-record levels

WASHINGTON - It's already shaping up to be a long, hot summer here where a recent barrage of snarky partisan insults has tempers flaring and frazzled speechwriters working overtime.

The dizzying torrent of invective and red-meat rhetoric - erupting from the leading voices in both parties in a blur of recent speeches and media interviews - has been harsh, even by jaded Washington standards.

President Bush's political guru Karl Rove set off the latest firestorm, ridiculing liberals as wimps on terrorism whose first impulse was to offer ``therapy and understanding'' to the 9/11 attackers. Outraged Democrats demanded Rove's firing.

Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) branded Rove's blast a ``cheap and divisive political applause line.''

The day after Rove's sniping, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) cuffed around Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld during a testy face-to-face showdown at a Senate hearing. ``Isn't it time for you to resign?'' the Bay State senator asked.

Meanwhile, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the Democratic whip, was forced to apologize last week after taking to the Senate floor and comparing the treatment by U.S. guards of Guantanamo detainees to Nazi brutalities and the horrors of a Soviet gulag.

At the same time, Democratic National Committee chief Howard Dean, the voice of his party, sneered at Republicans in a speech as spoiled fat cats who ``never made an honest living in their lives.'' Dean also mocked Republicans as ``pretty much a white, Christian party.''

In response, Vice President Dick Cheney fired off a caustic personal shot at Dean: ``Maybe his mother loved him, but I never met anybody who does.''

Both sides blame each other for the feuding. Democrats charge Republicans are responsible for the latest wave of partisan rancor, which coincides with Bush's slipping popularity and growing public disenchantment with the course of the Iraq war.

U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Somerville) said it was no accident the GOP-led House voted on a flag desecration bill last week as Bush's poll ratings slumped.

``There's a lot of malicious intent with the Republicans,'' said Capuano. ``They're pushing an issue that's a hot-button issue. They do it all the time to score political points, but it divides people.''
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HEADLINE: Kin mourn soldiers, brace for hate group

A Green Beret killed in Afghanistan will be laid to rest in his native Marblehead today as police brace for the anticipated arrival of a Kansas hate group.

``We're in Massachusetts now and we will be in Marblehead,'' said Margie Phelps of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church.

The WBC has blamed the 9/11 attacks and deaths of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan on America's tolerance of homosexuals. The group, which recently demonstrated outside local Catholic churches and public schools it deemed tolerant of homosexuality, has threatened to show up at services today for Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Piper, who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan this month.

The group's literature proclaims ``Thank God for IEDs (roadside bombs)'' and states that Piper and other slain soldiers were ``cast into Hell to join other dishonorable Americans.'' Officials in Marblehead and Chicopee, home of slain Marine Capt. John Maloney, have denounced the group's plans to demonstrate at the fallen heroes' funerals. Both men's families have said freedom of speech is something they died trying to protect. Maloney was killed by an IED in Iraq this month.

Marblehead and state police have prepared for the group's arrival as well as other groups who may show up to demonstrate against the WBC.

``We don't know if they are definitely going to show up but they will be ready for them,'' Marblehead police Lt. David Millett said.

Piper, 43, is Marblehead's first combat casualty since the Vietnam War. His wake was held yesterday at a local funeral home. If WBC members show up today, Millett said they will be allowed to demonstrate in an area set aside for public protest. Piper's funeral will be held at 10 a.m. in Marblehead's Old North Church.

``They (WBC) are due to arrive before the service and be gone before the service is over,'' said Millett. Phelps, a daughter of WBC founder Fred Phelps, said a ``handful'' of WBC members will be in Marblehead about an hour before Piper's funeral.

State police anti-terrorism investigators have been assisting police in Marblehead and Chicopee prepare for any group that might start trouble. Marblehead Police Chief James Carney said earlier this week that protecting the demonstrators from irate citizens and veterans will also be part of today's mobilization by law enforcement.
GRAPHIC: GRIEVING: State trooper and childhood friend Tim Donahue, above, wipes his eyes at the wake for Army Staff Sgt. Christoper Piper, who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, in Marblehead yesterday. Below, Gov. Mitt Romney arrives at the wake. STAFF PHOTOS BY TIM CORREIRA

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