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With brief, occasional, italicized and sometimes gratuitous commentary…

•  The Boston Globe reports that "Boston city councilors on Wednesday called on Walgreens to postpone the closures of three Boston stores slated to shutter this week, and also asked the chain to refrain from opening any new stores in the city until they agree to halting the closures … The three Walgreens closing this week — the Nubian Square and Mattapan storefronts, as well as a location at 1329 Hyde Park Avenue — are all located overwhelmingly Black and Hispanic communities. The pharmacies are transferring patient files to other Walgreens locations, but each is at least a mile’s walk away."

Walgreens has not commented on the resolution.

Optics are lousy. Period. 

•  The New York Times reports that "KFC’s German branch has apologized for seeming to encourage its customers to mark the anniversary of Kristallnacht — the notorious Nazi pogrom against Jews — by eating chicken, saying that a promotional message was sent in error as a result of an automated push notification.

"The pogrom that began on Nov. 9, 1938, is known as the night of broken glass, and is widely commemorated as the start of the Holocaust. It was a coordinated assault on German Jews and their homes, businesses and synagogues.

"On Wednesday, KFC Germany sent a message to users of its app with the title 'Anniversary of the Reich’s pogrom night,' according to reports in the German news media and screen shots of the promotion that circulated widely on Twitter. The message invited customers to enjoy 'tender cheese with crispy chicken.'

"KFC Germany quickly followed up with an apology within the app for having sent what it called an 'incorrect” and “inappropriate' message. But criticism was swift and merciless."

This would've been seen as inappropriate under any circumstances, but at the moment, when anti-semitism is on the rise, sensitivities are acute.  As they should be.

I do have to wonder about the mindset of any person who would write those words.