The Nation: Boston Heats Up Once Again

For a time, the 1974 federal court order decreeing widespread busing of Boston's schoolchildren seemed to be working its will, even if not exactly winning many ardent converts. During the current school year, interracial violence was mostly limited to the prickly South Boston and Charles town high schools. But an outbreak of racial incidents over the past three weeks has brought a sharp and ugly turn for the worse.

In the first of the incidents, Theodore Landsmark, 29, a black lawyer, was set upon by six white youths who had been demonstrating against busing in front of Boston's modern city hall. Spearing...

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