A faded and cracked felt hat worn by Napoléon Bonaparte fetched $1.6 million at an auction Sunday of the French emperor’s belongings
Yes, $1.6 million.
The signature broad, black hat — one of a handful still in existence that Napoléon wore when he ruled 19th century France and waged war in Europe — was initially valued at $650,000-870,000. It was the centerpiece of Sunday’s auction in Fontainebleau of memorabilia collected by a French industrialist who died last year.
But the bidding quickly jumped higher and higher until Jean Pierre Osenat, president of the Osenat auction house, designated the winner.
”We are at 1.5 million (euros) for Napoleon’s hat … for this major symbol of the Napoleonic epoch,” he said. The name of the winning bidder was not released.
Golden Globes find new home at CBS
The Golden Globes have found a new broadcast home at CBS after the troubled awards show lost its longtime home at NBC and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was dissolved after years of scandal.
The 81st Golden Globes will air live on CBS and stream on Paramount+ on Sunday, Jan. 7, CBS and the Globes announced Friday. The show will also be available on the CBS app.
The network declined to comment on the terms of the deal, including how long the agreement runs for.
NBC broadcast the 2023 Globes on a one-year basis after the 2022 edition was essentially canceled. After a 2021 report revealed the Hollywood Foreign Press Association had no Black members, stars and studios boycotted the Globes before returning for this year’s awards.
After the 2023 broadcast, held on a Tuesday evening, NBC opted not to renew its contract. A near-record low of 6.3 million viewers tuned in, according to Nielsen.
When President Biden’s motorcade whizzed past the pro-Palestinian rally in downtown Boston’s theater district Tuesday night, the tightly packed crowd instantly fell into unison, booing the leader they labeled “Genocide Joe” and repeatedly crying “shame.”
Several hundred protesters, a medley of red, black, white, and green, jammed Tremont Street between LaGrange and Stuart streets waving Palestinian flags, large and small, as they chanted down the “criminal Biden regime” and called for a permanent ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war, an end to the occupation of the disputed Gaza territory, and a halt to all US aid to Israel.
“When people are occupied, resistance is justified,” they shouted together.
At sight of the motorcade, the booing crowd fell into a chant of “Biden, Biden, you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide!”
Biden’s visit to Boston kicked off a month of fundraisers as the Democrat seeks a second term in office. Biden had three events in Boston, capped by a concert by singer-songwriter James Taylor.
Several squads of police offers and a maze of metal barriers away, Biden attended a 7 p.m. fundraiser at the Shubert Theatre.
There, Taylor, a six-time Grammy winner and Massachusetts native performed, while a block and a half away local activists, students and educators, rallied the protesters and condemned the president for “crimes against humanity” and using “our tax dollars to fund 59 days of destruction.”
“Biden has blood on his hands everywhere,” Mariam Hassam, 21, a first-year law student, of Students for Justice at Northeastern University, told those gathered.
“We know that [Biden] is still responsible for every single death, for every child murdered, for every child orphaned, and for every child traumatized,” Hassam said
Valerie Dam-Nguyen, a 17-year-old senior at Boston Latin School where students have staged three walk outs in response to Israel’s war in Gaza, said students “are tired of learning about death and destruction in our history books while ignoring the genocide in Palestine.”
“Our institutions refuse to teach the truth,” she said. “But, we will refuse to learn peacefully while schools in Gaza are burning.”
With that, Dam-Nguyen kicked off a new chant that she said she hoped to hear resounding from all high schools and universities: “While we’re learning, schools are burning.”
The crowd echoed the chant back.
A protester from Roxbury, who identified herself only by her first name of Anab, , huddled with a friend in the evening chill, up front, close to where the speakers rallied the crowd with microphones. The pair rode the T downtown to attend the protest. Anab declined to give her last name. Her friend said she did not wish to be identified.
“We came here to show support for the freedom of Palestinian people,” said Anab, 40.
“The people who are suffering — children, mothers,” her friend said.
“The innocent,” Anab added.
Ali Flowers, 30, of Allston, said she attended to send a message to Biden.
“We will not support him come November if he stands with genocide,” Flowers said. “As long as he backs Israel, we will not back him.”
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BOSTON – Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters gathered on Tremont Street in Boston, Tuesday night, outside of a fundraising event for President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign.
President Biden landed in Boston Tuesday to head to a trio of fundraisers, including a concert with singer, songwriter James Taylor at the Shubert Theatre.
His trip comes amid tension sparked by the war between Israel and Hamas and as his approval ratings are at the lowest of his presidency.
One poll suggests that the president’s support is slipping among young people.
According to a Youth Poll conducted by the Harvard Kennedy School, of 18- to 29-year-olds, President Biden’s approval rating stands at 35%. The same poll states that the number of young Americans who definitely plan to vote for the president has decreased from 57% in 2020 to 49% now.
WBZ spoke with Emerson College students about the president’s performance.
“I’m not too fond of him,” one student said, “I’m not really a fan of what he’s been doing with all the stuff going on with Israel and Palestine.”
“I do plan to vote in 2024. We’ll see what direction that takes. I mean what direction that will take for me in terms of choosing the lesser of two evils probably,” another student said.
President Biden will continue a busy fundraising schedule this week with more events in Los Angeles.
In a speech to donors at a private event outside Boston, Monday, the President said, “If Trump wasn’t running, I’m not sure I’d be running. But we cannot let him win.”
Louisa Moller is a general assignment reporter for WBZ-TV.
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Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced a new five-year union contract with the Boston Police Patrolman’s Association on Monday.
Officers have been working without a contract since the previous iteration ended in 2020.
The new deal covers cost of living adjustments, paid details, and significant reforms in discipline, including a designated list of offenses that are not eligible for arbitration, meaning officers will face discipline without arbitration if charged with serious crimes like rape, murder, or drug trafficking.
“I really just want the residents of Boston to hear and to know how groundbreaking it is that our Boston Police officers overwhelmingly voted to hold themselves accountable to the standards they believe our residents deserve,” Wu said.
“We are bringing policing into the future,” said BPPA Representative Larry Calderone. “We are having better educated officers, and they’re being fairly compensated.”
Boston City Council will have to vote to approve the deal, which Wu said she hopes will happen by end of year. If passed, it will only be valid until 2025.
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