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Plans for holiday show at ex-Fernald site assailed; Children were mistreated there, critics say

Nov 22, 2020 - The Boston Globe

ABSTRACT

The choice to hold a Christmas event on the grounds of the former Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center, has drawn withering criticism from advocates who say the spot where disabled children were fed radioactive cereal during the Cold War and endured other mistreatment is not an appropriate venue for holiday cheer.

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A giant Santa Claus, ticket booths, and lights have been set up along a 1-mile stretch in Waltham for a holiday display scheduled to ope...