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Ray Flynn writes one column, publishes it twice

This week, the Weekly Dig turned its editor's note over to former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn. Flynn used the opportunity to offer musings from New York City, where he'll be grand poo-bah at the upcoming St. Patrick's Day parade:
These New Yorkers are something. First they elect me Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade—only the third non-New Yorker since 1762. The other two were far more distinguished and well-known than me. One was the beautiful and talented Academy Award-winning Irish-American actress Maureen O’Hara. The other was the prime minister of Ireland, Albert Reynolds. Heck, I only got elected mayor of Boston, and the only screen time I had was a bit-part cameo on Cheers.

Even that role was an embarrassment. While presenting an official city proclamation to Sam Malone for his many years in the Boston bar business, halfway through the speech, a woman goes into labor and Dr. Frasier Crane screams at me, “Don’t just stand there talking! Do something! You’re the mayor!”

For the parade, I have to dress up in tails and a tall silk hat. Do they rent these things in Boston? Where would I go—Filene’s Basement?

Peter Lucas of the Globe and Herald wrote a story about me one time saying that he covered me in politics for 10 years and can prove that I only owned two suits. Peter was indeed correct, but the people don’t have a right to know everything.

Now, just the other day, I received a call from the American Stock Exchange. I don’t know anybody there, so I assumed they were trying to get me to buy some stock in Friendly’s or iParty. No, they want me to ring the opening bell on March 16 to honor St. Patrick’s Day on Wall Street.

I even received an invitation from Cardinal Egan to sit in the first row of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in front of Governor Eliot Spitzer, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and even Senator Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton on St. Patrick’s Day.

I said to my wife, Kathy, that I’ll be glad to get home to Boston where everybody ignores me.

Sound familiar? If so, it's probably because you read today's Boston Herald, which features the same column by Flynn atop the Opinion page. Here's the Herald's version; differences w/ the Dig's (other than punctuation) are in bold:
These New Yorkers are something. First they elect me Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade - only the third non-New Yorker since 1762. The other two were far more distinguished and better known than I am. One was the beautiful and talented Academy Award-winning Irish-American actresss Maureen O’Hara, who starred in “The Quiet Man” with John Wayne. The other was the prime minister of Ireland, Albert Reynolds. Heck, I only got elected mayor of Boston and the only screen time I had was a [WD: "bit-part"] cameo appearance on “Cheers.”

Even that role was an embarrassment. While presenting an official city proclamation to Sam “Mayday” Malone (Ted Danson) for his many years in the Boston bar business, halfway through the speech a women went [WD: goes] into labor and Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) screams at me, “Don’t just stand there talking! Do something! You’re the mayor!”

For Saturday’s parade I have to dress up in tails and a tall silk hat. Do they rent these things in Boston? Where would I go, Filene’s Basement?

A former Boston columnist, Peter Lucas, [WD: begins sentence, "Peter Lucas of the Globe and Herald] once wrote a story about me, saying that he covered me in politics for 10 years and he [WD: omits "he"] can prove that I only owned two suits. Peter was indeed correct, but the people don’t have a right to know everything.

Now just the other day I received a call from the American Stock Exchange. I don’t know anybody there, so I assumed they were trying to get me to buy some stock in Friendly’s or iParty. No, they want me to ring the opening bell today [WD: on March 16] to honor St. Patrick’s Day on Wall Street.

I even received an invitation from Cardinal Egan to sit in the front row in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in front of Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and even Sen. Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton on St. Patrick’s Day.

I said to my wife Kathy that I’ll be glad to get home to Boston where everybody ignores me.
Two obvious conclusions: one, the Herald's copy desk is more exacting than the Dig's. And two, the Herald should cancel Flynn's freelancer check ASAP.

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