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Charles River opens for first public swim since 1950s

After the countdown and the cannonballs, the first group at the first public swim in the Charles River in 50 years had a moment to tread water and look down. It was then that the seven swimmers began shouting their impressions of what the once-famously filthy body of water felt like.

It’s warm, came one report. It feels great, came another. And then a woman looked down and shouted what was unmistakable for the people standing on the dock.

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