Today is Columbus Day 2012, and across the nation, millions of people are celebrating the memory of this historic figure.
Schools and public offices are closed for the day, while some communities across the area hold special observances. These include parades on Federal Hill and in Newport.
But the day isn't without controversy. Some Americans argue that Christopher Columbus shouldn't be celebrated at all, given his participation in the slave trade and other reported acts of cruelty.
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