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BOSTON (AP) -- Advocates for protecting the night skies from light pollution are gathering in one of the most light-polluted cities in the country: Boston.

The International Dark-Sky Association is holding its annual meeting starting Friday in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood.

Amanda Gormley, the organization's spokeswoman, says the association picked Boston for the three-day gathering because some of its most active chapters are based on the East Coast.

The meeting is also timed with another large gathering happening in Boston this week: a conference that bills itself as the world's largest on environmentally friendly construction.

The International Dark-Sky Association was founded in 1988 and is based in Tucson, Arizona. Gormley says its mission is to protect the "natural nighttime environment" through "responsible lighting practices."

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