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Whidden minimum wage boosted to $15 in Cambridge Health Alliance contract

Whidden minimum wage boosted to $15 in Cambridge Health Alliance contract

Lower-paid service and clerical workers at a unit of Cambridge Health Alliance have won a minimum starting wage of $15 an hour, their union announced Thursday.

Despite readiness to pass plastic bag bill, ‘amendments’ will get February hearing

Despite readiness to pass plastic bag bill, ‘amendments’ will get February hearing

Several city councillors were ready to act Monday on a plastic bag ordinance, saying nearly eight years of debate was long enough, but instead the rules will go to “one more” subcommittee hearing in February, after which it may go back to the full council for a final vote.

News

Housing wait list brings ‘panicked calls’ as authority adds families for higher rent

Housing wait list brings ‘panicked calls’ as authority adds families for higher rent

The number of families that will pay higher rent after a sweeping rehabilitation of Cambridge’s public housing units has risen to 87, compared with the original estimate of 72 families, Cambridge Housing Authority officials said Wednesday.

Smokers sway council toward Option B, gentler restrictions on public tobacco use

Smokers sway council toward Option B, gentler restrictions on public tobacco use

Smokers invoked the Declaration of Independence, social justice and the specter of recent police killings of people of color to argue against restrictions on smoking in public places heard Monday before the City Council.

Uber driver arraigned on rape charges; DA urges precautions as cases pile up

Uber driver arraigned on rape charges; DA urges precautions as cases pile up

A driver for the Uber car service has been arraigned on several charges in connection with a sexual assault, one in a spate of such incidents just this month.

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Features

Unique Central Square holiday shopping includes Out of the Blue gallery, six more (update)

Unique Central Square holiday shopping includes Out of the Blue gallery, six more (update)

Central Square has holiday shopping opportunities you won’t find anywhere else in Cambridge. Here’s a look at what you’ll find at the Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery and six more stores.

Five things to do this weekend: Dec. 20-21

Five things to do this weekend: Dec. 20-21

“It’s a Wonderful Life” at The Brattle; free “Everyone Loves Latkes” Party; The Uncle Petey comedy Christmas special; Vintage Pop-Up Holiday Market; and the free Harvard Film Archive vintage holiday show.

Opinion

Boston 2024′s bid for Olympics is a loser for half-truths, total lack of transparency

Boston 2024′s bid for Olympics is a loser for half-truths, total lack of transparency

I have just one question for Boston 2024, the private group that put Boston into the running as a potential host for the 2024 Olympic Games: “Just who asked you, anyway?”

What #BlackLivesMatter protests look like from Cambridge and Somerville

What #BlackLivesMatter protests look like from Cambridge and Somerville

There have been no black people killed by police here as there have been recently in Ferguson, Mo., and many other places, and white faces account for many among protest marchers.

Music

Freedom Cypher crowdfunds for its rent, expanding to monthly House of Hip-Hop

Freedom Cypher crowdfunds for its rent, expanding to monthly House of Hip-Hop

A crowdfunding campaign can help keep Cambridge a center for musical creativity by turning the entire first floor of Harvard Square’s Democracy Center into a House of Hip-Hop for one night a month.

Dance

Sixth hip-hop ‘What the Dickens!’ dances through four shows in coming weekend

Sixth hip-hop ‘What the Dickens!’ dances through four shows in coming weekend

The sixth annual “What the Dickens!” arrives Friday, Saturday and Sunday – an all-ages, untraditional “A Christmas Carol” that is old and successful enough to have traditions of its own.

Writing

January readings feature Lesley authors, poet Marilyn Nelson of ’05 ‘Emmett Till’

January readings feature Lesley authors, poet Marilyn Nelson of ’05 ‘Emmett Till’

Poet Marilyn Nelson headlines a series of free evening readings that runs Jan. 2-9 at Lesley University.

Art

Student artists from Cambridge get invite to compete for film festival’s poster prize

Student artists from Cambridge get invite to compete for film festival’s poster prize

Students from Cambridge Rindge & Latin School are now invited take part in a juried contest to design the poster for the Arlington International Film Festival.