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Councillors critical of psych ER shutdown and ‘frustrated’ warnings didn’t stop plan

Councillors critical of psych ER shutdown and ‘frustrated’ warnings didn’t stop plan

A city councillor says Cambridge Health Alliance employees have told him a change in seeing psychiatric emergency patients has been rocky, with more suicide attempts, patients leaving without permission, use of restraints and calls for police help.

Child porn suspect defense will question whether locker room film was ‘lascivious’

Child porn suspect defense will question whether locker room film was ‘lascivious’

Josh Wairi will go to trial the final week in April, and the outline of the trial has started to become clear: Whether the videos he made of naked children taking showers and getting dressed meets the definition of child porn.

Schools budget wins grudging approval at $164 million, little changed over process

Schools budget wins grudging approval at $164 million, little changed over process

A $163.9 million budget for the next school year was approved unanimously by School Committee vote Tuesday. It’s about $7.3 million more than the current budget, with $1.2 million for new initiatives.

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Features

Five things to do this weekend: April 18-19

Five things to do this weekend: April 18-19

High-tech art about memory, scent and sound; Annual Bookish Ball & Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration; “TV Guidance Counselor” podcast with Eugene Mirman and Jon Glaser; talk and tasting about the science of coffee; and a Poetry Grudge Match.

Five things to do this weekend: April 11-12

Five things to do this weekend: April 11-12

Slow Art Day; the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College; CRLS Spring Benefit Jam a cappella show; Thai Cultural Night ’15 with all-you-can-eat Thai food; and the Rock ’n’ Roll Rumble Preliminary Night 1.

Opinion

Stop MBTA from defrauding customers with train countdown clocks’ daily lies

Stop MBTA from defrauding customers with train countdown clocks’ daily lies

Customers pay to enter a T station to take a train based on MBTA train estimates, and the state has had more than a year to make those estimates accurate.

Not all of core faculty at Lesley University support push for unionization with SEIU

Not all of core faculty at Lesley University  support push for unionization with SEIU

Thirty-eight Lesley instructors say they are concerned that the current media discussion profiles only a small percentage of core faculty members, several with limited experience at the university.

Film

‘Ex Machina': Put to the test, humans, A.I. fall for each other and think about escape

‘Ex Machina': Put to the test, humans, A.I. fall for each other and think about escape

In this equation of four parties isolated in the gorgeous mountain retreat of an eccentric billionaire, it turns out to be a man who’s the most dangerous – not his mechanical creation.

Names

Children’s Theatre ‘Diary of Anne Frank’ cast includes Cambridge’s Kyla Frieden

Children’s Theatre ‘Diary of Anne Frank’ cast includes Cambridge’s Kyla Frieden

Kyla Frieden, a 14-year-old freshman at Concord Academy, has graduated from “Annie” in Watertown to “Anne Frank” in Boston, starting with performances Saturday and Sunday.

Food

It’s called the Boston Rising Stars Awards, but Cambridge, Somerville chefs prevail

It’s called the Boston Rising Stars Awards, but Cambridge, Somerville chefs prevail

Cambridge and Somerville chefs dominate the 2015 Boston Rising Stars Awards and walk-around tasting gala, taking place tonight at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston.

Celebrations

We Overcame Winter party is coming – just wait for the Arts Council’s signal

We Overcame Winter party is coming – just wait for the Arts Council’s signal

With Monday’s T-shirt and shorts weather, there’s a pretty good chance some Sunday soon will be sunny and over 60 degrees – and that’s the signal for a free party for everyone in the city.