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Builders up affordable units to 20 percent of Central Square’s proposed Mass+Main

Builders up affordable units to 20 percent of Central Square’s proposed Mass+Main

Developers promising 47 units of affordable and middle-income units out of 230 say they “know of no other private developer-owner that has offered such a permanent contribution with this type of income mix without taxpayer subsidies.”

Planned 219 units just outside Cambridge draw a familiar set of ecological concerns

Planned 219 units just outside Cambridge draw a familiar set of ecological concerns

After seeing a building permit issued for part of the Silver Maple Forest in Belmont, people worried about flooding and the loss of open space aren’t going to be happy to hear the news from Arlington.

News

District’s student mental health solution reveals loss of confidence from officials

District’s student mental health solution reveals loss of confidence from officials

There were moments of palpable frustration at a special meeting on the budget Wednesday from some School Committee members, teachers and the public, particularly about the district’s burgeoning social and emotional issues.

Four designs propose islands, more canal, in competition for ConnectKendall ‘prize’

Four designs propose islands, more canal, in competition for ConnectKendall ‘prize’

Four finalists for the chance to develop an open space “framework plan” for in and around Kendall Square make their presentations today and Wednesday, with a winner to be announced in April.

Shooter in East Cambridge kills himself after confrontation in N.H., police report

Shooter in East Cambridge kills himself after confrontation in N.H., police report

A person of interest from this morning’s 5th Street shooting in Cambridge was found dead this afternoon in Portsmouth, N.H. from a self-inflicted gunshot, police said.

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Features

Five things to do this weekend: March 28-29

Five things to do this weekend: March 28-29

“Strange Days” short plays; the Port Sounds Music Festival; “Magnetic” film premiere at BUFF; Diamond Rug at The Sinclair; and “Doñagdeo: Mapping the Unseen” art experience.

Five things to do this weekend: March 21-22

Five things to do this weekend: March 21-22

Women, Action and the Media Film Festival; North Cambridge Family Opera’s “Kids Court”; Kazuo Ishiguro reads from “Buried Giant”; Cambridge Symphony Orchestra’s “Living Presence”; and folk with Ellie & Sumaia and Jenna & Mairi.

Opinion

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.

Whatever reason, plagiarism is no better for administrators than it is for students

Whatever reason, plagiarism is no better for administrators than it is for students

A Cambridge assistant superintendent crossed a line recently and acknowledged it, although an attempted correction of the situation leaves something to be desired.

Issues

Palestinian view offered twice Wednesday by Iyad Burnat, peaceful-protest organizer

Palestinian view offered twice Wednesday by Iyad Burnat, peaceful-protest organizer

A virtual United Nations of social justice groups are offering a glimpse of the Palestinian struggle Wednesday from Iyad Burnat, whom some might know from the Oscar-nominated film “Five Broken Cameras.”

Art

Clay Dragon ceramics artists retrospective travels 30 years, far from East Cambridge

Clay Dragon ceramics artists retrospective travels 30 years, far from East Cambridge

It’s been three decades, but East Cambridge’s Clay Dragon is roaring again – in Brockton, where The Fuller Craft Museum has gathered the work of 10 ceramics artists for “Legacy of Fire: Clay Dragon Studios Revisited.”

Comedy

Families get new Saturday option in April with comedy club’s ‘All Access Improv’

Families get new Saturday option in April with comedy club’s ‘All Access Improv’

The new show is billed as family-friendly but not aimed specifically at kids – “appropriate for anyone with a sense of humor” is how club associate producer Mac Gostow puts it.

Theater

Shakespeare Project finds in ‘God’s Ear’ language of grieving lapses into surreal

Shakespeare Project finds in ‘God’s Ear’ language of grieving lapses into surreal

In a season with Racine’s “Phaedra” (first performed in 1677) and three Shakespeare plays, “God’s Ear” stands out – starting Wednesday – as a different kind of entertainment for the Actors’ Shakespeare Project.