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Unique Central Square holiday shopping includes grand opening at gallery today

Unique Central Square holiday shopping includes grand opening at gallery today

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.

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.

No new trial for Michael ‘Goody’ Collins, killer of retired Cambridge cop in 2006

The state’s highest court has rejected an appeal for a new trial by the man who killed retired Cambridge Police Officer Myles “Tony” Lawton and tried to kill a second man.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Maher campaign’s fast $34,189 kicks off fundraising, concerns about developers

Maher campaign’s fast $34,189 kicks off fundraising, concerns about developers

It’s a little less than a year until elections, but Mayor David Maher is in full campaign donations mode – surging far ahead of any other sitting councillor by amassing a bit less than $34,190 in just a month’s time.

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