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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.

Councillor aims to vote on plastic bag ban, ending 8-year process and blocking restart

Councillor aims to vote on plastic bag ban, ending 8-year process and blocking restart

The city has been looking for seven years and seven months at ways to reduce use of plastic bags, with the latest considered worse than the previous one by the Massachusetts Sierra Club.

Stick to local gourmet treats, you might miss there’s a global chocolate shortage

Stick to local gourmet treats, you might miss there’s a global chocolate shortage

Sourcing cocoa beans directly from farmers through fair trade programs buffers local chocolate makers and users from some issues faced by giant companies such as Hershey’s.

Radiology investment ‘already paying off’ for Health Alliance, boosting turnaround

Radiology investment ‘already paying off’ for Health Alliance, boosting turnaround

Cambridge Health Alliance is hoping a new radiology suite will improve patients’ experiences, expand services and bring in sorely needed revenue. The early word: The $2.1 million bet is paying off.

License Commission takes back vote granting late-night, all-week alcohol

License Commission takes back vote granting late-night, all-week alcohol

There won’t be margaritas until 2 a.m. at Felipe’s Taqueria when it opens its stand-alone restaurant in Harvard Square – not even on weekends.

Private bus service gets six-month trial, praise as innovative addition to MBTA

Private bus service gets six-month trial, praise as innovative addition to MBTA

City officials welcomed the data-driven Bridj bus service, calling it a wave of the future that will get traffic off clogged streets and help maintain high standards at the MBTA.

Felipe’s got alcohol until 2 a.m. all week? Licensers says it’s ‘an error,’ not policy

Felipe’s got alcohol until 2 a.m. all week? Licensers says it’s ‘an error,’ not policy

For a moment it looked like Cambridge was tilting toward later hours for drinking, but what Felipe’s Taqueria asked needs a separate public hearing.

Lorem Ipsum Books closes, ending search – for now – for the perfect business model

Lorem Ipsum Books closes, ending search – for now – for the perfect business model

Lorem Ipsum Books, an Inman Square store open since 2004, is out of business after years of innovation and struggles with revenue.

Defying skeptics, and making amends, giant banks invest in public housing

Defying skeptics, and making amends, giant banks invest in public housing

In a deal that connects Wall Street to poor families in Cambridge, two of the largest banks in the country are investing in low-income public housing here.

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