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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.
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.
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.
With social emotional support for kids, help for low-testing schools and teacher coaching identified as budget priorities, district officials talked a lot about how to refocus resources already in place.
With Cambridge’s two-year terms, all six School Committee positions – along with the mayor, who leads the committee – will be up for reelection this November, but the plan has the new superintendent chosen by October.
Somerville police are hoping to identify an armed robber with the public’s help. The crime took place Monday near Inman Square.
Standing in court for only a minute April Fools Day, Sydney DePaulo didn’t say much, but a police report released that day speaks for him.
Carlos Colina, 32, was arraigned Monday on charges of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury and improper disposal of a body.
Human remains were found in a duffel bag on Loughery Way this morning, the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office said.
Cambridge Hospital emergency patients spent more time in the emergency room after the closing of a separate emergency service for psychiatric patients, and the average stay for those needing mental treatment rose even more.