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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.

Tell the city what to buy with $500,000 starting Sunday in week of project vote

Tell the city what to buy with $500,000 starting Sunday in week of project vote

Voting begins Sunday to direct spending of a half-million dollars on projects citywide, with 20 options starting as small as $7,000 and getting as big as a $350,000 amphitheater in Danehy Park.

Schools budget steps up to $164 million, while construction total hits $216 million

Schools budget steps up to $164 million, while construction total hits $216 million

A proposed school district budget for next year shows an almost 5 percent increase to $164 million, with Superintendent Jeffrey Young calling it concentrated “on direct expenditures on students.”

Hope for people on long housing wait list as 250 rental assistance vouchers added

Hope for people on long housing wait list as 250 rental assistance vouchers added

The Cambridge Housing Authority is offering help to a small number of the 9,500 applicants on a frozen waiting list for public housing.

‘Core’ Lesley instructors file to join union, with details of final vote to be determined

‘Core’ Lesley instructors file to join union, with details of final vote to be determined

Full-time faculty members at Lesley University plan have filed for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board, hoping to join more than 500 adjunct instructors in talks to improve their pay, benefits and stability.

City sues Vail Court owners for $275,000 in fines, some unpaid back to fall of 2012 (update)

City sues Vail Court owners for $275,000 in fines, some unpaid back to fall of 2012 (update)

On Monday the city sued the owners of Vail Court, the derelict property near Central Square, demanding they pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines; cease the use of the property as a commercial parking lot; and secure the building against vagrants.

Suspect arraigned in attempted-rape case enflaming Somerville group home fears

Suspect arraigned in attempted-rape case enflaming Somerville group home fears

A case of violent attempted rape returned to court today for an arraignment of suspect Allen Harmon, 36, of Somerville, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said.

Singer, activist Marcia Deihl, 65, identified as Cambridgeport bicycle accident fatality

Singer, activist Marcia Deihl, 65, identified as Cambridgeport bicycle accident fatality

A bicyclist died this afternoon in the Cambridgeport neighborhood in a collision with a container truck. The victim has been named as Marcia Deihl, 65, a singer/songwriter and political activist.

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