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Housing wait list brings ‘panicked calls’ as authority adds families for higher rent

Housing wait list brings ‘panicked calls’ as authority adds families for higher rent

The number of families that will pay higher rent after a sweeping rehabilitation of Cambridge’s public housing units has risen to 87, compared with the original estimate of 72 families, Cambridge Housing Authority officials said Wednesday.

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.

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.

Want some Cambridge Police emails? That’ll be $9,000 for 25,000-page printout

Want some Cambridge Police emails? That’ll be $9,000 for 25,000-page printout

The city’s response to Freedom of Information Act filings is so bad that the City Council has taken action.

Teachers call for help, ‘hands and hearts’ in classrooms, after relentless initiatives

Teachers call for help, ‘hands and hearts’ in classrooms, after relentless initiatives

Teachers were invited to talk about budget priorities with the School Committee making it very clear they need more help in the classroom and a dramatic slowdown in the exhausting introduction of initiatives.

Court affirms right to film police officers, clears Pedal Power founder of ‘interfering’

Court affirms right to film police officers, clears Pedal Power founder of ‘interfering’

Wenzday Jane was charged by police who saw her filming them as they questioned three teenagers June 15 at a playground in Somerville’s Prospect Hill neighborhood.

Housing Authority 9,500-person wait list will freeze for upgrades; few rents to rise (update)

Housing Authority 9,500-person wait list will freeze for upgrades; few rents to rise (update)

The Housing Authority’s huge redevelopment project to preserve low-income housing means that most new applicants seeking public housing won’t be able to sign up.

Superintendent gets another year, raise, giving ‘period of transition’ in 6-1 vote

Superintendent gets another year, raise, giving ‘period of transition’ in 6-1 vote

The School Committee voted 6-1 to extend Superintendent Jeffrey Young’s contract one year, from June 2015 to June 2016. Young’s gross salary for each of these two years will be $267,000.

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