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Councillors critical of psych ER shutdown and ‘frustrated’ warnings didn’t stop plan

Councillors critical of psych ER shutdown and ‘frustrated’ warnings didn’t stop plan

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.

Child porn suspect defense will question whether locker room film was ‘lascivious’

Child porn suspect defense will question whether locker room film was ‘lascivious’

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.

Schools budget wins grudging approval at $164 million, little changed over process

Schools budget wins grudging approval at $164 million, little changed over process

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.

Resource redeployment rules as officials close in on school budgeting priorities

Resource redeployment rules as officials close in on school budgeting priorities

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.

School Committee schedule lets it choose next superintendent just before elections

School Committee schedule lets it choose next superintendent just before elections

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.

Teen armed robber who pistol-whipped women for no reason is sought by police

Teen armed robber who pistol-whipped women for no reason is sought by police

Somerville police are hoping to identify an armed robber with the public’s help. The crime took place Monday near Inman Square.

Forged petition suspect says restaurateur funded effort to help fight off competition

Forged petition suspect says restaurateur funded effort to help fight off competition

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.

Suspect held on $1 million bail acted alone in killing, dismemberment, officials allege (update)

Suspect held on $1 million bail acted alone in killing, dismemberment, officials allege (update)

Carlos Colina, 32, was arraigned Monday on charges of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury and improper disposal of a body.

Two sets of human remains found near police HQ; suspect reported in custody (update)

Two sets of human remains found near police HQ; suspect reported in custody (update)

Human remains were found in a duffel bag on Loughery Way this morning, the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office said.

As psychiatric emergency room merged with other ER, patient stays lengthened

As psychiatric emergency room merged with other ER, patient stays lengthened

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.

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