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Council calms fears of halted construction, decides master plan orders will be merged

After nearly fours hours of public comment and debate, two policy orders about development were deemed not so far apart after all and tabled to be combined.

Is there a pay gap for women at City Hall? Pre-Equal Pay Day order aims to find out

Is there a pay gap for women at City Hall? Pre-Equal Pay Day order aims to find out

The White House has gender pay disparity? Next they’ll be saying that about about liberal Cambridge. Actually, maybe they will.

District has plans for crowding and even achievement gap, educators tell council

District has plans for crowding and even achievement gap, educators tell council

City schools are full to bursting and yet looking for ways to get bigger, officials said at a meeting looking also at the persistent academic achievement gap.

City Council looks at how it does things, but the look gets fierce and complicated

City Council looks at how it does things, but the look gets fierce and complicated

Mayor David Maher has added a streamlining of council committees to the list of potential changes for this two-year term, but late orders and rule suspensions got wrapped up in the debate.

Seniors brave cold to tell council their units at 2 Mount Auburn can get nearly as cold

Seniors brave cold to tell council their units at 2 Mount Auburn can get nearly as cold

Residents of the 2 Mount Auburn senior apartments have been taking extreme measures to survive the bitter cold permeating their building, and officials are calling on the city to help.

Maher is mayor after three twisty ballots; Simmons had to back out twice (update)

Maher is mayor after three twisty ballots; Simmons had to back out twice (update)

David Maher was elected mayor at the inaugural meeting of the City Council in an odd series of three ballots, and first-time councillor Dennis Benzan became vice mayor, giving the process an “F.”

City Council takes seats with three fewer women, but first Muslim, Latino members

City Council takes seats with three fewer women, but first Muslim, Latino members

When the City Council starts its two-year term Monday, there will be only one woman where there were four. But the council is gaining a different kind of diversity: its first Muslim and Latino members.

Departing Reeves warns on citizen zoning, while confused mayor joins net zero cause

Departing Reeves warns on citizen zoning, while confused mayor joins net zero cause

Two longtime elected officials are wrapping up their decades-long runs in office with different approaches to how the city responds to citizen-inspired legislation.

Election recount called by vanBeuzekom; Reeves says he’s ‘off to new beginning’ (update)

Election recount called by vanBeuzekom; Reeves says he’s ‘off to new beginning’ (update)

She filed with 150 signatures, although only 50 were needed under the rules of the city’s Election Commission. A recount must begin within 10 days.

With rat problem spreading to new areas, councillors ask that city steps up the fight

With rat problem spreading to new areas, councillors ask that city steps up the fight

As the city’s rat problem persists and spreads, officials wonder what became of a year-old request to hire outside exterminators to supplement city staff and are sounding an increasingly urgent tone on finding additional solutions.

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