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City councillors defer debate about taking a special-permit power of Planning Board

City councillors defer debate about taking a special-permit power of Planning Board

At an Ordinance Committee meeting running nearly four hours, public comment on the so-called Carlone petition dominated, with many saying they felt “zoning for the city is broken.”

Weather swells storm of public comment, but Silver Maple Forest order is washout

Weather swells storm of public comment, but Silver Maple Forest order is washout

Despite shock over flash flooding and a tornado in Revere, an order aimed at saving the Silver Maple Forest from development wound up as watered down as the region itself.

State takes step to hike voter participation, but same-day registration still not the law

State takes step to hike voter participation, but same-day registration still not the law

Early voting in state elections and preregistration at age 16 are two ways state legislators are working on raising voter participation.

Start of master plan process makes good time to ask: Whatever happened to K2C2?

Start of master plan process makes good time to ask: Whatever happened to K2C2?

Meetings to help shape a citywide development master plan are expected throughout next month, but did the city finish its last planning processes?

‘Neighborhood Summit’ called for June 7 by Residents Alliance umbrella group

Representatives from neighborhood and community organizations are invited to a Neighborhood Summit to discuss citywide development.

Harvard officer’s account, video disagree on arrest of Russian conductor’s protester (update)

Harvard officer’s account, video disagree on arrest of Russian conductor’s protester (update)

Based on comparison with a YouTube video, a protester arrested Sunday by Harvard police faced charges – quickly dismissed – based on an inaccurate police report.

Chomsky makes hometown appearance Tuesday to speak on foreign policy issues

Chomsky makes hometown appearance Tuesday to speak on foreign policy issues

The MIT professor‘s recent focuses have included climate change, the crisis in Ukraine and Crimea, the homeless and nuclear weapons and disarmament.

City’s stance against fliers draws lawsuit from ACLU; councillors seek alternative

City’s stance against fliers draws lawsuit from ACLU; councillors seek alternative

A citizen facing police fines for putting fliers on cars heard support from city councillors, possibly helping cut short a First Amendment lawsuit against the city.

Officials ‘ashamed,’ boycotting Harvard graduation over hotel labor vote dispute (update)

Officials ‘ashamed,’ boycotting Harvard graduation over hotel labor vote dispute (update)

Anti-union actions at a Harvard-owned hotel in Allston drew strong reactions from residents and city officials Monday.

Conductor Spivakov’s politics draws call for boycott of May Harvard performance

Conductor Spivakov’s politics draws call for boycott of May Harvard performance

A step into politics by Russian violinist and conductor Vladimir Spivakov has drawn protests and a boycott for his stop at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre.

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