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Keeping Cambridge peaceful, safe doesn’t require police force to be more militarized

Keeping Cambridge peaceful, safe doesn’t require police force to be more militarized

There is a nationwide trend toward militarizing police forces, and Cambridge shouldn’t be part of it. City councillors such as Nadeem Mazen and Craig Kelley are right to push back.

Is it the school or the poverty? Committee argues achievement gap, controlled choice

Is it the school or the poverty? Committee argues achievement gap, controlled choice

Student achievement and school performance were prominent at Tuesday’s meeting of the School Committee, but the interpretation of a controlled-choice policy raised many questions.

Cambridge Human Rights Commission seeks members; residents apply by Feb. 7

Residents interested in serving on the Cambridge Human Rights Commission should send letters of interest, a résumé and applicable experience by Feb. 7.

Report on poverty in Cambridge stuns, spurs talk of resetting council priorities

Report on poverty in Cambridge stuns, spurs talk of resetting council priorities

A report on local poverty stunned city councillors, showing a city where single mothers scrape by on $22,383 incomes and black and hispanic poverty soars above that for whites and Asians.

Fast-moving Melz shows in third mixtape he’s got plenty of places he can, should go

Fast-moving Melz shows in third mixtape he’s got plenty of places he can, should go

On the cusp of his 19th birthday, Melz – the Riverside rapper born Jahmel McClamy and graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School – has released his third full-length mixtape, “2 Explicit.”

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.

‘12 Years a Slave’: Our shame gets visceral telling in the history of betrayed free man

‘12 Years a Slave’: Our shame gets visceral telling in the history of betrayed free man

The stain of slavery on American history has seen many renderings on celluloid, but director Steve McQueen goes at the matter in “12 Years a Slave” in a fashion that gets under the viewer’s skin in stunning, unexpected ways.

Somerville theater company puts out call for writers, performers in January festival

Somerville theater company puts out call for writers, performers in January festival

Somerville’s Performing Fusion Theatre wants short plays from playwrights and to audition the actors, musicians, singers and dancers who will make them come to life at its inaugural Somerville Theatre Festival.

Apply for Cambridge Human Rights Commission by Oct. 18

People interested in serving on the Cambridge Human Rights Commission are asked to send letters of interest, a résumé and list of applicable experience by mail, fax or e-mail by Oct. 18, said the commission’s head, Nancy Schlacter.

City manager promises the fearful: No retaliation for discrimination complaints

City manager promises the fearful: No retaliation for discrimination complaints

Despite there being a new boss in the executive suite, city employees with stories to tell about racial or sexual discrimination were afraid to testify Tuesday at a Civic Unity Committee meeting, other workers said.

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