Another act of violence has taken the life of a human being in our city in Area IV – where I grew up and call home, an area with one of the highest poverty rates in the city, and where there have been nearly a half-dozen murders dating back to 1990.
Some people think “naco” isn’t such a nice word in Spanish – but it doesn’t seem to be any more offensive than “redneck” or “white trash,” its closest anglo equivalents, making its offensiveness more dependent on the sensitivities of an individual diner.
The former bar manager of The Friendly Toast has given his side of a furor from February, confirming the origins of a drink with a controversial name.
A report that Cambridge police have “sniper teams” is greeted with both dismay and gratitude, with less attention paid to confirmation that the city pays the bill for VIP visits.
The Friendly Toast has removed a controversially named drink from its menu after a social media firestorm launched by Mita Shah Hoppenfeld, a Cambridge resident, medical student at the Boston University School of Medicine and blogger.
I don’t remember exactly what went into the drink, because I couldn’t entirely believe what I was seeing – a cocktail with a name that evokes hanging black bodies.
The city honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a number of ways this long weekend, with a Day of Service and #BlackLivesMatter protest march coming Monday.
We are grateful Cambridge has largely been spared the deep fractures between police and the people they serve. And yet, Cambridge is no stranger to social dysfunction at the intersection of class, race and law enforcement practices.
There have been no black people killed by police here as there have been recently in Ferguson, Mo., and many other places, and white faces account for many among protest marchers.
The story of the so-called “Venus Hottentot” and a glimpse into the adult life of Charlie Brown are among four original comedy plays tonight in Davis Square.