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Where some local police ‘militarization,’ others see more safety for public, VIPs

Where some local police ‘militarization,’ others see more safety for public, VIPs

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.

Friendly Toast takes ‘Strange Fruit’ drink off menu after outrage arises over name

Friendly Toast takes ‘Strange Fruit’ drink off menu after outrage arises over name

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.

Strange Fruit in the Friendly Toast: Cocktail isn’t homage, it’s horror

Strange Fruit in the Friendly Toast: Cocktail isn’t homage, it’s horror

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.

Day of Service, protest march scheduled to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Day of Service, protest march scheduled to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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.

Statement from the Cambridge Black Pastors Alliance: ‘Black Lives Matter’

Statement from the Cambridge Black Pastors Alliance: ‘Black Lives Matter’

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.

What #BlackLivesMatter protests look like from Cambridge and Somerville

What #BlackLivesMatter protests look like from Cambridge and Somerville

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.

Charlie Brown, ‘Venus Hottentot’ stories get stage time tonight in ‘Dark Comedies’

Charlie Brown, ‘Venus Hottentot’ stories get stage time tonight in ‘Dark Comedies’

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.

City sets Oct. 17 deadline for applications to its Commission on Status of Women

People interested in serving should submit a letter of interest, including a résumé and/or an explanation of applicable experience.

Worried about police? Safeguards failed for Cambridge force when last needed

Worried about police? Safeguards failed for Cambridge force when last needed

The police commissioner’s assurances of checks and balances on officer actions cann’t be accepted at face value – not if recent history is any gauge.

Report on city health includes surprises on diversity, tooth decay, even STD rates

Report on city health includes surprises on diversity, tooth decay, even STD rates

A new city assessment of community health goes beyond the obvious to shine a spotlight on poverty, disease, inequity and racial differences.

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