News

Two more deaths are attributed to coronavirus; health experts look at living in ‘endemic’ future

The omicron surge may have peaked in Cambridge with overall case numbers plummeting, and the city’s public health experts have started to talk about a next, less crisis-driven phase of dealing with Covid. Yet more residents are dying of Covid-19, and more elders living in nursing homes and assisted-living centers are getting infected.

Between 17 and 29 inches of snow are expected for Cambridge and Somerville. Are you ready?

As few as 17 inches of snow but as many as 28 inches are expected to land this weekend on Cambridge and Somerville according to National Weather Service estimates Friday, with wind chill factors potentially reaching -7 and gusts of wind as high as 50 mph.

Somerville man sues Uber for paralyzing crash, alleging that company ignored driver’s history

A Somerville man filed a $63 million lawsuit Tuesday against Uber over a crash that left him permanently paralyzed, saying the driver of the car had had a history of reckless driving but still managed to pass the ride-share company’s screening process. His lawyer called it “inexplicable.”

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Features

In February, Cambridge and Brookline connect exploring ‘Black experience in slavery, freedom’

A virtual History Café on Feb. 3 about “Local History and the Black Experience in Slavery and Freedom” will speak with Barbara Brown of Hidden Brookline about how Cambridge can learn from work done across the river – including a look at Florida Ruffin Ridley, whose life and work intersected closely with that of Cambridge’s own Maria Baldwin.

Local’s photo of Canada geese chicks wins in Mass Audubon contest

Cambridge’s Suzanne Teegarden is a winner in the year’s Mass Audubon statewide photography contest with an image of Canada geese chicks taken in Watertown.

Opinion

Bill by state reps would enact a ‘polluter’s fee,’ focus on utilities instead of maximizing profit

As the season keeps getting colder, I am eyeing my thermostat nervously and worrying about the higher bills that Eversource announced in December. Having to choose between heating my home and an exorbitant gas bill is the latest example of corporate greed.

Order about vendors’ human rights violations begs many questions and demands follow-up

What steps are the city taking to review contracts in search of human rights violations? What are the criteria for defining violations of international law? Who is responsible for conducting the review? When and how often will the review be reported to the public?

(Don’t) love that dirty water – sewage problem needs treatment with more balanced growth

To bend the curve of climate change takes more than the goodwill of Cantabrigians. In the case of waste escaping into the Alewife Brook and overdevelopment in Cambridge Highlands, the City Council, Planning Board and city manager must work together to ensure all new construction is part of a solution.

Wild Things

Groundhogs are a terrible predictor of weather, scourge to farmers and yet a benefit to medicine

In the United States, the most famous groundhog prognosticator is Punxsutawney Phil, who every year in western Pennsylvania makes his weather prediction to great ceremony and media attention. You are more likely to be accurate by expecting the opposite of whatever Phil predicts.

What We're Having

Veggie crepes at Mr. Crepe

Camberville does not have a lot of Crepe options, but Mr. Crepe in Davis Square has been selling the golden brown triangles of savory or sweet goodness since the 1990s.

Film Ahead

Animation leads with ‘Cryptozoo’ and ‘Mitchells’ at Brattle, and ‘Flee’; Kendall has ‘Drive My Car’

These looks at what’s on the big screen in the coming week include reviews for “Drive My Car” and “Flee,” an animated doc joined by another boundary-pushing animated film, “Cryptozoo” at The Brattle, by the more traditional “Mitchells vs. the Machines” and more cinema from “Atlantis” to Taiwan.

Books + Writing

‘We Are But Your Children,’ a history of ManRay, arrives with hopes for a party at the reopened club

Pandemic conditions make for a bad moment to reopen ManRay in Central Square but an ideal time to read “We Are But Your Children: An Oral History of the Nightclub ManRay,” assembled out of conversations with 120 regulars at the legendary nightclub.

Wild Things

Mute swans, big, voracious, elegant and smart, may have survived through status as a royal meal

People first brought exotic mute swans to North America in the 1870s to decorate country estates, city parks and zoos, and those we see in Massachusetts today are probably descended from birds that escaped from New York – now considered an invasive species by many and huntable in most states.

What We're Having

Hot soup for cold times at ChoCho’s

With these subfreezing temps upon us, hot meals matter. One place to get your internal warmth in yummy fashion is ChoCho’s, the Korean eatery with its boiling crocks of soondubu tofu soup into which you drop a raw egg and let cook – like your own Sterno stove to warm your hands over.

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