News

Four stories of survived mental health crises shared by police in release, raising questions

In an unusual statement Wednesday, Cambridge police said officers had successfully handled four incidents in the previous week involving severely disturbed people – three of them armed. The report appeared to counter criticism of a Jan. 4 fatal police shooting.

With weekend wind chills down to negative 30, officials urge and offer safety and shelter for all

Cambridge and Somerville are bracing for a snap of extreme cold Thursday, Friday and Saturday in which the National Weather Service warns of wind chills down to negative 30 degrees. That could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as a half-hour.

Why an exiled Chinese billionaire has protesters outside the home of a Cambridge schoolteacher

Third-grade teacher Isabelle Despins has endured months of protests outside her home from a far-right group for reasons that are tenuous at best.

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Features

Growing up in Cambridgeport was unforgettable for Louis Fenerlis, the child of Greek immigrants

Louis Fenerlis, of Louie’s Haircuts in Boston, considers himself to be a proud product of Cambridgeport. When his family moved during during his first year in high school, he says he never adjusted to the new town.

We’re searching for the Indigenous voices of Cambridge

How did you learn about Native American/American Indian people? Your experiences and memories will be helpful primary source material for our scholars.

Opinion

Remembering Alice Wolf, local ‘political legend’ who was as kind as she was resolute on the issues

I am in awe of Alice Wolf and her 16 years in the Legislature after a legendary local political career. She was known for being an issues person, but she was much more.

Why we support lab regulation

We want to work toward a Cambridge where residents and locally owned, independent businesses are able to thrive in vibrant and affordable squares and corridors, shielded from further displacement pressures from many sources, including continued biotech expansion.

Almost one in four trees planted by the city die

A look at seven years of data testing suggests nearly 1 out of 4 saplings experienced “infant mortality” and died. The city should make three easy fixes immediately.

Wild Things

Muskrats weren’t named the way you suspect, aren’t beavers and may or may not taste good

Though they have ratlike tails, muskrats are not rats. And since muskrat pairs mark the border of their territory with musk, you might think this is the origin of the name – but you’d be wrong again. What is true about these creatures?

Film

‘Framing Agnes’: Stories of the midcentury trans

Viewer are immersed in Chase Joynt’s ambitious, rapid-paced, comprehensive, experimental documentary, and likely even more so if one is unfamiliar with the stories of trans people in the 1950s and the media’s approach to them.

Film

‘Knock at the Cabin’: Who’s there is not guests you’d want showing up on family glamping trip

Religious overtones and bigger themes feel tacked on and the final resolution may not be among Shyamalan’s best, but this is a family trip to tag along on.

What We're Having

Creole mahi, quail and fried oysters at Season to Taste

Season to Taste relocates, settling in as new kid on the strip between Porter and Harvard squares with offerings that blend New England fresh and Southern fried. 

Food + Drink

Foodstuffs: Bon Me will come to North Point; Eatery spaces available in Kendall and Central

Asian-inspired sandwich and bowl seller Bon Me is coming to the North Point neighborhood and a few locations for restaurants have come on the market.

Books + Writing

Unrest in the Middle East, and it’s just 1933: Jonathan Wilson’s novel ‘The Red Balcony’ (corrected)

Jonathan Wilson’s “The Red Balcony” applies a novelistic sheen to a true-life, still unsolved murder set in the Palestine of 1933, a moment swastikas flew over Jerusalem.