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Council to take on tough issues in 2018 hearings

Lydia Edwards’ order for a hearing on speculation in the Boston housing market, along with other moves by her fellow councilors, promise to bring a remarkable range of debate on city policy in the coming months.

Ed reform think tank declares unified enrollment dead in Boston

A year ago, members of the Boston Compact, a team of city, charter school and BPS officials, said they would soon release a plan for unified enrollment, a one-stop process through which parents signing their children up for BPS schools ...

Protesters demand Harvard divest from Baupost

More than one hundred student and community activists protested Harvard University for profiting from Puerto Rico’s debt at a demonstration last Wednesday at the school’s campus.

Mass. named worst state for Latinos

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Prison Policy Initiative, financial news company 24/ Wall St. rated Massachusetts as the worst state in the nation in economic and social disparities ...

Ed. board picks Mass. veteran

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education recommended Jeff Riley, Lawrence public school superintendent, as the state’s next education commissioner in an 8-to-3 vote on Monday. Education Secretary James Peyser will make the final decision.

Pressley launches bid for Congress

At-large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley announced today her candidacy for the 7th Congressional District seat currently held by Michael Capuano.

Final call for Spring 2018 Artweek Events

Learn more about the creative Artweek festival during upcoming webinars.

Trevante Rhodes stars in ‘12 Strong’

Trevante Rhodes talks about his latest outing as Sergeant Ben Milo in “12 Strong,” a docudrama about the top secret mission of a Special Forces unit deployed to Afghanistan a few days after 9/11.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way

Through Feb. 10, Speakeasy Stage Company will perform “Shakespeare In Love” at the Boston Center for the Arts. The 2014 stage adaptation of the award-winning film by the same title follows a young Shakespeare as he writes “Romeo and Juliet,” ...

City, United Way expanding STEM education program

Boston schools can help meet the growing need for tech sector jobs by promoting science and technology education in the Boston Public Schools, says Mayor Martin Walsh. Last week, Walsh and other city officials visited Mario Umana K-8 Academy in ...

Former civil rights activist, scholar, Julius Lester dead at 78

On Thursday, the world lost Julius Lester. Lester, 78, of Belchertown, passed away peacefully, his daughter Lian Amaris posted on his Facebook page.

Walsh releases eviction guide for tenants in Boston

Mayor Martin Walsh earlier this month announced the launch of two new resources through the city’s Office of Housing Stability that aim to prevent displacement and decrease cases of eviction in the city.

Leave the lettuce

“Locavore” was anointed 2007’s word of the year by the Oxford American English Dictionary. Since then the idea of wanting to eat closer to home has only gained traction, which has naturaly invited skepticism. Number-crunchers have found enough cases of ...

Private enterprise approach imperils American health care

Every European nation has some form of universal health care for its citizens. This was not true of the United States until so-called Obamacare was enacted. However, it cannot be said that the ardent critics of the Affordable Care Act ...

Trump deserves no credit for black jobless plunge

Trump predictably wasted no time in crowing that he was the reason for the big plunge in the black jobless rate., but what accounts for the jobs surge is a mix of the continuing spiral upward of the economy that ...