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Letter to the Editor: Bullet-proof backpacks?
When I read about bulletproof or bullet-resistant backpacks for small children—no matter how practical and protective the acquisitions might be against mass shootings—I was compelled to ask: “Where are we going?!?”
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Roving Camera: 6-6-19: What do you think the city should do to make the streets safe this summer?
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Roving Camera: 6-6-19: What do you think the city should do to make the streets safe this summer?
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More parent input would have helped BPS superintendent search
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More parent input would have helped BPS superintendent search
The process of replacing Tommy Chang as Boston Public Schools superintendent is ending the way it began: hurriedly, secretively, and with little apparent consideration of either the desires of the BPS community or for the requirements of this job. The superintendent will directly impact the lives of tens of thousands of Boston’s next generation.
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14 up-and-comers you should check out at HUBweek
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14 up-and-comers you should check out at HUBweek
This Thursday, October 12-Saturday, October 14, 14 up-and-comers in the Boston area will take the stage alongside the likes of Mike Bloomberg, Fidelity’s Abby Johnson, Former Secretary of State John Kerry, Vice Chairman Anne Finucane, Malcolm Gladwell, Atul Gawande and dozens more at HUBweek’s ideas festival, Future Forum presented by MilliporeSigma. Here’s a glimpse at the stories and visions for the future they’ll share:
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‘Resilient Current’
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Arts & Culture
‘Resilient Current’
One year ago, artist Salvador Jimenez-Flores met with the fifth grade class of Boston’s Josiah Quincy Elementary School to talk about art and identity. After months of workshops and collaboration, the artist and the students have produced “Resilient Current,” a bold triptych reflecting their experience in the ever-gentrifying Chinatown neighborhood. The piece is on view through Oct. 21 at the Pao Arts Center in Chinatown’s One Greenway building, with an accompanying video showing the creation process.
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Vietnamese-American culture featured in Fields Corner mural
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Arts & Culture
Vietnamese-American culture featured in Fields Corner mural
The Fields Corner neighborhood of Dorchester has one of the largest concentrations of Vietnamese-Americans in Boston. A diverse group of local artists and neighbors set out recently to increase the visibility of this vibrant community with a mural outside of Pho Hoa Restaurant.
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Letter to the editor: A racist anthem?
Whatever one’s views are about Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand and “properly acknowledge” the playing of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” it might be helpful to read the following excerpt from the 3rd stanza of the “Star-Spangled Banner:” “No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,”
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Shortages plague Puerto Rico after Maria
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Shortages plague Puerto Rico after Maria
Nearly a week after Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico as a category 4 with winds of 155 miles per hour, many Boston area Puerto Ricans are still struggling to make contact with family members on the island and send needed foodstuffs.
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Local Edition - the BINJ Report
Don't miss the latest LOCAL EDITION: The BINJ Report from the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism. This installment digs deep into developing local politics and the upcoming elections, and features Yawu Miller of the Bay State Banner ...
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Community Voices
Letter to the editor: Eliminate stigma
Lazy terms like “Methadone Mile” negatively brand an entire neighborhood. Describing men and women as “addicts” reduces them to their health struggles.
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Thousands rally in Boston Common for Boston's public schools
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Thousands rally in Boston Common for Boston's public schools
Last November public education activists fended off Ballot Question 2, which would have lifted the state-wide cap on charter school expansion and diverted funds from local school districts. Saturday, many of the same activists who fought for a “no” vote were among the estimated 4,000 people who turned out to the Boston Common for the Rally for Public Education event, sponsored by the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance.
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Hearing focuses on Boston Public Schools’ struggles with transit costs, appealing meals
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Hearing focuses on Boston Public Schools’ struggles with transit costs, appealing meals
A small portion of students account for the majority of the expenses in a transit department that has struggled to limit costs. Meanwhile, the school' s food department aims to increase the per-meal food expensive reimbursement it receives by improving entrees' appeal.
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