Developers, neighbors promote dueling zoning proposals for Riverside in Newton
As developers seek new zoning to help build a mixed-use project with hundreds of new residential units at the MBTA’s Riverside station, a neighborhood group is pushing back with proposed zoning changes that would rein in the development’s size.
Boston Collegiate fund strives to keep teachers coming back each year
Community gardens, film clubs, and annual monetary awards for teachers — not all schools can afford these kinds of luxuries. But Boston Collegiate Charter School can, thanks to its new Fund for Teaching Excellence, a million-dollar, five-year initiative established in January.
American Medical Response in Springfield celebrates National EMS Week (photos)
American Medical Response (AMR) marked National EMS Week on Thursday with an open house at its Cottage Street headquarters.
The event included hands-on CPR training, booths from area businesses, appearances from Boston Red Sox mascot Wally and Springfield Thunderbirds mascot Boomer, and visits from heart attack survivors.
CommonWealth Magazine: Use pot revenue to expand afterschool programs
IN A RECENT report on the importance of afterschool programs, the Legislature’s Afterschool and Out-Of-School Time Coordinating Council, chaired by Sen. Brendan Crighton and Rep. Jennifer Benson, reached a familiar conclusion, but offers a promising new solution.
For years, chronic underfunding has left too many Massachusetts children without access to the invaluable afterschool and summer learning programs that help them reach their full potential. Available funding streams have remained elusive and inadequate. We believe new state and local revenue from the sale of recreational marijuana would go a long way to properly fund these programs that are proven to increase positive outcomes for kids in school, college, and career.
Our state mandates that a proportion of cannabis revenue be spent on youth education and prevention programs. The research is clear: Students who participate in afterschool programs get higher grades, graduate at higher levels, have fewer behavior issues, and have lower rates of drug abuse than their peers – exactly the outcomes that marijuana revenue should be used to support.
Boston Business Journal: Mass. biotech leaders voice alarm over report of first gene-edited babies
Massachusetts biotech executives and scientists expressed concern Monday following reports that a Chinese scientist has used gene-editing technology to alter the DNA of human embryos, leading to the birth of twin girls — a practice that is banned in the United States.
According to media reports and a filing with Chinese regulators, researcher He Jiankui used the gene-editing technology CRISPR/Cas9 to alter the embryos of seven couples during fertility treatments in the hopes of making them immune to HIV infection. The experiment led to the birth of two healthy twin girls a few weeks ago, The Associated Press reported.
The researcher's claims, which have not yet been published in a scientific paper, prompted a swift outcry among Boston-area life sciences officials Monday, given that such genetic changes can be passed on to future generations. Several Cambridge-based biotechs are developing drugs using CRISPR/Cas9, but they have balked at pursuing this kind of "germline" editing for regulatory and ethical reasons.
Cape Cod Times: Harwich students study individual stories of Pilgrims, Wampanoag
For sixth-graders at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School, the encounter between Pilgrims and the Wampanoag just got real.
The students of language arts teacher Susannah Remillard are using the sketches of Samuel De Champlain, the letters of Gov. William Bradford and interviews with Wampanoag employees of Plimoth Plantation to re-create Southeastern Massachusetts, circa 1600s.
What they are finding is a far more complex story than the traditional celebration of the Pilgrim landing, one that is edged by an elegy for the Wampanoag lives lost to disease in the years immediately preceding the Mayflower’s arrival and for the hardships faced by the new settlers.
Edify Commentary: Mentors Can Help Students Rise Above Challenges, See A Future
I got into Summer Search and was paired with a mentor, Jonny. He has become a confidant who is a consistent source of encouragement. I can talk to him about anything, whether it’s issues at home or my schoolwork — anything. He is always there for me and understands the importance of my feeling recognized and acknowledged for my achievements. He helped me navigate my junior year, whether it was SAT deadlines or preparing for my college search. He pushed me to see that I can do more and that I can do better. Best of all, because of his support, I have become more comfortable just being me.
This past summer, I had the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic to perform community service at a health clinic. With a scholarship from Summer Search, I went with 28 other students from all over the country and two international students. I was also only one of two students from Summer Search Boston on this trip, and I had never met the other students before. I was nervous. I told myself that the two weeks would go by quickly; I would just mind my own business and do what had to be done.
I soon became friends with a larger group of girls on the trip who welcomed me, even though they all knew each other from home. These girls had money and, like everyone on the trip, talked about college and career. I felt like I couldn’t relate. My mother works three jobs — cleaning a bank during the day, working at a chocolate factory at night and working the weekends as an apartment cleaner — all without a day off. College didn’t feel like an option for us financially.
Fierce BioTech: FDA clears MaxQ’s AI-based CT analysis platform for brain bleeds
Fierce 15 winner MaxQ AI, formerly known as MedyMatch, has received a 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its artificial intelligence software that rapidly detects brain bleeds in CT scans.
Its Accipio Ix detection platform had previously been granted access to the agency’s expedited access pathway, which allowed the Tel Aviv, Israel and Andover, Massachusetts-based company to receive FDA advice while it went through the review process.
The clearance now allows emergency healthcare providers and physicians in acute care settings to use the program to prioritize clinical assessment and care of patients with hemorrhagic stroke or intracranial trauma. Accipio Ix previously received a CE mark in May.
WFSB Connecticut (Video): Local veterans honored in New Haven
WBUR: Walsh Outlines Plan To Protect Boston Harbor From Flooding (Audio)
Boston is getting a new plan to combat the effects of climate change. Mayor Marty Walsh on Wednesday unveiled his "Resilient Boston Harbor" proposal.
Walsh says his plan is not just a comprehensive strategy to protect the city from climate change flooding, but a transformative vision that will add 67 acres of greenspace to Boston's 47-mile shoreline.
The idea is to build seawalls and natural barriers, and elevate roads in low-lying areas by as much as 7 feet to prevent flooding from rising sea levels. A redesign of Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester is one proposal in the plan.
"This is about prevention," Walsh told reporters in a briefing Tuesday. "Making investments in this type of work is the key to our city."
Champion Newspaper (DeKalb County, GA): First responders honored for saving life
Each year, emergency medical staff professionals treat nearly 300,000 people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital, according to the American Heart Association. If defibrillation is provided within five to seven minutes, the survival rate is approximately 30 percent.
In DeKalb County, medical staff arrived on time during a recent incident where an individual suffered cardiac arrest. The patient, who happened to have a cardiac arrest episode on his birthday, was assisted by Decatur Firefighters and other medical personnel.
In September, Decatur city officials honored AMR paramedic Taylor Hiffner, EMT Mbill Khan and firefighters from Decatur Fire and Rescue Department for their role in securing a positive outcome for the patient experiencing cardiac arrest.
The Hill: Both parties have failed to protect our children
The latest report by the Children’s Advocacy Institute (CAI) reveals that both Democrats and Republicans have engaged in “bipartisan neglect” in protecting and supporting our nation’s most vulnerable children.
The report documents multiple failures across the child welfare system that demonstrate a lack of understanding of the underlying causes of abuse and neglect. The system remains woefully underfunded, worsened by counterproductive flaws in the funding formula, and an inability or unwillingness to hold states accountable for violating federal laws. While two bipartisan efforts over the past decade — including the Family First statute — made some positive strides in adding more flexibility to fund prevention, the Congress has fallen woefully short.
This should be a nonpartisan issue. Liberals should want opportunity and a better future for impoverished children. Conservatives should understand these children are not the children of “others,” but of our national “family.” We, the state, have seized them. How we treat these children — our children — will be a fair test of the conservative “family values” shibboleth.
New York Times: What Betsy DeVos Thinks She Can Get Away With
A federal judge sent the right message last week when he blocked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s suspension of an Obama-era rule that allows students defrauded by for-profit colleges to have some or all of their federal student loans forgiven.
This was his second ruling in a suit filed by attorneys general from 19 states who argued that Ms. DeVos had broken the law by delaying the rule from taking effect, and they demanded that it be immediately reinstated.The judge, Randolph Moss of Federal District Court in Washington, had earlier found that Ms. DeVos had broken the law, and last week he invalidated Ms. DeVos’s attempt to dismantle the rule, but stayed his ruling for 30 days to give the Education Department time to respond. The next step should be to order the department to grant debt relief to the thousands of student borrowers who have applied and are clearly eligible under the original rule.
The rule, known as “borrowers defense,” is rooted in a provision of the Higher Education Act of 1965 intended to lift the debt burdens of students who were misled by their schools. The rule was designed to compel schools to offer a fair education and to refrain from predatory practices — like lying about career opportunities or steering students into ruinously priced loans — that have been well documented over the last decade.
Ms. DeVos has essentially made the Education Department a subsidiary of the for-profit college industry. Republicans in Congress who wish to hide from this issue are being peppered with complaints from constituents victimized by the for-profit schools — particularly veterans, who have been targeted by companies that covet their G.I. benefits.
Journal Gazette: Kaplan rollout exposes un-Purdue-like actions
Veterans Education Success has received complaints from nearly 100 veterans and service members who say Kaplan misled veterans and service members about the university's accreditation, the transferability of Kaplan credits, the quality of Kaplan's programs and the career prospects of Kaplan's graduates.
They also report that Kaplan deceived veterans and service members about the cost of Kaplan's programs and has borrowed money on behalf of veterans and service members without their consent. With Harvard Law School, we published a report, “Veteran and Servicemember Complaints about Misconduct and Illegal Practices at Kaplan Schools.”
Unfortunately, Kaplan, now known as Purdue University Global, looks set to inject the worst of Kaplan's bad practices into the Purdue system.
Wicked Local Danvers: Danvers resident awarded Thoreau Scholarship
Nadine D. Najah, of Danvers, and a recent graduate of the Pioneer Charter School of Science 2 in Saugus, has been awarded the Henry David Thoreau Scholarship.
The scholarship, supported by the Henry David Thoreau Scholarship Fund, is named for the 19th-century naturalist and author and given annually to eight Massachusetts high school seniors.
The daughter of Samira Najah and the late Abderrahman Najah, Najah will be attending Brown University, where she plans to major in environmental studies. Always a good science student, Najah was inspired to become passionate about climate change after reading Alex Scott’s article “Learning to Love CO2” while preparing a project for a science fair. In addition to studying ways to turn carbon dioxide into a usable product that won awards at local and international science fairs, Najah lives what she preaches by installing water-efficient showerheads in her home and washing clothes in an eco-friendly mode after learning in her AP Environmental Science class how much energy is used on wasted water. Najah intends to use what she will learn in college to help reverse, or end, the effects of climate change.