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Simon J. Levien

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State Politics

As Eviction Moratorium Clock Runs Out, Local Legislators Push for Extension

As Massachusetts’s eviction moratorium is set to end in less than one month, state lawmakers are continuing to push for an extension.

Commonwealth Wine School
Harvard Square

Commonwealth Wine School Splashes into Harvard Square

Commonwealth Wine School — which offers wine classes ranging from tastings to multi-year certification programs — opened for in-person classes this month at the Garage in Harvard Square.

Bill Bartley Flips Burgers
Harvard Square

After 60 Years in Harvard Square, Family-Owned Bartley’s Burgers Is Up For Sale

Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage, a Harvard Square fixture for 60 years, is for sale, according to owner Bill Bartley.

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
Cambridge Schools

Cambridge School Committee Approves Plan for Remote Fall for Grades 4-12

In a marathon meeting Thursday night, the Cambridge School Committee approved a proposal for remote-only learning for most Cambridge Public School students in grades 4-12, allowing preschool through third-grade families to opt for some in-person learning.

Harvard Art Museums

Square Businesses, Harvard Museums and Libraries Keep Doors Closed as Mass. Enters Phase Three of Reopening

As Massachusetts moved into the third phase of its reopening plan Monday, Harvard museums and libraries — as well as local fitness centers and movie theaters — are keeping their doors shut.


PBHA Boston-Based Summer Urban Program Convenes Virtually

Phillips Brooks House Association’s Summer Urban Program will begin virtually this Monday for roughly 550 young Boston and Cambridge students.

Harvard Kennedy School

Kennedy School Study Links Police Violence to Diminished Educational Outcomes and Student Trauma

A Harvard Kennedy School study released this month suggests a direct link between police violence and diminished academic performance of inner-city students.

Harvard Square
Square Business

As Pandemic Pressures Mount, Businesses Bid Harvard Square Goodbye

After more than three months since the initial outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Cambridge, many local businesses have struggled to stay open, with a few even closing their doors permanently.

Rosovsky Hall

Supreme Court Justice Breyer Discusses Landmark BGLTQ Case, Remote Oral Arguments at Harvard Hillel Talk

Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer spoke to nearly 1,000 attendees at a virtual Harvard Hillel event Monday evening where he discussed the Court’s recent move to virtual oral arguments and a landmark decision earlier that same day that protects BGLTQ workers from workplace discrimination.

Littauer Center

Harvard Economists Find Political Bias Skews Americans' Perception of Verifiable Facts

According to a recent paper from a team of Harvard economists, not only do partisans see things differently, but their political views distort their basic understanding of the issues — even when reality may be contrary.

Cambridge City Hall
Cambridge City Council

Cambridge Officials Hold Virtual Vigil for George Floyd

City of Cambridge officials held a virtual vigil Monday evening in memory of George Floyd, a black man murdered by a white Minneapolis police officer last week.

Harvard Square
The Scoop

A Harvard Square Without Harvard

With some estimates predicting that 40 percent of local businesses will not reopen after the pandemic ends and that another 25 percent will fail within the year, Harvard students may return to a neighborhood that looks radically different from the one they left in mid-March.

Coronavirus Impact on Schools
Commencement 2020

‘Working As One’: Cambridge Responds to School Closures

When the coronavirus pandemic caused many academic institutions to close in mid-March, students were sent home to transition to remote learning. Cambridge Public Schools was no exception.


Most Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients Survive with Respiratory Failure Treatment Strategy, Research Finds

The majority of critically ill COVID-19 patients survive under current treatment guidelines for respiratory failure, clinicians at two Harvard teaching hospitals found.

Swimming Spinosaurus

Researchers Discover First Known Swimming Dinosaur

An international research team that includes two Harvard professors has determined that the Spinosaurus is the first known swimming dinosaur, according to a study published Wednesday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature.