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Meet the man who put up a wooden elephant and two giraffes in Somerville — without asking

Did Hayward Zwerling, a retired endocrinologist and amateur woodworker, ask anyone before erecting his renditions of some of the animal kingdom’s largest beasts on public land? “No. I just did it,” he said.

A promised bridge over the Mystic River would be a missing link for Somerville and Everett. So where is it?

The project, which bikers, mayors, and customers say would close a glaring transportation gap, is back on the drawing board.

At Rodent Academy in Cambridge, you have one assignment: Kill the rats

To beat the pests, we have to be smarter than them. And sometimes, participants at the academy learn, we have to unleash the rat-killing dogs. Really.

Local officials are scrutinizing ShotSpotter gunshot detection system anew: ‘What exactly have we been doing here?’

Proponents say ShotSpotter saves lives. Civil libertarians say the technology makes it more likely in communities of color that people will have tense or even dangerous run-ins with police.

Serial bank robber pleads guilty to Cambridge robbery, escape from custody, officials say

On May 9, 2022, Kim Daley walked out of the Boston residential reentry center where he was confined after previous federal bank robbery convictions, and six weeks later he robbed a Cambridge bank, officials said.

Cambridge school resource officer discharges gun in high school restroom, officials say

The officer notified police and the school’s administration of the accidental discharge immediately after it occurred around 1:45 p.m., officials said.

Cambridge public school teacher pleads not guilty to charges of raping two sisters

Jorge Bonilla, 28, was arraigned on two counts of rape of a child aggravated by five years age difference, four counts of rape of a child, and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

Teacher at Cambridge public school accused of raping two girls a decade ago

Jorge A. Bonilla, an elementary teacher in the Cambridge Public Schools, is under indictment for allegedly sexually assaulting two girls in 2013 and 2014, according to Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan and school officials.