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City cancels Cambridge Carnival after threats of violence

The annual Cambridge Carnival scheduled for early September was canceled due to reported threats of violence in connection with an exchange of gunfire near Boston’s Caribbean Carnival parade at the end of August, according to the Cambridge Chronicle. Rather than waiting until next year to try again, though, city officials have been looking to reschedule the popular event, which usually attracts between 30,000 and 50,000 people to its celebration of African and Caribbean culture in the city.

Cambridge Council on Aging introduces new LGBT+ social group 

The Cambridge Council on Aging announced a new LGBT+ social event for locals ages 60 and older, which started in September, according to the Cambridge Chronicle. The free event is held on the fourth Monday of each month and complements the Cambridge Council on Aging’s other offerings, which include a caregiver support group and a bereavement support group for people working through grief and loss.

First West Nile Virus case reported in city

A 60-year-old local hospitalized in September was identified as the first Cantabrigian to contract West Nile virus this year, reports CBS Boston. The Department of Health told the news outlet that it believes the local man contracted the disease from infected mosquitoes in the city, but the risk isn’t high. The Department of Health raised the risk level from low to moderate in Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, Boston, and a number of other cities. This season is thought to be a “mild” one, according to CBS Boston. 

Cambridge Community Television receives Google community grant 

Cambridge Community Television (CCTV) received a $55,000 Google community grant at the end of September to put toward its community outreach programs, which include the Youth Media program, Google’s Age Engage program, and more, according to the Cambridge Chronicle. “CCTV provides critical services in the Cambridge community, and the work the station does in technology training for residents has made it a natural fit for Google volunteers over many years,” Liz Schwab, head of external affairs for Google, told the Chronicle. 

City Council forum addresses climate change and city goals

A forum comprised of city council candidates addressed the threatening impacts of climate change at the end of September, with proposed plans of action ranging from encouraging the creation of net-zero emissions buildings, improving transportation, and embracing renewable forms of energy, according to The Harvard Crimson. The event, which was sponsored by climate change grassroots organization Mothers Out Front, highlighted 16 participating candidates, and attracted dozens of residents.

City Council passes Cannabis Business Permitting Ordinance

City council members passed an ordinance at the end of September to create a permitting process for prospective marijuana businesses interested in opening shop, according to the Cambridge Chronicle. The Cannabis Business Permitting Ordinance will prioritize women- and minority-owned businesses. It requires that businesses “enter a community host agreement with the city” and obtain a number of permits from the city and state.  

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Federal judge rules in favor of Harvard admission processes  

Federal Judge Allison Burroughs ruled in the beginning of October that Harvard University’s admissions processes do not illegally discriminate against Asian-American applicants, as suggested in the Students for Fair Admissions lawsuit against the school that was filed in 2014, according to The Harvard Crimson. “Ensuring diversity at Harvard relies, in part, on race-conscious admissions,” Burroughs wrote in her decision.

This story appears in the Nov/Dec print issue of Scout Cambridge, which is available for free at more than 220 drop spots throughout Cambridge (and just beyond its borders) or by subscription.

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