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Driving App Waze Helps Solve the Maze and Traffic of Boston’s Roads

Boston’s terrible traffic will hopefully be alleviated by the Waze app.

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It’s a long-time myth that Boston’s roads are a labyrinth because the roads are based on cow paths from when the city was first built. The city’s tangled web of roads can be frustrating on an average day, and during special events, like the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victory parade, it can be downright impossible to get from one side of the city to another in a reasonable amount of time. It’s no wonder that city traffic managers are looking to outside resources to alleviate the worsening congestion in the tangled web of roads.

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Some Bostonians Balking At 2024 Summer Olympics Bid

Advocacy groups and local pundits believe that bringing the Olympics to the City on the Hill isn’t worth the jaw-dropping expenses

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The United States Olympic Committee has chosen Boston as its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Selected over San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington D. C., the capital of Massachusetts will next be pitted against “Rome, a yet-to-be-named German city, and possibly Paris or South Africa" for the slot, according to NPR. While many are rejoicing about the nod, a growing movement in the Bay State has been drumming up opposition.

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As you go about your day, you’re often faced with the decision of how to get from Point A to Point B in the most efficient and easiest way possible. On the street, you likely have many choices from your own vehicle to biking, and it’s people like Emily Stapleton and Eric Gilliland who hope you choose the latter.

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Inspiration Intermission: The First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon

Katherine Switzer tells the story of how she became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1967.

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Katherine Switzer tells the story of how she became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1967, including how her boyfriend defended her when she was attacked by one of the marathon directors.

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Spend some time in the average school in a low income urban neighborhood and between the security guards, armed police, and metal detectors, you'll understand why students, parents, teachers, community activists, and academic researchers say black and Latino kids are being being better prepared for incarceration than college. The ubiquity of law enforcement in city schools makes the decision by Andrew Bott, principal at Orchard Gardens Pilot School in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood, to fire all his school's security guards and replace them with art teachers, all the more inspiring.

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The School of Our Dreams Might Actually Exist

One public school in Boston is focused on building students' collaborative—rather than competitive—abilities.

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Earlier this spring respected creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson shared his vision for his dream school—a whole-child learning experience that deemphasized testing and focused on exploring ideas and integrating art and science. Robinson's not the only one advocating for such a learning environment. D.C.-based education expert and writer Sam Chaltain has also been actively searching for what he calls a "transformational" school—a place that creates and sustains student-centered learning communities and prepares students with the intellectual, social, and emotional tools they need to actively participate in our democracy.

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