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Magna Carta, basis of U.S. freedoms, goes on display at MFA

July 11, 2014
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One of only four surviving copies of the original Magna Carta—an English document written in 1215 that is the foundation for many democracies around the world—will be on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) through Sept. 1 The Magna Carta Libertatum (The Great Charter of the Liberties of England) was the...

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Boston shortlisted to bid for 2024 Olympics

July 11, 2014
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Boston has been shortlisted as a possible U.S. host for the 2024 Summer Olympics, along with Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who represents the Back of the Hill, has been a supporter of exploring the possibility. “The U.S. Olympic Committee was very keen on Boston,” O’Malley told the...

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Free museum admissions available

July 11, 2014
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The sixth annual “Free Fun Fridays” initiative, a summer program that offers free admittance to attractions all over the state through the end of August, is now in swing. Locally, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are both participating. The MFA will offer free admission on Fri., July...

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Where to watch the Cup finals

July 11, 2014
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With the soccer World Cup finals happening this weekend, Mission Hill is into the swing of watching the soccer matches. Most bars in the Hill are showing the matches live, with sound. A few have added Cup-specific specials to enhance Mission Hill’s cheering pleasure. The Mission, 724 Huntington Ave., 566-1244: burger and a beer...

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Census of 7K Emerald Necklace trees completed

July 11, 2014
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The Emerald Necklace Conservancy (ENC) and its partners have sponsored an extensive census of the Emerald Necklace’s trees as a starting point for a long-term management plan. Co-sponsored by the Arborway Coalition, the ENC, the Friends of Jamaica Pond, the Friends of Olmsted Park Boston and Olmsted 2022, the census surveyed 7,000 trees and...

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VA seeks brain donations for ALS project

July 11, 2014
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital at 150 S. Huntington Ave. wants veterans’ brains. As the home of an ongoing national research study on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, the VA Biorepository Brain Bank (VABBB) is collecting vital information on living vets, both with and without ALS. And yes,...

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Senator’s father faces Mars rocket debate

July 11, 2014
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While local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz has an electoral challenge this fall, her astronaut father faces a debate of his own—over his plans for a rocket to travel to Mars. Dr. Franklin Chang-Díaz is a former Space Shuttle astronaut who tied the record for most spaceflights at seven. He teaches physics and astronomy at...

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Gardner opens its doors for community nights

July 11, 2014
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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is opening its doors to the community this summer with a series of free music and art-filled “Neighborhood Nights.” July 24’s theme will be “Fiesta: World of Ideas” and Aug. 7’s will be “Earth Actually!” This is the Gardner’s 12th year offering free, family-friendly open “Neighborhood Nights.” The “Fiesta”...

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Artists to exhibit ‘rooms’ of creativity

July 11, 2014
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Artists to exhibit ‘rooms’ of creativity

The Mission Hill Artists Collective will present “A Room of Your Own,” a community art exhibit inspired by writer Virginia Woolf, at the Parker Hill Branch library in November. Community members will display 14-by-14-by-7-inch “rooms,” decorated in whatever way they feel supports their creativity. The title of the exhibition is taken from Woolf’s 1929...

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Audit: Local VA hospital wait times within range

June 13, 2014
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In the wake of a national Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) wait list scandal that led to patient deaths, a federal audit shows the local VA hospital at 150 S. Huntington Ave. manages to schedule appointments for local veterans within 30 days 99 percent of the time. But first-time patients have a significantly longer...

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