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After headmaster’s arrest, Johnson failed to act

Boston School Superintendent Carol R. Johnson took no disciplinary action after one of her headmasters was arrested and briefly jailed on a domestic assault charge, and even wrote a glowing letter of support to the judge who sentenced him. Rather than put Rodney Peterson on administrative leave — a common practice in government when an employee is arrested — records show that she did nothing, not even informing City Hall attorneys of the charges against the co-headmaster at one of Boston’s three exam schools.

Victor Watch observes his son using an iPad. A phone may come soon.


How young is too young for a cellphone?

The debate continues over when a child can have a cellphone, especially one that can now be used for video messaging and unfettered access to the Internet.

Fishermen in Sao Vicente in Cape Verde pulled in nets. Leaders see schools as the base of their economy.

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Bridgewater State helping educate Cape Verde’s youth

In 2002, when Dana Mohler-Faria became president of Bridgewater State, he was only the second person of Cape Verdean descent to lead an American college. José Maria Neves, prime minister of Cape Verde, requested an audience. That meeting led to a surprising request: Neves wanted help not only in bolstering his country’s economic development, but also with establishing a public university. “We said, ‘Well, you’ve asked us to publicly, so we can’t say no,’ ” said Miguel Gomes Jr., a Bridgewater administrator.

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Recently planted trees in Copley Square replaced a grove consumed by a lethal fungus, but now sport dead leaves. Urban trees are subject to pollution, road salt, and acidic soil.

Boston struggles with goal to plant 100,000 trees

Five years ago, city officials set a goal of planting 100,000 trees by the end of this decade, but they have fallen behind and are struggling just to keep pace with the high mortality rate of trees.