CAMBRIDGE — The Cambridge Police Department held a ceremony recently to mark the promotion of Pauline Wells to Deputy Superintendent. Wells, whose daughter Molly assisted in the promotion ceremony, also is a singer, who donates her time to help numerous causes, including the Mary Ann Brett Food Pantry in Dorchester. Wells and her husband, Richard Wells, the former chief of police in Milton, who is now an elected member of that town’s Board of Selectmen,…

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SOUTH END — Bill Brett was out on the town recently (as he is most nights) and took this photograph of the construction near Washington and Herald streets. The construction continues in the area that used to the site of the Boston Herald.

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  BEVERLY — Max Gaudenzi‘s request is a simple one. He needs our help to get a new bed. A 21-year-old, self-described New England Patriots superfan, Max is making an appeal to raise money to get a bed that helps him sleep through the night without needed the help of his parents — or anyone else. Max has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a “disease that has slowly taken away my ability walk, feed myself, dress myself,…

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BOSTON — Publishers Lunch reported recently that Christopher Castellani, artistic director at the Boston-based GrubStreet and a Guggenheim fellow, landed a book deal with Viking. Castellani’s “Leading Men,” a book about “the tempestuous 14-year relationship between Tennessee Williams and his lover Frank Merlo, and their transformative friendship with an aspiring young Swedish actress, whom they first meet in 1953 in Italy at one of Truman Capote’s notorious parties,” was acquired by Paul Slovak at Viking, according to…

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BOSTON — At the Book Expo in New York earlier this year, I got a chance to (briefly) meet former Dallas Police chief David O. Brown, whose “Called to Rise,” is now out from Ballantine Books. The New York Times published a piece today by Elizabeth Hinton about Brown’s book (which he wrote with Michelle Burford) and two other books that look at confronting and reforming racist policing. For me, Brown’s story is an important…

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