Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Liz Kowalczyk and Priyanka Dayal McCluskey Globe Staff January 13, 2019 Need an X-ray and stitches to go along with your burrito and office supplies?Urgent care centers, walk-in clinics that treat a range of pressing medical issues, are proliferating in crowded shopping centers and along busy roads across the state, especially in affluent suburbs. One 2-mile stretch of Route 9 will soon have four urgent care centers, the newest next to a Chipotle and a Staples in Natick. Chestnut Hill has three within a 15-minute drive, and Cambridge, four. But no companies have rushed to open urgent care centers in Dorchester, Roxbury, or other lower-income neighborhoods in Boston. Advertisement The explosion of the urgent care industry is reshaping the health care landscape in Massachusetts and across the country. A state commission counted 150 urgent care centers last year, … [Read more...] about Urgent care centers proliferate in Mass., but fewer low-income patients have access
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By Larry Gordon Edsource | PUBLISHED: January 6, 2019 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: January 6, 2019 at 6:00 am As California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom will face a rare and well-timed opportunity to put his mark on the world’s largest higher education system. Newsom, who is to be inaugurated Jan. 7, starts off with a $14.8 billion state budget surplus and, as a result, high expectations among higher education leaders and experts that he will keep many of his campaign promises. Among those pledges: more money to the state’s university systems to avoid tuition hikes, two years of free community college, financial aid reform and better coordination throughout higher education. The impact of Newsom’s governorship on higher education could be significant, touching the lives of the 2.5 million students in total enrolled across the 115 community colleges, 23 California State University campuses and the 10 University of California campuses. … [Read more...] about California higher education leaders have high hopes for Newsom’s spending plans
Viet Nam News CẦN THƠ – The Mekong Delta city of Cần Thơ is promoting advanced farming techniques to increase profits for farmers and enhance product competitiveness. Nguyễn Ngọc Hè, director of the city’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that many efficient hi-tech agricultural production models were being used in the locality. The city has set up large high-tech rice fields in which farmers co-operate with companies to produce high-quality rice for exports. The city has 93 large rice fields with a total of nearly 20,000ha. Concentrated fruit areas like milk apple - growing areas and Burmese grape areas are developed in Phong Điền District, Hòa Lộc mango areas in Cờ Đỏ District, and Ido longan areas in Thốt Nốt and Phong Điền districts. Many farmers have applied Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices (VietGAP) standards and automatic irrigation … [Read more...] about Cần Thơ uses high-tech to increase farmers’ profits
Heading into Labor Day weekend, the Minnesota Department of Education launched a new method for assessing school success: the North Star system. It’s a personalized version of the new federally mandated school accountability system, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). And it differs in important ways from the state’s old system. Standardized test scores still matter a great deal, as they did in Minnesota’s old plan under the Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act, the Multiple Measurements Rating system. Likewise, the top-performing and lowest-performing schools still receive a rating. But as states built their ESSA plans, they were required to create an even more comprehensive assessment of what’s happening in their schools. The North Star system takes five key measurements into consideration: academic achievement, academic growth, progress toward English language proficiency for students learning English, four- and seven-year graduation rates, and student … [Read more...] about Minnesota’s new school accountability system: How is it different — and how is it being received?
Kyle Swenson and Antonia Noori Farzan, The Washington Post Published 6:42 am PDT, Monday, August 27, 2018 With the final seconds draining away on the game clock, "Bread" pulls off a big finish. It's a chilly February night in 2017 in Buffalo. The flat screens plastered across the walls of the 716 Food and Sport are all tuned to a live-stream of the game, including a massive 38-foot television in the bar's main room. More than six hours of video game competition has built to this moment. Carlos "Los" Yancy and David "Bread" Katz are knotted in a tie, 20-20, in "Madden NFL 17," the blockbuster football video game. Yancy, the expected favorite at this tournament, is fending off a final drive by Katz, a Maryland native just beginning to build a reputation among competitive gamers. The winner not only pockets $3,500 but advances to a later contest in Los Angeles. With the pressure mounting, Katz's thin face is clenched in a serious look, his gray-green eyes pinned to the … [Read more...] about Jacksonville shooting suspect: A serious player in the high-pressure, big-money world of competitive gaming