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Road tested (Globe Staff / David Kamerman)

Road tested

The drills are intense: braking at highway speeds, slaloming around obstacles, and regulating tailgating. Offered through Wilmington-based In Control Advanced Driver Training and a scattering of other companies across New England, such courses introduce new licensees to the two-lane blacktop as it is: raw, chaotic, and, sometimes, a battlefield. Above, instructor Kevin Stromski speaks to teenage students about blind spots. (By Taryn Plumb, Boston Globe)

Monitoring cameras becoming more common in public sites

Police in Lowell are installing sophisticated video surveillance systems to watch students inside and outside the public schools as part of a citywide security system to monitor and deter criminal activity. (By Connie Paige, Globe Correspondent)

Medford settles $1,000
overtime claim for almost $6,000

Despite the worsening financial situation for Medford's city government, officials spent a year fighting a $1,000 employee overtime claim and have now settled the case for thousands of dollars more than the initial requested amount. (By Brad Kane, Globe Correspondent)

Northwest of Boston,
assessors see rise in tax appeals

Area homeowners increasingly are questioning their property's assessed value, looking for a break on their local taxes as a way to pinch pennies. (By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts, Globe Correspondent)

Technology links Burlington students with native speakers abroad

When Jackie Spinos entered her senior year at Burlington High School's evening academy this year, Spanish II was a top priority. The 19-year-old needed the class to graduate this spring, but the school couldn't afford to hire a Spanish teacher. Then school administrators discovered Speak Shop, a program that connects students to tutors in Guatemala and Venezuela. (By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts, Globe Correspondent)

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Mixing it up (Globe Staff / Barry Chin)

Mixing it up

In a padded cinderblock loft above the Winchester High School weight room, students are allowed to kick, choke, punch, and knock the knees out from under one another. In fact, the combat is taught and encouraged, in what is believed to be the first public high school in the country to host mixed martial arts, or MMA, a ferociously popular and, at times, controversial full-contact sport. (By Taryn Plumb, Boston Globe)

School stimulus cash
handed to some, not all

Peabody and Salem, neighboring North Shore school systems, faced a similar predicament a few weeks ago: Both had roughly $3 million budget deficits; both talked about laying off teachers as the only option. (By Linda K. Wertheimer and Terri Schwartz, Boston Globe)

Workshop offers chance
to work against foreclosure

A government-sponsored workshop in Lowell this Thursday will offer a chance for homeowners facing foreclosure to work out new terms for their mortgages and possibly keep the roof over their heads. (By Connie Paige, Boston Globe)

New shared emergency command center in Stoneham hailed as model for state

A regional coalition has set up a new emergency public health command center at Stoneham Town Hall that will be able to spring into action around the clock and direct teams trained to respond to any disaster in Stoneham and four neighboring communities, as well as provide training for those responders. (By Connie Paige, Globe Correspondent)