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Mother's lover arrested in fatal fire

After a bitter argument with her lover, 25-year-old Nicole Chuminski set the woman's South Boston rowhouse on fire last month, killing two of her children, authorities alleged yesterday. (By Donovan Slack, Globe Staff)

Big Dig firm may face more charges

After the major contractor that oversaw construction of the Big Dig avoided criminal prosecution by negotiating a large civil settlement with authorities, a small New York supplier of epoxy that failed in the 2006 fatal tunnel ceiling collapse is in the crosshairs of a federal grand jury investigation, according to two lawyers briefed on the case. (By Sean P. Murphy, Globe Staff)

DiMasi pays off mortgage loan from friend

House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi said he paid off the balance of an unusual $250,000 third mortgage on his North End condominium yesterday, after the lender, his close friend Richard D. Vitale, who is under scrutiny for work he did last year on behalf of the state's ticket brokers, registered as a lobbyist. (By Andrea Estes, Globe Staff)

Paying a high price for a dying art

The sun had just risen over this elbow of sand last month when a team of armed law enforcement officers from four agencies descended on a cedar-shingled cottage. (By Tania deLuzuriaga, Globe Staff)

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