July 7, 2008

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Red Sox on the radio
Know a place in New England (or beyond) where the Red Sox are always on the radio? A back porch? Pizza joint? Clam shack? Factory? Tollbooth? Tell reporter Andrew Ryan about it for a story about background music to the New England summer. Please e-mail your responses to acryan@globe.com.
Registry remorse?
You got married — congratulations! Are you now looking around at your gifts and regretting the things you registered for? Is it because you were in a rush to pick them out? E-mail your wedding registry remorse story to chollands@boston.com.
Sweating your heating bill?
As oil prices rise, are you worried about paying your home heating bill this winter? Are you still dealing with bills from last season? E-mail eailworth@globe.com to share your story.
Peeked at your 401(k)?
Have you checked on the second-quarter performance of your retirement account? If so, we'd like to hear how you're coping. Please e-mail weisman@globe.com.
School's out for the kids. Now what?
Summer camps and family vacations are not yet in high gear. This week can be a challenging one for parents. What's your strategy? Email jkahn@globe.com.
Men's Body Wear
Are you a guy who wears body shaping underwear or stomach-trimming undergarments to look thinner or to fit into your jeans and suits? Please contact jodiaz@globe.com.
Beijing Olympics
Are you planning a trip to the Beijing Olympics? Are you going only for the sports - or any personal reasons? Please tell us about your plans at wen@globe.com.
Credit crunch got you down?
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Have a consumer question you want answered?
Want to know if an extended warranty is worth it? Wondering what to do if a dry cleaner ruins your clothes? We want to find answers for you in an upcoming feature. Email questions to consumer@globe.com.
Do you gamble?
Are you a regular at casinos? Would you let a photographer and reporter hang around on a visit and interview you at home? Let us know at richman@globe.com.
Curious Jobs
What are the quirky, odd, or just plain interesting jobs in Massachusetts? Tell us about someone whose job makes you envious, inspired, or perplexed.
Miss Conduct
Have a quandary? Share it, and your question and Miss Conduct's answer may appear in an issue of the Globe Magazine. Submit a question.
Tales from the City
The Globe Magazine is seeking anecdotes about life in Boston. They can be simple, funny, touching, baffling -- anything, really. If you have one, please share your tale.
Business etiquette
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Cognos tied to offer to official

A former state Department of Education administrator has told investigators that she was offered a private sector job by a sales representative for Cognos ULC, around the same time that the software company was attempting to win a lucrative education contract in 2006, according to officials briefed on the matter. (By Andrea Estes, Globe Staff and Stephen Kurkjian, Boston Globe)
LAST CHANCE FOR ENGLISH HIGH

Amid school's struggle, a reach for redemption

While English High School made gains last year, achieving the goals the school had set for itself became a bigger challenge than first anticipated. One of the school's victories, however, was the graduation of Fred Daniels. (By Tracy Jan, Boston Globe)

Genetic haul lifts hopes on Crohn's

If finding disease-related genes is like fishing, then scientists have recently shifted from rods and reels to big nets, and they have just announced their biggest haul ever. Researchers have pinpointed 32 genes linked to Crohn's disease, a dire gastrointestinal disorder that affects a half-million Americans, they said in the journal Nature Genetics last week. (By Carey Goldberg, Boston Globe)

American dream goes global

Developers from countries such as El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Peru are increasingly courting immigrants at housing fairs across the United States, including two events in Massachusetts in the last few weeks. Thousands of immigrants are buying homes in their native countries every year, and more private lenders and some governments are offering financing to sweeten the deal. (By Maria Sacchetti, Boston Globe)

McCain knits trade, security issues

McCain, who has repeatedly said that economics is not his strength, has unapologetically embraced free trade. But, demonstrating an approach that advisers say fits into a broader set of contrasts with his opponent's approach to international affairs, McCain is increasingly making the case to Americans that trade should be considered foremost as a national security concern. (By Sasha Issenberg, Boston Globe)
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