July 11, 2008

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Cheaper auto insurance?
Have you recently purchased auto insurance from Progressive that had lower premiums than your old policy? If so, talk to the Globe's Jeff Krasner at krasner@globe.com or (617) 929-3143.
Have you ever downloaded a textbook?
Have you ever downloaded an academic textbook from the Internet to avoid buying it? We'd like to talk to you. Contact Hiawatha Bray at bray@globe.com.
Cutting your work week to trim energy costs?
Does your company have a four-day work week? Or are the bosses talking about moving to one as a way to save gas and utility costs? E-mail eailworth@globe.com to share your story.
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.
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?
Having trouble getting a mortgage or refinancing? Email blanton@globe.com to tell us your story
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
Do you have a business etiquette question? Submit it to Business Columnist Peter Post.
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Diocese's financial
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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, still reeling from the financial effects of the sexual abuse scandal, is two years from balancing its budget but is making steady progress addressing a raft of complex administrative problems, senior church officials said yesterday. (By Michael Paulson, Boston Globe)
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Family's hopes for soldier end

The body of Alex R. Jimenez, a Lawrence soldier who was kidnapped by Al Qaeda-linked terrorists more than a year ago, has been found in Iraq in a tragic ending to a family's desperate hope for his return. (By Milton J. Valencia and Jeannie Nuss, Boston Globe)

Innovation fuels solar power drive

Solar power, which has been the next big thing on the energy horizon for decades, may finally be reaching a tipping point. (By Carolyn Y. Johnson, Boston Globe)

Drug industry tightens rules on gift-giving

The trade association for drug companies announced yesterday a tightening of its voluntary code restricting industry gifts to doctors, even as the association has been forcefully lobbying against a tougher ban that is likely to be debated in the Massachusetts House next week. (By Kay Lazar, Boston Globe)

'Assassins' role raises actor's spirits,
his mother's concern

When the theater troupe Company One called Nik Walker to tell him he had landed a role in "Assassins" - the dark Stephen Sondheim musical about people who have killed or tried to kill American presidents - he ran around his East Village apartment screaming with joy. (By Megan Tench, Boston Globe)

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