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Boston schools
face big job cuts

The Boston school district may have to eliminate at least 900 jobs, including 403 teaching positions, and explore the closure of additional schools as the system confronts its worst budget crisis in more than a decade, Superintendent Carol R. Johnson told the School Committee last night. (By James Vaznis, Globe Staff)

Stimulus funding for arts hits nerve

The massive economic stimulus bill moving through Congress is being watched closely by arts groups across the country, including the Massachusetts Cultural Council. If the House version becomes law, the National Endowment for the Arts would get $50 million - and the council's federal funding would soar by nearly 50 percent. (By Michael Kranish, Globe Staff)
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Developer defends
giving Wilkerson money

Boston developer Arthur Winn said he gave $10,000 to former state senator Dianne Wilkerson in 2004 to help a "close friend" with her tax debts, and not because he wanted her assistance getting public funds for his Columbus Center project. (By Casey Ross, Globe Staff)

R.I. ponders buying out ailing casino

Rhode Islanders marveled when the seedy old Lincoln Greyhound Park was transformed by investors into a lavish gambling salon. But the legions of new gamblers that were supposed to flock to the glitzy slot parlor, rebranded as Twin River and purchased and renovated at a cost of nearly $700 million, never came. (By Eric Moskowitz, Globe Staff)

State House space race

In this secretive State House competition, the spoils are leather couches, mahogany bookcases, Boston Common views - perhaps even a working fireplace. For the losers? Two years in a windowless basement cubicle, wedged in with staff and within range of eavesdropping colleagues, and maybe, if they're lucky, a bathroom nearby. (By Matt Viser, Globe Staff)

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