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Leaders reach
deal on stimulus

Democratic leaders in Congress reached a compromise on an economic stimulus bill yesterday, excising some tax cuts and new school funding to settle on a package totaling $789 billion to confront the worst recession in decades. (By Sasha Issenberg, Globe Staff)
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Madoff's wife pulled $15.5m from account

Ruth Madoff, the wife of accused swindler Bernard L. Madoff, withdrew $15.5 million from a brokerage account in the weeks before her husband's arrest, according to a complaint filed yesterday by the Massachusetts Securities Division. (By Beth Healy, Globe Staff)

40 years' worth of thanks

In 1968, a white firefighter saved a black baby girl, touching the heart of a divided city. The two did not meet again. Until yesterday. (By Maria Cramer, Globe Staff)

Burying ground yields a secret

The grassy earth held strong for almost 300 years, withstanding the footsteps of the millions of tourists who have traipsed through the Granary Burying Ground and wandered off the footpaths for a closer look at the weathered headstones of historic figures. (By Andrew Ryan and John R. Ellement, Globe Staff)

Anthropologist's war death reverberates

In a hostile corner of southern Afghanistan, an American platoon fanned out around a market, forming a protective circle around a petite woman with a notebook. Paula Loyd, a Wellesley-educated researcher, began interviewing villagers about the price of cooking fuel - a key indicator of whether insurgents had hijacked supply lines. (By Farah Stockman, Globe Staff)
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