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Senator Specter bolts GOP

Senator Arlen Specter, a liberal Pennsylvania Republican who had long chafed against his party's rightward drift, announced he would switch allegiances and join the Democrats to strengthen his prospects for reelection next year. (By Sasha Issenberg, Globe Staff)
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A slice of the stimulus

Officials and residents in Watertown have gotten word that they'll be getting a slice of the stimulus package. So far, nearly $6.7 million has been allotted to several projects and programs. But that doesn't count the money flowing to residents who are eligible for additional Social Security payments or increased unemployment benefits. (By Erin Ailworth, Globe Staff)

Still few answers as swine flu, fear spread

As isolated cases of swine flu emerged in spots as far-flung as Israel and New Zealand, disease trackers scurried yesterday to understand the true threat posed by the novel virus, which has now made at least 64 Americans sick and placed health authorities around the world on high alert. (By Stephen Smith, Globe Staff)
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Rift grows between Patrick, Legislature

The division between Governor Deval Patrick and legislative leaders grew into a chasm yesterday as they fought over how to solve the worst budget crisis in decades, with Patrick demanding a "change agenda" on Beacon Hill and lawmakers accusing him of running against the Legislature to bolster his political fortunes. (By Matt Viser, Globe Staff)

Bereaved fathers find
healing in bonds of friendship

Call it a fathers' club with impossibly high dues: Each man has lost a child. But the members don't use that euphemism. "Our kids are not lost," says David Domeshek of Medfield, one of the founders. "We know where they are." (By Bella English, Globe Staff)

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