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Leaders cool to
Kennedy request

A personal plea from Senator Edward M. Kennedy to grant the governor power to appoint an interim successor in the Senate drew little public support from Massachusetts lawmakers yesterday, with the state’s Democratic leaders publicly silent on the proposal and most Republicans attacking it as a partisan power grab. (By Frank Phillips and Matt Viser, Globe Staff)
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Health push mired, some blame Obama

President Obama’s campaign for the White House was widely hailed for its ability to stick to a script. But as prospects for the passage of health care reform become murkier, and a backlash among liberal Democrats becomes louder, even some of Obama’s strongest supporters are suggesting that his discipline has slipped. (By Michael Kranish, Boston Globe)

Lockerbie bomber's release
sparks local anger

After years of grieving the death of his father, Nicholas Bright was starting to feel the salve of resolution. But his grief was made fresh yesterday when the only man held responsible for the 1988 airliner bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed Bright’s father and 269 others was released from prison. (By Vivian Nereim, Globe Correspondent)

When scientific intensity
turns to volleyball

In the hard-driving world of elite science at Harvard, where people spend long hours in the lab and compete to publish papers in top journals and win grants, volleyball games are a summer diversion with a low bar to entry. People can walk out to the sandy court, kick off their shoes, play for an hour, and then return to their experiments. (By Carolyn Y. Johnson, Globe Staff)

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