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State firm on school quality

The Patrick administration will not adopt national academic standards if they are lower than those established in Mass., long championed as having among the most rigorous expectations, according to the state’s education secretary. (By James Vaznis, Globe Staff)

Rich towns get ‘distressed’ status

Millions in tax breaks are being routed to companies that locate themselves in affluent suburbs. (By Todd Wallack, Globe Staff)
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Cahill navigating uncharted waters

Now comes the hard part for state Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill, the political renegade running for governor. No independent candidate has won a statewide election in Massachusetts. None has come close. (By Brian C. Mooney, Globe Staff)

At end of life, new ways
to offer a personal touch

Welcome to a growing trend in the long-sedate world of funeral directors, where hushed tones, heavy drapes, and calculated ritual are giving way to a customized send-off that is more party than predictable. (By Brian MacQuarrie, Globe Staff)

With student help,
L.L. Bean tries younger look

Teenagers soliciting retailers to hawk their goods, particularly for brands that normally have little appeal among their peers, is a rare event, to say the least. It was an offer L.L. Bean - whose boxy, loose-fitting offerings sometimes turned off even the preppiest of teens - knew it couldn't refuse. (By Jenn Abelson, Globe Staff)

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