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Drug giant bids
$18.5b for Genzyme

French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis SA yesterday went public with an offer to buy Genzyme Corp. for $18.5 billion in cash, a move intended to step up pressure on the Cambridge company after what Sanofi executives said was a rebuff from Genzyme’s board. (By Robert Weisman, Globe Staff)

Healing by sharing their loss

Comfort Zone Camp is a nonprofit that is expanding its bereavement camps for children into Massachusetts. The camp helps youths deal with death in the family. (By Bryan Marquard, Globe Staff)

Contractors resist US disclosure effort

Defense companies and other major industries are hoping to block disclosure of their own fraudulent or substandard performance in federal contracts, despite a mandate this year by Congress that such potentially embarrassing information be released to the public. (By Bryan Bender, Globe Staff)

Tobacco signs still
target city’s poorer areas

A dozen years after Massachusetts attempted to ban storefront tobacco ads within 1,000 feet of schools and playgrounds, the signs remain prolific and prominent in Boston's lower-income neighborhoods. (By Stephen Smith, Globe Staff)

Maine wind farm not soothing to all ears

Three white wind turbines churn out more electricity than is used on the pine-studded island of Vinalhaven, Maine. However, to some residents, the turbines have brought chest-thumping noise and questionable cost savings. (By Brian MacQuarrie, Globe Staff)

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