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Unions soften
tone on health

Massachusetts labor leaders have given up their full-throated battle to protect certain collective bargaining rights amid an increasing likelihood that the Legislature will empower local governments to raise the health insurance costs of teachers, firefighters, and other municipal employees. (By Noah Bierman, Globe Staff)

In Lawrence, a blue line stretched thin

A Globe reporter spent two Friday nights with police officers as they patrolled this city of about 77,000. The ride-alongs, as well as interviews with other officers and top brass, suggest a force that is tense, on edge, and always waiting for the eruption that will overwhelm its diminished numbers. (By Maria Cramer, Globe Staff)

Rotenberg founder set to face charges

The founder of the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center is scheduled to face criminal charges arising from a night in 2007 when two special needs teenagers at the center were wrongfully administered dozens of electrical shocks. (By Patricia Wen and Brian McGrory, Globe Staff)

Seeking to say who stands for Israel

While disagreements between the White House and the Israeli government are raising questions in Washington over what it means to be “pro-Israel,’’ today in Boston the debate will play out in a quieter way.
(By Farah Stockman, Globe Staff)

Ex-Patrick adviser says
DiMasi sped contract

A former adviser to Governor Patrick testified that in spring 2007 Salvatore F. DiMasi, then the speaker of the House, tucked language authorizing the purchase of computer software into an emergency spending package, even though the bill was intended to finance only “truly essential’’ services. (By Milton J. Valencia, Globe Staff)

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