May 3, 2008

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Own an SUV?
As gas prices rise, the value of SUVs is dropping. We're looking for SUV owners who've found the trade-in value of their SUV is less than expected. E-mail to discuss.
Text message lingo
Do you find instant message abbreviations or text message lingo seeping into formal writing? E-mail
Hard economic times and spring break
Are hard economic times forcing you to forgo Disneyworld with your kids this spring break? Please tell us about your closer-to-home spring break plans. Send emails to
Taking money from your 401(k)?
Have you had to make a ''hardship withdrawal'' from your 401(k) retirement savings account? Globe reporter Ross Kerber would like to hear about your experience — email him at
Beijing Olympics
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Retired but still working?
Are you retired from a corporate job and now working some place else -- like at a Home Depot or Borders -- because you want or need to continue working? Contact to tell us about it.
Men who read
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Credit crunch got you down?
Having trouble getting a mortgage or refinancing? Email to tell us your story
Have a consumer question you want answered?
Want to know if an extended warranty is worth it? Wondering what to do if a dry cleaner ruins your clothes? We want to find answers for you in an upcoming feature. Email questions to with "consumer" in the subject line.
Ever been solicited?
Have you been approached by a prostitute or call girl while attending any major conventions or sporting events, such as the Super Bowl, PGA, US Open, or World Series? If so, please email
Do you gamble?
Are you a regular at casinos? Would you let a photographer and reporter hang around on a visit and interview you at home? Let us know at
Curious Jobs
What are the quirky, odd, or just plain interesting jobs in Massachusetts? Tell us about someone whose job makes you envious, inspired, or perplexed.
Miss Conduct
Have a quandary? Share it, and your question and Miss Conduct's answer may appear in an issue of the Globe Magazine. Submit a question.
Tales from the City
The Globe Magazine is seeking anecdotes about life in Boston. They can be simple, funny, touching, baffling -- anything, really. If you have one, please share your tale.
Business etiquette
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FBI sting nails reputed mob leader

Reputed New England Mafia underboss Carmen "The Cheese Man" DiNunzio was arrested yesterday on charges that he delivered a $10,000 bribe to an undercover FBI agent posing as a state official, part of an alleged conspiracy to secure a $6 million Big Dig contract. (By Shelley Murphy and Sean P. Murphy, Globe Staff)

A sign of civilization- or the end of it

The idea seemed as innocent as apple pie with a scoop of fresh-churned ice cream: A mural painted on the side of an old red barn, in the vintage style of a 1950s postcard, urging passing travelers to head south to "See Bellows Falls." (By Jenna Russell, Boston Globe)

Obama strikes chord with Generation Next

The windows are down on the white Chevy TrailBlazer, the sunroof is open, and students from Plainfield High School are piling in. (By Scott Helman, Boston Globe)

A House dividing

One is an amiable, glad-handing pol from the North Shore, the other a boyish-looking former high school athlete from suburbs southwest of Boston. And while House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi insists he plans to stay in his powerful post, the two rivals to succeed him are engaged in a fierce behind-the-scenes battle, sensing their time may soon come. (By Matt Viser, Boston Globe)

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