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Backers cry foul
on science legislation

As the Legislature finally prepares to produce a $1 billion life sciences bill more than a year after it was conceived, some of the industry's most ardent advocates are losing enthusiasm, saying the legislation has been watered down and larded with earmarks. (By Matt Viser and Peter Schworm, Boston Globe)
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Lester adds a historic chapter

Let's throw in a no-hitter for good measure. There are times these days when one wonders what New England sports fans did to deserve this glut of riches. And last night Jon Lester threw a no-hitter, blanking the Kansas City Royals, 7-0, at Fenway Park - just to remind us that we are in the middle of baseball season. (By Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe)

Vacationers look closer to home

Put off by soaring airfares, record-high fuel prices, and weak exchange rates in Europe and Canada, more Americans are staying home - or closer to it. (By Nicole C. Wong, Boston Globe)

In Maine, a losing battle for health

Thelma MacLean doesn't know what caused the chronic respiratory illness that has sucked away her mobility, peace of mind and resilience. Maybe it was the cigarettes she smoked for 30 years, or the woodsmoke she inhaled from neighbors' stoves, or the home permanents she gladly gave her friends. (By Jenna Russell, Boston Globe)

Clinton says contest 'nowhere near over'

Hillary Clinton, having dramatically toned down her criticism of Barack Obama in recent days, issued a not-so-gentle warning to her surging opponent yesterday: The Democratic nomination is not yours yet. (By Susan Milligan, Boston Globe)

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