August 4, 2008

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Grim forecast for heating costs

Massachusetts residents who heat their homes with natural gas or oil could end up paying nearly $1 billion more this year than they did in 2007, about a 30 percent increase, according to a University of Massachusetts report set to be released today. (By Erin Ailworth, Boston Globe)

Rockefeller was seeking new life in Baltimore

More than a month before Clark Rockefeller allegedly absconded to Baltimore with his 7-year-old daughter, he told the seller of a stately Baltimore carriage house that he wanted to purchase the property to make a home there with his little girl. (By Maria Cramer and Eric Moskowitz, Boston Globe)

Summer getaways pose some political risk

Vacations have provided some of the most enduring images of American presidents and presidential candidates, but a vacation is also a prime setting for a political fiasco, a kaleidoscope of dorky outfits, unplanned digressions, and luxurious backdrops that can look (always in hindsight) awfully inappropriate during times of economic hardship. (By Lisa Wangsness, Boston Globe)

Solzhenitsyn, chronicler of the gulag, dies

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Russian novelist whose unyielding opposition to Soviet dictatorship made him one of the heroic figures of the 20th century, died late yesterday outside his home in Moscow. The cause of death was heart failure, his son, Stepan , told the Associated Press. He was 89. (By Mark Feeney, Boston Globe)

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