February 9, 2011

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Patrick says he
considered resigning

In early 2007, just weeks after taking office, Deval Patrick seriously considered resigning. His wife had been admitted to McLean Hospital with depression. Rather than savoring his election as the first black governor of Massachusetts, Patrick and his wife were dreading four years in the public eye. (By Michael Levenson, Globe Staff)

Vigorous recovery for Floating Hospital

Seven years ago, the Floating Hospital for Children was in sad shape. Now, fueled in part by growing alarm over high health care costs, the Boston hospital is experiencing a renaissance. (By Liz Kowalczyk, Globe Staff)

Smoking ban in parks proposed

Two Boston city councilors are proposing to ban smoking in public parks and beaches, carrying the decadeslong campaign to reduce tobacco use to some of the last remaining public spaces where lighting up is still allowed. (By Stephen Smith, Globe Staff)

GOP push to curb abortions roils House

Republicans, who came to power in the US House on a Tea Party platform of job creation and budget cuts, yesterday clashed sharply with Democrats over a GOP effort to push through a host of new antiabortion measures. (By Mark Arsenault, Globe Staff)

US finds Toyota electronics
weren’t to blame in crashes

The government’s 10-month study on safety problems in Toyota cars found no flaw in the vehicles’ computer control systems that would account for reports of sudden acceleration and other issues that led to the recall millions of its vehicles. (By Erin Ailworth, Globe Staff)


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