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    Governor signs sales tax holiday into law

    Governor Deval Patrick signed the sales tax holiday bill into law Friday, ensuring that the 6.25 percent tax will be suspended for many purchases made during the weekend of Aug. 10 and 11. The bill arrived at his desk Wednesday after it was gaveled through the Massachusetts House and Senate in informal sessions. Patrick signed the bill into law Friday, a day when he met with his Cabinet at his farm in Richmond, in the western part of the state. While legislative leaders have resisted making the law a permanent feature, they have passed the legislation almost every year since it was first enacted in 2004.