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T plans weekend Red Line closures

The MBTA will shut down the Red Line north of Harvard Square on weekends from November through March to complete a $80-million repair project.

Ex-deputy fire chief acquitted in fraud case

A Boston district fire chief was acquitted yesterday of pension fraud in federal court, the second firefighter to be cleared in the pension scandal that rocked the department. The case against former District Fire Chief James Famolare was dismissed before it went to the jury, with US Senior District Judge Edward F. Harrington ruling from the bench that there was insufficient evidence to find the defendant guilty.

Tea Party still hunting for its champion

Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Herman Cain captured the hearts of religious conservatives and Tea Party activists, but none has been able to sustain that support.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Athletes drawn to the healing waters

How to explain life’s roulette spins that will put these two people in the same boat on the Charles River tomorrow morning? Ron Harvey broke his back in a bicycle accident a decade ago. Laura Schwanger had held her multiple sclerosis in check, but then developed breast cancer five years ago. So they both did what a growing number of disabled athletes have been doing during the past several years: They took to the water.

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Fear factor a black mark against darkest of cats

Overlooked in shelters and associated with bad luck, black cats are often passed over by would-be admirers drawn to more colorful felines.