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FBI begins Chelsea inquiry

Federal agents are looking at how the Chelsea Housing Authority may have “spun the budget’’ to cover up former director Michael E. McLaughlin’s $360,000 salary.

GOP Debate

Cain gets cheers, Perry stumbles in debate

Although Herman Cain was seen as vulnerable going into last night’s debate, a gaffe by Rick Perry may have been the most damaging moment by a candidate.

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Hard work pays off for Pressley in City Council election

Ayanna Pressley’s meteoric rise and first place finish in Tuesday’s City Council election can be traced to a groundswell of support that in many neighborhoods transcended race and traditional politics, capturing votes from Dorchester to Back Bay. In all, Pressley placed first in more than half of Boston’s 22 wards. She dominated in the African American community, winning 85 percent of the vote in the Roxbury ward that includes Dudley Square. But she also placed first in the section of the city that encompasses much of Jamaica Plain and Roslindale. And Pressley, who is black, took second in largely white West Roxbury, capturing 53 percent of the vote there.

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Steward deal with 150 doctors rankles Beth Israel

As health care competition heats up in Massachusetts, upstart Boston hospital chain Steward Health Care System has lured away 150 doctors affiliated with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s physician group by making them an offer so generous that Beth Israel’s lawyers question whether it terms amount to illegal kickbacks. Steward’s offer to the doctors in the Whittier Independent Practice Association, based in Newburyport, could potentially bring them as much as $3 million more next year under one insurance contract, according to Whittier.