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Medford housing director placed on unpaid leave

The housing authority’s board gave Robert Covelle an unpaid two-week leave of absence amid state and federal investigations into hiring and contracting at the agency.

Luis Guaman was escorted in handcuffs to court Monday in Cuenca, Ecuador.


Ecuadoran judges convict fugitive in Brockton slayings

Three Ecuadoran judges convicted Luis Guaman, a fugitive from Mass., in the slayings of a mother and her 2-year-old son in Brockton last year.

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Poor reception plagues tech hotbed Kendall Square

Some have their go-to spots. Others will try to do it anywhere. And many prepare themselves for an abrupt ending, even if they make an immediate connection with someone. Kendall Square in Cambridge is the region’s high-tech hub, but it can be a tough place to use some of that technology. Cellphone users say dropped calls are normal, reception can be spotty, and sending an e-mail by phone depends on luck. The inconsistent service is mostly an annoyance for visitors and passersby, but it’s a serious problem for others, especially young start-up entrepreneurs who use their smartphones as virtual offices.

Elizabeth Warren was key in asbestos case

In a 2009 Supreme Court appearance, Warren, who has gained fame for defending consumers against big business, worked on behalf of Travelers, the nation’s largest insurer.

Many conservatives are hoping Mitt Romney will pick a staunch social and economic conservative as his vice presidential nominee, as a sign that he will not abandon conservative principles as he refocuses on swing voters and the general election.

Mitt Romney striving to win over the right

Even as Romney begins courting moderates and independents, his campaign is still working to gain support from conservatives who have yet to fully embrace him.