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Bill Everhart writes: "It’s difficult to imagine what it has been like for Rushdie to live for so long under the shadow of a death sentence brought because as a gifted writer he did what he was called upon to do: write and, ideally, inform and educate. However, a nation plagued in recent years by politically, societally and religiously fueled rage and venom has at least had a taste."

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) _ The TJX Cos. (TJX) on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $809.3 million.

Michael Cox, a Boston police veteran who was brutally beaten by fellow officers while chasing a suspect and fought against efforts to cover up his assault, was sworn in Monday as commissioner of the police department.

Sheffield will celebrate the 241st anniversary of Elizabeth Freeman's historic court case leading to the abolishment of slavery in Massachusetts with a series of events from Friday through Sunday, Aug. 19 to 21.


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