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Federal officials declared a public health emergency yesterday after 20 swine flu cases were confirmed in the United States. Although most are mild infections, public health experts warn that this is an early stage in an mysterious outbreak they are now racing to contain. “I do fear that we will have deaths here,” said Rear Admiral Anne Schuchat, M.D., of the CDC. Officials compared preparations to bracing for an approach-

“We really don’t know ultimately what the size or seriousness of this outbreak is going to be.” Homeland Security Sec. Janet Napolitano ing hurricane. “We really don’t know ultimately what the size or seriousness of this outbreak is going to be,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said. Most U.S. cases recovered with-

out treatment, but in Mexico — the suspected origin — officials believe that at least 22 of 86 deaths have been linked to the virus. Scientists are still investigating why the flu strain so far seems weaker in the U.S., Cana-

da, New Zealand and other countries where cases are confirmed or suspected. Travelers who appear sick at border checks will be screened and isolated if they show flu-like symptoms. The CDC is preparing a handout on swine flu for travelers. Preparations of a vaccine have begun “as a precaution” but would take several months to complete. “Things are moving fast so messages might be changing in the next day or so,” Schuchat said. METRO READ MORE ON PAGES 02 AND 04


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The collective credit of the state’s taxpayers is once again behind risk-filled Massachusetts Turnpike Authority debt financing deals. Gov. Deval Patrick on Friday signed legislation that reinstates and extends the state credit backing until June 30. SHNS

The city of Lowell will mark the 25th anniversary of the Victims of Crime Act tonight with a candlelight vigil that starts at sunset around 7:30 followed by a speaking program. Lowell Mayor Edward “Bud” Caulfield and Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone are among those expected to attend. METRO/GS

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State officials are prepared to contend with any outbreaks of swine flu virus and insisted yesterday that there are no cases of infection in the commonwealth, refuting earlier reports that Massachusetts was one of a handful of states to see the deadly strain. But with eight cases con-

firmed over the weekend in New York and another confirmed yesterday in Ohio the threat appears to be drawing nearer to New England. “We believe this is a situation we should not only monitor carefully but also respond to by putting in place a number of different activities that prepare us in the event that there are cases in the state,” said John Auerbach, commissioner of the state’s Department of Public Health.

Auerbach said that the state is well supplied with antiviral medicine and has

access to the federal supply if needed in the Bay State. He also stressed that con-

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“... we should ... respond to [swine flu] by putting ... different activities that prepare us in the even that there are cases in the state.” Auerbach

firmed cases in other states have resulted in only mild illnesses, unlike several in Mexico where there have been deaths. The main concern is that the current strain appears to be spreading from human to human, unlike previous outbreaks of swine flu that were contained to those who handled infected animals. “This is unusual ... and is not something we have seen very often, to say the least,” Auerbach said.

GREG ST. MARTIN greg.stmartin@metro.us BOSTON. Fewer Hub residents are smoking, according to a new report from the city’s health department. The Health of Boston 2009 report found a drop in the percentage of high school students who smoke. The number dipped from 15 percent in 2001 to 7 percent in 2007. Meanwhile, the number of adults who smoke has declined from 24 percent in 2001 to 16 percent in 2006. Over the last few years, the Boston Public Health Commission has implemented some of the

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The landscape improvements to which you refer were performed by the town of Brookline as part of the town’s Beacon Street reconstruction project. It’s my understanding the town trims the bushes in that area. The sheltered waiting area was installed last year by our contractor, the Cemusa Company. In the past, some communities have resisted the installation of additional shelters at bus and trolley stops because they are funded through the sales of advertisements on the structures themselves. Advertising revenue that has allowed us to erect hundreds of new shelters around the system. Your suggestion is a good one, and I have asked staff to investigate the feasibility of erecting a second shelter at that location.

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drowned in a pond at a local park Saturday afternoon, according to several news reports. Rodney Correa, 18, was swimming across Berry Pond in North Andover when he disappeared under the water. His body was later found in an area 20 to 25 feet deep, about 50 yards from where he was reported missing. METRO/ML BOSTON. Opponents of a proposed sales tax increase will gather today at the State House. The group believes raising the sales tax by a cent or two will lead to more job losses and fewer investments. METRO/TL

Last year there were may improvements made along Beacon Street on the C Line. It looks great. Thank you. My question is about the Fairbanks stop. There is more than 50 yards of open space, but there is only one little waiting area that holds about eight people and seats only two. The rest of the space is filled with little bushes. Although it looks good for about four or five months when the weather is nice, the rest of the year they are just twigs and dead bushes. Many commuters like me stand in the rain and snow and wish they had more coverage. It matters at this stop because many elderly people who live at the senior home just above the T stop are standing there waiting for the train. Many times trains are expressed right pass this stop. Also, wouldn’t adding another waiting booth be cost savings for the T? It does not require as much maintenance as it does taking care of the bushes. Thanks! GAIL

A scatter of sailboats zigzag their way along the Charles River yesterday.

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Police are looking into a possible connection between two recent assaults on women in the North End, including one at a playground over the weekend. The latest incident occurred at the DeFilippo Playground off Prince Street around 9:30 p.m. on Friday, police said. The victim told authorities she was able to fight off a male attacker. She escaped with minor injuries. The suspect in that attack is described by police as 5 feet 10 inches tall with an olive complexion. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark blue jeans and sneakers. The

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“Two face masks for 10 pesos” yells a street seller in the subway.

A member of the Mexican navy stands guard at Pantitlan subway station in Mexico City yesterday. As a preventive measure against the spread of the deadly swine flu virus, more than 500 cultural and athletic events have been scuttled by government order in the capital city alone.

MEXICO FIGURES  86 dead  1,384 suspected cases  19 states with swine flu reports  5 million face masks have been given out

Taking all precautions  Soccer games are being played behind “closed doors.” The games will be seen only on television.  Drugstores are running out of antiviral drugs and face masks.

CDC says U.S. cases mild The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed 20 cases of swine flu on both coasts and in the heartland states of Kansas and Ohio, but said all the patients had recovered and only one person had to be hospitalized. Officials said

Amira Mendoza, 29, therapist “We try not to leave home. Just get out for indispensable things. The whole family is taking antiviral drugs.”

Ghost town “People last night were buying some wine and beer to drink at home instead of going out.” — Ricardo Martinez working at a Mexico City convenience store

Eulalia Gutierrez, 50, shopkeeper “Completely. People are not coming to my store. I am taking extreme measures to clean food.”

“This is the first time I’ve left the house in two days. I had to get some air. But I’m going to stay inside the rest of the day.” — Juan Casiano a 39-yearold, while walking briskly through a park in the Mexico City

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Everybody is using one. Fear has taken over Mexico City, after the federal government alerted the public about a new type of swine flu (a mutation of H1N1) Thursday night. The flu has already been blamed for 86 deaths (22 confirmed and 64 suspected) in Mexico. The images of the streets seem to be taken from a Hollywood movie. Frightened eyes above faces masks have become the typical apparel. Schools and entertainment centers have been closed. Even the church has announced there will not be Mass, although churches would remain open. Bars and nightclubs were ordered to shut down for 10 days. On Saturday night, the streets — usually packed in the trendy Condesa district — were empty with improvised signs on the darkened windows advising revelers to stay away.

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they were not testing air travelers from Mexico for the virus. The CDC is preparing a “yellow card” for travelers explaining the flu symptoms and what precautions to take, said Dr. Anne Schuchat. U.S. health officials are stressing frequent

hand washing as the first line of defense against the virus. CDC acting Director Dr. Richard Besser said it was not yet clear why the flu did not appear to be killing people in the United States when it had in Mexico. REUTERS

A highly contagious acute respiratory disease of pigs, caused by one of several swine influenza A viruses. In humans, fatal in 14 percent of cases.

Many of the currently afflicted are adults 25 to 44 years old.

SYMPTOMS Looks like seasonal flu with fever, cough, muscle aches, but can range from very mild to severe pneumonia resulting in death.

Napolitano: Calling health emergency vital for funds WASHINGTON. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the declaration of the public health emergency was necessary to free federal, state and local agencies’ resources and authorize the release of funds to buy more antivirals. The declaration allows

health officials to use experimental drugs and tests more liberally, but does not give the federal government extra quarantine powers and does not affect travel or trade. REUTERS

CONTAGION: Aerosol, direct and indirect contact. If a swine virus establishes efficient human-to-human transmission, it A H1N1 can cause an influenza pandemic. Not “swine flu” virus transmitted through eaten pork. from 1976 STRAINS: Some cross the species barrier to infect humans. Pigs can be infected with more than one virus, including avian and human influenzas, allowing the virus genes to mix. PROTECTION: There is no vaccine against this strain. LEVEL OF CONCERN: W.H.O. considers outbreak “a public health emergency of international concern” and will decide tomorrow whether to raise to pandemic alert.

U.S. airlines allow travel changes NEW YORK. Several major U.S. airlines are allowing customers to change travel plans to Mexico without any fee or penalty after a swine flu outbreak, but they said yesterday there had been no flight cancellations so far. American Airlines, Continental Airlines and US Airways all said they had received some inquiries and were letting customers change travel plans. “We have had a few calls from customers but not huge numbers ... so far,” said American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith. “We are told that authorities in Mexico are closely monitoring passengers who are leaving as they go through security as well.” REUTERS

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 Face mask prices have risen 5,000 percent.  The U.S. Embassy in Mexico postponed over 5,000 visa appointments this week to limit the congregation of large crowds.

“If we don’t succeed in decreasing the number of people infected we will have to reduce practically all activity in the city.” — Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said his city government was considering the possibility of shutting down the mass transport system.

Fernando Villar, 28, film industry “I try to keep it normal. Just taking Vitamin C tablets. Although I have the production crew stopped, waiting for face masks.”

WASHINGTON. The swine flu

outbreak is not yet severe enough to shake global markets, but finance leaders and investors said yesterday they were keeping a watchful eye, mindful a pandemic in the midst of a recession could be catastrophic. The World Bank agreed to $205 million in loans for Mexico. Mexican Finance Minister Agustin Carstens said the flu could have an “important impact” on his country’s economy. REUTERS


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Last week, the world celebrated Earth Day in a call to curb man-made global warming. This week, Metro writer Graham Wood explores both sides of the debate. Today, we tell you why the heating of the planet isn’t anything new.

Climate change: As old as the hills

WHEN THE WHEN THE PLANET PLANET Humans cause global warming, right? Well, not always COOLS WARMS then refreezing into anoth- around the globe. Intercause a worldwide shortGRAHAM WOOD graham.wood@metro.us

As dire warnings attributed to man-made global warming persist that New York City risks being washed out by rising sea levels and melting glaciers at the poles will

age of freshwater, it’s worth noting that events like these are nothing new in the Earth’s very long history. For millions of years, our planet has seen a continuum of one ice age thawing into a warming period,

er ice age. And it might surprise you to know that we are living through an ice age right now, known as the Holocene period. Ice ages are made up of glacials and interglacials. Glacials reference a time when the Earth is cooler and the buildup of ice expands

glacials are periods when temperatures rise and the planet thaws, making it more conducive for human inhabitance. Carbon dioxide is only one explanation for the shift in cooling to warming and vice versa. There are a host of other natural explanations. GETTY IMAGES

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When tectonic plates are positioned in a way that alter wind and oceanic currents, the natural weathering process does not scrub CO2 from land and emit it into the air, keeping temperatures cool.

The Earth naturally emits thousands of tons of carbon dioxide every year. Before humans inhabited the Earth, this natural process was one of the single most important factors in warming. Human activity has added to already naturally high CO2 levels through deforestation and industrial pollutants.

2. Flow of warm water The nearly landlocked Arctic Sea retains colder water at the North Pole while Antarctica rests directly over the South Pole, blocking out warm water. This allows ice sheets to form, which reflects the sun’s radiation instead of absorbing it, keeping temperatures cool.

3. Variations in Earth’s orbit Though still under study, scientists have found a link between glacial and interglacial periods and the tilt of the Earth’s axis. When the Earth is positioned at a larger distance from the sun, combined with a tilt away from the sun, the Earth experiences cooling. The reverse is true during warming. This happens every 100,000 years. METRO

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The number of major ice ages the Earth has experienced, dating back 2.7 billion years ago, according to scientists. METRO

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The most severe ice age occurred about 1 I billion years ago, causing a permanent sheet of ice to cover the entire globe. Scientists hypothesize that CO2 emitted from volcanoes finally forced the melting of the ice.

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As ice sits on top of land it begins to weather the ground beneath it. When that friction occurs, CO2 from the rock and soil are released into the atmosphere, warming temperatures up.

Scientists predict the sun’s output increases by 10 percent every billion years. In one billion years, that extra 10 percent widely increases the amount of water vapor on Earth, which traps heat and contributes to global warming.

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Outside of the four major ice ages, sciI entists say the Earth was virtually ice-free, and large portions of land were under water.

Sea level During interglacials, I there is a point called the interglacial maximum, which is when the sea level has reached its peak height. Some scientists say the maximum of the current interglacial period has already come and gone. METRO/GW

Scientists determined that underwater volcanoes may have produced enough methane to help heat up the ocean and melt the ice that formed atop it. Though it’s not enough on its own to end glacial periods, it probably helped. METRO

11,000 Number of years the current interglacial period we are living in has lasted. Most scientists predict that interglacials last an average of 12,000 years. METRO


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Before the Industrial Revolution, it was much hotter than this. Christopher Monckton, adviser to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, points to records from the Central England Temperature Record showing that over 300 years ago temperatures rose by four degrees in 35 years — four times the rate at which they have risen in the last century. Despite rising CO2, there have been cooling periods. Larry Gould, physics professor at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, points to records showing that temperatures in the 1950s through ’70s were on the decline, even as CO2 levels were rising. Climate models have been inaccurate. The year 1998 was deemed the hottest on record — until inaccuracies were found in the data. It was bumped to the No. 2 spot, making 1934 the hottest.

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It’s only natural “The Earth’s climate has always alternated between warming and cooling phases,” said William Happer, who served the Department of Energy under former President George H.W. Bush. “In the medievel warming period, when the Norse settled Greenland, the Earth warmed as fast or faster than it has since 1800. ... What should world governments have done in the year 900 A.D., when people noticed that the climate was warming and the ice was melting in southern Greenland?”

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he single most important issue is whether climate change is natural or human-caused. In principle, both options are plausible. But we know that climate changes naturally, on time scales of decades and centuries. So which is the more important cause: the human release of gases or natural cycles? One cannot go by the majority view — science does not work like politics. We cannot use the fact that there is a rough correlation between temperature increase and increase in CO2. During much of the 20th century, from 1940 to

1975, the climate cooled while CO2 levels rose. And during the past decade, climate has again been cooling in spite of rising CO2. The answer is to look at the pattern of warming trends and see if it agrees with what models predict. The models all predict the existence of a “hot spot” — a maximum warming trend in the tropical region. The observations from weather balloons show the opposite result, a slight cooling trend. This disagreement between calculated and observed fingerprints of temperature trends is the strongest argument against any appreciable human contribution to climate.

S. Fred Singer is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, and has served as the founding director of the U.S. Weather Satellite Service. Metro does not endorse the opinions of the author, or any opinions expressed on its pages. Opposing viewpoints are welcome. Please send 400-word submissions to letters@metro.us.

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Success! You’ve got a new job. Unfortunately, the real interview process has only just begun. Over the first few weeks, social interactions with your new colleagues will determine just how well you fit in. “I think the cultural fit really sets the tone for whether the person is going to work out, but also how positive an experience the person will have on the job,� says Emily Westerman, associate di-

“If people don’t understand why you’re not participating, in some cultures that could sabotage you.� Westerman rector of the Office of Career Management at NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies. One of the first things she usually coaches clients on, she says, is the importance of determining the cultural norms in an office. Do people go out for lunch together, for example? In that regard, it’s crucial to spend time observing. “Take a step back,� she says. “You want to make

sure you don’t do things that are going to alienate people.� Inviting the gang down to the pub for happy hour on the first day may not be a great idea then. But tagging along if it’s something they’re already planning is crucial, even if you don’t want to. Again, let the norms of the office be your guide. “If people don’t understand why you’re not partic-

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Ultimately, like forming any type of relationship, it should be a natural progression. Observe and react, and let the established cues be your guide.

That way, he says, when he finds another full-time job it’ll be a smooth transition back into the flow of things. So far this includes waking up around the same time, having coffee and breakfast and then sitting down to job hunt online. “I have to try to do this in a way that continues that normal schedule,� Rainone, in his early 30s, said of being out of work. For more than three years, the Ashland resident wore many hats for his company, handing recruitment, managing his own team, developing marketing strategies, building a client base and even helping track the firm’s finances.

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What’s in a name? The translation of ‘Folie à Deux’ is a madness shared by two. It is reportedly a rare psychiatric disorder where sufferers become insane by exposure to others who are insane.

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“We all play our parts.” four.” The band — also including Joe Trohman on guitar — has been very active in raising awareness about many social issues, from the plight of citizens in Darfur and Uganda to the American Red Cross. “We always make it a point to let people know

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When you’ve scored a worldwide pop rock hit, you can follow it up one of two ways: by writing more of the same, or by deliberately defying the sound that won you acclaim in the first place. Peter, Bjorn and John, the Swedish trio who delighted everyone with a pulse with the pop euphoria of their breakout single “Young Folks” in 2007, seem to have chosen the latter on their fifth record, “Living Things.” Whereas ’07’s “Writer’s Block” popped along on a peppy, twee acoustic strum and crackling drums bounce, their new songs are studies in world music-influenced minimalism. “You always want to do something in reaction to what you did before,” says

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drummer John Eriksson. “We also try to get better and better and dig deeper into what’s the Peter, Bjorn and John sound. That will change; we will see what the next five records will sound like.” For now the sound finds Peter Morén’s vocals carrying almost the entire burden of the melody while

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whispers of percussion and synths color in briefly around the edges. The tunefulness here is more indirect and gives the individual pieces more room to breathe. “We try to avoid playing everything at the same time,” says Eriksson. “Space makes it easier to hear all the details.” Much of the detail here

comes from the introduction of African, Brazilian and Japanese folk rhythms and percussion instruments. It’s an effect he likens to playing music inside of a rain forest. “It’s organic: There are a lot of wood sounds. ‘Writer’s Block’ was like skin; this is like wood, the African way of playing on things you

have — not necessarily an electric guitar, you can play on three strings that you nailed to a wooden plank.” People who may have only heard “Young Folks” and its simple, whistled hook might expect that. But Eriksson says they don’t exactly have the band wrong: “‘Young Folks’ is kind of like our business card.” And unlike a lot of bands who score an international hit, they have yet to develop a grudge against it. “I think it’s fantastic. A lot of musicians have one famous song. ... It’s good for people to get to know you through one song, but then they can discover all the other things that you do.”

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Magic, 76ers tied at 2 The Orlando Magic beat the Philadelphia 76ers 84-81 last night, evening their first-round series at 2. The winner will play the Bulls or Celtics. Elsewhere, the Cavaliers finished off a sweep of the Pistons with a 99-78 win. METRO

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The Patriots dealt veteran CB Ellis Hobbs to the Eagles for a pair of fifth-round draft picks yesterday. Hobbs’ contract expires after the season. METRO

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Analysis: Pats’ top pick is a hardhitter who should compete for the starting job this summer. He’s like: Rodney Harrison On staying for his senior year: “I got better mentally and physically, and I think it helped me a lot. Obviously, it did, and now it’s time to go to work.”

Analysis: Local prospect is clearly meant to eventually fill Vince Wilfork’s shoes at nose tackle. He’s like: Wilfork On staying in the area: “It’s really a great honor. I’m so gracious because going from [Boston College] to the NFL as a Patriot is a big dream of mine.”

Analysis: He’s fast, and he’ll have time to learn on a team with plenty of cornerbacks already. He’s like: Asante Samuel On what he can improve: “I think I have good physical tools; I’m athletic. I can get stronger and I look forward to improving all of my game.”

Analysis: Germany native has physical tools (6-7, 312), but he’ll be a project for Bill Belichick. WR BRANDON TATE (ABOVE; R3, P19) Analysis: Big-play returner and receiver who’s recovering from torn right ACL and MCL. METRO

Truthful Belichick: Patriots were never moving up in first round C’s outlasted as Ben Gordon’s 3-pointer tied the game at 110-110 in overtime.

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The Patriots’ head coach is often criticized for being overly vague with the media, but there wasn’t a dishonest bone in Bill Belichick’s body last week. Heading into the weekend’s NFL draft, Belichick said it was a thin class filled with uncertain-

ty at the top of the board. Depending on who you asked, Belichick said, there wasn’t an elite player at any position. So, when rumors swirled about the Patriots looking into trading into the top 10, Belichick scoffed, “There was no chance of that.” He went one further, trading down twice to move completely out of the first

round to — at one point — set the Patriots up with eight picks between the second and third rounds.

GET PAID: The Pats snagged UConn CB Darius Butler — a predicted first-round pick — at No. 41 overall. Butler is instinctive in coverage, can bait quarterbacks into throws and is a playmaker who is always around the ball.

Sound like a former Pats corner? To Butler, it does. “Actually, I model myself after Asante Samuel,” Butler said.

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Bulls tie series The Chicago Bulls topped the Celtics 121-118 in double-overtime yesterday, sending the firstround playoff series back to Boston tied at 2.

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Derrick Rose torched the C’s again, with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Ben Gordon scored 22 points, including a 3-pointer that sent the game to its second overtime. Paul Pierce (29 points), Ray Allen (28) and Rajon Rondo (25) led the way for the Celtics. METRO

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Keselowski wins a wild one Brad Keselowski passed a flipping Carl Edwards on the last lap to win yesterday’s Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. Eight fans were injured when Edwards’ car flew into the safety fence. METRO

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What went down in the Red Sox sweep: It was no Bill Mueller and David Ortiz combination circa 2004, but Jason Bay and Kevin Youkilis teamed up to give the Red Sox a 5-4 win over the Yankees on Friday. Bay’s two-out home run in the ninth barely cleared the wall to tie the game, and Youkilis’ blast off Damaso Marte in the 11th sailed over the Green Monster, sending mobs of happy fans streaming out of Fenway Park. Somewhat lost in the homerfest was the work of rising Boston reliever Ramon Ramirez, who pitched a scoreless 11th to move to 2-0 and extend his lengthy scoreless streak to start the season.

With the season’s first Yankees series out of the way, the Red Sox hit the road today. First up is a threegame set with the Indians (today’s starters are Tim Wakefield and Cliff Lee). After Cleveland, the Sox head to Tampa Bay for four games against the Rays and wrap up the trip with two at new Yankee Stadium. METRO

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Bruins foe still not decided as Capitals push Rangers on Days after finishing off the Montreal Canadiens, the Bruins are still waiting on their Eastern Conference semis foe. The second-seeded Capitals beat the No. 7 Rangers 5-3 yesterday, forcing a Game 7 in their series. If New York wins, they’ll meet Boston next. The No. 6 Hurricanes

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beat the No. 3 Devils 4-0 last night to force a Game 7 tomorrow. If all four favorites win their series, the B’s will meet the Penguins, who beat Philadelphia. METRO

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Game 2: Saturday’s 16-11 Sox win sounded more like football than baseball. While Josh Beckett didn’t shine, Mike Lowell (six RBIs) pushed Boston to its biggest comeback against New York since 1968.

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Game 3: Last night’s 4-1 Sox win was marked by the rarest of rare plays — a straight steal of home. Jacoby Ellsbury swiped the plate in the bottom of the fifth as Boston won its 10th straight game. METRO

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