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Greetings from Gun Valley

Westfield’s Savage Arms, the century-old pioneer that had deteriorated to the point where it was mocked as “Salvage Arms” and left for dead, now can’t keep up with demand. Laurinda Pudlo (pictured) came to Savage about a year ago after having worked with toddlers at a day-care center. She finds this work less stressful.

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In “Gun Valley,” the swath of Western Massachusetts and Connecticut where industrial gun making in America began, business is booming once again.

Senior Jonah Einson and his mother, Brenda Rich, are waiting for work from colleges Eison has applied to.

Parents get competitive on college

If bragging has a season, this is it. With elite schools accepting record lows for applicants and “safety schools” no longer a safe bet, parents feel pressure.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/04/12/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/IMG_6843cat-4125--90x90.jpg Cat, woman reunited after fire, rescue, revival, and search

Modupe Oshikoya’s cat, Rosie, went missing in Dorchester on March 27 when she escaped after firefighters saved her.

Marathon preview section

Kenyan marathoners dominate Boston and the world

Twenty-five years after a Kenyan man first won the Boston marathon, the country has won 20 of the 25 races, and has come to dominate the sport around the globe.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se spoke at a joint press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seoul, South Korea.


In South Korea, Kerry warns North Korea not to test missile

US Secretary of State John Kerry said North Korea would only increase its isolation if it test-fired the mid-range missile.

Developers plan to build a tower at the Filene’s site in Downtown Crossing.

Filene’s project to resume within days

The project’s developer has signed the advertising firm Arnold Worldwide to occupy a large chunk of a $620 million complex.

A Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV aircraft landed in front of the air traffic control tower at Santa Monica airport in California.

Executive perks still alive and well

Private jets, chauffeurs, financial planning services, Red Sox tickets. Executive extras have survived in an era of corporate cutbacks.

“I don’t think there is anyone who would suggest that there is not some risk being a prosecutor,” said US Senate candidate Michael J. Sullivan.

Sullivan accepted pay raise, special pension

Senate candidate Michael J. Sullivan, a strong advocate for curbing fiscal excesses, has been collecting a state pension of $27,492 a year for the past three years.

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If elected, City Councilor Mike Ross would become the first mayor of Boston of Jewish heritage.

Council’s Ross joins Boston’s mayoral field

City Councilor Michael P. Ross’s candidacy had been anticipated and his formal announcement marked an early turning point as the field of candidates started to settle.