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5 Things to Know Today, Thursday, Oct. 25

Here's Five Things.

Green Line Extension Working Toward Grant: Planners for the Green Line Extension project have been working toward a Federal grant that would fund nearly half of the $1 billion-plus project, and they intend to give an update on its progress next week. The Green Line Extension Project Team will hold a working group meeting that's open to the publc on Oct. 30, where they will give an update on the progress on grant applications to the Federal Transit Administration's New Starts Program, according to a release from the Department of Transportation.

Boston Herald Endorses Brown; Warren Also Picks Up Nods: The Boston Herald endorsed Senator Scott Brown on Wednesday, praising his "fiscal sanity and bipartisanship." Brown would be more likely than his Democratic foe, the Herald editorial board argued, to stay out of lockstep with their respective party leadership. "Democrats have made much of the fact that, should he win election to a full term, Brown would represent a vote in favor of the current GOP leadership. But Brown at least has a track record of breaking with that same GOP leadership and representing a more moderate voice," wrote the Herald editorial board. "We’re less certain that Elizabeth Warren would challenge Harry Reid & Co. on important issues."

Weather: Mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid-60s are expected tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service. Similar weather is expected tomorrow.

Medford Fire Lieutenant on Paid Leave After Alleged Assault: A Medford firefighter is on paid leave after he was arrested for allegedly beating an acquaintance with a pair of electrical pliers, according to city officials and police reports. Fire Lt. Paul Spencer, 56, faces charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery after an incident at a Howard Road home on Oct. 14 that left another man with a bloody head wound and unable to move his fingers, according to a Medford police report.

VIDEO: 'Companies Can't Masquerade as Pharmacies' Says Congressman Markey: U.S. Congressman Ed Markey was in Framingham Monday to celebrate the opening of a biomedical manufacturing plant, spoke a few minutes with Patch about the deadly meningitis outbreak, linked to tainted steroids produced at New England Compounding Center in Framingham.

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