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Boston is slated to regain a battered badge of its identity next month, when arts coverage is expected to return to the daily broadsheet editions of The Boston Globe. To be sure, the return of the section formerly known as “Living/Arts” is apparently a consequence of an expanding business section. It is a heartening development nevertheless. Distinctive criticism has been a hallmark of Boston’s newspapers since 1830, when the Boston Evening Transcript opened for business. (It closed in 1941.) Ten years ago, in order to save some money in production costs, the Globe consigned its critics, along with its coverage