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The Bulger Mystique

South Boston feud over Whitey’s job

Bill Bulger is as reserved as John Powers is gregarious, as precise as Powers is convoluted. Their differences overshadow their common turf, South Boston, and their shared experience as Massachusetts Senate presidents.

They have long circled each other warily, but the animus spilled into public view in 1982, when Powers’ pay as clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court was frozen, as was that of his assistants. For five years, the freeze kept his pay at $44,000.

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