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The Boston Globe

Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

Boston’s gang wars, 2013

As the trial of reputed mobster Whitey Bulger unfolds in federal court, Boston is mesmerized by stories of lurid gangland slayings that occurred decades ago.

But the gang violence that’s happening right now in Boston elicits mostly shrugs. Shootings in Boston’s poor neighborhoods are no match for the drama of Bulger’s racketeering trial, with its media-savvy henchmen-turned-informants who will testify about their former partner’s alleged involvement with 19 murders.

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