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The Trial of ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Defense attacks credibility of Bulger’s accuser

John V. Martorano testified today that James “Whitey” Bulger was one of two people who shot and killed a Dorchester man in 1975, marking the first time that jurors were told that Bulger had committed murder. Martorano, who spent just 12 years in prison for killing 20 people, is on the stand in US District in Boston for the second day at Bulger’s racketeering trial. On Monday, he implicated Bulger in six murders, but only as a driver, bystander, or part of the cleanup crew.

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G-8 leaders can’t agree on fate of Syrian leader

Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain said it was ‘‘unthinkable that President Assad can play any part” in a future Syria.

By Shawn Pogatchnik and Cassandra Vinograd

The leaders remain divided on whether a Syrian peace settlement would mean that President Bashar Assad must go.

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Editorial & Opinion


Attacks on 37-year tenure put Markey on defensive

By Joanna Weiss

Neither Gabriel Gomez nor Edward Markey offered anything of substance in the final debate of the special Senate campaign.


Two pandering poseurs

By Jeff Jacoby

Candidates asking to be entrusted with senatorial authority ought to be willing to think and speak more seriously than Gabriel Gomez and Edward Markey.


Head of state welfare agency details reforms aimed at preventing fraud

By Javier Panzar

The new director of the embattled Department of Transitional Assistance outlined initiatives Tuesday aimed at preventing welfare fraud, including tougher requirements for those who request replacement electronic bank transfer cards and more thorough checks of recipient lists.The agency has endured months of heavy criticism over extensive reports of fraud. Last month, a report by state Auditor Suzanne Bump showed that between July 2010 and April 2012, 1,160 people receiving benefits were either dead or were using a deceased person’s Social Security number, at a cost of $2.4 million.Stacey Monahan, who was named director last week after serving as interim director since the resignation of Daniel Curley in February, appeared before a legislative panel and pledged to continue recently implemented reforms and introduce new ones.


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Next steps unclear for Doc Rivers, Celtics

Doc Rivers is under contract to coach the Celtics for three more seasons, during which time he is scheduled to make $21 million.

By Baxter Holmes

The proposed deal that would have sent Rivers to the Clippers is off, and the question now is whether he will return to coach the Celtics.

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Kanye West takes sharp turn with ‘Yeezus’

By Julian Benbow


NESN analyst Jerry Remy out indefinitely

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein