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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.

Police surrounded the North Attleborough home.


Police search home of Patriots’ Aaron Hernandez

State and local police descended on the North Attleborough home of the Patriots tight end, one day after a body was found in an industrial yard in town.

Taliban take major step toward Afghan peace talks

The Taliban announced the opening of a political office in Qatar and new readiness to talk with US and Afghan officials.

Gabriel Gomez, shown in Dedham Friday, has made a point of showing he’s campaigning for every vote.


Political newcomer Gabriel Gomez embraces personal

The temperature inside Piantedosi Baking Co. soared to 100 degrees, yet Gabriel E. Gomez looked remarkably cool.

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// Leading in polls, Edward Markey looks to connect

Rep. Markey’s Senate campaign has made an effort to show that he wants to engage with the public in open, unscripted settings.

Republican Gabriel Gomez (left) and Democrat Edward Markey (right) were able to question each other directly in Tuesday night’s debate, moderated by R.D. Sahl (center).

US Senate race

Senate rivals spar over records in final debate

Gabriel Gomez and Edward Markey dropped many of their canned lines during a series of often heated exchanges.

The Nation

Surveillance thwarted terror acts, NSA chief says

General Keith Alexander did not face many adversaries during the oversight hearing.

By Charlie Savage

General Keith Alexander said that US surveillance had helped prevent “potential terrorist events over 50 times since 9/11.”

Training of US teachers called inadequate

By Philip Elliott

The nation’s teacher-training programs do not adequately prepare would-be educators for the classroom, according to a new survey.

Catholic religious order opens abuse files

By Rachel Zoll

A Roman Catholic religious order released an unusually candid report outlining how its leaders failed for decades to stop sex abuse in its schools and other ministries.

The World

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.

Khadafy’s children likely violated UN travel ban

By Edith M. Lederer

A son and daughter of former Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy moved from Algeria to Oman in apparent violation of a UN travel ban, officials said.

Fighters in Nigeria attack school, kill 9 pupils

By Haruna Umar and Michelle Faul

Monday’s attack marked the second time in days that suspected Islamic militants opened fire on schools in Nigeria.

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.


Swan song angst

Keith Richards is 69 — the same age as bandmate Mick Jagger.

By Scot Lehigh

The Rolling Stones concerts at TD Garden last week elicited a feeling that an era that has defined early and middle adulthood for many people is coming to a close.


Astronaut trainee takes life to extremes in her research

Jessica Meir is a comparative physiologist, a scientist who studies how species are adapted to survive in their particular environments.

By Alyssa A. Botelho

Biologist Jessica Meir is a comparative physiologist, a scientist who studies how animals adapt to harsh environments.

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.

Cup-hungry Bruins become boys of summer

Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, which will officially be played in summer, is scheduled for Saturday in Chicago.

By Brian MacQuarrie

The Bruins’ advance into early summer with their Stanley Cup run has been a delight to their year-round fans.

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Adrian Walker

It’s time for Leslie Berlowitz to step down

By Adrian Walker

The Trial of ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Defense attacks credibility of Bulger’s accuser

By Shelley Murphy

US Senate race

Senate rivals spar over records in final debate

By Michael Levenson

Storms rake Mass., roiling evening commute

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz and Lauren Dezenski

Kevin Cullen

John Martorano’s self-portrayal is grating

By Kevin Cullen


June 27 deadline looms for bids to buy Globe

Several of the potential bidders appear to be counting on selling the Globe’s building on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester as part of their plan to buy the newspaper.

By Beth Healy

At least eight potential buyers are weighing bids for The Boston Globe as the June 27 deadline for submitting offers approaches.

Downtown improvement fund getting $1.2m more

By Casey Ross

Contributions to the Downtown Business Improvement District will become mandatory next year for commercial property owners in the district.

Mortgage rates edge up, spurring push to refinance

Seeing rates edge up, Chris Donovan last week locked in a 30-year 4.75 percent fixed-rate loan on his South Boston investment property.

By Deirdre Fernandes

Signals that interest rates, long near rock bottom, are poised to rise are creating an urgency for homeowners and businesses.


Nancy A. Gleason, 79, leader for Planned Parenthood

Mrs. Gleason was also an excellent violist for many years at Wellesley College.

By Bryan Marquard

Mrs. Gleason was also an excellent violist for many years at Wellesley College.

Kenneth Wilson, 77; awarded Nobel Prize for physics

Kenneth Wilson was a pioneering physicist who grew up in Waltham.

Mr. Wilson was a pioneering physicist who grew up in Waltham.

Johnny Smith, 90; jazz guitarist wrote surf hit

Mr. Smith’s most enduring composition was the jaunty ‘‘Walk, Don’t Run,’’ a Ventures hit.

By Adam Bernstein

Mr. Smith’s most enduring composition was the jaunty “Walk, Don’t Run,” a Ventures hit.


Red Sox 5-1 | Red Sox 3-1

Red Sox sweep Rays in doubleheader

Jonny Gomes was at the center of a Red Sox celebration after his two-run walk-off homer.

By Nick Cafardo

Jonny Gomes hit a walkoff home run to cap the sweep, which came after two strong starting performances by Alfredo Aceves and Felix Doubront.

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.

Bruins winning battles in faceoff circle

Bruins ace Patrice Bergeron (here getting the better of Pittsburgh’s Brandon Sutter in the Eastern Conference finals) led the NHL this season by winning 62.1 percent of his faceoffs.

By Fluto Shinzawa

The Bruins have won a NHL-best 56.1 percent of their faceoffs in the playoffs, and they have arguably the best draw man in the league in Patrice Bergeron.

G: Food

dining out

At Schlow’s new Barrio Cantina, even the fajitas fail to inspire

By Devra First

If Barrio in Fenway hasn’t been a priority to restaurateur Michael Schlow, it’s time to make it one.

Q & A

Davio’s opening three more outposts

Steve DiFillippo.

By Glenn Yoder

Steve DiFillippo is expanding his empire from four to seven establishments, while also publishing his first book, “It’s All About The Guest.”

Cookbook review

In cooking, yogurt is versatile and often invisible

By T. Susan Chang

“The Yogurt Cookbook” explores yogurt cooked every which way, including making it yourself.

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food | travel

Seattle locavores are an adventurous breed

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright


Death and sex at Miller Yezerski Gallery

By Cate McQuaid

A Tank Away

Beyond the bargains, delightful surprises in Kittery, Maine

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright


Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio


Kanye West takes sharp turn with ‘Yeezus’

By Julian Benbow


Judy Blume’s son brings ‘Eyes’ to Vineyard

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Kraft parties with Jay-Z and Beyoncé in N.Y.

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


NESN analyst Jerry Remy out indefinitely

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Sandra Bullock brings ‘The Heat’ to Berlin

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Celebrities spotted in and around town

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein