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On Day 1, defense declares Bulger a criminal operator

James “Whitey” Bulger with his lawyer, J.W. Carney (right)

After decades of myth making and endless accounts of his duplicity and brutality, James “Whitey” Bulger finally sat before judge and jury.

To many, Bulger trial is the biggest show in town

As the three sisters walked from the courtroom, where they had just watched the opening arguments in the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger, they were followed by a young woman, a law student, who walked briskly to catch up.

Republican Gabriel Gomez resigned his position at the private equity firm Advent International in February to run for the US Senate seat vacated by John Kerry.

Gomez seldom the deal maker

On the campaign trail, Gabriel Gomez downplays his 13-year career in private equity, and hand in layoffs and offshoring jobs.

Will Philip tuttle go back lobstering on his boat (background), “the Queen Tut”? “Oh, God, yes!” he said. “As soon as they get the boat up and running.

After boat capsizes, lobsterman, 90, swims to safety

Philip Tuttle shouldn’t have been out on his boat alone, but he is not one easily told what to do.

Blackhawks 4, Bruins 3 (3 OT)

// Bruins lose Game 1 in triple OT

The Bruins blew a 3-1 third-period lead and missed chances in the extra frames before Andrew Shaw delivered the winner 12:08 into the third OT.

The Nation

Lawmakers miss briefings on intelligence

By Julia Edwards and Noah Bierman

Many lawmakers didn’t attend briefings, even as they have several times approved the NSA authority to mine information.

NSA director: Programs disrupted dozens of attacks

“I want the American people to know that we’re trying to be transparent here,” said General Keith Alexander, National Security Agency Director.

By Donna Cassata and Connie Cass

Vigorously defending surveillance programs, General Keith Alexander said the public needs to know how the programs operate.

Lawmakers tussle on immigration

By David Espo

Even modest changes were snared in the political crossfire that erupted on the first full day of debate on the measure.

The World

Dozens of civilians reported dead in Syrian rebel attack

By Hania Mourtada and Anne Barnard

At least 30 Shi’ite Muslim villagers were killed in a raid by rebels, observers said, the latest in a string of massacres underscoring the increasingly sectarian nature of the conflict.

Closing of state broadcaster leaves Greece in turmoil

Protesters gathered at the Athens office of Greece’s state broadcaster after the government announced its closure.

By Niki Kitsantonis

Greeks were in shock and their fragile coalition government was in disarray Wednesday, a day after Greece unexpectedly shut down the state broadcaster.

Kenyan legislators agree to lower pay after outcry

Kenyan legislators have agreed to lower salaries, a government commission said, after their previous demands for higher pay sparked public outcry and protests.

Editorial & Opinion

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Web of history

By Alex Beam

A world of historical records are online, but looking at documents in person can be a smart move for a researcher.


Gabriel Gomez’s identity problem

By Joan Vennochi

The Republican Senate candidate is a confusing blur of statements and positions that make it difficult to understand who he is and where he stands.

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Never far from vigilance

By Elissa Ely

Some worries may be baseless, but there’s every reason to be careful in our world.


Harvard Pilgrim’s policy on compounded drugs draws fire

By Kay Lazar

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care will no longer cover the drugs, citing safety and cost concerns following last year’s deadly meningitis outbreak.

Turkey open to referendum to end protests

Thousands of Turkish lawyers demonstrated in Ankara on Wednesday to protest treatment of their colleagues by police.

By Elena Becatoros and Jamey Keaten

Turkey’s government offered a first concrete gesture aimed at ending nearly two weeks of street protests.

Yvonne Abraham

Stifling student voices

By Yvonne Abraham

Pro-Palestinian students got a raw deal after their demonstration. And that should worry any student who would protest anything.

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In brief Boston visit, Obama boosts Markey candidacy

By Jim O’Sullivan and Michael Levenson

Gomez seldom the deal maker

By Beth Healy and Stephanie Ebbert

DA says Falmouth attack that killed two was targeted

By Colin A. Young and John R. Ellement

Police shoot man in South Boston gunfight, officials say

By Travis Andersen and Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

Day 1

Kevin Cullen

Defense sketching out a fantasy land

By Kevin Cullen


Tech Lab

How to keep data away from prying eyes

By Hiawatha Bray

If you don’t want to be tracked online, there are apps for deleting cookies, hiding your network address, and ensuring that your messages are not intercepted.

Mandate computing classes, tech giants say

By Michael B. Farrell

Google and others pressed Beacon Hill lawmakers Wednesday for more computer science classes across the state’s public schools.

No easy answers on increasing minimum wage

By Megan Woolhouse

Some economists say an increase in the minimum wage will benefit poor families and others say it forces employers to pare back hiring.


Lawrence Durocher; mixed business guile, zany touch

 Mr. Durocher, with his family.

By J.M. Lawrence

Mr. Durocher, 73, grew up in the Belmont area and was a college dropout who became a marketing and publishing expert.

Robert Fogel; fused data, history to upend theories

Robert Fogel’s studies redefined the role of slavery and railroads in US history.

By Robert D. Hershey Jr.

Dr. Fogel, 86, was a Nobel-winning economist whose number-crunching empiricism upended established thinking, most provocatively about the economics of slavery.

Jiroemon Kimura, 116, Guinness’s oldest man

Jiroemon Kimura was born before two century turns.

Mr. Kimura was recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest man in recorded history.

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Blackhawks 4, Bruins 3 (3 OT)

Bruins lose Game 1 in triple OT

Tuukka Rask skates off as Chicago’s Andrew Shaw (second from left) celebrates after tipping home the game-winning goal in triple overtime.

By Fluto Shinzawa

The Bruins blew a 3-1 third-period lead and missed chances in the extra frames before Andrew Shaw delivered the winner 12:08 into the third OT.

Dan Shaughnessy

Bruins, Blackhawks provided a thriller

The Blackhawks were all smiles after their winning goal in the third overtime.

By Dan Shaughnessy

After more than five periods of crunching, white-knuckle hockey, the Blackhawks showed why they are favorites for the Stanley Cup.

Christopher L. Gasper

A great night, just not for the Bruins

Bruins coach Claude Julien was upset after his team was flagged for a too many men on the ice penalty.

By Christopher L. Gasper

For Bruins fans, the Game 1 loss stings. But it could be a sign that this will be a terrific series in the Stanley Cup Final.

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Red Sox 2, Rays 1

Daniel Nava shines in Red Sox’ win

By Peter Abraham

On hockey

Bruins now face steep uphill battle

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Red Sox Notebook

Red Sox going bearded route for now

By Peter Abraham

US Open

Merion truly a special place for US Open

By Michael Whitmer

US Open

Predictions: Who will win the US Open?

By Michael Whitmer

On Baseball

Jon Lester says his woes aren’t physical

By Nick Cafardo

Robert Kraft a believer in Tim Tebow

By Shalise Manza Young

on basketball

Time for LeBron James to get in a selfish mood

By Gary Washburn

NBA Finals Notes

Notes: Tony Parker’s injury isn’t serious

By Gary Washburn

Lacrosse roundup: Medfield beats Hingham

By Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Jason Mastrodonato

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Bruins ready for Blackhawks’ lineup shift

By Fluto Shinzawa


Blackhawks tinker with lineup for Game 1

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

One last run for Jay Pandolfo

By Amalie Benjamin

G: Style

For couples, shared TV shows turn to streaming infidelities

Jessica Pare and Jon Hamm in “Mad Men.”

By Beth Teitell

The latest relationship hurdle? When one member of a couple sneaks off to watch a favorite TV show — alone.

movie review

A no-nonsense Superman in ‘Man of Steel’

Henry Cavill as Superman in “Man of Steel.”

By Ty Burr

With “Man of Steel,” director Zack Snyder has made a superhero blockbuster that carries the weight of its fraught times — at least until the last half hour.

Movie Review

More darkness than light in ‘Post Tenebras Lux’

Eleazar Reygadas in his father Carlos Reygadas’s “Post Tenebras Lux.”

By Peter Keough

Despite the film’s extreme scenes of sex and violence, Mexican director Carlos Reygadas has created a religious work.

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Book Review

‘You Are One of Them’ by Elliott Holt

By Max Winter

Bargain Bin

Yards of fabric

By Ami Albernaz

Ask Martha

Keeping your greens fresh through the week

By Martha Stewart

The week ahead: Music

By James Reed

Ask Amy

Daughter says mom needs mood correction

By Amy Dickinson

Handyman on Call

Why is the contractor caulking between shingles?

By Peter Hotton


Tedeschi to join Pops for Fourth concert

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Patriots give Myra Kraft community awards

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


President Obama visits Charlie’s

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Chef Barbara Lynch will write memoir

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Former Patriot Patrick Chung gives back

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Local photographer Nan Goldin captures Robert Pattinson

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Diane Paulus to direct musical adaption of film ‘Waitress’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Actor Peter Cambor visits Back Bay for Shakespeare Company

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein