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Bulger verdict puts end to historic saga

James “Whitey” Bulger stood between his lawyers as the verdicts on 32 counts were read in US District Court in Boston Monday.

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A federal jury found that James “Whitey” Bulger participated in drug trafficking, 11 murders and assorted other crimes.

At left, the South Boston waterfront; On the right, James “Whitey” Bulger, center, walking on Castle Island with associates Stephen “Rifleman” Flemmi, left, and Kevin Weeks, right, in an undated photo.

Kevin Cullen

In the end, everything has passed Whitey by

Southie has been reborn since Bulger left, and he won’t get to profit off it. Like the old South Boston, he is now a thing of the past.

Mayor Menino welcomed his “second father,” John F. Kinnaly, to a surprise birthday party for Kinnaly, who died in 2011.

For Mayor Menino, old friend’s gift proves thorny

The relationship between Menino and John Kinnaly would eventually become a headache for the mayor in ways that neither man could have foreseen.

Frank Lowenstein (left) worked for John Kerry in the Senate and on his ’04 presidential bid.

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John Kerry draws on old allies for team at State

The secretary of state has filled the top rungs of the State Department with loyalists from his Mass. political career.