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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.


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.


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.

The Nation

Judge rules N.Y. stop-and-frisk policy violated rights

David Ourlicht, a stop-and-frisk plaintiff, reacted at a news conference at the Center for Constitutional Rights.

By Joseph Goldstein

A federal judge found that police had “adopted a policy of indirect racial profiling” that targeted young minority men.

Limits on consumer costs in health care law delayed

White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett has said the administration is considering the needs of  businesses.

By Robert Pear

In another setback for President Obama’s health care initiative, the administration has delayed a significant consumer protection in the law.

Inducing labor may be tied to autism, study says

By Lindsey Tanner

The strongest risks were in boys whose mothers had labor started and hastened. They were 35 percent more likely to have autism.

The World

Israeli pain, Palestinian joy over inmate release

Relatives of Mustafa al-Haj put up banners in the village of Brukin, south of Nablus in the West Bank, depicting the Palestinian who killed a hiker in 1989.

By Mohammed Daraghmeh and Karin Laub

Israel plans to release more than 100 Palestinian convicts in a deal that revived Mideast peace talks.

Gunmen kill 44 people praying at mosque in Nigeria

A member of the civilian militia group Civilian JTF stood on a used tire checking traffic in Mafoni village in Borno state, Nigeria. Four members of the group were killed.

By Haruna Umar

Suspected Islamic militants gunned down people praying, the latest violence blamed on religious extremists in the country.

Iran’s president, lawmakers spar over Cabinet

By Ali Akbar Dareini

Hard-line parliamentarians challenged the Cabinet proposed by President Hasan Rouhani, accusing him of nominating those who are friendly to the West.

Editorial & Opinion

Farah Stockman

Is social science our silver bullet around the world?

A member of a team from the military’s Human Terrain System conducts an interview in Afghanistan in late 2009.

By Farah Stockman

If we really want to change a place, we have to understand the local people, and put ourselves in harm’s way.


Bulger’s trial was fair and his guilt is clear

James “Whitey” Bulger (front, R) listens to the verdict in his murder and racketeering trial.

Done right, criminal trials establish a clear public record and provide some measure of closure for the victims — who in this case include much of the city of Boston.


The tech tax squeeze

By Tom Keane

The law that extended the sales tax to cover computer services is a confusingly written mess. Moreover, it threatens to undermine the state economy.

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Priced out of the Innovation District

By Paul McMorrow

letters | children’s hospital plans stir reaction

Place of solace would be lost to future generations

letters | children’s hospital plans stir reaction

Garden’s riches can’t compare to mission of providing best care possible

letters | children’s hospital stirs reaction

Hospital could find way to preserve time-honored sites


Mass. bar examiners to review religious wear rules

Iman Abdulrazzak had obtained prior authorization to wear her hijab while taking the Massachusetts bar exam, but a proctor asked her to remove it. She said the distraction and distress cost her about 10 minutes, and that she was not able to fully answer all of the essay questions.

By Lisa Wangsness

A Muslim woman said she was hindered while taking the state bar exam by an errant order to remove her head scarf.

Search for gun turns to Hernandez’s fiancée

Shayanna Jenkins

By Brian Ballou

Police are now scrutinizing the actions of Aaron Hernandez’s fiancée and a close female friend of Hernandez after the shooting of Odin Lloyd.

Monarch butterfly population is dwindling

An eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly fed on a butterfly bush Monday at the Boston Nature Center in Mattapan, but the center’s monarch way station has been empty of monarchs.

By Sanjena Sathian

Naturalists across the continent are noticing, and worrying about, the same phenomenon.

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Kevin Cullen

In the end, everything has passed Whitey by

By Kevin Cullen

In Santa Monica, no neighborly feelings for ex-residents

By Maria Cramer and Travis Andersen

Legal Analysis

Two views of government in ‘Whitey’ Bulger trial

By Milton J. Valencia

Range of emotions among victims’ families

By David Abel, Shelley Murphy, Meghan E. Irons and Martine Powers


Plea, fine settle securities fraud, insider trading case

By Beth Healy

A former American Superconductor executive has agreed to plead guilty to criminal securities fraud and pay $170,000 to settle separate civil charges of insider trading.

Cambridge firm developing growable plastic

Team leader Maria Somleva checked the growth of genetically modified switchgrass at Metabolix in Cambridge.

By Callum Borchers

Metabolix Bioplastics received a patent for its method of supercharging production of the molecule in switchgrass used to make biodegradable plastic.

Firm offers to pay $477 million for Steinway

Kohlberg & Co. has until Wednesday to up its price of $438 million for Steinway or the Waltham company will be sold to the investment firm that submitted the higher offer.

By Taryn Luna

The stage may be set for a bidding war over Steinway Musical Instruments Inc.


Gilbert A. Bliss, 81, longtime state parks official

Mr. Bliss advocated for protecting forests and public spaces.

By Kathleen McKenna

Mr. Bliss worked for 34 years at the Massachusetts Department of Natural Resources.

Dutch Prince Friso; gave up chance for throne to marry

Prince Friso’s decision to marry Princess Mabel without seeking parliamentary approval cut the prince from the royal house and line of succession.

By Toby Sterling

Mr. Friso, 44, avoided the limelight and gave up his position in line to the throne after getting entangled in a scandal with his bride-to-be.

Eddie Perez, founder of salsa’s El Gran Combo

Mr. Perez was known for always shaking his left shoulder before playing.

Mr. Perez was one of the founding members of the renowned salsa band El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico.


Jake Peavy brings an ‘inner fire’ to Red Sox

The competitive Jake Peavy is 0-2 in the postseason.

By Peter Abraham

It hasn’t even been two weeks yet, but the competitive Red Sox starter is already feeling comfortable in Boston.

Andrew Walker is Amateur’s youngest African-American

Andrew Walker, 14, is the youngest African-American to compete in the US Amateur.

By Emily Kaplan

The 14-year-old edges Tiger Woods, who debuted in the event at 15, and won an unprecedented three straight US Amateur titles.

Patriots on solid ground with veteran offensive line

Thanks to Logan Mankins and Co., the Patriots pounded the ball on the ground — and Tom Brady was untouched in the pocket — Friday night.

By Shalise Manza Young

The Patriots’ offensive line has been one of the better units in the league in recent years, despite injuries and/or turnover at every spot.

G: Living

Boston hosts the National Poetry Slam again

The audience at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge for open mike night and a poetry slam.

By James Sullivan

The team-based tournament turns the art of the spoken word into a blood sport in which the competitors voluntarily shed their own blood, metaphorically speaking.

Frame by Frame

Mind-boggling art of unfettered advertising

‘The Spiral Unicycle Ascensionist,’ at Shelburne Museum

By Sebastian Smee

If you want to teach your kids about hyperbole and alliteration, the “Minting the Marvel” poster is exhibit A.

Music Review

Ears wide open at Festival of Contemporary Music

Helmut Lachenmann’s “Got Lost’’ was performed Saturday by pianist Stephen Drury and soprano Elizabeth Keusch in Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox.

By Jeremy Eichler

As director of this year’s festival, pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard chose Helmut Lachenmann’s music as a central area of focus.

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Few surprises in Luke Bryan’s ‘Crash My Party’

By Sarah Rodman


Valerie June, ‘Pushin’ Against a Stone’

By James Reed


Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, ‘Dig Thy Savage Soul’

By Jon Garelick


Glen Campbell, ‘See You There’

By Stuart Munro


Tom Rush, ‘Celebrates 50 Years of Music’

By Steve Morse

Book Review

‘The Rathbones’ by Janice Clark

By Kathryn Lang

Movie Stars

Movie Stars


Thinking globally with ‘Cool Globes’ exhibit

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Justin Timberlake leaves his Air Jordans

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


MacDowell Colony salutes Stephen Sondheim

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Joe Finder stars at ‘Paranoia’ premiere

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

music review

Formulaic sounds of fury from Black Sabbath

By Marc Hirsh