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Whitey Bulger’s life in exile

It is a portrait of the gangster as a grumpy old man, hunkered down in a Santa Monica flat with his girlfriend. Neighbors liked them, but no one got close — or, rather, almost no one. And that was their undoing.

The tipster

Striking beauty bonded with Greig over cats

Anna Bjornsdottir called the FBI from her native Iceland on June 21, to report that the fugitive gangster and his girlfriend could be found in California, 4,300 miles away.


Whitey Bulger’s apartment

According to property records, James “Whitey’’ Bulger and Catherine Greig moved into their two-bedroom unit in April 1998 - paying just $863 a month.

The alias

Down-on-his-luck vet befriended by Bulger

James William Lawlor was a loner, the perfect mark for a gangster looking for another identity. An Army veteran who struggled with alcoholism, he lived alone in a cheap hotel, four miles from James “Whitey’’ Bulger, who paid his rent in exchange for using Lawlor’s identity.

About this Whitey Bulger project

Globe reporters traveled repeatedly to California and Iceland to talk to as many people as possible who knew “Whitey’’ Bulger during the 13 years that he lived in Santa Monica.

Texting while driving draws few citations

Since the ban took effect on Sept. 30, 2010, police have been writing one texting ticket for every 200 speeding tickets, making it essentially an honor system.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes the ball against the New York Jets in the first half of their NFL football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts October 9, 2011. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

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PATRIOTS 17, JETS 7 | 3rd quarter

New England opens the second half with a touchdown


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The test ahead

The trail of exploding special education costs reveals that more students than ever are going to need help. Here’s how the state’s public schools are getting ready.

10/09/11 - Boston, MA - William Thomas, cq, of Boston, took advantage of the beautiful weather to work on his tan while reading paperback fiction in Peters Park in Boston's South End. The unseasonably warm weather threatened to break temperature records on Sunday afternoon, October 9, 2011. Topic: 10standalonephotos. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff.

Boston breaks 69-year temperature record

Boston broke a 69-year-old temperature record Sunday as the thermometer peaked at 87 degrees.


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Boston honors first Italian-born police officer

Patrolman Andrew B. Cuneo’s family and city dignitaries gathered to honor the first Italian-born Boston police officer and the first Italian-born officer killed in the line of duty.


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Halloween never ends at party purveyor

Reacting quickly to customer demand is nothing new to Dorice Dionne, who founded iParty with her husband, Sal Perisano, a decade ago.


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Bipartisan gang says no, no, no

The group now includes 12 Republicans and eight Democrats. Their votes say something about being a legislator in a Congress that reaches agreement only when a catastrophe looms.


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Stevan Ridley thought he might have a breakout game against Oakland, and he did (10 carries, 97 yards, a 33-yard TD).

Patriots’ Ridley hard to take down

Patriots rookie running back Stevan Ridley, coming off a breakout game against the Raiders, never let doubters get to him.


“Like Lester Maddox’s axe handle, the political race card ought to be by now nothing but an ugly memory.”

Jeff Jacoby