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Whitey's Southie: A tour of Bulger's haunts

In the 1960s, 28 West Broadway was the Transit Café, headquarters for the loansharking Killeen gang.

By GEORGE HASSETT AND LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  March 22, 2013
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BOOK EXCERPT: Wild West Broadway: Busing, the Bulger Brothers, Kevin White, and the Boston Globe

In its charred aftermath, it's hard to imagine that school desegregation snuck up on Southie. But indeed it did.  
Excerpt from "Whitey: The Life of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss"
By DICK LEHR AND GERARD O'NEILL  |  March 15, 2013
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BOOK EXCERPT: Just Don't Clip Anyone: First days as an informant

Whitey had probably always intended to kill Tommy King, the brawler who had been his onetime counterpart and rival.
Excerpt from "Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster."
By KEVIN CULLEN AND SHELLEY MURPHY  |  March 15, 2013
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March Madness

It's no surprise that the coming weekend's Saint Patrick's Day celebrations have become politically charged, given the extraordinary convergence of electoral events visiting South Boston.
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By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 15, 2013
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In Memoriam: On the death of Jack McCarthy, a working-class poet

An unsung hero of modern poetry passed away last week.

By B. DOLAN  |  February 01, 2013
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Photos: St. Patty's Day Parade 2012

The St. Patrick's Day Parade rolled through South Boston on Sunday, March 18, 2012. 
South Boston | Sunday, March 18, 2012
By JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  March 23, 2012


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St. Patrick’s Day v. Gays

You wouldn't know it from this past weekend's green-beer bonanza, but South Boston is changing: real-estate prices are on the rise, and longtime residents are being squeezed out as a more affluent — and, as I wrote about in 2009, often more gay — demogr
March madness
By ERICA CORSANO  |  March 23, 2012
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Boston's last congressman?

At the moment, neither the Senate president nor the Speaker of the House lives in the city. And in two years, the unthinkable could become reality: Boston might not have a single congressman residing in its borders.
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By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 02, 2011
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Southie takes Broadway

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Good People , Great Gig
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  March 25, 2011
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Photos: Most popular articles of 2009

The stories you couldn't not read this year
The year in martyrs, mortuaries, chupacabras, and pot-peddling soccer moms
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 18, 2009

Intentions gone south

Erica Corsano’s bigotry overrides some of the interesting things one might actually take away from reading her article about South Boston.
Letters to the Boston editor, November 6, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 06, 2009


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Hardboiled hub

When I was growing up in Roslindale a few decades back — among tribes of ignorant, second-generation immigrant kids whose favorite words began with “f” and “n” and who liked to torture small animals and beat up small children before they moved on to thei
The city’s gritty, criminal underbelly has redefined the dark, artistic vision known as Boston noir
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 23, 2009
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How gay is Southie?

Welcome to the gayborhood.
Once unthinkable, Boston’s most notorious neighborhood now sports a welcoming face. How the hell did that happen?
By ERICA CORSANO  |  October 16, 2009
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Swan song for Southie?

South Boston is famous for producing politicians the way Detroit is known for manufacturing automobiles.
As circumstances have changed for Irish Bostonians, the political talent pool in South Boston has dried up. Plus, voting a black slate?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 24, 2009
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Sportello

F amed chef Barbara Lynch has a two-part plan for taking over the Fort Point Channel area.
Lynch tests new, comfortable waters
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 19, 2009
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Artists get the shaft

On a tour of the studios at 337 Summer Street, Jen Mecca, a textile artist, points out some of the spaces recently vacated by artists and craftsmen, including a pair of furniture makers who left for Somerville.
The city gives Fort Point's creative residents the finger
By TED SIEFER  |  January 28, 2009


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Never mind the Citgo

For all the complaints that Boston is losing its character, there’s still a lot to this old, weird city. It’s just a matter of taking a closer look.
Beyond the clichés and picture postcards, Boston hangs on to its character
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 05, 2006
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Brass balls and cold steel

John “Red” Shea’s close-cut hair — the hair that gave him that standard-issue Irish nickname — isn’t quite as fiery as it was when he was a young fighter coming up hard from G Street in South Boston.
Whitey Bulger soldiers John “Red” Shea and Patrick Nee tell their side of the story
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 05, 2006