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Massachusetts DOT: ‘Use ya blinkah’

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has high hopes for the electronic message posted this morning on roadways urging commuters to signal lane changes. In a move that some drivers have hailed as “Wicked Clevah!” the DOT apparently translated the English-language message, Changing lanes? Use your blinker into English for Boston.

Today in Crime History: Patriarca crime family members indicted

On March 26, 1990, Junior Patriarca and 20 reputed family members were indicted on charges that included racketeering, gambling, extortion, drug trafficking and murder. This was a blow to New England’s most powerful crime syndicate, but they managed to recover and continue to operate to this day.

Alleged Aaron Hernandez victim engaged in wild gunfight at club

A man who claims former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez shot him was involved in a gun battle and was shot last night outside a Hartford, Connecticut nightclub. Hartford police say Alexander Bradley, 30, of East Hartford, was shot three times in the leg on Sunday night at the Vevo Lounge Bar & Grill. [...]

Today: James ‘Whitey’ Bulger gets two life sentences

This morning Judge Denise Casper sentenced Bulger to two consecutive life terms plus five years saying, “The scope, the callousness, the depravity of your crimes are almost unfathomable. Your crimes are made all the more heinous because they are all about money.” Read the story of the man who ran Boston’s Winter Hill gang in the 70s and 80s.

Whitey Bulger Convicted by Boston Jury

A federal jury convicted James “Whitey” Bulger yesterday of nearly every crime prosecutors had hoped for. Charges included racketeering and 11 murders over nearly 45 years. Bulger, 81, was the inspiration for the Jack Nicholson film “The Departed.” Read the in-depth Crime Library Whitey Bulger story here.

James ‘Whitey’ Bulger Case in Jury’s Hands

The latest from the Boston courtroom where James ‘Whitey’ Bulger is being tried for an alleged life of crime.

Whitey Bulger Will Not Testify

Today’s news from the Boston federal courtroom where alleged mob boss Whitey Bulger is standing trial for 19 murders is that the honcho won’t take the stand. Of course he had an opinion to share, as well.

Three Things that are Happening Now in the Whitey Bulger Trial

1) This morning Federal Judge¬†Denise Casper denied the defense request to sequester jurors while they deliberate racketeering charges and Bulger’s alleged involvement in 19 murders. Judge said to sequester the jury this late in the process might disgruntle jurors. 2) In a nutshell, defense witnesses continue testifying that Bulger was protected by the FBI for [...]

LIVE COVERAGE: Manhunt for Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect

Follow CNN’s live coverage of the law enforcement efforts to capture 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in Monday’s bombing of the Boston marathon which killed three and injured 183 others. Another suspect, reportedly Tsarnaev’s older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, has been killed.

Fired Cops Offer Ridiculous Reasons for Failing Cocaine Test

Six Boston cops who were fired after testing positive for cocaine have been given their jobs back after a board ruled that the hair test used was unreliable. Four other cops who were fired for positive cocaine tests had their dismissals upheld by the board, despite their brilliant explanations for why they tested positive.

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