Boston

A couple of hours after the Boston Red Sox, who finished last in their division in 2012, beat the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series on Wednesday night, BuzzFeed's sports verticle predictably posted a photo listicle titled "Boston’s World Series Run In 43 Photographs." I found it incredibly boring—and that's coming from someone who grew up in Massachusetts.

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It’s unusual for a criminal trial to endear the victims’ families to the lawyers for the defense. But up in Boston, where the mobster James "Whitey" Bulger has spent the summer on trial for nineteen murders (along with dozens of other counts of racketeering and conspiracy), that’s exactly what happened.

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Last week, the New York Times ran a big story above the fold on the front page raising serious questions about the failure of Massachusetts authorities to scrutinize Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the Sept. 12, 2011 killing in Waltham, Mass., of three of his associates. Had police given Tsarnaev a closer look in that case—and, who knows, charged him—odds are he would not have been able to plot terrorist blasts at the Boston Marathon.

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The Boston Globe reports that Irish mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger has been referring to his ongoing trial as “The Big Show,” and who could blame him?

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Boston Strong Man

The underwhelming, ineloquent, triumphant reign of Thomas Menino

How the marathon bombings revealed the genius to Tom Menino’s approach to big-city boss-hood.

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Crackpots for Crock Pots!

Will Wayne LaPierre defend every American's right to build a pressure-cooker bomb?

Will Wayne LaPierre defend every American's right to build a pressure-cooker bomb? 

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Don't 'Bro' Me, Bro!

It's time to retire the meaningless word

It's time to retire the meaningless descriptor.

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There's Nothing Wrong With Properly Politicizing a Tragedy

The unthinkable eventually happens. Why not exploit it?

The unthinkable eventually happens. Why not exploit it?

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More than a decade after 9/11, the “war on terrorism” continues to produce new legal questions. The Supreme Court has plenty of cases about “enemy combatants,” the Bush-era designation for detained Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists, but it’s never had to consider Senator Lindsey Graham’s latest idea.

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Boston: More Like Sandy Hook Than 9/11

A conversation with Olivier Roy on the nature of the alleged Marathon terrorists

A conversation with Olivier Roy on the nature of modern terrorists.

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