The final game of this week’s Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays series was rained out yesterday giving the Sox a chance to regroup before Monday’s scheduled makeup game. Although the Sox currently lead the standings in the AL East, the Rays are only one game behind. After two losses to the Rays’ excellent pitching staff this week, the Red Sox Nation is hoping for a comeback next week. The Rays plan on pitching either Roberto Hernandez or David Price in the makeup game. Price, who recently returned from 47 days on the disability list, pitched Wednesday’s game that resulted in a 5-1 win for the Rays. If you missed last night’s game due to the rain delay, come out on Monday and stay in one of our Brookline hotels for a chance to see the Sox face the Rays for the rescheduled final game of the series.
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Democrat Ed Markey defeated Republican opponent Gabriel Gomez yesterday in a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry. Markey, endorsed by several prominent Democrats including Kerry himself, won the seat with 55% of the Massachusetts popular vote. Born and raised in Malden, the new Senator had represented the 7th district of Massachusetts from 1976 until earlier this year when he shifted gears to focus on his Senate race. During his tenure in the House, he served as Chairman of the House Energy Independence and Global Warming Committee and a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Natural Resources. Markey has been described as a “low-profile” politician with a strong focus on energy and the environment. While he may not be a political star like former Massachusetts’ senators Ted Kennedy and John Kerry among others, we trust and hope that Markey will represent the best interests of Massachusetts as he takes his seat in the Senate.
Boston’s notorious gangster Whitey Bulger is currently sitting trial at the U.S. District Court here in Boston. You’ve probably seen his name in the headlines, but if you’re not familiar with his case, you might be wondering, “Who is this Whitey Bulger guy anyway?” He may not be Boston’s favorite son, but he’s an important part of local history and current events, so it’s worth getting a primer on Bulger if you’re interested in our city.
Bulger, born James Joseph Bulger Jr. in 1923, was a notorious South Boston crime boss and head of the Winter Hill Gang. Bulger was a lifelong criminal, serving time in a juvenile reformatory as a teen and then spending nine years in the federal penitentiary for armed robbery and hijacking shortly following his honorable discharge from the Army. It wasn’t until he was released from prison in 1965 that he really began his rise to power in Boston’s criminal underworld.
During the Killeen-Mullen crime war in the early 1970s, Bulger proved himself indispensable to the Mullen family and earned a high-ranking position in the Southie underworld following the families’ truce in 1972. Throughout the 70s and 80s, Bulger grew and consolidated his power, all while serving as a secret informant to the FBI, earning his own criminal activities a certain degree of protection from the federal authorities.
Eventually the DEA, Massachusetts State Police, and Boston Police Department were able to crack down on Bulger’s illegal gambling operations, forcing the crime boss to flee the city and become a fugitive in 1994. After spending sixteen years at large and twelve years on the FBI Most Wanted list, Bulger was finally captured on June 22, 2011.