Thursday Morning: Bulger Case Begins

Published July 7, 2011

Two weeks to the day after his arrest, James “Whitey” Bulger was formally charged yesterday with committing 19 murders and numerous other crimes, many allegedly committed while he was a secret FBI informant.

Former FBI agent Bob Fitzpatrick said that back when he worked in the Boston office it was obvious to him that something about the FBI’s relationship with Bulger wasn’t right. Obviously, Fitzpatrick was.

The man who weaseled his way into Boston’s high society as “Clark Rockefeller,” is set to be arraigned tomorrow on murder charges in California. As you might remember, Christian Gerhartstreiter is a bit of an odd duck.

Hoping to finally close the book on its controversial relationship with Cleve Killingsworth, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts said it will refund to customers the $4.2 million in severance it paid the former CEO. The rebate breakdown is just under $2 per Blue Cross subsciber.

An estimated 35 percent of Boston’s population is between 20- and 34-years-old, the highest percentage among U.S. cities.

A Boston developer wants to build a 16-story complex of retail, office and residential units near Fenway Park. The Abbey Group filed paperwork with the Boston Redevelopment Authority yesterday, in a preliminary step toward developing the property on Boylston Street.

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We’ll continue to report on the future of Raynham Park, abuse at Carney Hospital and the state of tornado relief operations.