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By Karl Kurtz

Today's New York Times carries a fascinating story about the choices faced and made by one-time powerful Massachusetts Senate President William Bulger whose brother, James "Whitey" Bulger, recently has been convicted of 11 murders and other crimes.

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Billy Bulger (The New York Times)
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Whitey Bulger (The New York Times)

Billy Bulger chose to remain silent over a long period of time about whatever he knew about his brother's whereabouts and activities and as a result forfeited his position as president of the University of Massachusetts and tarnished his reputation as a leader.

CBS' 60 Minutes led its broadcast Sunday with a report on how the FBI tracked down Whitey Bulger.

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