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Sidekick to LA: Whitey Bulger rocks!

Granted, today's Sidekick centerpiece is a lite little affair aimed at updating the rivalry between Boston and Los Angeles. But it still seems weird that the first thing Mark Shanahan cites in Boston's favor is...Whitey Bulger.

Here's Shanahan's homage:

All of the great LA gansters--guys with noir names like Mickey Cohen, Jack Dragna, and Jimmy "The Weasel" Fratianno--are long dead. But Boston bad guy Bulger is still at large, so turn your eyes east, James Ellroy. It's been entertaining to watch the Energizer bunny of the underworld outrun the feds and pop up periodically in Europe with his platinum pal Catherine Greig. We'll be looking for these two fugitives amid all the celebs at the Staples Center.

You do that, Mark. In the meantime, here--courtesy of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list--is a quick reminder of why the word "entertaining" should be used sparingly where Bulger is concerned:

James J. Bulger is being sought for his role in numerous murders committed from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s in connection with his leadership of an organized crime group that allegedly controlled extortion, drug deals, and other illegal activities in the Boston, Massachusetts, area. He has a violent temper and is known to carry a knife at all times. Considered armed and extremely dangerous.

 But hey, he's our gangster.

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