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Many businesses were forced to close their doors after a transformer fire in Boston's Back Bay knocked out power to parts of the city for days. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Many businesses were forced to close their doors after a transformer fire in Boston's Back Bay knocked out power to parts of the city for days. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

In the news this week, a big part of Boston went dark. A sub-station explosion and fire Tuesday near the Back Bay Hilton knocked out power to some 21,000 businesses and homes. The lights are back on, but what went wrong?

"Sometimes we just don't know why mechanical things fail," NStar CEO Tom May said.

Also this week, Catherine Greig plead guilty to helping James "Whitey" Bulger stay on the lam for 16 years. She'll go to jail but won't have to testify against the accused Boston gangster.

Meanwhile, in a Suffolk County court room, closing arguments in the Mattapan massacre case.

The defense questioned the credibility of key witness Kimani Washington and says prosecutors cut a deal with the devil.

"Kimani Washington orchestrated this case. Kimani Washington has gotten away with murder. That's a gross injustice," said defense attorney John H. Cunha, Jr.

Now it's up to the jury.

Finally, Beacon Hill lawmakers continued to debate the so-called "three strikes" bill that would bar parole for three-time violent offenders.  Supporters call it the best way to lock away the most dangerous offenders. Opponents say the measure is too broad, too expensive and would unfairly target minority convicts.

Guests:

  • Joan Venocchi, columnist for The Boston Globe
  • Ken Cooper, independent journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner

This segment aired on March 16, 2012.

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