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Boston Today: And then there were two

Posted by Ronald J Agrella, Editor  September 24, 2013 05:14 AM

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Good morning, Boston.

The city heads to the polls today to vote in the preliminary election as the first step to choose a successor to Mayor Thomas Menino. We'll have election coverage all day with the finale coming tonight.
After 8 p.m., view live video updates every hour, on the hour, plus coverage from and The Boston Globe. We will also offer the latest poll numbers as they are tallied. You can follow our coverage on the Boston Mayoral Election Live Blog or on's homepage.

Here's what you need to know this morning:


Red Sox: @Rockies at 8:40 p.m. on NESN.


Today: A repeat from yesterday: Sunny. Highs in the upper 60s.

Tonight... Partly cloudy in the evening...then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow: Ditto. Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s.

Get the latest forecast here


Check out our current traffic report.

What’s in the news?

- Twelve candidates are on the ballot in Boston today as voters narrow down the race to succeed Mayor Thomas Menino. Primary votes are also being held for four at-large city council seats in Boston.

- After James "Whitey" Bulger's conviction last month, the family of a woman killed in the 1980s is asking a judge to appoint a special prosecutor to run down the assets of Bulger and his associates. Debra Davis' brothers want those assets distributed to victims' families and say the government has never fully disclosed what's been seized in the case.

- A company seeking to build a casino in New Bedford has gone to court saying the state should be forced to select a casino operator in southeastern Massachusetts the same way as everywhere else. The state initially gave the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe exclusivity in the region though it said later it would also consider commercial developers.

- State police are trying to determine what caused a car to go off Interstate 495 and crash into trees in Mansfield in an accident that killed one person and injured two others.

- A Northbridge couple has both gotten lengthy prison terms for raping their two adopted children. Joseph Mayotte was sentenced to 16-to-20 years for abusing his daughter while Linda Mayotte drew 18-to-22 years for abusing her son, with the Telegram & Gazette reporting the abuse only ended when she became pregnant with his child.

Events for today:

- J. Cole debuted in 2011 with "Cole World: The Sideline Story." It wasn't long before he was a major force in hip-hop. He plays Agganis Arena tonight with rapper Wale.

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, otherwise known as Steely Dan, are on the road for the "Mood Swings: 8 Miles to Pancake Day Tour." Don't ask us what it means, just enjoy the music by the pop giants whose hits include "Peg," "Reelin' in the Years," and "Rikki Don't Lose That Number."

Guitar wizard Norm Zocher's Electric Strings Quartet bends genres including jazz, classical, and rock into something new. The Berklee faculty member will be joined by violinist Mimi Rabson, bassist Bruno Raberg, and drummer Dave Jamrog for a concert at Berklee.

Check out these live events on today

- Noon: Food critic Devra First chats
- 8 p.m.: Live election updates on the hour

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