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Hollywood is about to collide with the typically low-key environs of the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse next week, with armed federal marshals standing sentry outside, the possibility of hundreds of spectators jockeying daily for a limited number of courtroom seats, and reporters arriving from around the nation and the world to chronicle the long-awaited trial of notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger.
It is to the point that even the workers in the second-floor courthouse cafeteria have been prepping for the kinds of lunchtime crowds they have never seen before. “Everyone is ramping up,” said Catherine Mitchell, manager of Gourmet Caterers, which runs the cafeteria in the courthouse.