For school superintendents, it’s the toughest call

Topsfield, MA 12/09/05 The winter crew for First Student (cq), a school bus compay, moves school buses so a parking lot where they park can be plowed. The buses are parked at the Topsfield Fair Grounds. Near white out conditions made for a tough afternoon of driving, though Topsfield had no school. (Globe Staff Photo / Mark Wilson)

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Blizzards make it an easy decision on whether to close schools. But storms like the one Wednesday morning — with only a modest amount of snow expected — are dicey.

Wednesday’s storm is expected to drop several inches of snow across Massachusetts.

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Boston could see 4 inches of snow today, with much more outside the city

Snow began to fall in the Boston area around 4 a.m. Wednesday, while most people of the region were still fast asleep.

Pedestrians passed over the Lagoon as snow falls at the Public Garden in Boston on Wednesday.

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Dave Epstein

Here’s what to expect from today’s storm

Most of the snow will have fallen by the afternoon, but there may be some lingering flurries for a couple of hours after that.

 A woman walked her dog in the snow Wednesday morning in Boston’s Public Garden.

Snowfall totals

How much snow fell in your town?

Moving in while the region slept, the storm began blanketing Massachusetts early Wednesday morning.

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The two countries also agreed to have their athletes march together during the opening ceremony of next month’s Winter Olympics in the South.

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Sixteen non-roster invitees will join those on the 40-man roster in Florida next month.

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 14: Keelan Cole #84 of the Jacksonville Jaguars makes a catch over Artie Burns #25 of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Joe Haden #21 in the second half during the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field on January 14, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Ben Volin | On Football

Here’s how the Patriots will play the Jaguars

The Patriots’ game plan defensively will be similar to Saturday’s against Tennessee.

Celtics paid tribute to the  former guard and newly elected basketball Hall of Famer Jo Jo White in May 2015.

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Gary Washburn

Jo Jo White was a classy fixture in Boston

He was a prince, always walking with class and dignity, never fully acknowledging his greatness.

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Although company officials said they remain committed to Boston, a restructuring would make GE a very different company than the one Massachusetts wooed here in 2016.

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Men write detailed reviews about paying for sex at hundreds of erotic massage parlors on review websites. But prosecuting the sex traffickers is no slam dunk.

Vivek Murthy urges people to invest in social connections — for their health and that of the nation.

‘Loneliness kills’: Former surgeon general sounds alarm on toll of loneliness

Vivek Murthy urges people to invest in social connections — for their health and that of the nation.

Author Celeste Ng

Names

Celeste Ng’s ‘Everything I Never Told You’ gets optioned

The Cambridge writer’s debut novel may be coming to a theater near you.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/01/16/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/Image-2(2).jpg We ran Tom Brady, Matt Damon, and others through Google’s Arts and Culture app

Social media feeds were flooded this weekend with images of people matching selfies taken on their smartphones with works of art from around the globe.

“What’s unique about Pete’s character is he’s a believer who’s very sincere about his faith and is trying to find a way to be a comedian but not lose his soul,” says Judd Apatow. “That forces him to question it all because that’s what comedians do — they call bull on everything.”

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Globe Magazine

How a Lexington evangelical got Judd Apatow’s attention and became a comedy star

An affair ended Pete Holmes’s marriage and made him question everything he lived by. But out of that wreckage came his hit HBO show, “Crashing,” and a new spirituality of sorts.

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President Trump hopes to lose between 10 and 15 pounds, only sleeps four or five hours per night, and takes pills for hair loss and high cholesterol.

The brain test that Trump passed was created by a Lebanese immigrant

The test has proved so effective that it is used by physicians in well over 100 countries.

FILE- This Jan. 3, 2018, file photo shows the Capitol in Washington. The government is financed through Friday, Jan. 19, and another temporary spending bill is needed to prevent a partial government shutdown after that. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Conservatives balk at GOP plan to avert government shutdown

Hard-line conservatives are threatening to scuttle Republican leaders’ plans to prevent a weekend government shutdown.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/01/16/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/17bizFaucetClosed.psd What happens if the government shuts down?

Unless Democrats and Republicans can resolve a long list of contentious issues by Friday, large parts of the federal government will stop working this weekend.

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The White House press secretary was asked to clear up, once and for all, what was said in the Thursday immigration meeting.

David Fravor, commander of a Navy squadron aboard the USS Nimitz, had an encounter with a UFO that is hard to explain.

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This former Navy pilot, who once chased a UFO, says we should take them seriously

The story that this former pilot has to tell is literally out of this world.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/01/17/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/Clipboard-6508.jpg Here’s when the new Wegmans in Natick is opening

The supermarket, which will span 146,500 square feet over two floors in Natick Mall, will also feature two restaurants.

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Located about 1 mile from where the first one opened 68 years ago, this one is decidedly more modern.

Sponsored by Franciscan Children's

While recovering from multiple surgeries, one young boy finds strength in a new family.

Korey is now known as the “mayor” at the hospital where he spent much of his life, but he started as a patient with an infectious smile.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/WebGraphics/Sports/BostonGlobe.com/2016/01/20moresports/seasonticket_90.jpg The Season Ticket podcast

Dan Shaughnessy joins guest host Chad Finn to break down why he believes this year’s Patriots have the easiest road to the Super Bowl yet.

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If Republicans can’t keep the lights on in Washington, it would be an unnerving commentary on the GOP’s ability to handle the most basic tasks of governing.

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States across the country are expanding their programs to cover acupuncture, massage, and yoga.

Real Estate

Decades later, Modern Cape escape gets touches designer intended

“For all intents and purposes, this was not buildable land,” says architect Joy Cuming, standing in a house perched atop a bluff on a tiny lot overlooking Wellfleet Harbor and Cape Cod Bay beyond. Design New England tours.