Mass. roads open; MBTA service resumes

With the region digging out, the T had some commuter line cancellations and a spate of bus and rapid transit delays.

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Residents were digging out Tuesday on Brent Street in Dorchester.

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A pedestrian walked on Seaport Boulevard toward downtown.

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Cathleen Cahill faced deep snow as she took her dog, Chikita, for a walk in Rockport.

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Shovelers were at work on St. James Street.

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Lindsey Demint, an Emerson student, tossed a football on Harvard Avenue in Allston.

Mayor Walsh declared a snow emergency in Boston.

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People were outside, even as the snow continued to fall Tuesday.

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Amy Grace, 10, found a mountain of snow on Tremont Street.

Two residents made their way on cross-coutnry skiis in downtown Boston.

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Two residents made their way on cross-country skis in downtown Boston.

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Snow fell against a darkening sky and high tide on Plum Island.

Bill Blackwood made his way onto the beach to walk his dog on Plum Island.

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Bill Blackwood made his way onto the beach to walk his dog on Plum Island.

Children sledded down Pleasant Street in Charlestown during the blizzard.

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Children sledded down Pleasant Street in Charlestown during the blizzard.

Large rocks filled homes along the shore of Brant Rock in Marshfield.

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Large rocks filled homes along the shore of Brant Rock in Marshfield.

In Marshfield, heavy surf washed out a sea wall Tuesday morning.

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In Marshfield, heavy surf washed out a sea wall Tuesday morning.

Despite punishing blizzard, damage minimal

Far fewer residents than expected lost power and high tides did not cause widespread, devastating damage.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/28/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/nurse150-3864.jpg For thousands, dedication to work outweighed obstacles

Many workers found ways to get to their jobs and the people that depend on them.

A woman pulled a young girl in a sled along the Commonwealth Avenue Mall as the wind whipped up snow all around them.

Snow’s lightness was a boon

The consistency of the snow was very light and fluffy in much of Mass., allowing it to blow off power lines rather than accumulate.

Employees, including Clinical Director of Operations Daniel Nadworny (center), set up cots for workers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Under siege from storm, hospitals get creative

From ferrying patients home in four-wheel-drive vans to fashioning temporary rooms out of waiting areas, hospital administrators did what was needed.

Water flooded the parking lot and buildings at the Chatham Fish Pier early Tuesday morning.

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Nor’easter takes aim at coastal communities

The blizzard caused flooding and power outages, but less of the devastating damage that some had feared.

Amy Grace, 10, played on a snow mountain on Tremont Street in the South End Tuesday. A lot of people found the much-hyped storm easy to handle and got out to enjoy it.

Nor’easter delivered less drama, more fun than forecast

With businesses and schools closed and most heeding the emergency travel ban, the result felt like a lot of snow but not a lot of Sturm und Drang.

A home owned by former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and his wife Ann in La Jolla, Calif.

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Romney built expensive homes after 2012 loss

Now that Mitt Romney is considering a third presidential bid, the monuments of his wealth could become a political inconvenience.

NFL playoffs

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Seattle thinks it can become Titletown USA

The city, whose long history dates back to the Eisenhower Administration, is caught up in its 12th man mania. It’s adorable.

Michael Heiser, New England Patriots Fan and Massachusetts native, currently lives in Arizona. Here he is seen in Toso's Bar and Grill in North Phoenix, the official headquarters of the 300-member New England Patriots Fan Club. Finally they're back, but fans are still haunted by their last visit. (Kieran Kesner for The Boston Globe)

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In Phoenix, Patriots fans live in 2008’s wreckage

Fans in Phoenix must live at the scene of the crime where New England’s perfect season came to an end.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Gasper-7020.jpg Robert Kraft has picked a winner in Deflategate

Either Robert Kraft or Roger Goodell will take another legacy body blow when a Deflategate decision comes.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/matt7676-6494.jpg Matt Patricia is brains behind Patriots’ defense

On Super Bowl Media Day, we set out to learn a little bit more about the team’s defensive coordinator.

Opinion

JEFF JACOBY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/26/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Jeff_Jacoby_150px-1151.jpg We will take the lashes for Saudi blogger

Seven members of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom offered to share personally in the flogging.

The Big Picture

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Massive snowstorm hits the Northeast

The storm blasted the region with wind-whipped snow that piled nearly three-feet high in some places.

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