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City crew does its best to restore Boylston Street

It was the same job he always does, all over the city, and Jim Hughes went at it the same way, attacking the layers of unwanted spray paint with chemical gel, hot steam, and elbow grease. But this time, instead of an Allston storefront or a brick wall in East Boston, Hughes was on the sidewalks of Boylston Street, laboring to erase all traces of a tragedy that transformed the city.

Working into the wee hours Tuesday morning, Hughes and his four-man city crew scrubbed away the orange markings left there by investigators: the grid that divided the bombing site into sectors; the identifying number next to every fragment of evidence. Hughes was focused, as he always is, on the task before him.

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