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Residents return to homes forever changed

Block by block, resident by resident, Boylston Street on Tuesday slowly began to reclaim the life that had been scattered by the Boston Marathon explosions, which turned the bustling thoroughfare into a deserted crime scene.

For the first time since the two blasts on April 15, city officials allowed residents to return to their homes in a staggered, carefully choreographed progression. What they found was a raw, rainy tableau of time frozen.

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