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Life upended across the Back Bay

The blackout left thousands without power, cost local businesses millions of dollars, and forced curtailment of subways and buses, conventions, and college classes.

The building where a transformer fire raged Tuesday night was cordoned off behind police barriers on Wednesday.

Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff

The building where a transformer fire raged Tuesday night was cordoned off behind police barriers on Wednesday.

With no electricity at the Prudential Center, people were forced to take the stairs instead of the escalator.

Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff

With no electricity at the Prudential Center, people were forced to take the stairs instead of the escalator.

Traffic lights and the Apple Store on Boylston Street were without power Wednesday afternoon.

Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff

Traffic lights and the Apple Store on Boylston Street were without power Wednesday afternoon.

 Boston Police officer Paul Wright directed traffic on the corner of Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue.

Alexandre Isobe for The Boston Globe

Boston police Officer Paul Wright directed traffic on the corner of Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue.

Jonathan Wiggs / Globe Staff

NStar crews worked to restore electricity.

Workers at the Capital Grille on Boylston Street moved cuts of meat from the restaurant due to loss of electricity.

Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff

Workers at the Capital Grille on Boylston Street moved cuts of meat from the restaurant due to loss of electricity.

 A generator truck parked on the corner of Belvidere Street provided power to the Hilton Boston Back Bay.

Alexandre Isobe for The Boston Globe

A generator truck parked on the corner of Belvidere Street provided power to the Hilton Boston Back Bay.

A worker inside the darkened Sugar Heaven ice cream shop did some work near the window.

Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff

A worker inside the darkened Sugar Heaven ice cream shop did some work near the window.

A map from NStar shows the outages across Boston in green.

Firefighters worked to gain entry to the garage where the fire started on Tuesday night.

Alexandre Isobe for The Boston Globe

Firefighters worked to gain entry to the garage where the fire started on Tuesday night.

During the fire, smoke engulfed Boylston Street.

Yoon S. Byun / Globe Staff

During the fire, smoke engulfed Boylston Street.

The blaze first began in a transformer in a building adjacent to the Back Bay Hilton Tuesday night.

Yoon S. Byun / Globe Staff

The blaze first began in a transformer in a building adjacent to the Back Bay Hilton Tuesday night.

Back Bay, South End await power

Signs of a blackout lingered Wednesday in the Back Bay and South End, typically the pulsing heart of the city.

Bulger’s girlfriend pleads guilty, to be sentenced June 12

“Whitey” Bulger’s girlfriend, Catherine Greig, pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday to helping him elude capture for 16 years.

Mitt Romney still has the math in his favor

While Romney has failed to ignite the GOP base, he has methodically extended his lead among delegates.

For mothers of the accused, a separate anguish

The pain carried by the mothers of the two men accused of the Mattapan murders has been concealed, and compounded by the tension of sitting in the courtroom.