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Mass. girds for coming snowstorm

Workers at Bell’s Cash Market in South Boston stocked milk Thursday for customers picking up storm provisions.

The predicted 2 to 3 feet of snow will be lashed by winds gusting up to 65 miles per hour into drifts as deep as 5 feet, the National Weather Service said.

Many residents remained nonplussed as a blizzard homed in on the Bay State.

With storm looming, Bostonians vow: I’ll shop Saturday

Mild winters and dire forecasts that went bust have helped produce a plethora of procrastinators who aren’t panicking for emergency storm supplies.

Boston school chief knew of investigation of headmaster

Carol R. Johnson has known since November that Queon Jackson was part of a US Secret Service fraud probe, but she took no action because officials swore her office to secrecy.

Mass. to lower cap on emissions by power plants

Massachusetts and eight other states are slashing by nearly half the amount of carbon dioxide power plants are allowed to emit.

Mike Eruzione is selling all of his 1980 Olympic memorabilia but his gold medal and his ring to benefit his family and a local charity.

Heritage Auctions via AP

Mike Eruzione is selling Olympic memories

The captain of the gold medal-winning “Miracle on Ice” team says he’s selling everything but his medal and ring to benefit his family and a local charity.

The Nation

Mountain manhunt for ex-cop accused of killing 3

By Tami Abdollah

A fired police officer who threatened to bring ‘‘warfare’’ to the Los Angeles Police Department set off a manhunt Thursday.

Deep-fried food may raise stroke risk

Diets heavy in fried and sugary food may explain higher risks of stroke among black people in the South.

By Marilynn Marchione

People whose diets are heavy on deep-fried foods and sugary drinks were more likely to suffer a stroke, a new study finds.

Cowan is sworn in, pledges to focus on issues at hand

Senator William “Mo” Cowan was congratulated by Secretary of State John F. Kerry as Senator Elizabeth Warren, Cowan’s mother, Cynthia, and his son Miles looked on.

By David Uberti

William “Mo” Cowan was sworn in as the interim senator from Massachusetts on Thursday.

The World

Tunisia’s ruling party rejects proposal to dissolve government

A relative of Chokri Belaid cried on his coffin in Tunis on Thursday. The opposition leader was assassinated Wednesday.

By Abigail Hauslohner

The challenge put forward by a moderate Islamist party has amplified the potential for a serious political crisis in Tunisia.

Iran’s supreme leader rejects talks with US

By Thomas Erdbrink

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, rejected any idea of bilateral talks with the United States.

Battles in Damascus expand to suburbs

By Hania Mourtada

Clashes between Syrian insurgents and loyalist troops in Damascus raged for a second day on Thursday.

Editorial & Opinion

JOAN WICKERSHAM

Grief doesn’t have a timeline

By Joan Wickersham

Grief is a lot weirder than we think. We shouldn’t pathologize mourning; we should let it be whatever it is.

SCOT LEHIGH

Patrick’s tax-and-spending plan too ambitious

By Scot Lehigh

Governor Deval Patrick’s recently announced transportation-and-education agenda doesn’t reflect the tough times, but instead indulges liberal daydreams.

editorial

Obama should explain policies for drone attacks on Americans

The administration owes the public a broader explanation of the legal theories behind drone attacks on Americans who have joined Al Qaeda.

Metro

Mass. girds for coming snowstorm

Workers at Bell’s Cash Market in South Boston stocked milk Thursday for customers picking up storm provisions.

By Martine Powers

The predicted 2 to 3 feet of snow will be lashed by winds gusting up to 65 miles per hour into drifts as deep as 5 feet, the National Weather Service said.

With storm looming, Bostonians vow: I’ll shop Saturday

Many residents remained nonplussed as a blizzard homed in on the Bay State.

By Beth Teitell

Mild winters and dire forecasts that went bust have helped produce a plethora of procrastinators who aren’t panicking for emergency storm supplies.

Kevin Cullen

Whitey Bulger’s wily ways

By Kevin Cullen

If I were Whitey, I would think I had immunity, too. Whitey’s problem is the immunity was in his head.

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Boston

Northeastern University announces death of student

By Colin A. Young and Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

Business

$67m allocated for Mass. affordable housing

By Jenifer B. McKim

The state secretary of Housing and Economic Development said the money will create 1,326 housing units and 1, 710 construction jobs.

A second act, banker style, for former Sovereign CEO

By Erin Ailworth

Jay Sidhu, pushed out as chief executive of Sovereign Bancorp in 2006, could be making a New England comeback.

Insurers say health spending on rise in Mass.

By Robert Weisman

Representatives from the state’s nonprofit health plans estimated the “medical cost trend,” a key industry measure, will climb between 6 and 12 percent this year.­

Obituaries

Susan Woodward; created popular learning programs

Mrs. Woodward’s last program, on humanitarian law, is taught in countries around the world.

By Kathleen McKenna

While working for the Newton-based Education Development Center, Mrs. Woodward, 76, found innovative ways to create school curriculum for a wide variety of topics.

Asbury Sallenger Jr., leader in research on sea level rise

Dr. Sallenger questioned the wisdom of constructing real estate close to the shore.

By Cornelia Dean

Dr. Sallenger, 63, was a leader in the nation’s research on the causes and effects of sea level rise, storms, and other coastal hazards.

Walt Sweeney, 71; accused NFL team of supplying drugs

Walt Sweeney, a guard, played 13 NFL seasons without missing a game.

By Daniel E. Slotnik

Mr. Sweeney was an All-Pro guard for the San Diego Chargers in the 1960s and ’70s who accused the team of handing out drugs to players and fostering his own addiction.

Sports

Celtics 116, Lakers 95

Celtics take Lakers by storm

Paul Pierce lets it out after hitting a 3-pointer to give the Celtics a 95-69 lead in the third quarter.

By Baxter Holmes

Paul Pierce led the onslaught with 24 points and Kevin Garnett scored 15 as the Celtics butchered their archrivals.

Christopher L. Gasper

Celtics, Lakers at opposite ends of the court

Kobe Bryant (right) was sitting late, coach Mike D’Antoni (second from left) sparing him the indignity of a blowout.

By Christopher L. Gasper

The two flagship franchises of the NBA share a pedigree and a rivalry, but that’s all they have in common right now.

Bruins trade Tim Thomas to Islanders

Tim Thomas was brilliant — and controversial—with the Bruins.

By Fluto Shinzawa

In less than 20 months, he went from Stanley Cup hero to suspended player to ex-Bruin. Thomas was traded for a conditional second-round pick.

G: Arts & Movies

Art Review

‘PAINT THINGS’ is off the wall

Franklin Evans’s installation “paintthinks” in “PAINT THINGS” at the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park.

By Cate McQuaid

In “PAINT THINGS: beyond the stretcher” at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the paintings spill out of bounds into our space.

Movie Review

Sex, lies, and prescription drugs in ‘Side Effects’

Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum as a troubled married couple in Steven Soderbergh’s “Side Effects.”

By Ty Burr

Director Steven Soderbergh’s puzzle of a murder mystery is a challenge and a delight.

Matmos play mind games on new album

M.C. Schmidt (left) and Drew Daniel make up the electronic band Matmos.

By James Reed

“The Marriage of True Minds,” the forthcoming album from the electronic duo, could very well come with an owner’s manual.

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Art Review

The appeal of the Persianate

By Mark Feeney

Classical Notes

Gil Shaham and Akira Eguchi in Celebrity Series

By David Weininger

Noisy Neighbors

Edo G, ‘Intelligence and Ignorance’

By Martín Caballero

High Five

Cody ChesnuTT

By James Reed

Night Watch

Twerk Fest 2013 at Good Life

By Peter Cocchia

Book REview

‘Unknown Pleasures’ by Peter Hook

By Mark Shanahan

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Friday television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

By Matthew Gilbert

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Names

Bill and Tom

Music Review

Dohnanyi back with a well-crafted program at BSO

By David Weininger

Heart of ‘Glass’

By Jeffrey Gantz