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Massive storm builds by the hour

Drivers took the ban seriously. During what would normally be rush hour, very few cars were on the Massachusetts Turnpike before Allston tolls.

David L. Ryan / Globe Staff

As the heavy snow buries the region, about 400,000 have lost power in Massachusetts, and some towns have asked residents in coastal areas to evacuate.

A lone pedestrian made his way across Congress Street in Post Office Square at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Warnings heard, a hush falls over Boston during storm

As the icy bite of the nor’easter took hold, the revelers fled, leaving a vacant tundra of empty squares and abandoned thoroughfares.

Under lowering skies, boats were lined up at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s sailing pavilion on the Charles.

Two storms converged at ‘perfect’ spot

The “meteorological bomb” that is walloping New England is the product of two storms that merged.

Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant in South Boston was busy during the blizzard.

Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Boston bars warm up locals during storm

Bars and restaurants were packed Friday with revelers who treated the approaching storm like a grade school snow day.

The Nation

Amid storm, Calif. manhunt focuses on mountain

Members of the California Highway Patrol searched a truck for suspect Christopher Dorner on Friday in Big Bear Lake.

By Greg Risling and Tami Abdollah

Law enforcement officers searched a Southern California mountain for the former Los Angeles police officer accused of carrying out a killing spree.

Flu onslaught may be fading, US officials say

By Mike Stobbe

The number of states reporting intense or widespread flu dropped again last week, US health officials said Friday.

Senators seek deal on gun sale background checks

The four pursuing a compromise on expanding the requirement for checks are (from top left, clockwise) Democrats Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin and Republicans Mark Kirk and Tom Coburn.

By Alan Fram

A bipartisan quartet of senators are quietly trying to find a compromise on expanding the requirement for gun sale background checks.

The World

Violence erupts at Tunisian opposition leader’s funeral

A Tunisian woman walked past burning cars near the cemetery where opposition leader Chokri Belaid was buried.

By Bouazza Ben Bouazza and Greg Keller

The funeral of a slain Tunisian opposition leader was marred Friday by clashes between police and gangs of young men.

Egypt’s security police and protesters clash

Egyptian protesters threw stones as security police opened water canons on the presidential palace grounds in Cairo.

By Maggie Michael

Thousands marched in protest against the rule of President Mohammed Morsi and his fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood group.

Syrian rebels shut down key Damascus highway

Firefighters attempted to extinguish a fire at a factory after what activists said was shelling by regime forces at al-Haidariah area in Aleppo, Syria.

By Ben Hubbard

Rebels pushed forward in their battle with the Syrian Army in Damascus, clashing with regime soldiers in contested neighborhoods in the northeast.

Editorial & Opinion

John Walsh

Contested primary good for Democrats

Governor Deval Patrick celebrates after his 2006 election.

By John Walsh

The greatest strength the state Democratic Party has is the deep pool of talented candidates, and competition among them is good.

Paul Alexander

The feminine force

By Paul Alexander

Sylvia Plath’s was a singular, powerful female voice. Fifty years after her death, she continues to inspire women.

Eugene F. Rivers 3d

TenPoint: reorganize to re-engage

By Eugene F. Rivers 3d

The TenPoint Coalition has the opportunity to regain the vitality of its original vision and its relevance to the lives of black youths.

Metro

Amid the turmoil, Patrick is calming voice of caution

Governor Deval Patrick was at the Emergency Management Agency headquarters wearing his familiar fleece vest.

By Michael Levenson

He is the anti-Chris Christie. Governor Deval Patrick has made his mark with an even-keeled demeanor. His tone is serious, but not alarmist.

In Marblehead, marveling at the fury, majesty

Ken and Joan Sulbergeit of New York toasted to the storm with Joan’s sister Nancy Rooks (right). The Sulbergeits drove to Marblehead to enjoy the inclement weather.

By Joseph P. Kahn

Life goes on more or less as normal — or does it? — as winter unleashes its full fury in one North Shore seaside town.

Dorchester man ordered held without bail in death

Shirley Rowell, mother of Kelvin Rowell, wiped away tears. Her son fled a shooting, but had an asthma attack and died later.

By Brian Ballou

A 23-year-old was charged with first-degree murder in an unusual prosecution that links his alleged firing at several people to the death of a man who had an asthma attack.

Business

Project in works for South Boston warehouse cluster

By Casey Ross

The plan for an area along Summer Street would create a new office and residential complex that includes a small amount of new retail space.

Ski resorts hope for relief from lackluster season

Skiers waited for the lift at Loon Mountain, which was expecting 10 to 12 inches of snow Friday.

By Katie Johnston

After enduring a January of wildly fluctuating temperatures, skiers and ski resorts were eagerly anticipating this weekend’s blizzard.

Painting service gives collegians chance to run show

Derek Campbell went door-to-door in Arlington this week telling potential customers about the painting business he plans to start this summer.

By Alyssa Edes

Braintree-based Collegiate Entrepreneurs operates almost entirely with college students as managers of small painting ventures.

Obituaries

Ronald Goldner, Tufts professor worked on conserving energy; 77

Dr. Ronald Goldner worked on “smart” windows that could let varying amounts of light or heat into a building.

By Melissa M. Werthmann

Dr. Ronald Goldner worked on “smart” windows that could let varying amounts of light or heat into a building.

Gordon Mansfield, veteran became champion of disabled

Mr. Mansfield marked the Vietnam Veterans Memorial’s 25th anniversary while he was acting secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2007.

By Megan McDonough

Mr. Mansfield, 71, was twice shot in the spine during combat in Vietnam and became a leading advocate for disabled veterans.

Ruth Tankersley, 91, media scion; bred Arabian horses

Mrs. Tankersley, known as Bazy Miller at the time, with her first husband, M. Peter Miller Jr., in 1949. She ran the Washington Times-Herald when she was 28.

By Adam Bernstein

Mrs. Tankersley served a tumultuous 19 months as a newspaper publisher in Washington and for more than six decades was a celebrated horse breeder.

Sports

Without Rajon Rondo, Celtics sharing workload

The Celtics have spread out the offense; defensive wizard Avery Bradley went over Kobe Bryant Thursday.

By Baxter Holmes

Instead of giving the responsibility of steering the offense to one player, as the team did with Rondo, the Celtics have given it to several.

Bruins reflect on Tim Thomas’s time in Boston

The spectacular play of goalie Tuukka Rask has enabled the Bruins to easily move on this season without Tim Thomas (above).

By Fluto Shinzawa

The on-ice brilliance and off-ice quirks of the former Bruins goalie made him one of the most unique players in team history.

Struggles of last season out of Daniel Bard’s head

In the regular season, Daniel Bard was 4-6 with a dispiriting 5.30 ERA in 10 starts.

By Peter Abraham

It’s far too early to judge the Red Sox reliever, but he speaks like a man confident the clouds have parted.

G: Family

Shaking off the winter blues with a Vermont camping trip

The author sets up the tent in a clearing away from possible falling branches — or trees — in Mount Mansfield State Forest in Vermont.

By Catherine Buni

In dreary, cold January, one hardy couple finds something to break the torpor of mid-winter: An outdoor camping trip.

Opera Review

BLO’s Opera Annex premieres MacMillan’s ‘Clemency’

Neal Ferreira, David McFerrin, Samuel Levine, Christine Abraham, and David Kravitz in “Clemency.’’

By Jeremy Eichler

The progressive flank of the Boston Lyric Opera resumed its march on Wednesday night, as the company unveiled the fourth production in its Opera Annex series.

art review

‘Lethal Beauty’ at the Currier Museum

Domaru-type armor (left) and a pear-shaped gunpowder case are examples of the ornate samurai style.

By Mark Feeney

In “Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor,” 60-plus Japanese samurai objects display the enduring style.

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