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Winds, tide, freezing temperatures mark first storm of 2014

Officials expected flooding in some areas, including Scituate, where the storm stirred up waves along Oceanside Drive.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Also, the threat of dangerous high tides prompted requests for voluntary evacuations in some areas.

Elmo Baldassari has been public works deputy commissioner since 2008.

Boston’s snow czar leaving post today

Elmo Baldassari leaves his post at 3 p.m., creating one of the most critical vacancies that incoming Mayor Martin Walsh will have to fill.

Lawrence’s mayor-elect, Daniel Rivera, is scheduled to be sworn in Saturday.

Veteran of Lawrence’s lean times to take over as mayor

Daniel Rivera said he aspires to build the kind of community that propelled him through high school and college.

One Fund Boston has now collected $73 million for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

One Fund receives $12m more in donations

One Fund Boston is considering ways to disburse the additional funds it’s raised.

In an amended federal lawsuit, Caesars says Stephen Crosby (above) urged competitor Steve Wynn to stay in the contentious application process.

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Caesars says gaming board chair interfered in screening

In an amended federal lawsuit, Caesars says Stephen Crosby urged competitor Steve Wynn to stay in the contentious application process.

Police, fire, and other personnel were at the scene on the Meridian Street bridge after a woman was killed on Tuesday.

Operator of bridge in deadly accident has safe record

Louis Alfieri Jr., a 34-year city employee, has consistently adhered to standard safety protocols, said an official.

The Nation

Americans more pessimistic

By Charles Babington and Jennifer Agiesta

Americans expressed little hope that elected officials can or will solve the nation’s biggest problems, a new poll finds.

Calif. bullet train in limbo after legal setbacks

By Juliet Williams

A judge has issued a set of rulings against the project, creating confusion about whether it will move forward.

Taking helm of NYPD, Bill Bratton promises reforms

William Bratton pledged to reform the department’s community relations.

By Colleen Long

The former Boston police commissioner pledged to keep the city safe while also reforming community relations.

The World

Al Qaeda militants swarm Iraqi cities

Iraqi forces battled insurgents for control of Fallujah and Ramadi, where smoke billowed from a police car Thursday.

By Yasir Ghazi and Tim Arango

Radical Sunnis threatened to seize control of Fallujah and Ramadi, two of the most important cities in Iraq.

South Sudan military says capital is rebels’ next target

By Elias Meseret and Rodney Muhumuza

The fighting underscored the challenge facing African mediators as they try to nudge two rivals toward the negotiating table.

52 passengers rescued from ice-bound Antarctica ship

A group of passengers who were aboard the ice-bound Russian vessel Akademik Shokalskiy were taken to a landing spot near an icebreaking ship on Thursday.

By Alan Cowell and Edward Wong

The twin-rotored helicopter, based on a Chinese icebreaker, flew several sorties across miles of packed ice.

Editorial & Opinion

JOANNA WEISS

‘Duck Dynasty’ meets shadow-puppet culture war

Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” made some ill-received comments in GQ.

By Joanna Weiss

Before you turn the channel in a fit of self-congratulatory disgust, it helps to know what you’re condemning.

SCOT LEHIGH

Advice to Martin Walsh: Spark a civic conversation

By Scot Lehigh

Freewheeling debate in Boston suffered under a thin-skinned, insecure, often peevish mayor.

CARLO ROTELLA

Lessons learned in a pool hall

By Carlo Rotella

If you pay attention, you can learn something of value from whatever and whoever you find in front of you.

Metro

Caesars says gaming board chair interfered in screening

In an amended federal lawsuit, Caesars says Stephen Crosby (above) urged competitor Steve Wynn to stay in the contentious application process.

By Milton J. Valencia

In an amended federal lawsuit, Caesars says Stephen Crosby urged competitor Steve Wynn to stay in the contentious application process.

Winds, tide, freezing temperatures mark first storm of 2014

Officials expected flooding in some areas, including Scituate, where the storm stirred up waves along Oceanside Drive.

By Travis Andersen and Jeremy C. Fox

Also, the threat of dangerous high tides prompted requests for voluntary evacuations in some areas.

Boston’s snow czar leaving post today

Elmo Baldassari has been public works deputy commissioner since 2008.

By Stephanie Ebbert

Elmo Baldassari leaves his post at 3 p.m., creating one of the most critical vacancies that incoming Mayor Martin Walsh will have to fill.

Business

Staples aims to change image with new slogan

The Framingham company is swapping its “That was Easy” tagline for “Make More Happen.”

By Taryn Luna

The Framingham retailer is swapping “That was Easy” tagline adopted a decade ago for “Make More Happen.”

Teens’ bow tie business blossoms

Akiva Jackson (top and left) and Jack Sivan (right) have set up their business making bow ties in Jackson’s bedroom in Newton.

By Katie Johnston

Jack Sivan and Akiva Jackson are going against the high-tech grain, tapping into a revival of the 19th-century formal wear.

FDA OK’d 27 drugs 2013

By Robert Weisman

Last year’s crop included two important drugs originating in Mass. to treat serious illnesses.

Obituaries

PROVIDENCE

Exeter, R.I., man dies week after crash on Pell Bridge

An Exeter, R.I., man has died a week after his pickup truck crossed the center line on the Pell Bridge, resulting in a head-on crash.

Homer Russell, 70; former BRA urban design director

Mr. Russell also served on a planning panel in Oklahoma City after the bombing in 1995.

By Bryan Marquard

Mr. Russell, a Midwestener who fell in love with his adopted city, also advised urban planners in Japan, Vietnam, and Oklahoma City.

Chuck DeVoe, 83; co-founder of Indiana Pacers

Mr. DeVoe and his partners were crucial to the team’s remaining in Indianapolis, one longtime employee said.

Sports

Bruins 3, Predators 2 | OT

Bruins deny Predators

Brad Marchand was pumped after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime.

By Amalie Benjamin

Brad Marchand scored the winner just 54 seconds into overtime as goalie Niklas Svedberg won his NHL debut.

Dan Shaughnessy

Will Jerry Remy be back? No easy answers here

Boston loves its sports announcers, but no local broadcaster has been more popular than Jerry Remy.

By Dan Shaughnessy

There’s still the awkward question regarding Remy’s future in the broadcast booth, and there are indications that there will be an announcement this month.

Under Scott O’Brien, Patriots special teams delivered

When special team coach Scott O’Brien (center) talks, players listen.

By Michael Whitmer

In nearly every statistical category, the Patriots had the edge over their opponents on special teams.

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patriots notebook

Patriots make no changes because of snow

By Shalise Manza Young

SPORTS MEDIA

Will Tim Tebow succeed as a TV analyst?

By Chad Finn

college hockey notebook

Northeastern men surprising doubters

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

bruins notebook

Goalie Niklas Svedberg solid in NHL debut

By Amalie Benjamin

on hockey

Bruins seeking clarity in goal and defense

By Fluto Shinzawa

NFL Playoffs: San Diego at Cincinnati | Sunday, 1:05 p.m.

Chargers-Bengals scouting report

By Jim McBride

NFL Playoffs: Kansas City at Indianapolis | Saturday, 4:30 p.m.

Chiefs-Colts scouting report

By Jim McBride

NFL Playoffs: San Francisco at Green Bay | 4:40 p.m. Sunday

49ers-Packers scouting report

By James McBride

NFL Playoffs: San Francisco at Green Bay | Sunday, 4:40 p.m.

Niners look to continue success against Packers

By Janie McCauley

NFL Playoffs: New Orleans at Philadelphia | Saturday, 8:10 p.m.

Saints eager to test defense against Eagles

NFL Playoffs: San Diego at Cincinnati | Sunday, 1:05 p.m.

Chargers lack playoff experience

NFL Playoffs: Kansas City at Indianapolis | Saturday, 4:30 p.m.

Chiefs relish second chance in rematch

Bulls 94, Celtics 82

Celtics lack late spark in falling to Bulls

By Gary Washburn

Celtics notebook

Rajon Rondo ‘pretty close’ to returning to Celtics

By Gary Washburn

NFL Playoffs: New Orleans at Philadelphia | Saturday, 8:10 p.m.

Saints-Eagles scouting report

By Jim McBride

G: Arts & Movies

TELEVISION REVIEW

The past echoes and the future calls in new ‘Downton’

Charles Edwards and Laura Carmichael.

By Sarah Rodman

Thanks to creator Sir Julian Fellowes’s deft juggling of darkness and light, “Downton Abbey” returns with themes of overcoming grief and dealing with change.

Cast, creator address big changes at the Abbey

The cast of “Downton Abbey.”

By Christopher Muther

“Downton Abbey” fans have had several months to mourn and this Sunday US viewers get a look at the new season of PBS’s “Masterpiece.”

Classical Notes

By now, Spano and ‘La Pasión’ are well acquainted

The 2001 US premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s “La Pasión según San Marcos” was led by Robert Spano, who returns with it to Symphony Hall.

By David Weininger

Robert Spano, a former BSO assistant conductor, returns to Boston next week for three performances of Osvaldo Golijov’s “La Pasión según San Marcos.”

More Stories

Book Review

‘The Empty Chair’ by Bruce Wagner

By Matthew Gilbert

Noisy Neighbors

Mutual Benefit, ‘Love’s Crushing Diamond’

By Steph Hiltz

events

Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

names

Donnie Wahlberg starts the year with a kiss

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

names

Kids at Floating Hospital get a jump on New Year’s

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

names

Gisele joins the Rainforest Alliance

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

names

Locals party with ‘Sleep No More’ in NYC

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

names

Boston Rob expecting

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

names

Around town

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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