Snow parking in Southie

Reporter Billy Baker interviews his father about the informal rules of snow parking in South Boston.

Such bitter cold after snowstorm is rare, meteorologists say

“This is as cold as I’ve ever seen it after a snowfall,” one local meteorologist said. “Why it’s this cold? We have no idea.”

// Walsh gets snow-removal tutorial

Accompanied the city’s acting snow czar, Mayor-elect Martin Walsh stopped by a loading zone for salt and plow trucks.

// Frigid cold a ‘mixed blessing’

Governor Patrick said that while cold temperatures kept snow light and powdery, they also could be hazardous. Boston is expected to reach zero degrees tonight.

Federal agency OK’s Mashpee Wampanoag casino compact

The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the deal between the tribe and the state, advancing plans for the casino in Taunton.


A highly selective list of what you’ll want to know as the year unfolds, and why.

Photo gallery

// Globe photos of the week

An ice sculptor put the finishing touches on a piece, local dancers entertained First Night revelers, and more of the week’s best images.

Globe hires former Hill Holliday CEO as consultant

Mike Sheehan will work to help improve advertising sales, starting next week.



// Advice to Martin Walsh: Spark a civic conversation

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


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Movie REview

Zhao Tao  (left) and Jiang Wu in the violent Chinese film “A Touch of Sin.”

‘A Touch of Sin’ bubbles with tension, carnage

The blood-spattered film from China’s Jia Zhangke is a disturbed and disturbing vision of a culture rapaciously feeding on itself.