SNOW SLIDER2 SCITUATE, MA- JANUARY 04, 2018: Della Sheooerd takes her daily walk on Turner Road during the storm in Scituate, MA on January 04, 2018. Massachusetts is bracing for a fast and furious norÕeaster that is expected to lash the state Thursday with high winds, dump more than a foot of snow on some areas, and cause flooding in coastal communities, before sweeping out of the area late in the day. The National Weather Service said the storm would pack the bulk of its precipitation into a relatively narrow time window Ñ approximately from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some communities could get 18 inches of snow or more before the system fades. (CRAIG F. WALKER/GLOBE STAFF) section: metro reporter:

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SNOW SLIDER2 SCITUATE, MA- JANUARY 04, 2018: A fisherman bails water from a flooded boat in Scituate Harbor during during the storm in Scituate, MA on January 04, 2018. Massachusetts is bracing for a fast and furious norÕeaster that is expected to lash the state Thursday with high winds, dump more than a foot of snow on some areas, and cause flooding in coastal communities, before sweeping out of the area late in the day. The National Weather Service said the storm would pack the bulk of its precipitation into a relatively narrow time window Ñ approximately from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some communities could get 18 inches of snow or more before the system fades. (CRAIG F. WALKER/GLOBE STAFF) section: metro reporter:

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SNOW SLIDER1 01/04/2018 Scituate Ma-. A small skiff is repositioned in Scituate Harbor, as rain fall. High wind and snow are expected from a Winter storm.Jonathan Wiggs /Globe Staff Reporter:Topic.

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Boston, Massachusetts - 1/4/2018 - Cecily Mehlman walks her golden retriever Jabu through snow along Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts, January 4, 2018. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

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SNOW SLIDER1 BOSTON, MA-1/04/2018: Getting that morning run in along the beach in South Boston as snow comes in for a blizzard. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 05stormphotos

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SNOW SLIDER1 Boston, Massachusetts - 1/4/2018 - A woman walks through the snow as it falls in Boston, Massachusetts, January 4, 2018. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

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SNOW SLIDER1 January 4, 2018n Boston MA - Worker clears snow on State Street as storm begins Thursday morning (Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff )

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Storm slams Mass., bringing hurricane-strength winds

Thursday is a good day to stay home, curl up under a blanket, and hope the power doesn?t go out.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/01/04/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/wiggs_Storm_04.jpg Epstein: Wind, snow, rain and flooding. It?s all here

Here?s a look at the key factors contributing to this storm and a gauge of how serious an event it could turn out to be.

? 10 to 14 inches of snow are forecast in Boston and areas west and north.

? Snowfall will be heaviest from around 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

? MBTA subway trains are on a normal schedule, with commuter rail trains on reduced service. Buses are running snow routes.

? Boston's snow emergency took effect at 7 a.m.

? Power outages are possible because of high winds.

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The move will leave it to US attorneys where pot is legal to decide whether to aggressively enforce federal marijuana law.

Brandon Flowers (left) and Mark Stoermer of the Killers

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The Killers, Eminem, Jack White headline May?s edition of Boston Calling

The largest lineup yet also includes Natalie Portman, Jenny Slate, and ?Pod Save America.?

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The win by David Yancey leaves Republicans clinging to a slim 51-49 majority over Democrats in the House.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/07/13/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/463de47d62b04f34a720037106114f7e-463de47d62b04f34a720037106114f7e-0.jpg Head of St. Paul?s School to step down

Michael G. Hirschfeld, the rector of the school which has been rocked by revelations of sexual abuse, announced Thursday that he is stepping down.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/01/04/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/4775bf98-05ff-4c47-b936-d1ea239b7fa4.jpg Late-night TV hosts zing Trump-Bannon feud

Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and Trevor Noah had plenty of material on Wednesday.

??The president is a great man,?? saidSteve Bannon, in response to a caller?s question about the extraordinary rift that developed Wednesday between the two men. ??You know I support him day in and day out.??

Bannon calls Trump ?a great man,? hours after president said he?d ?lost his mind?

Stephen Bannon, calling Trump a ?great man,? says he still supports him in first comments after eruption

Names

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/01/04/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/HopeCorey.jpg Book claims Trump made crude remark about Hope Hicks

The president allegedly said Hicks was ?the best piece of tail? Corey Lewandowski would ever have.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/01/04/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/p4_image_3.jpg Education publishing firm Cengage will move into new Pier 4 building

It looks like another big-name company is moving to the Seaport.

Love Letters

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/01/02/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/Meredith_Goldstein_NewLogo-3252.jpg I ducked his kiss on our first date, and now he?s not returning my texts

He said it was a great first date, but won?t respond about a second one. Was it my aversion to smooching?

Boston, MA 1-3-18: The Cavaliers Isaiah Thomas (left) is pictured as he shares a moment with former Celtics teammates Jaylen Brown (center) and Marcus Smart (right) on the court following the game. The Cleveland Cavaliers visited the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA basketball game at TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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Adam Himmelsbach

Isaiah Thomas discusses text message he received from Danny Ainge

In a thaw in the relationship, Thomas said Ainge watched his season debut Tuesday and was happy he was back playing.

NAMES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/01/04/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/901014628.jpg Kyrie Irving gave his jersey to Aly Raisman after Celtics win

One of Boston?s most celebrated Olympians was on hand to watch the Celtics beat the Cavaliers on Wednesday night. And afterward, she got an unexpected souvenir.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/29/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/earth-nasa-horiz-12326.jpg A 9.4-ton space station is going to crash soon. ?It most probably will not harm anyone.?

The Chinese station, Tiangong 1, is predicted to make that return trip in mid-March, give or take a few weeks.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/01/04/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/1007a66c4d03490ea0d6a62ab5ad7394-1007a66c4d03490ea0d6a62ab5ad7394-6429.jpg Snatched by hungry eagle, little dog lives to bark the tale

Zoey the 8-pound bichon frise was carried away by the bird and was found cold and injured a full four miles away.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/01/04/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/AFP_U96MN.jpg Airbnb bans renter who threw raucous New Year?s party

Investigators say the man rented a $40 room, advertised the party, and charged $5 for entry. The homeowner locked himself in his bedroom and called police.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/WebGraphics/Sports/BostonGlobe.com/2016/01/20moresports/seasonticket_90.jpg The Season Ticket podcast

Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy joins host Chris Gasper to talk about Isaiah Thomas? place in Celtics history.

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The unforgiving culture at the sports media behemoth has led some women to feel pressured to hide pregnancies or take short maternity leaves. One anchor even did her scheduled broadcast while she was having a miscarriage.

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