Winter storm rages with floods, snow

With astronomically high tides coming near the peak of the storm, streets from Boston to the Cape were flooded with storm surges thought to be the highest in decades.

// Residents evacuated and roads blocked as flooding hits Mass. coast

The storm rendered main thoroughfares impassable, forced people from their homes, and compelled first responders to make daring rescues of motorists.

? Boston Public Schools will close for a second day on Friday.

? Winds are gusting 50 to 60 miles per hour in many areas.

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

? Overnight lows will fall into the single digits in some areas.

? Power outages are possible because of high winds.

// The Season Ticket podcast

NBA reporter Gary Washburn joins host Chris Gasper to break down the Celtics? surprisingly easy victory over the Cavs Wednesday.

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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Ben Volin | On Football

Why can?t the Patriots tell the truth about the Garoppolo trade?

The deal was made out of sheer loyalty to Tom Brady ? nothing else makes sense ? and that?s OK.


// Even if the Patriots aren?t that good, it won?t matter

The NFL playoff field ? in both conferences ? is the weakest it has been in a long time.

// The full list of the 103 Kmart, Sears stores closing around the US

More Kmart, Sears stores are closing around the country.

// Final ?Game of Thrones? season will air in 2019

The final season of ?Game of Thrones? will feature veterans of the show behind the scenes.


// Bush sisters: Things said about women in last presidential election ?would never be said about men?

Jenna and Barbara Bush have a new book called ?Sisters First.?

Sessions rescinds policy that allowed legal marijuana to flourish

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

Ground Game

// Trump and Bannon will eventually make up. They need each other too much

Their relationship fractured badly this week, but here?s why the fallout might not be permanent.

// 2 GOP lawmakers want Jeff Sessions to quit

Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio made their views known in an opinion column published Thursday.

talking points

// Why it?s hard for Mass. power plants to stop using oil

With natural gas in high demand for heating, oil has emerged as the leading source of electricity in New England.

// Critics worry as Trump voter probe goes to Homeland Security

President Trump spiked the election fraud commission late Wednesday, but at the same time transferred its mission to the US Department of Homeland Security.

// Trump demands that publisher stop release of critical book

The publisher of a new book about President Trump?s first year in office apparently isn?t cowed by demands to halt publication.

Opinion & Ideas

Opinion | Richard North Patterson

// What can go wrong for Democrats in 2018? Quite a lot

The real question is: What can go right for Trump?


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Special reports

// At ESPN, the problems for women run deep

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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// He wants to upend the nursing home industry ? and reinvent senior living

Dr. Bill Thomas is developing the Minka to create an assisted-living model completely on seniors? own turf and terms.