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Kevin Cullen

A festering wound

It was still dark, just after 5 a.m., one recent morning when Darby O’Brien left his South Hadley home and climbed into his Volvo station wagon. He was halfway to the 7-Eleven to pick up some newspapers when he glanced in the rear view mirror and noticed that there was a big hole where his back windshield used to be.

“It was unnerving,” O’Brien said.

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