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Lawrence, MA--9/17/2018-- A Columbia Gas worker worked on South Broadway in South Lawrence. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 18lawrence Reporter:

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Columbia Gas has a plan for speedy pipe replacement. Is it safe?

Experts said plans to dramatically speed up the replacement of 48 miles of pipes in the Merrimack Valley after last week’s disaster are unrealistic and potentially dangerous.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/17/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/GettyImages-490470408.jpg Here’s how communities around the world are trying to prevent shark attacks

As officials on Cape Cod grapple with how to prevent fatal attacks, researchers caution that nothing can fully protect swimmers from sharks.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/ryan_redsoxbanner3_met-20975.jpg Red Sox banner returned: In the end, Malden man gets nothing

The bizarre case of a Red Sox division title banner that went missing came to an end Wednesday when a Malden man who says he found it in Somerville brought it to Fenway Park.

Analysis

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/3def1014-c26f-4465-bc45-8673b28e8699.jpg Republicans taking grave risks in Kavanaugh case

Republicans are seemingly marginalizing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, a risky approach in an age of #MeToo and with midterm elections on the horizon.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/08/31/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/kreiter_greencard1_met.jpg Temporary visa holders divided over plan to shake up green card system

New legislation would remove limits on the share of green cards that can be allotted to workers each year from any one country, reviving an issue that has divided thousands of skilled foreign workers.

The Nation

Analysis

Republicans taking grave risks in Kavanaugh case

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 6, 2018. Interest groups are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising to target two undecided Republican senators who voice support for abortion rights: Susan Collins of Maine and. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times)

By Liz Goodwin and Jess Bidgood

Republicans are seemingly marginalizing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, a risky approach in an age of #MeToo and with midterm elections on the horizon.

Catholic bishops plan a complaint hot line for sex abuse

Religious mosaics in a Catholic church in Brooklyn.

By Laurie Goodstein

Responding to a deepening scandal over sexual misconduct in their own ranks, Catholic bishops in the United States say they plan to set up a hot line to field complaints.

Trump says he regrets not firing Comey sooner

Trump says he regrets not firing Comey sooner

The World

India bans instant divorce by Muslim men

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2018 file photo, an Indian Muslim woman holds a placard during a protest against a new draft law aimed at banning

By Ashok Sharma

India’s government on Wednesday approved an ordinance to implement a top court ruling striking down the Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce.

Najib Razak, Former Malaysian Prime Minister, to Face More Charges

By Austin Ramzy

HONG KONG — Najib Razak, the former prime minister of Malaysia, was arrested Wednesday and will be charged over hundreds of millions of dollars that were transferred to his personal account, the country’s anticorruption agency said.

EU and UK demand Brexit compromise over Irish border

By Lorne Cook

The European Union and Britain clashed Wednesday over the biggest obstacle to concluding Brexit talks, with both sides urging the other to compromise just weeks before they must seal a deal.

Editorial & Opinion

Editorial

Jay Gonzalez’s tax plan is too little and too Harvard

FILE-- The Johnston gate frames the entrance to Harvard Yard, part of the Harvard University campus, in Cambridge, Mass., April 30, 2018. The Justice Department argued that a court should deny Harvard University’s request to dismiss a lawsuit before trial brought by students claiming the school uses affirmative action policies that they claim discriminate against Asian-American applicants. (Hadley Green/The New York Times)

Gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez’s tax plan doesn’t cover the full cost of his spending plans, and is too narrowly focused on a single institution.

Editorial

Is $10 million enough compensation for Merrimack Valley disaster?

Residents waited in a block-long line outside a customer help center staffed by Columbia Gas in Lawrence on Monday.

Columbia Gas is making a sizeable donation to help people whose homes have been destroyed or lives disrupted. But it’s also fair to ask: Is that it?

Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

Trump and Chinese tariffs: How not to make a deal

In this Sept. 13, 2018, photo, a container ship sails past the city skyline of Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong province. The Trump administration announced Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, that it will impose tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese goods starting next week, escalating a trade war between the world's two biggest economies and potentially raising prices on goods ranging from handbags to bicycle tires. (Chinatopix via AP)

By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

Trump’s (mis)understanding of the most rudimentary rules of trade and foreign policy has him wielding a blunt cudgel where a sophisticated tool is needed.

Metro

Here’s how communities around the world are trying to prevent shark attacks

A shark net surrounded a swim area at Manly Cove in New South Wales, Australia.

By Michael Levenson

As officials on Cape Cod grapple with how to prevent fatal attacks, researchers caution that nothing can fully protect swimmers from sharks.

Columbia Gas has a plan for speedy pipe replacement. Is it safe?

Lawrence, MA--9/17/2018-- A Columbia Gas worker worked on South Broadway in South Lawrence. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 18lawrence Reporter:

By Matt Rocheleau and Milton Valencia

Columbia Gas wants to dramatically speed up the replacement of 48 miles of pipes in the Merrimack Valley after last week’s disaster. But experts said that plan is unrealistic and potentially dangerous.

A pedestrian was killed and the driver was attacked in apparent retaliation in Watertown

A pedestrian was killed when she was struck by a tow truck in Watertown on Wednesday.

By Danny McDonald and Emily Sweeney

A woman was fatally injured when she was struck by a tow truck, spurring a man believed to be her son to allegedly stab the driver five times. The driver was in critical condition Wednesday.

Business & Tech

Decision on Humana’s Mass. tax break delayed

By Jon Chesto

Health insurance giant Humana is going to have to wait for that state tax incentive.

Temporary visa holders divided over plan to shake up green card system

Hopkinton, MA., 08/31/18, Srikanth Paladugu with his daughter Lahari in his kitchen. He has been waiting years for a green card to come through. His application was approved several years ago but because of an immigration backlog for Indian nationals he has been unable to get permanent residency. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

By Andy Rosen

New legislation would remove limits on the share of green cards that can be allotted to workers each year from any one country, reviving an issue that has divided thousands of skilled foreign workers.

New developer signs on to Andrew Square housing project

A rendering of the planned Andrew Square project along Dorchester Avenue in Andrew Square.

By Tim Logan

Samuels & Associates’ participation could help move forward stalled plans to build 656 apartments and condos.

Obituaries

obituary

Arthur Mitchell, who blazed a stunning trail across the dance world, dies at 84

FILE — Arthur Mitchell, the founder of the Dance Theater of Harlem, holds a photo of himself dancing with Diana Adams, in New York, May 11, 2015. Mitchell, the first black ballet dancer to find international stardom, was one of the most popular dancers with the New York City Ballet before going on to found the nation’s first major black classical company. He died in Manhattan on Sept 19, 2018, at age 84. (Sam Hodgson/The New York Times)

By Sarah Halzack

Arthur Mitchell was the first African-American ballet dancer to find international stardom before cofounding the influential Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Sports

Frank Dell’Apa | Soccer notebook

The Revolution can’t win on the road, and it could keep them out of the playoffs

Foxborough, Ma---August 11,, 2018-Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff--- Teal Bunbury of the New England Revolution playing in a 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Union at Gillette Stadium.

By Frank Dell’Apa

Unless the Revolution can earn at least 4 points in their final three road games, they will have difficulty advancing to the playoffs.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

Josh Gordon landed a new number, a prime locker spot, and got down to work with the Patriots

09/20/2018 Foxboro Ma - New England Patriots player #10 Josh Gordon (cq) during drill at Practice.. Globe Staff Reporter:Topic:

By Jim McBride

The new receiver didn’t appear limited in drills despite reports of a hamstring injury.

YANKEES 10, RED SOX 1

David Price cannot shake his problems with the Yankees

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price reacts as New York Yankees' Luke Voit (45) runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

By Peter Abraham

The lefthander dropped to 0-6 in six career starts in New York since joining Boston as the Red Sox again failed to clinch the AL East.