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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:

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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.

// 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.

// 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.


// 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.

// 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.