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Cell service is itself a public health issue, though not just in the way tower opponents claim it is. If police or firefighters cannot make or receive emergency cellphone calls from huge swaths of a town in the 21st century, that is a public health problem. If residents who live in those coverage gaps lose power and are cut off from the outside world, as they were in the recent nor'easter, that is a public safety issue.

For hundreds of years, Moscow surrounded itself with satellite countries run by obsequious rulers. From the Soviet days, think of Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and East Germany. Now, in a tale of changing places, Russia is emerging as an economic satellite of China.

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A massive fire has destroyed five homes and damaged three others in a beachfront neighborhood in Scituate. The fire broke out Friday night near Minot Beach. No injuries have been reported. The fire chief told nbcboston.com that the American Red Cross of Massachusetts is helping about a half dozen people who were displaced. The Scituate Police Department said Friday night that residents should expect potential power outages and issues with water pressure and discoloration. Crews are expected to remain on the scene on Saturday to extinguish any hotspots. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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Officials say five freight train cars have derailed in Massachusetts. But no hazardous materials were being hauled, and there were no reports of injuries. Authorities say the freight cars toppled over at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday. They were carrying sealed containers of trash and recycling material. The fire department called railway operator CSX and the utility National Grid to the scene, and officials took precautions to protect a nearby waterway. The train was not moving at the time of the derailment. CSX said there were no effects on the environment, and the cause remains under investigation. CSX said the cars derailed on a line jointly owned with Norfolk Southern.

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Officials say a department-issued rifle has been stolen from a marked Massachusetts State Police cruiser. An agency spokesperson said Thursday it appears that someone forced their way into the vehicle overnight and took the rifle from its secured mount. The vehicle was locked and parked in the garage of a residential complex in Malden, just north of Boston. The spokesperson says there is no indication the weapon has been used since it was reported stolen. It is standard department procedure for troopers who are assigned patrol rifles to secure them in their cruisers while off duty.

This week, Cat Wei, Parvati Ramchandani and Mario Giannone are writing in Edith Wharton’s innermost rooms. They have come to The Mount on a raw almost-spring day as writers in residence — three of the nine who will come in March, as part of the 2023 Edith Wharton-Straw Dog Writers-in-Residence program.

How well do we know, really know, our dearest beloved — wife, husband, lover, child? What happens when trust is eroded? How do we repair the damage? Those questions go to the heart of playwright Kate Snodgrass’ edgy, sly comedy, “The Art of Burning” which is being given a cannily staged, persuasively acted production at Hartford Stage.


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