INFRASTRUCTURE

In the outskirts of San Juan, far from the gleaming towers downtown, there’s a makeshift car wash on the side of the road. Young men spray down a beaming black Acura — a starkly clean machine in a neighborhood struggling to return to normality a year after Hurricane Maria.

This car wash didn’t exist before the storm. It’s one of many realities people on the island describe as “before Maria” or “after Maria.”

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Candido Reyes and Luz María Muñiz found love late in life — she in her 50s, he in his 60s — but at least they had found what some people never find. He told her he loved her more than God, and he believed it to the point that he apologized for it in his prayers.

Vigils will be held Thursday in Hartford and Bridgeport to mark one year since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico.

Several attorneys have filed a class action lawsuit against Columbia Gas on behalf of people displaced by last week’s explosions in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.

The attorneys say the company was negligent in not properly maintaining its century-old cast iron pipes.

They also blame government agencies for improper oversight.

Environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said his firm will conduct its own investigation into what caused the blasts.

Utility company Columbia Gas says it will replace 48 miles of gas pipeline in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

The company says the effort — speeding up a modernization program that was already underway — is the best way to make sure the system is safe before gas is turned back on.

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