• Volunteers clean a sidewalk as part of the Retake Rome gathering in Rome, Sunday, April 10, 2016. Tired of waiting years for the city to replace diseased trees and do other work, Romans are starting to take back their city. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Scandal-plagued, Rome is becoming a ‘do it yourself’ city

    ROME (AP) — Armed with shovels and sacks of cold asphalt, Rome’s residents fill potholes. Defying rats, they yank weeds and bag trash along the Tiber’s banks and in urban parks. Tired of waiting years for the city to replace diseased trees, neighbors dig into their own pockets to pay for new ones for their block.