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BC-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA

March 19, 2019

Good evening. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts.

Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Boston bureau at 617-357-8100 or 800-882-1407.

New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. New England Photo Editor Bill Sikes is reachable at 617-357-8106 or bsikes@ap.org.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

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Florida prosecutors have offered a plea deal to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men charged with paying for illicit sex at a massage parlor. The Palm Beach State Attorney’s Office confirmed Tuesday it has offered Kraft and 24 other men charged with soliciting prostitution the standard diversion program offered to first-time offenders. The men must concede they would be found guilty, perform 100 hours community service, attend a class on the dangers of prostitution and pay $5,000 per count, spokesman Mike Edmondon said. Kraft was charged with two counts last month. SENT: 720 words, photos.


U.S. Sen. Edward Markey planned to donate campaign contributions he received from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who is charged with soliciting prostitution in Florida, to an organization that works to end human trafficking. Markey received $3,600 in donations from Kraft during the Massachusetts Democrat’s first campaign for the Senate in 2013, according to federal campaign finance data. SENT: 330 words, photos.


Colleges that discovered students may have won admission through alleged bribery say they could face expulsion. The University of Southern California said in a statement Monday it has placed holds on the accounts of those students, which prevents them from registering for classes or acquiring transcripts while their cases are under review. SENT: 820 words, photos.


Wells Fargo Securities has agreed to pay an $800,000 civil penalty to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit over Rhode Island’s failed $75 million deal with former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s video game company. Wells Fargo and the SEC announced the proposed settlement in filings Monday with the U.S. District Court in Providence. A federal judge must approve it. By Michelle R. Smith. SENT: 300 words, photos.


A colorful new exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts explores how blurring gender lines are redefining the fashion industry. The show was inspired, in part, by what’s happening right now in fashion, said Michelle Finamore, a fashion historian and curator. SENT: 5450 words, photos.


Bills touching on nearly every aspect of Connecticut gambling, from casinos to sports wagering, have cleared their first legislative hurdle. The Public Safety Committee approved a host of gambling-related bills Tuesday, noting the proposals remain unfinished and await negotiations underway by Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont. SENT: 600 words.


Advocates for better addiction treatment want New York state to invest millions of dollars in a program to put methadone, suboxone and other medications used to treat addiction in all county jails and state prisons. They say the drugs would give inmates the care they need and save money in the long run by reducing recidivism. Former addicts recount hellish stories about going through withdrawal in jail and say providing the drugs is the humane thing to do. By David Klepper. SENT: 800 words, photos.


_ FIRE-FIVE DEAD: Authorities have found evidence that accelerants were used to start a fire at a Massachusetts home in which a family of five was found dead in an apparent murder-suicide. SENT.

_ JEWISH CEMETERY-VANDALISM: Police are investigating anti-Semitic messages and Nazi imagery scrawled on dozens of gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts as a hate crime. SENT.

_ APARTMENT FIRE: Fire officials say seven people were taken to the hospital after a fire at a Massachusetts apartment building where firefighters had to rescue residents from upper-floor windows. SENT.

_ WAR MEMORIAL VANDALIZED: Massachusetts State Police say a World War II memorial was vandalized in Boston. SENT.

_ MAN KILLED BY OWN TRUCK: Massachusetts State Police say a Maine man struck and killed by his own pickup truck on a highway near Boston may have suffered some kind of medical emergency. SENT.

_ GIRLFRIEND KILLING: A Massachusetts man has been found guilty of raping and killing his girlfriend inside her apartment a decade ago. SENT.

_ CHILD LEFT ON BUS: A judge has denied a motion to dismiss a charge filed against a Massachusetts school bus driver who allegedly left a 5-year-old boy on the bus for hours. SENT.

_ EX-OFFICER SEXUAL ASSAULT: A former Massachusetts police officer convicted of raping a woman on duty has filed a second request for a new trial. SENT.



The Boston Bruins hope to have David Pastrnak back in the lineup for the first time in more than a month when they visit the New York Islanders. Boston is looking for its second straight win after a three-game skid. The first-place islanders have won five of seven. By Vin A. Cherwoo. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


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