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

October 10, 2018

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.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle are among eight recipients of Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medals honoring those who have made significant contributions to black history and culture. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 a.m.; will be updated after 4 p.m. presentations, photos, video planned.



Twelve pounds of lunar rocks are being auctioned off, and experts say it’s the biggest chunk of the moon that’s ever been put up for sale. Scientists say the lunar meteorite was found last year in the desert of northwestern Africa. SENT: 350 words, photos.


The Massachusetts State Police say they’re backing off efforts to destroy years of audit and payroll records. State police last month sent the secretary of state’s office a request to allow for the destruction of 12 boxes of records — including detail assignment and roster assignment payroll records — covering the years 2009-2012 for Troop F based at Logan Airport. It was the most recent of several requests to destroy years of older payroll records. By Steve LeBlanc SENT: 550 words.


What does it take to make a 17th century house livable today? Ask Barbara Kurze, who lives at the James Blake House, which the Boston Landmarks Commission says is the oldest house in Boston. The five-room, two-level house was built in 1661 by Blake, an English immigrant, in Dorchester, now a neighborhood of Boston. Kurze was offered the chance to become live-in caretaker of the property, owned by the Dorchester Historical Society. SENT: 600 words, photos.


America’s recycling industry is in the dumps. A crash in the global market for recyclables is forcing communities across the nation to make hard choices about whether they can afford to keep recycling or should simply send all those bottles, cans and plastic containers to the landfill. By Mary Esch. SENT: 880 words, photos.


— ELECTION 2018-MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR-FINANCING: Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez will receive about $542,000 in matching public funds for the remainder of his general election campaign.

— TRIPLE STABBING: A Massachusetts man authorities say used scissors to stab his parents and girlfriend is now facing a murder charge after the death of his father.

— FIEDLER-RED SOX BEANIE: Even the late conductor of the Boston Pops is celebrating the Boston Red Sox victory over the New York Yankees in the AL Division Series. SENT.

— AVIATOR-WARSHIP: A U.S. Navy destroyer named for a naval aviator from Massachusetts who crash-landed his plane during the Korean War to try to save a downed pilot has departed from shipbuilder Bath Iron Works. SENT.

— PEDESTRIAN DRAGGED: A driver who struck a pedestrian on the streets of Boston then dragged the victim at least two miles leaving her with severe injuries has pleaded guilty. SENT.

— GOLD HEIST: The FBI is offering a reward for information about a Florida man charged in the 2015 robbery of a tractor-trailer carrying almost $5 million in gold bars. SENT.

— SOFTBALL COACH-SOLICITING MINOR: Police in New Hampshire say they have arrested a Massachusetts high school softball coach for soliciting a minor for sex through social media. SENT.

— INTERSTATE SEX-MINOR: A man already on Massachusetts’ sex offender registry has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for traveling to Rhode Island to engage in sexual activity with what he thought was a 15-year-old boy. SENT.

— INFANT ASSAULT: A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to two years in jail for assaulting his 4-month-old son. SENT.

— WRONG WAY FATAL: Police have released the names of the two New Hampshire residents who died in a wrong-way crash on a Massachusetts highway earlier this week. SENT.

— DOUBLE SHOOTING: Police are investigating a double shooting in Massachusetts that left one man dead. SENT.

— SHRIMP SHUTDOWN: A regulatory board says New England’s shrimp population remains depleted years after the fishery for the species was shut down. SENT.



The Boston Red Sox are preparing for the AL Championship Series against the Houston Astros.


Last season hopes were high for the Celtics in the preseason with a new-look roster that included All-Star arrivals Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. Five minutes into the season opener everything changed with Hayward’s gruesome leg injury. It happened again late in the season with Irving was lost to knee surgery. With both back and healthy, Boston is embracing being called the presumptive favorites in the Eastern Conference. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 730 words, photos.



Clemson coach Dabo Swinney breathed a big sigh of relief when his Tigers remained unbeaten — barely — in a come-from-behind victory over Syracuse. The winning touchdown in a 27-23 triumph just over a week ago was scored with less than a minute to play — in Death Valley, no less, before more than 80,000 rabid fans. And it came against a team that has won just one Atlantic Coast Conference road game in three seasons under Dino Babers. This season is shaping up to be one of even greater parity in the ACC. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.


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