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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 1:30 pm, MA

August 29, 2018

Good afternoon. 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

MASSACHUSETTS PRIMARY-HOUSE

Ayanna Pressley is attempting one of toughest political feats in Massachusetts — persuading Democratic voters to reject a long-time incumbent during a primary. Making the task even more difficult? Pressley has acknowledged she’d likely vote much the same way as incumbent U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 800 words, photos.

REIMAGINING HISTORY

A Massachusetts living history museum that depicts life in the early 19th century is looking to overhaul the way it presents the past in an effort to stay relevant to a 21st century audience. Old Sturbridge Village has received a $75,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities it will use to partner with scholars and other consultants for a multiyear study into how it portrays four areas: agriculture and food, civics, industry and economy, and race and gender. By Mark Pratt. SENT: 550 words, photos.

HOT WEATHER

The dangerously high heat in the Northeastern United States has prompted emergency measures including extra breaks for players wilting at the U.S. Open tennis tournament. In several states, children are being released from school early on Wednesday, and the elderly without air conditioning are urged to go to cooling centers. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated.

SHARK ATTACK VICTIM

The man bitten by a shark off Cape Cod this month said on Tuesday that he escaped by punching the powerful predator in the gills after it clamped down on his leg. In his first interview since the Aug. 15 attack , William Lytton said he’d been swimming in about “8 to 10 feet” (2.4 to 3 meters) of water just a few yards from shore when he felt an incredible pain shoot through his left leg and quickly realized he was being attacked by a shark. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 770 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— BOSTON HARBOR WHALES: People taking whale watch cruises out of Boston usually have to travel miles out to sea to spot whales. But several humpback whales have been spotted in the harbor in the last few days, providing thrills just a quarter mile from downtown Boston. SENT: 130 words.

— POLICE OFFICERS SHOT: A man accused of shooting two Falmouth police officers will be held without bail for another 120 days, under an agreement between the prosecution and defense. SENT: 130 words.

— BOXER-GIRLFRIEND ASSAULT: A former professional boxer from Massachusetts has been sentenced to six years in prison for an assault that left his girlfriend unconscious. SENT: 130 words.

— HIGH-SPEED FATAL CRASH: Prosecutors say a Massachusetts man was speeding and drunk when he crashed his pickup truck last month in Huntington, resulting in the death of his passenger. SENT: 130 words.

— LOTTERY WINNINGS STABBING: A Boston man suspected of killing a 77-year-old man who had just collected a lottery prize has been held without bail. SENT: 130 words.

— STOLEN GIFT CARDS: A Massachusetts woman who stole gift cards donated by a furniture store to a homeless shelter has pleaded guilty. SENT: 130 words.

— FATAL HEAD-ON CRASH: Authorities in New Hampshire say a head-on crash has killed a Massachusetts woman and injured five others. SENT: 130 words.

EXTRA:

Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the link below.

— Why synthetic marijuana is so risky. By C. Michael White, University of Connecticut. http://theconversation.com/why-synthetic-marijuana-is-so-risky-102224

SPORTS:

MARLINS-RED SOX

The Florida Marlins visit the Boston Red Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:30 p.m.

ACC TV NETWORK

The Atlantic Coast Conference is a year away from the launch of its own TV channel in partnership with ESPN. The league needs the ACC Network to provide a reliable revenue boost after falling behind its power-conference peers in recent years. Commissioner John Swofford says the ACC is reviewing options for the men’s basketball and football schedules to set up attractive matchups that could help get the channel off to a good start in 2019-20. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 1,000 words and photos.

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