AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA
Good evening. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts.
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BULLIED MUSLIM GIRL
Cards and letters expressing solidarity with a 10-year-old Muslim schoolgirl in Massachusetts who was called a terrorist and targeted with a death threat are pouring in from across the U.S. UPCOMING: 300 words.
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A canary in a coal mine? How about a flounder in a harbor? Offering a rare bit of good environmental news, scientists have documented a dramatic rebound in flounder health they say shows how once horribly polluted Boston Harbor has cleaned up its act. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 370 words, photos.
WHITEY BULGER LETTERS
Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger had hoped for a ‘peaceful death’ in prison, according to newly disclosed letters. The Boston Globe reports that Bulger described in several letters to a friend his declining health and his hope to be “one of those he Died in his Sleep kind.” SENT: 350 words.
ELECTION 2020-WARREN-FOREIGN POLICY
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is set to announce her opposition to a revamped North American trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, arguing that it doesn’t do enough to stop the “serious and ongoing harm NAFTA causes for American workers.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING; 300 words.
The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts has sent letters to a number of doctors and medical professionals in the state warning them that their prescribing practices have raised red flags in the state’s effort to combat opioid addiction. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.
A defrocked Roman Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing an altar boy in Massachusetts has been convicted of abusing another boy in Maine in the 1980s. A jury convicted 76-year-old Ronald Paquin Thursday on 11 of 24 counts against him. SENT: 500 words, photos.
Trade hostility from across the ocean was supposed to take a snip out of the U.S. lobster business, but the industry is getting a lifeline from its northern neighbor. Heavy demand from Canada is buoying American lobster as both countries head into the busy holiday export season, according to federal statistics and members of the industry. It’s a positive sign for U.S. seafood dealers and fishermen, even as the industry struggles with Chinese tariffs. SENT: 590 words, photos.
— HOSPITAL MERGER: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has cleared the way for two major hospital systems to merge after Beth Israel and Lahey Health agreed to a seven-year cap on price increases. SENT.
— BOSTON-CITGO SIGN: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, the Venezuelan oil company, Boston University and developer Related Beal released a joint statement Thursday saying a deal has been reached to keep the city’s famed Citgo sign at its current location “for years to come.” SENT
— DEMOCRATS-CLARK: U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark has won a key leadership post as Democrats prepare to take control of the House in January. SENT.
— SMOKING SUITCASE: The Transportation Security Administration says smoke pouring from a suitcase caused a temporary disruption at Boston’s Logan International Airport over the holiday weekend. SENT.
— OBIT-DENNIS KRAUSNICK: Dennis Krausnick, a founding member of Massachusetts-based theater company Shakespeare & Co. who in the organization’s 40 years served as an actor, director, writer and teacher, has died. SENT.
— POLICE PURSUIT-CARJACKING: Massachusetts police are looking for a suspect they say fled a traffic stop, led police on a pursuit, crashed, then carjacked another vehicle. SENT.
— WOMAN STRANGLED: The trial of a man charged with strangling a Massachusetts teacher’s aide has been scheduled. SENT.
— LOVER SLAIN: Prosecutors say a man shot and killed another man in Massachusetts because he wanted to keep their romantic relationship a secret. SENT.
— STABBING DEATH: A judge has ruled a Massachusetts woman will remain jailed without bail in connection to the stabbing death of her girlfriend. SENT.
— POLICE STANDOFF: Police in Massachusetts say a suspect is in custody following a police standoff against a man barricaded inside a home. SENT.
The Patriots (8-3) have been dominant in December under Bill Belichick, going 64-13 during his tenure. Three of their final five games are at home, beginning with a matchup with Minnesota (6-4-1). The Vikings, winners of two out of their last three, are the first of just two playoff-positioned teams remaining on New England’s schedule. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. For Weekend Use.
The Boston Bruins play host to the New York Islanders. Game starts at 7 p.m.
Willie Naulls, the former UCLA star who was a four-time All-Star with the New York Knicks and won three NBA championships with the Boston Celtics, has died. He was 84. SENT: 450 words.
Sacred Heart at Boston College, 7 p.m.
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