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BC-RI--Rhode Island News Digest 1:30 pm, RI

February 22, 2019

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Rhode Island.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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TOP STORIES:

PATRIOTS OWNER-PROSTITUTION CHARGE

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being charged with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution after police said Friday he was twice videotaped paying for and receiving sex at an illicit massage parlor. Jupiter police told reporters Friday that the 77-year-old Kraft hasn’t been arrested. A warrant will be issued and his attorneys will be notified. SENT: 200 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

WHITEY BULGER LETTERS-AUCTION

Locked up for life after 16 years on the run, murderous Boston gang boss James “Whitey” Bulger couldn’t stand how much the world around him had changed. Prison was nothing like his days at Alcatraz, with its “great view” and clear-cut rules, Bulger said. And the former Irish Catholic stronghold of South Boston he once terrorized was now filled with “rich college kids living in expensive condos.” By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 750 words, photos.

OBIT-WWII KISSING SAILOR PHOTO

A funeral is held in Rhode Island for the sailor photographed kissing a woman in Times Square at the end of World War II. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Story, photos expected by 1 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-ELIZABETH WARREN

New Hampshire’s Democratic Party says Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be the keynote speaker at an annual dinner on Feb. 22 in Manchester. UPCOMING: Story to move by 2 p.m., with updates, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ SEX OFFENDER PROTESTS: The Providence Public Safety Department says it spent more than $100,000 for police details at the home of a registered sex offender. SENT.

_ PESNION BOARD-FELON APPOINTED: A Rhode Island town council has appointed a member to its pension committee who has a felony record, which may be in conflict with the town charter. SENT.

BOSTON OFFICER WOUNDED: Police say a Boston police officer has been wounded during an exchange of fire with a motorist during a traffic stop in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood. SENT.

_ WWII ARIMAN-REMAINS IDENTIFIED: The remains of an airman from Massachusetts whose plane crashed during a bombing run in World War II have been identified. SENT.

_ TEEN BANK ROBBERY SUSPECTS: Police in Fall River, Massachusetts have charged teenage girls ages 14 and 15 with robbing a bank. SENT.

_ MAYFLOWER MAKEOVER: The restoration process for the Mayflower II at a Connecticut shipyard is going according to schedule. SENT.

_ POLICE COMMISSIONER RETIRES: The police commissioner in Massachusetts’ third-largest city is retiring amid misconduct scandals and a federal civil rights investigation into his department. SENT.

_ PLANE INTO BUILDING: The National Transportation Safety Board says a plane crashed into an apartment building in Massachusetts, killing a former mayor, had fuel tank issues months before the fatal crash. SENT.

_ CHILD RAPE: A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to up to eight years in state prison for child rape. SENT.

_ ABLOW-MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: Two more patients of Dr. Keith Ablow have filed lawsuits against the renowned Massachusetts psychiatrist alleging he pressured them into sexual relationships. SENT.

_ BOSTON OFFICER WOUNDED: Police say a Boston police officer has been wounded during an exchange of fire with a motorist during a traffic stop in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood. SENT.

SPORTS:

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Harvard at Brown, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

Davidson at Rhode Island, 9 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

MOUNT SAINT CHARLES-NEW COACH

One of the most accomplished high school hockey programs in the nation has its first new head coach in 44 years. SENT.

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