BC-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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ELECTION 2020-WARREN -MILL TOWN
Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “big announcement” about her 2020 plans will be made in a blue-collar, heavily immigrant former mill town that reflects the economic themes she’s been hitting. By Philip Marcelo. UPCOMING: 800 words by 6 a.m., photos.
“This Is Us” actor Milo Ventimiglia is being honored as Man of the Year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals. UPCOMING: 130 words by 6 a.m.; will be updated from presentation that starts at 8 p.m., photos.
RIGHT WHALE PROTECTION
Interstate fishing managers are starting the process of trying to reduce the amount of lobster fishing gear off the East Coast in an attempt to save a declining species of rare whale. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission announced on Wednesday that it will consider options designed to reduce vertical lobster fishing lines in the water by as much as 40 percent. The lines pose a threat to the North Atlantic right whale. SENT: 360 words, photos.
CONGRESS-GREEN NEW DEAL
Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York are calling for a Green New Deal intended to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy. The freshman lawmaker and veteran Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts are teaming up on the plan, which aims to eliminate the U.S. carbon footprint by 2030. SENT: 510 words.
SHOT IN A PILL
Scientists figured out how to hide a shot inside a pea-sized pill _ creating a swallowable gadget, inspired by a tortoise shell, that can inject medicines like insulin from inside the stomach. Patients usually prefer oral treatment, and comply with it better, but many compounds, including insulin for diabetes, can’t survive the harsh trip through the digestive system. The new invention, reported Thursday by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology-led research team, has been tested only in animals so far. SENT: 650 words, photos.
SPORTS BETTING-RHODE ISLAND
A bill to allow mobile wagering for sports betting in Rhode Island cleared its first legislative hurdle and is headed for a floor vote. A state Senate committee unanimously approved it Wednesday night. A vote on the Senate floor could happen as soon as Tuesday, Senate spokesman Greg Pare said Thursday. SENT: 330 words.
_ WIFE’S DEATH-HOSPITAL: A man whose wife died days after collapsing outside a locked hospital emergency room hopes Massachusetts lawmakers will act to prevent such tragedies in the future. SENT.
_ FAKE SCHOOL THREAT: Federal prosecutors have charged a Brazilian man living in the U.S. illegally with sending a letter to immigration authorities warning of an armed attack on a Boston school. SENT.
_ OPIOID EPIDEMIC-ART: An artist has moved his giant sculpture of a burnt spoon to a Rhode Island drugmaker’s office to protest the opioid crisis. SENT.
_ FATAL SHOOTING-SPRINGFIELD: A man has died in a shooting in Springfield, Massachusetts late Wednesday night. SENT.
_ GROUP HOME ABUSE: Two former employees at a Massachusetts group home have been charged with hitting and abusing a mentally disabled, non-verbal adult. SENT.
_ PRISON WARDEN RETIRING: The warden at a federal prison in West Virginia where Boston gangster Whitey Bulger was killed says he’s retiring at the end of next month. SENT.
_ LATE NIGHT KILLING: Authorities are investigating a late night fatal shooting in Lynn. Police responded to reports of a shooting on Elm Street at about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday. SENT.
_ LANDSCAPING TOOL THEFT: A Massachusetts man has pleaded not guilty to charges he broke into a landscaping trailer and stole thousands of dollars’ worth of landscaping tools. SENT.
_ MARIJUANA DEAL SHOOTING: A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for shooting another man during a drug deal. SENT.
_ HERRING FISHING: Interstate fishing managers are proposing options to try to better protect the Gulf of Maine’s population of herring, which is a valuable fish that has declined in recent years. SENT.
Two of the teams with an interest in adding Anthony Davis meet when the Lakers visit the Celtics. Boston has won five straight. Since the return of LeBron James from a groin injury Los Angeles has lost two out of its last three, including a career-worst 42-point loss at Indiana. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words. Tip-off at 8 p.m.
RED SOX-SPRING PREVIEW
The goal is the same for the Boston Red Sox in 2019: finish the season flopping around on the pitcher’s mound, celebrating another World Series title. All that’s left is for them to figure out who’s at the bottom of the pile. The defending champions head to spring training without a closer after allowing Craig Kimbrel to test the free agent market. The right-hander who saved 48 games in the 2018 regular season and postseason declined a $17.9 million qualifying offer and is still unsigned, but the Boston brass says the budget won’t allow them to spend big money on a closer, even one who is a seven-time All-Star. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 600 words.
After a close shave at the Super Bowl, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got another close shave, this time for charity. The six-time Super Bowl champion got his playoff stubble shaved off Thursday at Gillette headquarters in Boston. SENT: 130 words, photos.
Rob Gronkowski, the New England Patriots’ star tight end, says he got hit in the face by a can of beer thrown during Tuesday’s Super Bowl victory parade in Boston. SENT: 130 words.
William & Mary at Northeastern, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.
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