BC-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 1:30 pm, MA
Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts.
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TODAY’S TOP STORIES:
ELECTION 2020-DEVAL PATRICK
Former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, citing the “cruelty of our elections process,” and the effect it would have on his loved ones, has announced that he will not run for president. Patrick, in a statement Thursday, said “After a lot of conversation, reflection and prayer, I’ve decided that a 2020 campaign for president is not for me.” SENT: 340 words, photos.
The U.S. Surgeon General will speak at a national summit in Boston focused on police efforts to address the opioid epidemic. The two-day gathering starts Thursday at Harvard Medical School. By Philip Marcelo. UPCOMING: Story on merits, photo planned.
Harvard University is honoring Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai for her work promoting girls’ education. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates on merits after 3:30 p.m. event, photo planned.
Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi lashed out at the federal Bureau of Prisons during his first interview since being granted compassionate release in 2016 after serving five years of an eight-year sentence on federal corruption charges, including extortion. DiMasi called the bureau “a rogue agency” during an interview Wednesday on WGBH. He said the agency doesn’t provide needed health care to those under its supervision. SENT: 450 words moved late in previous cycle.
_ PHARMACEUTICAL KICKBACKS-SETTLEMENT: A pharmaceutical company has agreed to pay $360 million to resolve allegations that it used a charitable foundation to pay kickbacks to Medicare patients. SENT.
_ SAUDI ARABIA-COLLEGES: An MIT review of the school’s ties to Saudi Arabia has concluded that it should not break with the kingdom following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. SENT.
_ MIDDLE SCHOOL-SLASHING: Authorities say a student at a Massachusetts middle school received superficial wounds when he was slashed with a knife wielded by another student. SENT.
_ GULF OF MAINE-WARMING: The Gulf of Maine is in the midst of its third-warmest year on record in a development that could further harm marine life. SENT.
_ SHOOTING DEATH: A New York City man is facing a murder charge in connection to a shooting last month in western Massachusetts. SENT.
_ TURKEY HUNTER SENTENCED: A Massachusetts turkey hunter who shot another hunter in the back after mistaking his decoy for a real turkey has been sentenced to six months’ probation. SENT.
_ ARSON-MAYOR’S CAR: Police are searching for an arsonist who tried to torch a Massachusetts mayor’s city-owned SUV.
The New York Knicks visit the Boston Celtics. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
The Boston Bruins visit the Tampa Bay Lightning. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
Although the New England Patriots have dominated the AFC East for the past decade, they’ve lost four of their past five games in Miami heading into Sunday’s matchup. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 650 words moving in advance for weekend use by 4 p.m., with photos.
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