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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA

August 6, 2018

Good evening. 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TOMORROW

US Inmates-Addiction Medication

Jails and prisons are coming around to the idea of providing inmates with methadone and other addiction treatment medications. By Philip Marcelo. Upcoming 960 words by 1 a.m. photos.

US Congress 2018-Massachusetts

An incumbent Democratic congressman and a spirited primary challenger many have likened to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York are debating ahead of Massachusetts’ Sept. 4 state primary. By Bob Salsberg. Upcoming 130 words by 1:30 a.m. Will be updated with photos.

TOP STORY

BOSTON POLICE COMMISSIONER

William Gross was sworn in Monday as Boston’s first black police commissioner, pledging to create a more inclusive and diverse department and prioritize officer well-being. Calling it a historic occasion, Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh administered the oath of office to Gross in front of a standing-room only crowd of about 900 people at the Morning Star Baptist Church. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 340 words with photos and video.

IN BRIEF:

— HOSPITAL HURRICANE PREP: A new Massachusetts hospital is being built in preparation for the worst weather. SENT: 100 words.

—COLD CASE SUBJECT-FREEZER: Authorities say a man who died after jumping out of a freezer and threatening employees with a knife at a New York City brunch spot was a suspected cold-case killer who’d just been released from jail in Boston. SENT: 135 words.

— JUMPING SHARK: As the top shark expert in Massachusetts, Greg Skomal is used to up-close-and-personal experiences with great whites. SENT: 130 words.

— ANIMAL CRUELTY: Connecticut police have charged a Massachusetts man with animal cruelty for allegedly leaving two dogs in a parked car. SENT: 120 words.

— SCOOTER ACCIDENT: Police say a 5-year-old boy has been hit by a car while riding his scooter, but will survive. SENT: 100 words.

— GAS PRICES: Gasoline prices are up in Massachusetts with summer travel in full swing. SENT: 130 words.

— HARVARD-SINGLE GENDER CLUB BAN: A Harvard University sorority says it’s closing because the school implemented a rule meant to curb single-gender social clubs. SENT.

— DEAD WHALE: A minke whale that appeared to be in distress as it swam off the coast of Massachusetts has died. SENT.

— FEDERAL BENEFITS THEFT: A Massachusetts woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $300,000 in federal Social Security and veterans’ benefits to which she was not entitled. SENT.

— CAR OVER GUARDRAIL: One person is dead after a late-night car crash in Topsfield. The Topsfield Fire Department says crews responded to Haverhill Road at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. SENT.

— MAN BURNED: Fire officials say a 22-year-old Cape Cod man has been transported to a Boston hospital with third-degree burns after throwing gasoline onto a backyard fire. SENT.

— LIZARD ON THE LOOSE: A 3 ½-foot lizard is on the loose in Massachusetts, and its owner warns that it could bite. Liz Rose says her Argentine black and white tegu lizard named Tiggs escaped its outdoor enclosure at her Wilmington home last week. SENT.

— SCHOOL-DANGEROUS CHEMICALS: Officials have released the latest results of testing at a Massachusetts charter school where elevated levels of toxic chemicals were detected. SENT.

SPORTS:

PATRIOTS MITCHELL

The New England Patriots have released receiver Malcolm Mitchell. The 2016 fourth-round draft pick caught six passes for 70 yards in the Super Bowl victory over Atlanta — five of them in the fourth quarter as the Patriots rallied from a 25-point deficit to force overtime. But he spent all of last season on injured reserve. He was released three days after the Patriots signed receiver Eric Decker as a free agent. SENT: 110 words with photos.

THIS WEEK IN BASEBALL

A look at a few bullpens to watch down the stretch — after a trade deadline in which so many teams tried to add relief pitching help. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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