Editors, news directors:

Good afternoon. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in Connecticut. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome and can be directed to Mike Melia at 860-246-6876 or mmelia@ap.org.

Phil Marcelo is on the desk until 5:30 p.m. 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.

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TODAY'S TOP STORIES:

BOARDING SCHOOL ABUSE

LAKEVILLE, Conn. — An elite Connecticut boarding school has found that seven former faculty members sexually abused students primarily during the 1970s and 1980s. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: about 350 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— COMMUTER RAIL-BIKES: Bicyclists can now catch a ride on the commuter rail line linking New Haven, Hartford and Springfield, Massachusetts.

— TAX FREE WEEK: Back-to-school shoppers can soon expect at least a 6.35 percent break on their purchases.

SPORTS:

RAYS-RED SOX

BOSTON — The Tampa Bay Rays visit the Boston Red Sox for the second game of a three-game series. Tyler Glasnow faces David Price. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. First pitch 7 p.m.

GYM-US CHAMPIONSHIPS

BOSTON — Sam Mikulak leads heading into the second day of the US men's gymnastics championships. Mikulak is looking to become the sixth man to win five national titles. By Will Graves. Event begins at 3:30 p.m. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

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