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BC-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 1:30 pm, MA

February 18, 2019

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts and 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



PORTLAND, Maine _ Glen Libby looks back fondly on his days as a Maine shrimp trawler, but he’s concerned about what seafood lovers will think if the shuttered fishery ever reopens. “Shrimp? What are those?” he said. “There will be a market. But it depends how big of a market you’re talking about.” By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 725 words, AP Photos.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II died Sunday. George Mendonsa was 95. Mendonsa fell and had a seizure at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife of 70 years, his daughter, Sharon Molleur, told The Providence Journal. By The Associated Press. SENT: 370 words, AP Photos.


_ MIT-NEW COLLEGE CONTROVERSY: BOSTON _ Some students and professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are asking the college to cancel celebrations for a new computing center. The Boston Globe reported Monday that 18 students, alumni and faculty published an opinion piece in The Tech , an MIT student population. SENT.

_ GAS PRICES-MASSACHUSETTS: BOSTON _ The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Massachusetts has increased 1 cent in the past week. AAA Northeast said Monday that its weekly price survey found self-serve regular averaging $2.35 per gallon. SENT.

_ HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE: AMHERST, Mass. _ Hampshire College says it will announce an initial round of layoffs this week as it continues to search for possible merger. President Miriam Nelson sent a letter to college employees Wednesday informing them that in less than a week that they would be informed of their layoffs with 60 days’ notice. The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports college spokesman John Courtmanche says the college isn’t prepared to say how many people will be losing their jobs. SENT.

_ CAPE COD PARADE-SLAIN OFFICER: YARMOUTH, Mass. _ The annual Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Parade will honor a Yarmouth police officer who was killed last year in the line of duty. The March 9 parade in Yarmouth will honor Sgt. Sean Gannon, who was shot while he and other officers were serving an arrest warrant at a Barnstable home in April. Gannon’s K-9, Nero, who was injured in the shooting but survived, will also be honored. SENT.

_ REAL ESTATE SCHEME: BOSTON _ Secretary of State William Galvin says the state has entered into a consent order with a Massachusetts investment adviser agent accused of orchestrating a complex real estate scheme. Galvin said Monday Thomas Riquier and his employer, United Planners Financial Services of America, will jointly make offers of rescission and restitution to investors. He says Riquier will pay a $50,000 fine, while United Planners must pay $100,000 for not supervising Riquier. SENT.



SAN JOSE, Calif. _ The Boston Bruins visit the San Jose Sharks. By Gideon Rubin. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. PST


Boston University plays Holy Cross at Hart Recreation Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.


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