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

March 21, 2019

Good afternoon. 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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TOP STORIES:

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

Could Aunt Becky be headed to prison? Experts say it may go either way. Some lawyers say many of the wealthy parents accused of paying bribes to get their kids into elite universities may get short stints behind bars, if convicted, to send a message that the privileged are not above the law. Others predict that most, if not all, will end up with probation and fines, particularly if they quickly agree to accept responsibility and cooperate. By Alanna Durkin Richer. UPCOMING: 850 words by 1 a.m., photos.

PATRIOTS OWNER-PROSTITUTION CHARGE

The attorneys representing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men charged in a Florida massage parlor prostitution investigation are asking a judge to block the release of video recordings that police say shows them engaging in sexual acts. They also say the prosecutors’ conditions for the men entering a diversion program in exchange for dropping misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution are too harsh. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 650 words, photos.

REDRAWING AMERICA-IMBALANCE OF POWER

Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections. It was, by most accounts, a good year for Democrats. Yet it wasn’t as bad as it could have been for Republicans. That’s because in more states than not, Republicans continued to benefit from a built-in advantage that prevented deeper losses or helped them hold on to power, according to a new mathematical analysis by The Associated Press. It’s one of the same analytical tests cited in a political gerrymandering case being argued next week before the U.S. Supreme Court. By David A. Lieb. 1,200 words. Photos. Video. Video graphic.

REDRAWING AMERICA-UNOPPOSED RACES

In some states, one political party dominates even without a lift from gerrymandering. The most extreme examples are Hawaii, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, all of which have legislatures controlled by Democrats. Their control is so complete that in about two-thirds of legislative races in each state last fall, voters had just one ballot option: the Democratic candidate. SENT: 850 words.

With:

_ BC-US—Redrawing America-Imbalance of Power-Reforms, the movement toward less partisan political maps gains momentum in the states. By David A. Lieb. 500 words.

_ BC-US—Redrawing America-Imbalance of Power-Reforms-Glance, a state-by-state rundown of the various redistricting reform efforts across the US.

_ BC-US—Redrawing America-Imbalance of Power-Cases, a summary of the main court cases around the country targeting gerrymandering.

IN BRIEF:

_ JEWISH CEMETERY-VANDALISM: Police now say 59 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts were defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti, about twice as many as initially thought. SENT.

_ WRONGFUL CONVICTION: FATAL FIRE-LAWSUIT: A man who says he was wrongfully imprisoned for more than three decades after being convicted of starting a 1982 Massachusetts fire that killed eight people is suing officers he says forced him to falsely confess. SENT.

_ HOUSING DISCRIMINATION PROBE: A Roman Catholic religious order that owns a Boston rooming house for single women has agreed to stop eviction proceedings against some residents while the state investigates allegations of housing discrimination. SENT.

_ PACKAGE SPILL: Massachusetts State Police say a UPS tractor-trailer has crashed with another truck, scattering more than 1,000 packages across an interstate highway. SENT.

SPORTS:

BRUINS-DEVILS

The Boston Bruins will go for their third straight win when they face the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in their final meeting of the season. The teams split two games this season. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

NCAA-NORTHEASTERN-KANSAS

For the first time in 15 years, Kansas comes into the NCAA Tournament without a conference title under its belt. The young, inexperienced Jayhawks face 13th-seeded Northeastern. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 4 p.m.

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