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.
Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Boston bureau at 617-357-8100 or 800-882-1407.
Mark Pratt is on the desk followed by Sarah Betancourt. New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or firstname.lastname@example.org. New England Photo Editor Bill Sikes is reachable at 617-357-8106 or email@example.com.
A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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NEW ENGLAND MOB-1993 KILLING Two U.S. Marshals Service officials wearing makeup to disguise their identities have testified in the case of a former New England Mafia boss accused of killing a nightclub owner in 1993. The officials took the stand using pseudonyms and disguises Wednesday to describe how Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme left the area where he had been living in the Witness Security Program and was later arrested after the remains of Steven DiSarro were found in 2016. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m.
SMALL BIZ-FOOD TRUCKS
A food truck selling tacos or barbecue on downtown streets may seem easy or fun, but owners quickly learn to think strategically to succeed. The novelty of the vans and carts that became a culinary fad on downtown streets has worn off, and even new trucks may not draw a crowd. Many prospective restaurateurs now use trucks as test kitchens and advertising campaigns. And food truck operators without a grand design soon realize they need a Plan B, especially for the winter. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 1037 words with AP Photos.
Legislation scheduled to go before the Massachusetts House of Representatives on Wednesday seeks to make the state more resilient in the face of climate change. The bill backed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker would among other things authorize borrowing to fortify the state’s coastline, battered last winter by a string of powerful nor’easters. The $1.4 billion measure also requires the state to assemble a 5-year “climate adaptation” strategy. By Bob Salsberg. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m., photo.
An effort to digitize the authenticated genealogies of Mayflower passengers has been completed, making it easier for people to determine if they are descendants of a Pilgrim. The New England Historic Genealogical Society announced Wednesday that the Pilgrim database project includes 193,000 records of 50 of the 51 Pilgrims known to have descendants. Interest in Pilgrim genealogy is surging with the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival in the New World in 1620 approaching. SENT: 300 words.
— POLICE-EXCESSIVE FORCE: The FBI is ending its investigation into a group of western Massachusetts police officers for allegedly using excessive force against a prisoner. SENT: 168 words.
— HISTORIC CHURCH DEMOLITION: Officials say a historic church in Worcester will soon be torn down after a bid to preserve it failed to win the support of the city council. SENT: 140 words.
— DOGNAPPING ARREST: Police in Massachusetts say a man suspected of stealing a dog and other crimes barricaded himself inside a home and was surrounded by a SWAT team. SENT: 140 words.
— DRIVE BY SHOOTING: The man authorities say fired the fatal shots in a drive-by shooting in Brockton has been arraigned on a murder charge. SENT: 150 words.
— HARVARD PILGRIM-CEO RESIGNS: The leader of Massachusetts’ second-largest health insurance company says he is resigning over “behavior that was inconsistent” with the company’s values. SENT: 130 words.
— STRIP CLUB-USE OF FORCE: Two brothers whose violent arrest by police outside a Massachusetts strip club was caught on video had visible injuries when they appeared in court. SENT: 130 words.
— DRAGON BOAT RESCUE: Nearly two dozen people had to be rescued from a dragon boat that struck a rock and took on water during a practice session on a Massachusetts river. SENT: 120 words.
— PYGMY SPERM WHALE DIES: A rarely-seen pygmy sperm whale has died after washing ashore on a Massachusetts beach. SENT: 120 words.
— THEATER RENOVATIONS-DELAY: A support beam at a historic theater under renovation in Boston has failed, potentially delaying the world premiere of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.” SENT: 130 words.
The Boston Red Sox look to left-hander Chris Sale to put the finishing touch on a three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles in a rare midweek afternoon matchup at Camden Yards. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 3:05 p.m.
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