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

October 4, 2018

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 until 4:30 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES

TEXTING SUICIDE

Lawyers for a woman who as a teenager encouraged her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself in dozens of text messages are urging Massachusetts’ highest court to throw out her involuntary manslaughter conviction. Daniel Marx is an attorney for 22-year-old Michelle Carter. Marx told the Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday that Carter didn’t force Conrad Roy III to take his life. Marx says it was a “tragic decision that he made.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photo planned.

MACARTHUR FELLOWS

A violinist who organizes concerts for the homeless, a professor whose research is being used to increase access to civil justice by poor communities and an activist pastor are among this year’s MacArthur fellows and recipients of so-called genius grants. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Thursday named 25 people, including academics, activists, artists, scholars and scientists, who will receive $625,000 over five years to use as they please. SENT: 800 words.

With: MacArthur Fellows-Glance

LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS

Months after a target date for starting recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts passed, state cannabis regulators could consider granting final operating licenses for one or more pot shops when they meet on Thursday. By Bob Salsberg. UPCOMING: Story on merits.

IN BRIEF:

— CONNECTICUT RIVER CLEANUP: Thousands of volunteers helped collect an estimated 50 tons of trash from the Connecticut River and its tributaries in four states last week. SENT.

— CYBERSTALKING CONVICTION: A Massachusetts man who engaged in a sophisticated cyberstalking campaign against seven people that included hacking online accounts, sending unsolicited images of child pornography, and 120 hoax bomb threats has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison. SENT.

— GOLFER-FINGER BITTEN OFF: Massachusetts man accused of biting off the finger of another golfer during a brawl at a public course has been indicted by a grand jury. SENT.

— HISTORIC THEATER GRANT: The governor of Massachusetts has announced a $2.5 million grant will go toward the restoration of a historic Springfield theater. SENT.

— SHRIMP SHUTDOWN: The future of the Maine shrimp fishery is again up for debate, as a regulatory board will consider a new assessment of the health of the shrimp population. SENT.

SPORTS:

YANKEES-RED SOX PREVIEW

Fans have been waiting for another one of these rumbles: baseball’s most-bitter rivals set to tangle again, this time as 100-win heavyweights in the playoffs. Munson vs. Fisk, Pedro vs. Popeye, A-Rod vs. Varitek, and earlier this year Brock Holt vs. Tyler Austin. The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees back at each other in the postseason for the first time in 14 years. SENT: 880 words, photos.

With: BASEBALL DIGEST-AWARDS: Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has been chosen major league player of the year by Baseball Digest. SENT.

COLTS-PATRIOTS

The New England Patriots simply don’t lose to the Indianapolis Colts, particularly at home. The Patriots have won the last seven meetings and haven’t fallen to Indy at Gillette Stadium since 2006. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. Game begins 8:20 p.m.

BRUINS-SABRES

The Boston Bruins visit the Buffalo Sabres. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

BOSTON COLLEGE-NC STATE PREVIEW

The Eagles and Wolfpack meet each with a chance to go to 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in the race to become the prime Atlantic Division challenger to fourth-ranked Clemson, the three-time reigning league champion. SENT

ACC THIS WEEK

Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 6. SENT: 520 words.

EXTRA:

Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the link below.

— Interruptions at Supreme Court confirmation hearings have been rising since the 1980s. By Paul M. Collins, Jr., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Lori A. Ringhand, University of Georgia. https://theconversation.com/interruptions-at-supreme-court-confirmation-hearings-have-been-rising-since-the-1980s-104357

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