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

February 13, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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

TOP STORIES:

HARVARD ADMISSIONS LAWSUIT

Harvard University and Students for Fair Admissions square off for a final round of arguments in a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in Harvard’s admissions practices. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated following 1:30 p.m. arguments.

OPIOID DEATHS-MASSACHUSETTS

Deaths from opioid-related overdoses were slightly lower in Massachusetts for a second straight year, state officials said Wednesday. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2 p.m.

COLLEGES CLOSING

As more private colleges fold under financial pressure state officials in New England have been looking into increasing their oversight of the schools to help protect students. SENT: 850 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ ELECTION 2020-ELIZABETH WARREN: Elizabeth Warren has named longtime adviser Roger Lau to manage her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. SENT.

_ VIRGINIA POLITICS: Boston’s top prosecutor has offered to investigate allegations that Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted a woman in 2004, if the woman files a criminal complaint. SENT.

_ HILLEL-OFFENSIVE FLYERS: A Massachusetts university is condemning the posting of what some are calling anti-Semitic flyers outside a campus Jewish organization. SENT.

_ CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY-BOSTON: Two hundreds new citizens are being naturalized at a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. SENT.

_ FIRE TRUCK FIRE: Two firefighters were brought to the hospital when a fire engine burst into flames inside a Massachusetts firehouse. SENT.

_ NEW HIGHWAY EXIT: The Massachusetts Department of Transportation estimates a proposal to build a new Massachusetts Turnpike exit will cost between $29.5 million and $37.8 million. SENT.

SPORTS:

PISTONS-CELTICS

The Celtics return to the Garden after beating the 76ers without Kyrie Irving to snap a two-game losing streak. They face a Pistons team that has won four straight. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

RED SOX REPORT

The defending champion Boston Red Sox open spring training with hopes of a fourth straight AL East title and their first back-to-back World Series victories in more than a century. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Boston U. at Army, 11 a.m. UPCOMING; 150 words, more on merits.

UMass-Lowell at Albany (NY), 7 p.m. UPCOMING; 150 words, more on merits.

UMass at George Mason, 7 p.m. UPCOMING; 150 words, more on merits.

Colgate at Holy Cross, 7:30 p.m. UPCOMING; 150 words, more on merits.

EXTRA:

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

_ Dangerous stereotypes stalk black college athletes. By Joseph Cooper, University of Connecticut. https://theconversation.com/dangerous-stereotypes-stalk-black-college-athletes-101655

_ DJ Durkin’s firing won’t solve college football’s deepest problems. By Joseph Cooper, University of Connecticut, and Jasmine Harris, Ursinus College. https://theconversation.com/dj-durkins-firing-wont-solve-college-footballs-deepest-problems-106118

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