BC-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA
Good evening. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts.
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A canary in a coal mine? How about a flounder in a harbor? Offering a rare bit of good environmental news, scientists have documented a dramatic rebound in flounder health they say shows how once horribly polluted Boston Harbor has cleaned up its act. By Philip Marcelo. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1 a.m., photo planned.
TODAY’S TOP STORIES:
Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy is calling for a new “moral capitalism” targeting what he calls the “trickle-down” narrative of conservatives. UPCOMING: 500 words.
OPIOID KICKBACK SCHEME
A former opioid sales executive admitted Wednesday to participating in a nationwide conspiracy to bribe doctors to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray for people who didn’t need it and will cooperate with prosecutors targeting his co-workers in the closely watched case against Insys Therapeutics. SENT: 430 words.
The “Fearless Girl” statue that inspired millions with her message of female empowerment has been plucked from her spot opposite Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” and will be reinstalled in front of the New York Stock Exchange by the end of the year, officials said Wednesday. The Boston-based financial services firm State Street Global Advisors said the sculpture of a defiant-looking young girl was moved Tuesday night. No date for her reinstallation at the stock exchange was given. By Karen Matthews. SENT: 380 words, photos.
One of three Dominican brothers who together ran a large-scale drug trafficking operation that distributed cocaine, heroin and fentanyl in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. SENT: 250 words.
— TEACHER-STUDENT ASSAULT CHARGE: A former Massachusetts middle school teacher already charged with molesting one student is now facing allegations that he assaulted a second student. SENT.
— FATALLY PINNED: Police say a Massachusetts woman has died after she became pinned between her garage door and her SUV. SENT.
— WIND FARM PROPOSAL: Rhode Island regulators are giving an energy company more time to reach an agreement with fishermen over a proposed 800-megawatt wind farm off Rhode Island and Massachusetts. SENT.
— STUDENT KILLED: Delaware’s Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether a judge erred in ruling that a University of Delaware sorority was not responsible for the death of a student from Massachusetts who was hit by a car after getting drunk. SENT.
— BANK ACQUISITION: Connecticut-based People’s United Bank has reached an agreement to acquire a Boston-area bank in a transaction valued at $327 million. SENT.
— GANG MEMBER SENTENCED: A member of the MS-13 gang has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in two killings in Boston in which the teenage victims were lured to their deaths via social media. SENT.
— TAX COLLECTOR-THEFT CHARGE: A Massachusetts town’s former tax collector who stole about $250,000 in municipal funds has been sentenced to a year in prison. SENT.
— MAYOR-SHINGLES: The mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts will be out of the public eye and the office for the next few weeks due to a severe case of shingles. SENT.
— SKATE FISHING: The federal government’s considering allowing northeastern U.S. fishermen to harvest more skates, which are used for food and bait. SENT.
PATRIOTS-THIRD DOWN FOCUS
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is expecting the Vikings defense to give them their biggest challenge of the season. One of the main reasons is Minnesota’s stinginess on third down, where it is allowing opposing offensives to convert a league-low 28 percent of the time. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac at UMass, 7 p.m.
Boston U. at New Hampshire, 7 p.m.
Holy Cross at Harvard, 7 p.m.
Northeastern at Bucknell, 7 p.m.
Bowling Green has hired Boston College offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler as its new head coach. SENT: 320 words.
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