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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA

June 13, 2018

Good evening. 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.

Sarah Betancourt is on the desk. 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.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



Two U.S. Marshals Service officials wearing makeup and wigs 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 on Wednesday to describe how Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme left the area where he had been living in the Witness Security Program and later was arrested after the remains of Steven DiSarro were found in 2016. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 478 words with photos.


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. SENT: 135 words. Will be updated after final vote.


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.


Corrections in a top medical journal and an investigation of research misconduct allegations at a major university give a glimpse into how scientists set the record straight when mistakes are made. The editor of the New England Journal of Medicine says no conclusions changed in its review, and that the corrections it published Wednesday should raise public trust in science, not erode it. By Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 824 words with photos.


— SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-SENATOR’S SPOUSE: Prosecutors pursuing sexual assault charges against the estranged husband of former Senate President Stan Rosenberg are seeking records on potential victims who spoke to attorneys hired by the Massachusetts Senate. SENT: 133 words.

— NO CHARGES-ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING: There will be no criminal charges for an unidentified person who shot a civilian observer at a police department firearms training session. SENT: 100 words.

— OFFSHORE WIND: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says Connecticut will purchase power from offshore wind for the first time. SENT: 135 words.

— SHORT-TERM RENTALS: The Boston City Council has passed regulations aimed at cracking down on investors who buy housing units to list on short-term rental platforms like Airbnb. SENT: 135 words.

— FERRARI CRASH: Police in Massachusetts say a 50-year-old man with a revoked license got behind the wheel of his brother’s Ferrari and crashed it into two parked cars. SENT: 140 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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