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

March 20, 2019

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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

Could Aunt Becky be headed to prison? Experts say it may go either way. Some lawyers say many of the wealthy parents accused of paying bribes to get their kids into elite universities may get short stints behind bars, if convicted, to send a message that the privileged are not above the law. Others predict that most, if not all, will end up with probation and fines, particularly if they quickly agree to accept responsibility and cooperate. By Alanna Durkin Richer. UPCOMING: 850 words by 1 a.m., photos.

REDRAWING AMERICA-IMBALANCE OF POWER

Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections. It was, by most accounts, a good year for Democrats. Yet it wasn’t as bad as it could have been for Republicans. That’s because in more states than not, Republicans continued to benefit from a built-in advantage that prevented deeper losses or helped them hold on to power, according to a new mathematical analysis by The Associated Press. It’s one of the same analytical tests cited in a political gerrymandering case being argued next week before the U.S. Supreme Court. By David A. Lieb. 1,200 words. Photos. Video. Video graphic.

With:

_ BC-US—Redrawing America-Imbalance of Power-Reforms, the movement toward less partisan political maps gains momentum in the states. By David A. Lieb. 500 words.

_ BC-US—Redrawing America-Imbalance of Power-Reforms-Glance, a state-by-state rundown of the various redistricting reform efforts across the US.

_ BC-US—Redrawing America-Imbalance of Power-Cases, a summary of the main court cases around the country targeting gerrymandering.

TOP STORIES:

HARVARD-SLAVE PORTRAITS

A lawsuit asks Harvard to turn over photos of slaves to a woman who says she’s a descendant. The lawsuit says Harvard has used the portraits to turn a profit for years despite objections from the woman and her family. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 820 words, photos.

With: HARVARD-SLAVE PORTRAITS-THE LATEST.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-EMPLOYEE THEFT

Employees may steal from companies of any size, but small and mid-sized businesses can be more vulnerable because they lack practices and systems designed to prevent wrongdoing. SENT: 950 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ CONVERSION THERAPY: Opponents of a bill that would ban LGBTQ conversion therapy in Massachusetts say they will likely challenge the measure in court if it becomes law. SENT.

_ MIT-DOWN SYNDROME: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a received a nearly $29 million gift the university says will be used to enhance research and improve the lives of people with Down syndrome. SENT.

_ PALESTINIAN MAN-VISA FRAUD: Federal authorities say a Palestinian man lied about his possible ties to terrorist organizations and acts of violence against Israeli military forces in order to travel to the U.S. SENT.

_ COLLEGE ADMISSIONS BRIBERY: A judge has granted a request to push back actress Felicity Huffman’s court appearance in Boston on charges that she participated in a college admissions cheating scam. SENT.

_ MISSING WOMAN: The man charged with kidnapping a woman outside a Boston bar, holding her hostage for several days, and repeatedly raping her, has pleaded not guilty. SENT.

_ MONUMENTS VANDALIZED: Boston police are investigating more cases of vandalism to military and police memorials at a city-owned cemetery. SENT.

_ 38 STUDIOS: A federal judge has approved an agreement for Wells Fargo Securities to pay an $800,000 civil penalty to end a lawsuit by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over Rhode Island’s failed $75 million deal with former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s video game company. SENT.

_ RUBIK’S CUBE-TOM BRADY: A Massachusetts fourth-grader has built a mosaic tribute to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady entirely out of Rubik’s Cubes. SENT.

_ POLICE STATION THREAT: A convicted felon who threatened to attack a Massachusetts police department and had an assault weapon has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison. SENT.

_ MUSIC-LIBRARY OF CONGRESS: Songs performed by Jay-Z, Cyndi Lauper and a Robert F. Kennedy speech are among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry. SENT.

_ BARN FIRE-ANIMALS KILLED: Authorities say a barn fire on Martha’s Vineyard has killed 86 farm animals. SENT.

_ ONLINE REGISTRY-BIRTH CERTIFICATES: The city of Boston has created an online registry to allow people to directly order their birth certificates. SENT.

SPORTS:

CELTICS-76ERS

The Boston Celtics visit the Philadelphia 76ers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

RED SOX PREVIEW

Red Sox manager Alex Cora thinks he can squeeze more production out of outfielder Mookie Betts this year by batting him second. Betts won the AL MVP last season but batted in just 80 runs as a leadoff hitter. Boston begins its World Series championship defense on March 28 in Seattle. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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