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

December 16, 2018

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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TOP STORIES:

ACCUSED WITCH-HOMESTEAD

BOSTON _ A once-run-down historic home that stands where a woman accused of witchcraft during the 1692 Salem witch trials settled after she was spared the noose is on the market after an extensive renovation project. The home in Framingham, Massachusetts, known as the Peter and Sarah Clayes House, hit the market Thursday with an asking price of $975,000. An open house is planned Sunday. By Mark Pratt. SENT: 350 words, AP Photos.

BOSTON TEA PARTY

BOSTON _ Tea will once again be thrown into Boston Harbor to mark the 245th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. Sunday is the anniversary of the protest during which colonists protesting taxation without representation threw British tea into Boston Harbor in what is considered a pivotal event that led to the American Revolution. SENT: 235 words.

CATHOLIC CHURCH-FEMALE LEADER

FAIRFIELD, Conn. _ Months after the death of the priest at a local church, a Roman Catholic bishop in Connecticut has taken the unusual step of placing a lay woman in charge of that parish. Eleanor Sauers, who has a doctorate in theology and teaches religious studies at Fairfield University, takes over in January at St. Anthony of Padua in Fairfield. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 500 words, AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ BOSTON MUSEUM-CHINESE ART: BOSTON _ Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has received what museum officials are calling a transformative gift of nearly 200 pieces of Chinese art that have been in the same family for six generations. The gift from Wan-go H. C. Weng is the largest and most significant gift of Chinese art in museum history. SENT.

_ OFFSHORE WIND: BOSTON _ Senators from Massachusetts and Rhode Island are asking that fishermen’s interests be considered earlier in the siting process for offshore wind farms. U.S. Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts, and Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed, of Rhode Island, have asked the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to adopt policies for the offshore wind leasing and permitting process that bring fishermen and other marine stakeholders into the conversation early, to minimize spatial conflicts and reduce the risk of economic harm to the fishing industry. SENT.

_ USS ARIZONA-PART DONATED: PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ A piece of a battleship that sank during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor is heading to Rhode Island for display at an education center. Tim Gray, founder of the nonprofit World War II Foundation, recently opened the foundation’s Global Education Center in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. He asked the U.S. Navy for the piece from the USS Arizona. SENT.

_ MEDICAL MARIJUANA: BOSTON _ The state of Massachusetts has order that medical marijuana dispensaries in Mashpee and Plymouth close due to concerns about pesticides. The Cape Cod Times reports the department of public health issued a cease and desist and quarantine order to M3 Ventures, a registered marijuana dispensary, while it looks into concerns about the use of pesticides at their cultivation facility. SENT.

SPORTS:

FBN--Patriots-Steelers

New England Patriots plays Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

HKN--Sabres-Bruins

The Buffalo Sabres visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BKC--Rhode Island-West Virginia

Rhode Island faces West Virginia in a Hall of Fame showcase game at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 600 words.

BKC--Fairfield-Boston College

Fairfield plays Boston College at Silvio O. Conte Forum. UPCOMING: 600 words, more on merits.

BKC--Central Connecticut State-Providence

Central Connecticut State plays Providence at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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