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.

Steve LeBlanc 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

HOW WE'RE SHUNNED

How have you been shunned? It's a question Americans have been playfully pondering since retired Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz complained publicly that he's being ostracized on Martha's Vineyard — long a summer playground for the liberal elite — because of his support for President Donald Trump. That prompted ordinary Americans of all political persuasions to share their own silly and sardonic stories of feeling unwelcome on the Vineyard and other affluent hangouts like New York's tony Hamptons. By William J. Kole. SENT: 600 words, photos.

BRIEFS

— MUSICIAN-EQUAL PAY LAWSUIT: The top flute player for the Boston Symphony Orchestra has sued the organization under Massachusetts' new equal pay law, alleging she has been paid significantly less than the orchestra's top male musicians. SENT: 130 words.

— PARK FIGHT-DOG DIES: Police say a Massachusetts man fought four people, including a pregnant woman, as his dog, which was also pregnant, died in the back seat of a hot car. SENT: 130 words.

— PITTSFIELD SHOOTING DEATH: Three people have been indicted on murder charges in connection with the death of a 22-year-old Pittsfield woman police say was caught in the crossfire of a gunfight. SENT: 130 words.

— QUARRY BLASTING-EMPLOYEES HURT: The federal government has cited a Massachusetts blasting company for its role in a Rhode Island quarry blast that injured two workers and damaged nearby buildings. SENT: 130 words.

— DEADLY SHOOTING: One man is dead and two others are under arrest following an afternoon shooting in Springfield. SENT: 100 words.

— MAINE MEN-WEAPONS OFFENSES: Massachusetts State Police say two Maine men whose car was stopped for a defective license plate light have been charged with weapons and drug offenses after handguns, ammunition and pills were found. SENT: 130 words.

— ALBUQUERQUE'S POET LAUREATE: A southern New Mexico-raised Mexican-American writer who attended Harvard University has been named Albuquerque's poet laureate. SENT: 100 words.

SPORTS

RED SOX-ROYALS

Chris Sale is on the mound for the Boston Red Sox as they open a three-game series in Kansas City. The Royals send out Jason Hammel. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 8:15 p.m. ET.

EXTRA:

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

— Coping with heat waves: 5 essential reads. By Jennifer Weeks, The Conversation. http://theconversation.com/coping-with-heat-waves-5-essential-reads-99495

— Milking cows for data — not just dairy products. By Matthew Stuber, Gary Kazmer, Shalabh Gupta and Steven Zinn, University of Connecticut. http://theconversation.com/milking-cows-for-data-not-just-dairy-products-97165

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