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

June 14, 2018

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.

Jennifer McDermott is on the desk followed. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



The house where Rosa Parks sought refuge in Detroit after fleeing the South will be offered for auction after being turned into a work of art. Guernsey’s auction house says the sale will be held mid-summer. They expect it to fetch seven figures. The house was most recently on display in Rhode Island and before that had been shown in Berlin, where it was brought after being saved from demolition. It will be stored in Massachusetts until the auction. By Michelle R. Smith. SENT: 500 words, photos.


State marijuana regulators said Thursday they are still reviewing applications for commercial pot businesses, casting further doubt that any pot shops will open on July 1 in Massachusetts, the date targeted under a law legalizing adult use of recreational marijuana. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 130 words. Upcoming about 350 words by 4 p.m.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island lawmakers are considering requiring medical marijuana dispensaries to pay 50 times more for their licenses, making the fee the highest in New England by far. The latest budget proposes increasing the annual fee from $5,000 to $250,000. By Dylan McGuinness. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.


— YEARBOOK-NAZI QUOTE: ANDOVER, Mass. — A Massachusetts high school has pulled its yearbook after the principal found out that a student had used a quote generally attributed to Adolf Hitler or Joseph Goebbels under his picture. Andover High Principal Philip Conrad says he was “horrified” to learn of the Nazi origins of the quote about making people believe lies, which made it through a painstaking vetting process. SENT: 130 words.

— DRUNKEN DRIVING DEATH: FALL RIVER, Mass. — A Massachusetts man charged in a deadly hit-and-run crash has been acquitted of manslaughter but convicted of drunken driving. The Sun Chronicle reports that 70-year-old Michael Hinds, of Norton, was charged in connection with a 2015 crash in Mansfield that killed 37-year-old Jarrad Aronne. SENT: 130 words.

— PEDESTRIAN KILLED: WORCESTER, Mass. — A 20-year-old woman has died after being struck by a vehicle while trying to cross a street in Worcester. The Telegram & Gazette reports that Gabriella Lowell was killed Tuesday. Investigators believe she was in a crosswalk when she was hit by an SUV. SENT: 115 words.

— SWAN DEATH: MASHPEE, Mass. — Police are investigating a report that a fisherman deliberately struck a swan with his boat on a Massachusetts pond, causing injuries that led to the bird’s euthanization. A witness tells the Cape Cod Times he saw the boat accelerate into the swan on Mashpee-Wakeby pond on the Mashpee-Sandwich border on May 12. Animal control officers searched for the injured bird for weeks before it was finally brought to a rescue service on June 1. It had multiple fractures to its right wing and had contracted a bone infection. The swan was put down several days later. SENT: 130 words.

— TEACHER KILLED-MASSACHUSETTS: ANDOVER, Mass. — The family of a Massachusetts high school math teacher killed by one of her students in 2013 has announced the recipients of an annual scholarship named in her honor. The Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarships are awarded annually to graduating seniors who plan to pursue a teaching degree in college. In the past, recipients have had to attend either Andover High School in Ritzer’s hometown, or Danvers High School, where she taught. This year for the first time students graduating from private schools in those towns were also eligible. SENT: 130 words.

— RED SOX-INJURY LAWSUIT: A jury has ruled in favor of the Boston Red Sox in a lawsuit brought by a woman who says she sustained severe facial injuries when she was struck by a foul ball at Fenway Park. SENT: 130 words.

— MARATHON BOMBING-MIT OFFICER: A car has crashed into a memorial for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer killed by the Boston Marathon bombers. SENT: 130 words.

— WWII VET-EVICTED: A 95-year-old World War II veteran recovering from pneumonia has lost all of his belongings after he was evicted from his Boston apartment, despite his family paying two months’ rent in advance. SENT: 130 words.

— HOUSE FIRE FATALITY: Authorities have tentatively identified the woman found dead in the rubble of a western Massachusetts home destroyed by fire. SENT: 120 words.

— LOBSTER FISHING DATA: Federal fishing managers are asking for comments about potential changes to the way the U.S.’s lucrative lobster fishing industry is monitored. SENT: 130 words.



A huge weekend series between two of the best teams in the American League gets underway Thursday night as the Seattle Mariners host the Boston Red Sox. The opener features David Price for Boston, while Felix Hernandez gets the start for Seattle. UPCOMING: Game at 10 p.m. ET.


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