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AP-MA--Massachusetts & Rhode Island News Digest 1:30 pm, MA

September 2, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Centuries before Julius Caesar sipped from a chalice and Alexander the Great raised a goblet to toast his troops, the ancients drank from festive cups made in the image of the beings they revered the most: animals. An unusual new exhibition at the Harvard Art Museums explores that primal connection between man, beast and libation. By William J. Kole. SENT: 600 words. AP Photos.


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard University’s decision to hire Elizabeth Warren as a law professor in the 1990s was not based on any assertion that she has Native American heritage, according to a report by the Boston Globe. The newspaper reports that interviews and documents show the issue was not considered by Harvard Law faculty or those who admitted the now U.S. senator from Massachusetts to law school at Rutgers or to jobs at The University of Houston, The University of Texas, and the University of Pennsylvania. SENT: 330 words.


— BOSTON UNIVERSITY-FIRE: A fire in a Boston University dormitory on move-in weekend has forced the evacuation of about 40 students. Boston fire officials say the fire broke out at about 10 p.m. Saturday night and was contained to one room on the third floor of the building on Commonwealth Avenue. SENT: 130 words.

— BOIL WATER NOTICE: Water company officials say customers of five public water systems serving parts of Narragansett and South Kingstown may need to boil their water for several more days. The state health department issued the boil water notice on Friday after e-coli bacteria was found during routine sampling by Suez Water, which sells water to the other local systems. SENT: 130 words.

— MOTORCYCLE DEATH: A motorcyclist has been killed and two other people injured in a crash on Interstate 95 in Rhode Island. State police say two motorcycles collided with an SUV at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday while approaching the exit ramp for Interstate 295 in Warwick. SENT: 130 words.

— HOUSING GRANT: The Providence Housing Authority has been awarded nearly $400,000 to provide more rental housing opportunities for low-income people with disabilities. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced the funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. SENT: 130 words.

— PILGRIMS LANDING: State and local officials have formally launched preparations to mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s landing in modern-day Massachusetts. The commemoration known as Plymouth 400 will feature events throughout 2020, including a maritime salute in Plymouth Harbor in June, an embarkation festival in September, and a week of ceremonies around Thanksgiving.

— LABOR DAY-MARCH: Unionized workers from across a number of industries are marching in Boston to mark the Labor Day holiday. Labor unions representing workers in the education, health care, building trades and hospitality industries say they’ll rally and march through Copley Square on Monday evening.

— NEAR DROWNING: A 4-year-old boy was revived after being pulled unconscious from the water of a Massachusetts lake. Authorities say a doctor and an off-duty police officer, who happened to be at the beach, performed CPR on the child after he was taken from the water at Upper Mystic Lake in Winchester at about 3 p.m. on Saturday.



NORTON, Mass. — Webb Simpson had a one-shot lead going into the third round of the Dell Technologies Championship. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m. EDT


CHICAGO — Mookie Betts and the major league-leading Boston Red Sox wrap up their four-game series against the Chicago White Sox. Brian Johnson pitches for Boston, with James Shields starting for Chicago. The White Sox plan to honor longtime broadcaster Ken “Hawk” Harrelson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET.


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