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

March 20, 2019

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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



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.



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.


_ 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.

_ 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.

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



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


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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