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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA

September 20, 2018

Good evening. 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. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Researchers say they’ve found a site where they think the ship that explorer Capt. James Cook used to sail around the world may be located, and they’re planning an excavation off the coast of Rhode Island. By Jennifer McDermott. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 2 a.m., updates on merits.



BOSTON — Final inspections of prospective marijuana businesses were underway, Massachusetts’ top marijuana regulator said Thursday, but the question of when the state’s first pot shops will finally open their doors remained unanswered. Steven Hoffman, chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission, declined to offer a date for the start of recreational marijuana sales, but he expressed confidence it would happen sometime in the fall. There was a “distinct possibility,” he added, that the panel could begin issuing final licenses at its next public meeting on Oct. 4. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 500 words.


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle are among eight people being honored by Harvard University for their contributions to black history and culture, the university announced Thursday. All eight recipients of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal will be honored Oct. 11 by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard. SENT: 300 words, AP Photos.


MIDDLETON, Mass. — A Massachusetts jail’s policy of denying inmates access to opioid addiction medication violates constitutional rights and the Americans with Disabilities Act, according a lawsuit filed in federal court this week by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the civil rights organization asked a judge to require the Essex County House of Correction in Middleton to provide methadone to Geoffrey Pesce. SENT: 300 words.


A daughter who never returned home, a son gunned down point-blank, a mom who was attacked — all deaths at the hands of immigrants in the country illegally, all stories the White House has been eager to share. But for all the talk of murderers and other “bad hombres,” those netted in President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigration are typically accused of lesser offenses, and agents are increasingly apprehending those with no criminal records at all. The case of Mollie Tibbetts in Iowa is among the latest used by Trump to advance his argument for stricter immigration controls. Yet government statistics show such cases are far more likely to be the exception than the rule. SENT: 1,700 words, photos.

With: 900 word abridge version


PITTSBURGH — A receptionist who used a child’s booster seat to fight off a pit bull that was attacking a 12-year-old boy is one of 16 people being honored with Carnegie medals for heroism. The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, based in Pittsburgh, announced the winners on Thursday. SENT: 675 words.


LOS ANGELES — Writer and director Sam Levinson creates a Salem witch trial for the digital age in his new film “Assassination Nation,” which opens Friday. Starring a cast of up and coming actresses, including Odessa Young, Suki Waterhouse, Hari Nef and singer Abra, the film imagines a sleepy suburb where a mysterious hacker starts leaking individuals’ online information. By Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 100 words, AP Photos. Will be updated.


— POLICE-OVERTIME THEFT: BOSTON — Three former state police lieutenants have been indicted on charges that they received thousands of dollars for overtime hours they didn’t work. Attorney General Maura Healey’s office said Thursday that David Wilson, John Giulino and David Keefe are charged with larceny, procurement fraud and public employee standards of conduct violation. SENT: 130 words.

— HARVARD-FUNDRAISING: CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard University says its latest fundraising campaign has drawn $9.6 billion in donations. It’s believed to be the largest fundraising effort in the history of higher education and exceeds the $6.5 billion goal set when the campaign launched in 2013. SENT: 130 words.

— FATAL ACCIDENT-RETALIATION: WALTHAM, Mass. — A Massachusetts man facing an attempted murder charge for allegedly stabbing a tow truck driver who struck and killed his mother has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of 38-year-old Philip Horner at his arraignment Thursday. SENT: 130 words.

— TODDLER-GAME THEFT: SALEM, N.H. — A Massachusetts teacher has been charged with putting his toddler into a game machine at a New Hampshire shopping mall and using her to steal prizes. Police in Salem say 34-year-old Anthony Helinski, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, turned himself in Wednesday, five days after witnesses at the Mall at Rockingham Park recorded video of a man encouraging the girl to hand out prizes from within the KeyMaster game. The video then shows the toddler climbing out of the machine. SENT: 130 words, AP Photos. AP Video planned.

— BLEACH ATTACK: BARNSTABLE, Mass. — A Massachusetts man charged with pouring bleach into his girlfriend’s mouth during an assault is being held without bail. The Cape Cod Times reports that 50-year-old Mark Beltrandi pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 11 charges including attempted murder. SENT: 130 words.

— HASTY PUDDING-WOMEN: CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding theater troupe has cast its first women after nearly two centuries of all-male productions. The group says six women have been chosen to perform in the 2019 show, accounting for half the cast. SENT: 130 words.

— INMATES-ADDICTION MEDICATION: MIDDLETON, Mass. — A Massachusetts man is mounting a legal challenge a county jail’s policy of denying inmates access to opioid addiction medication. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday asking a judge to require the Essex County House of Correction in Middleton provide methadone to Geoffrey Pesce. SENT: 130 words.

— CLAM DIE OFF: Massachusetts environmental officials are investigating a large clam die-off. SENT: 130 words.

— NEGLECTED DOG: An 18-year-old Massachusetts man is facing an animal cruelty charge after his malnourished and flea-infested dog was abandoned last month in 100-degree heat. SENT: 130 words.

— DOCTOR-PATIENT INFORMATION: A Massachusetts doctor who shared private patient information with a pharmaceutical sales representative has been sentenced to a year of probation. SENT: 130 words.

— UMASS-STEM GRANT: The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $3 million grant to help faculty of color in science, technology, engineering and math. SENT: 115 words.



FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tight end Rob Gronkowski is dealing with an ankle issue as the Patriots prepare for their Week 3 matchup with the Lions. Gronkowski was a limited participant in practice Thursday after participating in Wednesday’s workout. He has started both games for New England this season. He has nine catches for 138 yards and touchdown. SENT: 100 words.


Boston plays New York at Yankee Stadium. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


No. 23 Boston College at Purdue. The Eagles (3-0) have climbed into the national rankings for the first time in a decade behind league preseason player of the year AJ Dillon and a passing game that accounted for five long touchdown passes in a victory at Wake Forest. Could there be a letdown? Up next is one final nonconference test at desperate Purdue (0-3). SENT: 450 words.


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