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

October 4, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is announcing a $3 million project to refurbish the old Navy yard that’s home to the USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 a.m.; will be updated after 11 a.m. news conference, photo planned.


Harvard’s new president, Lawrence Bacow, is officially installed as the 29th chief of the Ivy League school. The Associated Press sat down with him and offers this Q&A. By Collin Binkley. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.



Lawyers for a woman who as a teenager encouraged her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself in dozens of text messages are urging Massachusetts’ highest court to throw out her involuntary manslaughter conviction. Daniel Marx is an attorney for 22-year-old Michelle Carter. Marx told the Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday that Carter didn’t force Conrad Roy III to take his life. Marx says it was a “tragic decision that he made.” SENT: 520 words, photos.


Immigrants and their advocates are embracing a court ruling that has temporarily preserved the ability of hundreds of thousands of people to live and work in the United States. Immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan on Thursday welcomed the decision by a federal judge in San Francisco to block the Trump administration’s plan to end their temporary protected status. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 800 words.


Juan Romero, a hotel busboy who came to the aid of Robert F. Kennedy after the New York senator was shot in Los Angeles, has died. He was 68. Longtime family friend Rigo Chacon said Thursday that Romero had died at a Modesto, California, hospital on Monday, following a heart attack. Romero was a teenager in June 1968 when Kennedy was shot in the head while walking through the Ambassador Hotel kitchen after his victory in the California presidential primary. SENT: 620 words, photos.


A violinist who organizes concerts for the homeless, a professor whose research is being used to increase access to civil justice by poor communities and an activist pastor are among this year’s MacArthur fellows and recipients of so-called genius grants. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Thursday named 25 people, including academics, activists, artists, scholars and scientists, who will receive $625,000 over five years to use as they please. SENT: 800 words.

With: MacArthur Fellows-Glance


Massachusetts marijuana regulators have issued final licenses to operators planning to open the state’s first commercial pot shops. The Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday voted to issue the licenses to Cultivate Holdings in Leicester and New England Treatment Access in Northampton. Both companies operate medical marijuana dispensaries in those locations and had earlier been granted provisional licenses by the commission to sell recreational marijuana. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


— CONNECTICUT RIVER CLEANUP: Thousands of volunteers helped collect an estimated 50 tons of trash from the Connecticut River and its tributaries in four states last week. SENT.

— CYBERSTALKING CONVICTION: A Massachusetts man who engaged in a sophisticated cyberstalking campaign against seven people that included hacking online accounts, sending unsolicited images of child pornography, and 120 hoax bomb threats has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison. SENT.

— GOLFER-FINGER BITTEN OFF: Massachusetts man accused of biting off the finger of another golfer during a brawl at a public course has been indicted by a grand jury. SENT.

— POLICE SHOOTING LAWSUIT: A judge has ruled in favor of a Massachusetts State Police trooper who was facing an excessive force lawsuit in connection to the fatal shooting of a man five years ago. SENT.

— COLLEGE LOCKDOWNS: Several schools in Boston went into lockdown after reports of gunfire, but no danger was found. SENT.

— HISTORIC THEATER GRANT: The governor of Massachusetts has announced a $2.5 million grant will go toward the restoration of a historic Springfield theater. SENT.

— SHRIMP SHUTDOWN: The future of the Maine shrimp fishery is again up for debate, as a regulatory board will consider a new assessment of the health of the shrimp population. SENT.



Fans have been waiting for another one of these rumbles: baseball’s most-bitter rivals set to tangle again, this time as 100-win heavyweights in the playoffs. Munson vs. Fisk, Pedro vs. Popeye, A-Rod vs. Varitek, and earlier this year Brock Holt vs. Tyler Austin. The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees back at each other in the postseason for the first time in 14 years. SENT: 880 words, photos.

With: BASEBALL DIGEST-AWARDS: Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has been chosen major league player of the year by Baseball Digest. SENT.


The New England Patriots simply don’t lose to the Indianapolis Colts, particularly at home. The Patriots have won the last seven meetings and haven’t fallen to Indy at Gillette Stadium since 2006. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. Game begins 8:20 p.m.


The Boston Bruins visit the Buffalo Sabres. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


The Eagles and Wolfpack meet each with a chance to go to 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in the race to become the prime Atlantic Division challenger to fourth-ranked Clemson, the three-time reigning league champion. SENT


Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 6. SENT: 520 words.


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

— Interruptions at Supreme Court confirmation hearings have been rising since the 1980s. By Paul M. Collins, Jr., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Lori A. Ringhand, University of Georgia. https://theconversation.com/interruptions-at-supreme-court-confirmation-hearings-have-been-rising-since-the-1980s-104357


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