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

August 6, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



William Gross has been sworn in as Boston’s first black police commissioner. Gross took the oath on Monday at the Morning Star Baptist Church in front of his family, officers and community members. Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh called it a “historic occasion.” Walsh says Gross is not only Boston’s first black police commissioner, but “America’s next great police commissioner.” SENT: 130 words. Photos. UPCOMING: 300 words.


— HARVARD-SINGLE GENDER CLUB BAN: A Harvard University sorority says it’s closing because the school implemented a rule meant to curb single-gender social clubs. SENT.

— DEAD WHALE: A minke whale that appeared to be in distress as it swam off the coast of Massachusetts has died. SENT.

— FEDERAL BENEFITS THEFT: A Massachusetts woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $300,000 in federal Social Security and veterans’ benefits to which she was not entitled. SENT.

— CAR OVER GUARDRAIL: One person is dead after a late-night car crash in Topsfield. The Topsfield Fire Department says crews responded to Haverhill Road at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. SENT.

— MAN BURNED: Fire officials say a 22-year-old Cape Cod man has been transported to a Boston hospital with third-degree burns after throwing gasoline onto a backyard fire. SENT.

— LIZARD ON THE LOOSE: A 3 ½-foot lizard is on the loose in Massachusetts, and its owner warns that it could bite. Liz Rose says her Argentine black and white tegu lizard named Tiggs escaped its outdoor enclosure at her Wilmington home last week. SENT.

— SCHOOL-DANGEROUS CHEMICALS: Officials have released the latest results of testing at a Massachusetts charter school where elevated levels of toxic chemicals were detected. SENT.



A look at a few bullpens to watch down the stretch — after a trade deadline in which so many teams tried to add relief pitching help. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 600 words, photos.


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