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

January 31, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 Massachusetts doctor who was among a handful of Americans treated and cured of Ebola in 2014 is being honored for his work in Liberia through the deadly epidemic. Dr. Richard Sacra will be honored Thursday in New York by African Mission Healthcare, which is giving him $500,000 to expand a hospital he founded in Liberia. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 550 words, photos, video.


“Jurassic World” star Bryce Dallas Howard is feted as 2019 Woman of the Year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated from 3 p.m. parade, photos, video planned.


Fans of the New England Patriots are gearing up for the big game by betting on their team_ the first time they can do so legally in New England. Rhode Island is the only state in the region that has launched sports betting so far. Casino operator Twin River says it’s ready for the fans, and state officials are eager to cash in. Rhode Island gets 51 percent of the revenue from sports betting, the most of any state that has legalized it. By Jennifer McDermott. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.


Hundreds of U.S. universities made strong returns on their financial investments last year, but experts worry the gains could be jeopardized by increased spending at many schools. Harvard University remained the wealthiest school in the nation with an endowment valued at more than $38 billion, while the University of Texas system jumped Yale University to take the No. 2 spot with just under $31 billion. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 620 words, photos.


General Electric Co. (GE) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $761 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. SENT: 400 words, photos.


_ RHODES SCHOLAR-DACA RECIPIENT: A recent Harvard University graduate who is the first so-called Dreamer to receive a Rhodes scholarship is attending President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address as a guest of a New York congresswoman. SENT.

_ SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-SEAFOOD PLANT: Four women who say they were subjected to inappropriate touching and comments from a male supervisor while working at a Massachusetts seafood packing plant have agreed to a $675,000 settlement. SENT.

_ TOM BRADY JOKE-PRODUCER FIRED: A Pittsburgh TV news producer who was fired for writing a graphic calling New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady a “known cheater” says he was just trying to have a little fun. SENT.

_ TIRE CHANGER KILLED: Police in Massachusetts say a man changing a tire on a busy street has been hit by a vehicle and killed. SENT.

_ POLICE BRUTALITY SUIT: A federal jury has awarded $250,000 to a Massachusetts man who said Springfield police used excessive force when they responded to his home for reports of a domestic disturbance. SENT.

_ RESTAURANTS-DRUG MONEY: A former restaurant manager has pleaded guilty to using his employer’s hidden drug money to open a new restaurant in Massachusetts. SENT.

_ SHOVEL ATTACK: A Massachusetts man who attacked a woman with a shovel, breaking her jaw, has been sentenced to up to six years in prison. SENT.

_ NO SEAL SELFIES: The federal government is reminding New Englanders that attempting to take a selfie with a seal or a seal pup is a very bad idea. SENT.



The Philadelphia Flyers visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


Retired Dallas Cowboys safety Dextor Clinkscale gets a chance each year to re-experience the camaraderie of playing in the NFL when the Super Bowl Gospel Choir convenes to perform in the city hosting the league’s marquee game. SENT: 800 words, photos.


James Develin will reach into his past every now and then by pulling out one of his notebooks from his junior and senior years at Brown University. The New England Patriots fullback flips through a few pages, shakes his head and can barely recognize what he scribbled on them on his way to earning a degree in mechanical engineering in 2010. SENT: 950 words, photos.


Yes, it’s time for another story about the Patriots trying to accomplish something nobody has done since the 1972 Dolphins. But not THAT story. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 680 words, photos.


Wade Phillips had more swag than his players when he stepped off the Los Angeles Rams’ plane to the Super Bowl wearing his own 10-gallon cowboy hat and a sheepskin coat famously owned by his late father, Bum. The 71-year-old mastermind defensive coordinator with the millennial boss is quoting Drake and Future, pretending to be good at Fortnite and altogether making the most of his second Super Bowl in four years after going just once his first four NFL decades. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.


There’s an exhibit at the High Museum, not far from the Super Bowl stadium, dedicated to Tommie Smith and his courageous stand for social justice at the 1968 Olympics. Talk about symmetry. Smith raised a fist, Colin Kaepernick took a knee, and both paid an enormous price for doing the right thing. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 6 p.m. EST.


The idea that experience pays off in the most-pressurized situations sports offer is nothing new. Does it for this Super Bowl? By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 500 words, graphic, by 5 p.m.


The wide-eyed, talented Jared Goff will try to lead his Rams past the grizzled, 41-year-old Tom Brady, who is looking to guide the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl victory. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 7 p.m.


The NFL Players Association gets its chance to present its side of many issues with a news conference. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, by 6 p.m.


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