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BC-MA--Massachusetts News Coverage Advisory, MA

January 22, 2019

Good morning. 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.

Mark Pratt is on the desk until 4:30 p.m. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

OCTOPUS WHISPERER

They call him The Octopus Whisperer, and he certainly seems to have a special way with eight-armed, tentacled cephalopods. More than 25 years ago, Wilson Menashi retired after a long career as an engineer, but he hasn’t been idle. The New England Aquarium in Boston, where Menashi volunteers, says he’s spent 7,800 hours – the equivalent of four years working full-time – hanging out with octopuses. Menashi helps aquarium biologist Bill Murphy care for the newcomers and helps them get accustomed to their new surroundings. By Rodrique Ngowi. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

With: OCTOPUS-THINGS TO KNOW

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-POLICY EXTREMES

Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for “Medicare for All,” free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans. That wasn’t enough for some of his party’s most liberal members. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ STARBUCKS-DELIVERY: Starbucks is expanding its delivery service and aims to offer it at nearly one-fourth of its U.S. company-operated coffee shops. SENT.

_ SUPER BOWL CALL-ATLANTA BILLBOARDS: The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will be welcomed to Atlanta for the Super Bowl by several billboards saying “Saints got robbed” and “NFL bleaux it.” SENT.

SPORTS

BEHIND THE CALL

Yes, the Los Angeles Rams got away with a flagrant foul (or two) by cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman that allowed them to sneak out of New Orleans with the NFC championship, right past the highway sign on the causeway over Lake Pontchartrain reading, “WE WERE ROBBED.” Yes, the Patriots won in Kansas City thanks to four critical calls going New England’s way in the fourth quarter, three of which were iffy: a replay reversal of Julian Edelman’s muffed punt, a phantom roughing-the-passer call on Chris Jones and Chris Hogan’s drive-sustaining one-handed catch with a little help from the ground. SENT: 850 words, photos.

PATRIOTS-STILL GRONK

Rob Gronkowski gave a vintage performance in the AFC championship, coming up with big catches down the stretch to help secure New England’s win over the Chiefs. But after considering retirement after last season’s Super Bowl loss, his future beyond the Super Bowl matchup with the Rams is again an open question following an underwhelming regular-season beset by nagging injuries. In the meantime, he’s doing whatever it takes to win, catching fewer passes and blocking more. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m., photos.

BRUINS AT THE BREAK

Despite a rash of injuries the Bruins went into their 9-day break in the thick of the playoff race and they’re hoping health, improved play will carry them in the stretch run. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3:45 p.m.

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