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

February 28, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

PATRIOTS OWNER-PROSTITUTION CHARGE

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution in a Florida case, according to court documents released Thursday. SENT: 320 words, photos.

BEACH FEES

State lawmakers are seeking to thwart the governor’s proposal to raise beach parking fees in Rhode Island. House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said Thursday that the General Assembly lowered the fees in 2016 and it’s too soon to raise them. He’s supporting a bill by Democratic Rep. Grace Diaz, of Providence, to maintain the current rates for the next three summers. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 300 words.

THEATER-TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Dozens of community and nonprofit theaters across the U.S. have been forced to abandon productions of “To Kill a Mockingbird” under legal threat by Broadway and Hollywood producer Scott Rudin. The combative move has prompted calls for a boycott of Rudin’s work. Rudin is arguing that author Harper Lee signed over to him exclusive worldwide rights to the title of the novel and that Rudin’s current adaptation on Broadway — written by Aaron Sorkin — is the only version allowed to be performed. That means different adaptations have had to be scuttled in such small venues as the Mugford Street Players in Marblehead, Massachusetts. SENT: 450 words.

KLOBUCHAR-MEDICAL DEVICES

In her more than two terms as a U.S. senator representing Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar has built a reputation as an effective champion for consumer safety, sponsoring bills that improve swimming pool safety, ban lead in children’s products and tackle the nation’s opioid crisis. But Klobuchar, who announced two weeks ago she will contend for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has also forcefully advocated for the medical device industry — a huge employer in her home state. SENT: 1,950 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSING WOMAN: Boston police say they are looking for a Providence man in connection with the kidnapping of 23-year-old woman who went missing last weekend after leaving a Theater District club. SENT.

_ THREATENING LETTERS-DATING WEBSITE: A Massachusetts man has been charged with sending threatening letters and white powder to the CEO of a dating website that had banned him. SENT.

_ PHARMACY TECHNICIAN-PILL THEFT: Prosecutors reduce charge filed against a former Massachusetts pharmacy technician accused of stealing nearly 18,000 pills. SENT.

_ HARVARD-MAN ARRESTED: An Arizona man has pleaded guilty to threatening to bomb Harvard University’s Black Commencement event in 2017. SENT.

_ STEVE WYNN LAWSUIT: Massachusetts gambling regulators are expecting the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by casino mogul Steve Wynn soon. SENT.

_ FIREFIGHTER DIES: Massachusetts firefighter dies after battling chimney fire. SENT.

_ TRUMP HAT-CONFRONTATION: A woman who grabbed a “Make America Great Again” hat off a man’s head in a Massachusetts restaurant faces deportation, but her immigration lawyer says she is in the U.S. legally. SENT.

_ CHURCH ABUSE-HUNGER STRIKE: A clergy sex abuse survivor has ended his hunger strike a week after saying he would not eat until the Vatican acknowledged Pope Francis had received messages he sent from several Massachusetts victims and their families. SENT.

_ FRAMINGHAM STATE-JOHN LEWIS: Framingham State University in Massachusetts has announced that U.S. Rep. and civil rights leader John Lewis has agreed to deliver the school’s commencement address this spring. SENT.

_ LOTTERY SCAM: A Massachusetts woman will spend 21 months in prison for cheating a dozen elderly people out of more than $300,000 in a lottery scam. SENT.

_ WINTER WEATHER: Four or more inches of snow has fallen across much of New England, delaying trains and making for a messy morning commute. SENT.

_ BEACH FEES: State lawmakers are seeking to thwart the governor’s proposal to raise beach parking fees in Rhode Island. SENT.

_ STAIRWELL SHOOTING: A Massachusetts man who fired a gun during a party in a crowded apartment complex stairwell, killing a friend and injuring a second man, has been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison. SENT.

_ TRAFFICKING SENTENCING: A Massachusetts man convicted of trafficking a woman into sexual servitude will serve seven to 10 years in prison. SENT.

SPORTS:

LIGHTNING-BRUINS

The East’s two top teams match up for the second time this season when Tampa Bay visits the Bruins. The Lightning (49-11-4) are coming off a franchise-best 10th straight win following an overtime victory against the Rangers. Boston (37-17-9) is second in the Atlantic behind Tampa Bay and leads Toronto by one point. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

RED SOX-SWIHART MOURNING

The Boston Red Sox are mourning the 23-year-old brother of catcher Blake Swihart. SENT.

NATIONALS-RED SOX

Washington plays Boston at JetBlue Park in a spring training game. Game starts at 1 p.m.

ITALY SPOTLIGHT-PALLOTTA’S PRIDE

After a rough stretch, things are finally starting to look up again for Roma’s American president. James Pallotta’s joy of reaching the Champions League semifinals last season quickly turned to despair when nine people were arrested in June for alleged corruption involving the club’s long-delayed plans to build a new stadium. Pallotta is a member of a group of Boston executives who purchased Roma in 2011 to make it the first foreign-majority owned team in Serie A. He’s also a minority owner of the Boston Celtics. SENT: 830 words.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Northeastern at Delaware, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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