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HARRISBURG — Lawmakers consider a bill that would make it easier for organ donations to be made but which has been opposed by coroners. UPCOMING: About 400 words.
JUVENILE'S LIFE SENTENCE
EASTON — A defense attorney says a judge was wrong to impose a life term for the second time on a Pennsylvania inmate who was a 14-year-old gang member when he fatally shot another teenager. SENT: About 330 words.
ARLINGTON, Va. — Relatives of Union Pvt. William Christman gather at Arlington National Cemetery to mark the 150th anniversary of his burial, the first military internment at the site. Christman enlisted in the 67th Pennsylvania Infantry in 1864 and was hospitalized for measles five weeks later. He died on May 11, 1864, and was buried two days afterward. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: NewsNow, followed by about 250 words by 3 p.m. EDT.
SAUGATUCK, Mich. — Supporters of a proposed international biking, hiking and paddling route around the Great Lakes basin are meeting this week in southwestern Michigan to collaborate on the idea. The Great Lakes Coastal Trail Conference takes place Thursday and Friday in Saugatuck. The Grand Rapids Press reports that the event aims to bring together supporters in the U.S. and Canada to formalize development of roughly 7,000-mile route. The route would include Great Lakes shoreline and the St. Lawrence River, which connects the lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.
MEMBER EXCHANGE-SCAFFOLDING SOUGHT
PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's dream of getting a towering scaffolding from the Washington Monument could hinge on Tuesday night's playoff game between the Penguins and New York Rangers. "Does he want to bet it on (Tuesday night's) game?" asked Kevin O'Callaghan, whose New York company rented the scaffolding to the National Park Service for a $15 million repair job on the monument that ended on Monday when the landmark reopened to visitors. Calling it a "work of art" during a December visit with other mayors to the White House, Peduto asked President Obama to donate the scaffolding to Pittsburgh. His idea is to erect it on the North Shore to mark the western terminus of the Great Allegheny Passage, a biking trail that runs to Washington. The trail could "begin at the Washington Monument and end at the Washington Monument," Peduto said at the time. Bob Bauder, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. SENT: About 640 words.
MEMBER EXCHANGE-MINIATURE SHIP
PHILADELPHIA — Peter Certaine is old now, fully 86, and needs to find a new port for his beloved ship, the Amerigo Vespucci. He built it by hand, a rigorous, joyous labor that took nearly a decade. He sanded its cherry decks and raised its mahogany masts, tied the ropes and lifeboats. A new berth shouldn't require much room— about the size of a coffee table. Because Certaine's grand ship is a scaled miniature, three feet long, so intricate that all it needs to set course are tiny sailors. "I should have been in Hollywood, building ship models," Certaine said. Instead, he was in Philadelphia, building a life, working as an accountant, and as a city auditor, from the 1950s until his eyesight went bad in the 1980s. Jeff Gammage, The Philadelphia Inquirer. SENT: About 900 words.
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