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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Coverage Advisory, PA

August 22, 2014

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Pennsylvania. For questions about the state report, contact the Harrisburg Bureau at 717-238-9413. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

UPCOMING:

FLAWED ARSON SCIENCE

A former New York City businessman who has spent 24 years in prison after being convicted of setting a fire that killed his mentally ill daughter is scheduled to walk out of a maximum-security prison in Pennsylvania a free man, following a judge’s ruling that the case against him was based on now-debunked arson science. Han Tak Lee, 79, was due to be released from a state prison in rural central Pennsylvania Friday morning, then driven by a longtime supporter to the federal courthouse in Harrisburg for a hearing to determine the conditions of his release. Several dozen friends, family members and supporters were expected to greet him there. By Michael Rubinkam. SENT: About 550 words.

ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE-BISHOP

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh’s Roman Catholic bishop plans to take the ice bucket challenge to support a diocesan priest who has Lou Gehrig’s disease, but will donate his money to a charity that doesn’t use embryonic stem cells for its research on the disease. SENT: NewsNow. UPCOMING: About 280 words.

MEMBER EXCHANGE:

MEMBER EXCHANGE-ROBOTIC BEE

PITTSBURGH — Nearly a decade into a honeybee crisis, the idea was inevitable — a robotic bee. Harvard University researcher Robert Wood, professor of engineering and applied sciences, has a $9 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop just such a device. The intention is for RoboBee, about the size of a penny, to pollinate crops and perform other tasks, from military surveillance to searches. “It is still very basic research. This is not a replacement for natural pollinators, at least not now. That could change in several decades,” Wood said. Crops from pumpkins to blueberries, apples and almonds depend on pollination from honey bees, whose populations have been decimated during the past decade by colony collapse disorder. That little-understood disease has baffled scientists and frustrated beekeepers and growers. Getting a small, insect-like robot to work is a far bigger challenge than making a large robot — and getting it to fly adds more complications, scientists said. Rick Wills, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

MEMBER EXCHANGE-HINDU ASHRAM

SHESHQUIN — People from as far away as Canada, Chicago, New Jersey and Philadelphia gathered earlier this month at a Hindu ashram, located off of Sheshequin Road in Sheshequin Township, Bradford County. They had come to the one-story building to participate in a ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of the expansion to the United States of a Hindu organization called Vishwa Gayatri Mission, which owns and operates the ashram in Sheshequin Township. Swami Alakhgiriji Maharaj, who established the ashram in Sheshequin Township in 2010, said the Vishwa Gayatri Mission founded its first center in the United States in Chicago, Ill., in 1999, and has centers in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Atlantic City and other locations in America. Swami Alakhgiriji Maharaj, also known as “Swamiji,” is “very famous” as a yoga expert and yoga teacher, and is known for that expertise in countries such as China, Nepal, Tibet, the United States and India, said Pallavi Dave, who manages the ashram in Sheshequin Township. James Loeenstein, The (Towanda) Daily Review.

IN BRIEF:

BOTCHED ROBBERY SLAYING, APARTMENT COMPLEX SHOOTING, JOHNSTOWN SHOOTING, CORECTIONS OFFICER-SEX CHARGE, RESORT FLOODING, CHILD ABUSE LAWSUIT, ANIMAL SHELTER-VIOLATIONS.

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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Pennsylvania and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.

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