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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

May 27, 2019

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage today in Pennsylvania. For questions about the state report, contact the Philadelphia bureau at 215-561-1133. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org

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TOP STORIES:

PUBLIC OFFICIALS-GIFTS

HARRISBURG _ Pennsylvania state lawmakers disclosed in newly filed ethics forms that they accepted more than $83,000 in free trips last year and collected a variety of gifts,

FIRST AMENDMENT IN CARTOON

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The First Amendment right to free speech is no laughing matter, as illustrated by a new exhibit at the world’s largest cartoon library. The political cartooning display runs the gamut from a 1774 etching by Paul Revere criticizing Britain’s use of tea as a political weapon to a 2018 cartoon lampooning the blocking of online conservative commentary. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: About 880 words.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-WWII TROOPSHIP SINKING

PITTSBURGH _ Two famous shipwrecks mark the beginning and end of America’s involvement in World War II: The USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and the USS Indianapolis in July 1945 after delivering components of the atom bomb to Tinian. But a third sinking in the middle of the war, worse than the second and nearly as bad as the first, remains largely unknown. This was the loss of the troopship HMT Rohna, a converted British cargo ship sunk in 1943 off the African coast by a German guided missile at a cost of 1,015 U.S. soldiers. Among them were 95 men from Pennsylvania. Many of them had served with the 853rd Aviation Engineer Battalion. Now a New Jersey filmmaker, in conjunction with a survivors’ group, is hoping to raise awareness of this great sea disaster by finding the families of the dead. Torsten Ove, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. SENT: About 1190 words.

IN BRIEF:

HOTEL SLAYING _ Trial resumes this week for a Pennsylvania man charged in the shooting death of a sleeping co-worker in a New Jersey hotel room 2½ years ago.

SPORTS:

BBN--PIRATES-REDS

CINCINNATI _ The Pirates and Reds play a makeup doubleheader, with games starting at 1:10 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. EDT.

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