Milestones Feb. 28, 2005

CONVICTED. CHRISTOPHER PITTMAN, 15, teenager who claimed taking the antidepressant Zoloft led him to shoot his grandparents in their bed in 2001; on two counts of murder; in Charleston, S.C. Though jurors rejected the Zoloft defense, they agonized over trying Pittman, who was 12 when he committed the crime, as an adult. He was sentenced to the minimum term of 30 years in prison.

AILING. ARLEN SPECTER, 75, veteran Republican Senator from Pennsylvania; with an advanced stage of Hodgkin's disease, an often curable cancer of the lymph system, which his doctors say he has a 70% chance of surviving; in Washington....

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