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Boy held in killing of father's girlfriend

February 22, 2009
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PENNSYLVANIA
WAMPUM - An 11-year-old boy has been charged in the shotgun death of his father's pregnant girlfriend, who was found slain in a bedroom of her western Pennsylvania farmhouse, authorities said yesterday. Jordan Brown was charged as an adult in the shooting death of Kenzie Marie Houk, who was 8 months pregnant, Lawrence County District Attorney John Bongivengo said at a news conference. Brown, the son of Houk's live-in boyfriend, was charged with criminal homicide and criminal homicide of an unborn child, Bongivengo said. (AP)

NEW YORK
Mourners gather for 2 plane victims
CLARENCE - Hundreds of mourners gathered yesterday to remember a Sept. 11 widow killed in a commuter plane crash and the owner of the suburban Buffalo home that was destroyed by the crash. The two were among the 50 people who died when Flight 3407 from Newark fell from the sky as it approached the Buffalo airport on Feb. 12, killing all 49 people aboard and a man who was in the house. Beverly Eckert, 57, was aboard the Continental Connection turboprop on her way to her hometown to celebrate what would have been the 58th birthday of her late husband Sean Rooney. (AP)

PENNSYLVANIA
Publisher files for bankruptcy
PHILADELPHIA - The Journal Register Co., publisher of the New Haven (Conn.) Register and other newspapers, filed for Chapter 11 protection yesterday, joining at least two other publishers that turned to bankruptcy court in recent months amid slumping advertising revenue and circulation. The Yardley, Pa.-based company said in a statement posted on its Web site that it expects to operate as usual during restructuring and didn't anticipate any interruption in business. (AP)

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