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Oklahoman Modified: August 19, 2009 at 4:21 am •  Published: August 19, 2009
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$225K gift rejected
PITTSBURGH — The University of Pittsburgh says it won’t accept an estimated $225,000 bequest from the gunman who committed suicide after killing three women and wounding nine others at a Pittsburgh-area health club. Court papers of the intended estate gift were filed Friday by the brother and executor for 48-year-old George Sodini. University spokesman Robert Hill rejected the offer on Tuesday. Two women injured in the Aug. 4 shooting an L.A. Fitness club intend to sue Sodini’s estate. Sodini graduated from Pitt in 1992.

Court denies fishing rights
CINCINNATI — A federal appeals court in Ohio has rejected the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma’s claim that it should be given commercial fishing rights on Lake Erie without government restrictions. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said the tribe gave up its fishing rights when it moved out of northwestern Ohio in the early 1800s. The state argued that the tribe’s complaint was based on a treaty that had nothing to do with Lake Erie or fishing rights there.

CRIME

Police study triple slaying
MIRAMAR, Fla. — Police in South Florida searched for clues Tuesday after a woman, her 15-year-old son and another person were killed at a home in a quiet neighborhood. A fourth person was shot in the face but was alive when police arrived Monday. Rescuers took her to a hospital. Police identified two of those slain as Faith Bisasor and her 15-year-old son, Davion Bishop. Authorities were still searching for suspects Tuesday

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