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August 9, 2003

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Pennsylvania

Child's body found in cooler behind home

A man and woman have been charged with killing a 4-year-old girl whose malnourished body was found in a picnic cooler behind their western Pennsylvania home, authorities said.

Kristen Tatar's 11 1/2-pound body was found in the cooler Thursday, after police were alerted by social workers who hadn't seen the child since at least June.

The cause of death was not immediately known, but Armstrong County Coroner Robert Bower said at a news conference Friday that the girl suffered from malnutrition, dehydration and neglect.

State police filed homicide charges late Thursday against James Tatar, 41, and Janet Crawford, 35, both of Vandergrift, a town about 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

NEW YORK CITY

Esquire cancels article by plagiarizing reporter

Esquire has canceled a movie review it commissioned former New York Times reporter Jayson Blair to write, the magazine said Friday.

Blair, who resigned from the Times after editors learned he had embellished and plagiarized dozens of reports, was to have reviewed "Shattered Glass," a film about another journalist found to have fabricated stories, Stephen Glass.

David Granger, editor in chief of the 68-year-old men's magazine, said Esquire reversed its decision after news of Blair's assignment became public.

"It was intended as a joke that readers would see when they picked up the issue," Granger said.

NEW YORK CITY

3-year-old accidentally shot by 9-year-old

A 3-year-old boy was in critical condition Friday after he was accidentally shot by his 9-year-old cousin in a Brooklyn apartment, police said.

The 9-year-old found the gun under a mattress and fired it, hitting the younger child in the forehead as he walked by, police said. The 9-year-old's teenage brother fled the apartment with the gun, police said.

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