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Nation in brief: Suspect’s ex-wife among three killed

Sun., April 26, 2009

A University of Georgia professor whom police suspect in the fatal shootings of his ex-wife and two men outside a theater near campus Saturday disappeared in his Jeep after dropping his children off with a neighbor, authorities said.

A nationwide manhunt was on for 57-year-old George Zinkhan, a marketing professor.

Members of a local theater group had gathered midday at the Athens Community Theater when Zinkhan left his children in his car and fired at the group, said Athens-Clarke County Police Capt. Clarence Holeman. Killed were Zinkhan’s ex-wife Marie Bruce, 47, Tom Tanner, 40, and Ben Teague, 63.

Santa Monica, Calif.

Actress’s old home revived for public

The former estate of silent film star Marion Davies, where the rich and famous frolicked during Hollywood’s Golden Age, opened Saturday as a public beach club after more than 10 years of planning.

The 5-acre beachfront estate was built by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst for Davies in the late 1920s while they carried on a long-term love affair.

The property later became a hotel, then a private beach club and at one point was the backdrop of “Beverly Hills 90210.” It was shut down after being heavily damaged by the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

Mount Laurel, N.J.

Ten-vehicle crash on turnpike kills 5

A 10-vehicle crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, one of the nation’s most heavily trafficked highways, killed five people in one car and injured several others on Saturday afternoon.

Turnpike Authority spokesman Joe Orlando said it appeared that nine cars and a tractor-trailer were involved in the fiery crash in the turnpike’s southbound lanes in Mount Laurel, considered a Philadelphia suburb.

Emergency crews remained at the scene Saturday night, working to clear the crash site and redirect drivers caught in traffic delays caused by the accident.

From wire reports


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