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Gannett, a newspaper and broadcasting company based in McLean, Va., gave notification three years ago that it would not renew the 1977 agreement, in which it was responsible for business operations of the Post newspapers, including advertising and subscription sales, production and distribution.

Changing reader habits, pushed by the rise of television news and other media sources, have taken a toll on afternoon newspapers in the United States. Scripps said paid circulation for the Post newspapers has fallen from about 188,000 when the agreement started to 27,000 Monday through Friday, and 37,000 on Saturday.

PENNSYLVANIA

13-year-old charged with killing brother

LANSDOWNE — A 13-year-old boy fatally stabbed his brother with a steak knife after the 16-year-old refused to turn over a video game controller, authorities said.

Jahmir Ricks was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Antwan Ricks at their home outside Philadelphia. The older boy died of a single stab wound to the chest, police said, and a bent and bloody knife was recovered from the home.

Lansdowne police said the younger boy told them, “I just stabbed my brother,” when they arrived at the home Sunday.

Police think the argument started when Antwan would not turn over the game controller after losing a game to his brother. Police Chief Daniel Kortan said the rules of the house were that the person who lost had to give someone else a chance to play.

The argument escalated into a brawl, and the younger boy grabbed the knife, Chief Kortan said.

Mr. Ricks, who was charged as an adult, was being held without bail.

WISCONSIN

500-pound man rescued on river

MILWAUKEE — A 500-pound man injured while tubing down a shallow stretch of the St. Croix River was pulled to safety yesterday by dozens of rescue workers who spent hours carrying him to a navigable part of the waterway.

Martin Rike, 39, of Pine City, Minn., was treated for chest pain at the Burnett Medical Center in Grantsburg yesterday morning and discharged in the afternoon, his mother said.

Mr. Rike and three friends were floating down the river on the Minnesota state line in inner tubes Monday afternoon when Mr. Rike’s tube hit a rock and deflated, said Chief Deputy Steve Ovick of the Pine County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota.

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