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The Indianapolis Museum of Art is located on the site of Miss Lilly’s parents’ estate, which she and her brother donated in 1966, along with a trust income to maintain it.

Miss Lilly’s wealth was valued at more than $1 billion in 2002. The family statement said she gave away “the vast bulk of her inheritance, largely to Indiana-based institutions.”

MASSACHUSETTS

Deaths in arson ruled homicides

NORTHAMPTON — The deaths of two men in one of a string of nine suspected arsons Sunday have been ruled homicides by the Massachusetts Medical Examiner’s office.

Dr. Andrew Sexton on Wednesday “presumptively” identified the victims in the Sunday fire in Northampton, Mass., as Paul Yeskie, 81, and his son, Paul Jr., 39. Family members had publicly identified the Yeskies as the victims. Additional dental tests are needed to positively identify the victims.

Authorities said the men died of asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation and “thermal injuries.”

PENNSYLVANIA

400 to 500 animals dead in home

PHILADELPHIA — Investigators said some kind of religious ritual may be behind the discovery of the remains of 400 to 500 dead animals at a Philadelphia house.

Officer George Bengal, director of law enforcement at the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said investigators spent hours combing through the home in the city’s Feltonville neighborhood Wednesday.

He said the animals were apparently used in some kind of religious ritual. The remains include deer, turtles and other animals.

Authorities are trying to find the people who lived in the rented home.

Mr. Bengal says that there is no law against sacrificing animals for religious purposes as long as it is done humanely.

A report of dogs living in unsanitary conditions initially led animal control officers to the house.

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