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Family of slain reporter files negligence lawsuit

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The family of a veteran New York Times reporter who was beaten to death by muggers filed a $20 million lawsuit Monday against city and hospital officials, claiming their negligence contributed to his death.

David Rosenbaum, 63, was attacked with a heavy plastic pipe Jan. 6 during an evening stroll in his Northwest Washington neighborhood. Percey Jordan Jr., 42, was convicted of murder.

Emergency workers initially believed that Rosenbaum was drunk, and they did not try to determine whether he was injured, according to a report from city investigators.