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Front Page: NIU Shooting, New Solar System, Kenya Peace

  • More details are now known about the shooting yesterday at Northern Illinois University. The gunman, dressed in black, wordlessly opened fire on a geology class Thursday. He ended up killing five students and wounding 16, before turning the gun on himself. The shooter was a former graduate student in sociology, and used a shotgun and two handguns. There is no word yet on the gunman's identity. Four students still remain in critical condition. Learning from last year's tragedy at Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois authorities said campus police arrived within three minutes. Within 20 minutes, students received e-mail alerts instructing them "get to a safe area and take precautions." The sad event lasted less than an hour.
  • Astronomers announced yesterday that they've discovered a solar system similar to our own. Located 5,000 light-years across the galaxy, the new solar system is a miniature mirror-image of ours, with large outer planets, smaller inner planets, and a sun approximately half the mass of ours. One of the scientists working on the discovery thinks that warm, rocky planets — life-sustaining — could exist within the new solar system.
  • Peace talks in Kenya brokered by Kofi Annan have reached a tentative resolution. Both sides have agreed to an independent panel to review the contested election, and the possibility of a power-sharing agreement is in negotiation. Annan said, "we are there, we are very close, we are moving steadily."
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