Originally created 09/19/06

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Too involved in school to know what's going on in the real world this past week? Here's an update:

WORLD

CAMPUS RAMPAGE: One woman died and 19 other people were wounded when a gunman went on what authorities say was a random shooting spree Wednesday at Dawson College in Montreal. The gunmen, Kimveer Gill, 25, was killed by police on the scene.

SCHOOLS

ADMINISTRATIVE DEAL: Contract negotiations between Richmond County Schools Superintendent Charles Larke and the school board ended with a retirement agreement. Dr. Larke will retire at the end of October but will work from home as a consultant until March 31. Deputy Superintendent James Thompson will serve as interim superintendent.

HEALTH/TECHNOLOGY

BIONIC BODY PARTS: A Tennessee man has what has been called the first thought-controlled artificial arm. Jesse Sullivan, 59, was the first man to receive the arm, which works through shoulder nerves that used to go to his arm and are now grafted to his chest muscles. The grafts receive thought-generated impulses and the muscle activity is picked up by electrodes that relay signals to the arm's computer, creating near-normal arm movement.

VIDEO GAMES

GAME ON: Nintendo announced that its Wii (pronounced "we") home system would be out in time for the holidays (and to compete with the PlayStation 3). The $250 system, which will feature WiFi capabilities and a wireless motion-sensitive controller, will be in stores Nov. 19.

MUSIC

CHART TOPPERS: Beyonc claimed the top spot on the Billboard charts with her latest release B-Day, but the real news might be just how many No. 1s there have been lately.

So far this year, there have been 28 chart-toppers, the Washington Post reported, and if predictions of Justin Timberlake's takeover next week come true, the number will rise.

In 1992 and 1993 combined, there were 27 albums that reached the top. Thirty-six albums placed No. 1 in 2005.

- compiled from Associated Press, Reuters and Washington Post reports