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DALLAS---The X s that mark the
spots on the street where United States
President John F Kennedy was assas-
sinated 50 years ago are gone.
The markers disappearance comes
as Dallas prepares for Friday s events
that will commemorate the anniversary.
Kennedy s motorcade was passing
through the Texas city when shots rang
out on November 22, 1963.
The street markings are not done by
the city, and the city doesn t know who
City spokesman Frank Librio says
workers are laying asphalt to level out
the street. He adds that "with thou-
sands visiting the area this week, we
think that is prudent."
JFK 'markers' removed from Dallas street
CHARLOTTESVILLE---The son of Virginia
state Sen Creigh Deeds stabbed his father
in the head and chest yesterday before
apparently killing himself with a gun,
according to initial reports from police.
Authorities were still piecing together a
motive and the circumstances that led up
to the stabbing of Deeds, the Democrats
gubernatorial nominee four years ago.
"We re leaning towards it being an
attempted murder/suicide," Virginia State
Police spokeswoman Corrine Geller said at
a news conference. However, she said that
finding wasn t yet definitive.
Deeds 24-year-old son, Gus, died of a
gunshot wound at the home. Geller said
Creigh Deeds and his son were the only
people at the home yesterday and they were
not looking for a suspect.
The senator, known for his reserved
demeanor and humble farmland roots, was
in fair condition at a hospital yesterday
evening. He had previously been listed in
Deeds made his first bid for statewide
office in 2005 when he ran for attorney
general and narrowly lost to current Gov.
Bob McDonnell in the general election. Four
years later, McDonnell beat Deeds again in
the race for governor, though by a much
After the stabbing, Deeds was able to
walk away from his home to a nearby road
in rural western Virginia and a cousin who
was driving by happened to spot the senator,
police said. They drove to the cousin s home
and police were called from there.
Inside the senator s home in Millboro,
authorities found Gus Deeds suffering from
a gunshot wound. Despite efforts by state
troopers and first responders, he died there.
She said police have been able to talk
with the senator, but Geller wouldn t reveal
what he has said.
Deeds, a former Bath County prosecutor,
was elected to the House of Delegates in
1991 and to the state Senate in 2001. He
ran for attorney general in 2005, but lost
to McDonnell, a Republican. The margin of
victory was fewer than 400 votes out of
nearly 2 million cast.
Deeds and McDonnell squared off again
in 2009 in the race for governor after Deeds
defeated Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran
in the Democratic primary, but Deeds lost
badly in the general election.
Gus Deeds is one of the senator s four
adult children. He was studying music at
the College of William and Mary, where he
had been enrolled off and on since 2007,
but withdrew last month, school spokesman
Brian Whitson said. The college said he had
a strong academic record. It did not say
why he left.
During Deeds bid for governor, his son
took off a semester to join his dad on the
"He needs me and I need him," Deeds
told a reporter in the fall of 2009, about
campaigning with Gus.
"I ve got to go through this campaign
process but that doesn t mean I ve got to
be completely separated from my family
the whole time," he said.
David Toscano, whose district overlaps
with Deeds , said in a statement: "Sen. Deeds
was very close to his son, Gus, and has
taken herculean efforts to help him over the
years. Our thoughts and prayers are with
Creigh and the family at this difficult time."
McDonnell said in a statement the news
was "utterly heartbreaking."
"Creigh Deeds is an exceptional and com-
mitted public servant who has always done
what he believes is best for Virginia and
who gives his all to public service," McDon-
McAuliffe, now governor-elect, called it
a sad day for Virginia.
"We join people across the Common-
wealth and country in wishing him a full
recovery," he said.
Deeds and his ex-wife, Pam, divorced
shortly after the 2009 campaign. Deeds
remarried last year. (AP)
Son stabs politician, takes own life
survives attack UNITED NATIONS---The General Assembly s
human rights committee demanded yesterday
that Syria s government immediately allow
humanitarian aid to be delivered to areas
throughout the country that need it most
and stop hampering distribution with
"bureaucratic impediments and other obsta-
The draft resolution sailed through the
assembly s subcommittee by a vote of 123-13,
with 46 abstentions, assuring that it will be
adopted by the entire General Assembly later
this year by a similar margin. Russia and China
were among the countries voting against it.
With the Security Council divided between
Syria s key ally Russia and China on one side,
and the West and Arab states supporting the
opposition on the other, it has been the General
Assembly and UN agencies that have been
most forthright and vocal in demanding relief
in the Syrian crisis and an end to the war.
However, General Assembly resolutions are
The resolution approved yesterday also
comes close to blaming the Syrian government
and military for the deadly August 21 nerve
gas attack in a Damascus suburb held by the
It says that the report by UN inspectors
filed in September "provides clear evidence
that surface-to-surface rockets were fired on
21 August from Government-held territory
into opposition areas, using professionally
made munitions containing Sarin."
The independent watchdog group Human
Rights Watch analysed the trajectory of the
rockets described in the inspectors report and
arrived at the same conclusion. The UN report
itself was careful not to assign blame, since
it was mandated only to study the effects of
the attack. The US said more than 1,400 people
were killed, including at least 400 children,
though some organisations cited a significantly
lower death toll. Assad s government blamed
rebels for the attack.
With the United States and France threat-
ening to retaliate for the chemical weapons
attack, Damascus suddenly agreed in Septem-
ber to cooperate with dismantling its chemical
weapons laborato4eries and stockpiles, a
process that is supposed to be completed in
The resolution "stresses that the magnitude
of the humanitarian tragedy caused by the
conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic requires
immediate action to facilitate the safe and
unimpeded delivery of humanitarian assistance
throughout the entire country." (AP)
UN to Syria:
In a September 25, 2009, photo, Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds spends time with his
son Gus, left, on the road between campaign events. Virginia State Police confirmed
yesterday that Creigh Deeds was stabbed multiple times and Gus, was shot and killed at
Deeds' Home in Bath County. AP PHOTO
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