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By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 4, 2002

Man believed to be promoter killed

A man identified as a rap music promoter was fatally shot in New York while sitting in his van -- three days after the killing of Run-DMC founder Jam Master Jay, authorities said.

Keneth Walker, 31, was shot several times in the back about 3 a.m. Saturday and died three hours later at Lincoln Hospital, said a police spokesman, Detective Robert Price.

The van had the names of music groups on its side, but police would not confirm reports that Walker was a music promoter.

Detectives had no evidence to suggest Saturday's shooting was linked to Wednesday's slaying of rap icon Jam Master Jay, whose real name was Jason Mizell, at his New York recording studio, police said.

Audiences ready for 'Santa'

The Santa Clause 2 debuted as the weekend's top movie, trouncing I Spy.

The Santa Clause 2, with Tim Allen returning as the North Pole's No. 1 elf, collected $29-million, more than double the opening numbers for Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson's action comedy, according to studio estimates Sunday. I Spy, loosely based on the 1960s TV series, opened a weak third with $14-million. The Ring remained No. 2 with $18.5-million. Last weekend's top flick, Jackass: The Movie, fell to fourth place with $13.1-million.

'Spider-Man' keeps climbing

Spider-Man, which shattered box office records last spring with a $114.8-million opening weekend, set another record Friday with 7-million DVD and video copies sold in its first day of video release, distributor Sony said Sunday. The previous record was 5-million copies of Monsters, Inc., sold on its first day in September.

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