About 7,000 copies of the eight-page extra edition hit the streets about 1:30 p.m. The headline read "U.S. under attack." The free edition was distributed through many of the newspaper's single-copy sales locations in Lawrence only and by circulators on downtown streets.
Updated and expanded versions of the stories it carried are included in today's regular edition of the Journal-World.
Dolph C. Simons Jr., editor and publisher of the Journal-World, said Tuesday's terrorist attacks merited the special treatment.
"It's the most severe attack on this country we've ever had," he said. "It's just a chance for people to put their hands on something and read. I think the print media still plays an important role, and it was proper for us to print the extra."
Other Kansas newspapers also printed extras.
The Wichita Eagle printed more than 10,000 copies of an eight-page extra edition that hit the streets about 3 p.m. The headline read "ATTACKED."
The Kansas City Star printed about 50,000 copies of a 16-page edition that hit the streets about 1:30 p.m. Its front-page headline read "AMERICA UNDER ATTACK."
The Topeka Capital-Journal, Dodge City Globe, The Morning Sun in Pittsburg and The Salina Journal also planned extra editions.