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Two killed at school graduation party

Police in Arizona said two people are dead and four others wounded after a shooting at a high school graduation party at a home.

Gunman shoots dead five students then kills himself

A GUNMAN dressed in black killed five students and then committed suicide in a shooting spree at a United States university.

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Teacher in fight to take gun to school

A HIGH-SCHOOL teacher in the US is suing for the right to take a gun into the classroom for personal protection, clashing with anti-gun advocates fighting to rid US schools of weapons.

Massacre warning came too late

UNIVERSITY officials at Virginia Tech could have saved lives had they more promptly warned students that a gunman was loose in the United States' deadliest campus massacre earlier this year, a new report concluded yesterday.

Teachers criticised for mock gunman incident

TEACHERS at a United States school have been criticised for staging a fake gun attack during a class trip.

Gunman fired 170 rounds in nine-minute rampage

THE Virginia Tech gunman fired more than 170 rounds in nine minutes of his rampage, police revealed last night.

Virginia students gather in memory of classmates

THOUSANDS of Virginia Tech students and faculty members filled the centre of campus yesterday to pay tribute to the victims of last week's massacre - pausing in two moments of silence for the 32 people killed by a student gunman.

Campus killer 'shot victims many times'

VIRGINIA Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui fired enough shots to wound his 32 victims more than 100 times before killing himself with a bullet to his head, the local assistant medical examiner said yesterday. Many of the victims had defensive wounds, indicating they tried to shield themselves from Cho's fire.

Tragedy that has Capitol Hill running scared of gun laws

WHEN A former Miss America was confronted by a thief in her Kentucky barn last week, the plucky 82-year-old knew just how to react. Venus Ramey, whose figure adorned Second World War B52 bombers, pulled out her .38 calibre handgun, leaned on her walking frame to steady her aim and coolly shot out the tyres of the startled intruder's getaway vehicle. She then held him at gunpoint, flagged down a motorist to raise the alarm and calmly waited until the sheriff arrived.

Looking down the barrel

THE macabre photos of Cho Seung-Hui tooled up shortly before he set out on his killing spree have whipped up a storm of protest in the US. But their publication serves a higher purpose than satisfying the morbid curiosity of voyeurs; more powerfully even than the documentary film Bowling For Columbine, it gives the lie to the US gun lobby's insistence that the country's infatuation with guns has no bearing on its many campus massacres.

Shock turns to grief as first victims of massacre are laid to rest

HIS body wrapped in a prayer shawl, and with his two sons intoning the Jewish prayer for the dead, Liviu Librescu, 76, was laid to rest yesterday.

Difficult questions, very American answers

LUNCH in Williamsburg, Virginia, last Monday was shorter than would otherwise have been the case.

Gunman in alert at NASA centre

A gunman killed a hostage and shot himself in the head after entering NASA's Johnson Space Centre in Texas yesterday. A female hostage was tied up with duct tape was unharmed.

Campus gunman deserved to die, says grandfather

THE family of university campus killer Cho Seung-Hui said today he "deserved to die".

Campus killer's tape tells of 'Jesus-like' sacrifice

THE Virginia Tech killer compared himself to Jesus Christ and said he died to inspire generations of "weak and defenceless people".

Campus killer speaks from beyond grave

THE Virginia Tech gunman paused in the midst of his deadly shooting spree to post a "multimedia manifesto" to a American television network.

University chiefs 'didn't take gunman warnings seriously'

A PROFESSOR who taught the Virginia Tech gunman today claimed she had warned university authorities repeatedly about his behaviour.

'I live in a country ruled by fear at every level. I'm so terrified for my kids'

TOASTING my toes by the log fire in Jodi Picoult's kitchen, while the snow outside lays, if not deep, certainly crisp and even, is like being in an archetypally wholesome version of the American Dream.

A price Americans are prepared to pay

EXCEPT on football Saturdays in the autumn, Blacksburg is a sleepy place, nestled in the picturesque Blue Ridge mountains in south-west Virginia, hard by the North Carolina border. Yesterday, it seemed as though everyone was expressing surprise that such a tragedy could happen here. What else could they say? The horror of Norris Hall has no rational explanation. "Surreal" was a word you could hear all over Blacksburg.

College 'has blood on its hands'

OFFICIALS at Virginia Tech were yesterday accused of having "blood on their hands" over the two-hour delay in warning students a gunman was on the loose.

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