Virginia Tech

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First, Gunfire at a Colo. Church. Then, at a Va. Hookah Lounge

2 are dead, 6 injured after unrelated shootings Friday night

(Newser) - Two separate shootings 1,500 miles apart, in towns that have already experienced grim mass shootings, have left two dead and at least six injured. The first incident happened earlier in the evening Friday, shortly after 8pm, at the Iglesia Faro De Luz Church in Aurora, Colo., reports Denver7 . When...

Pride Flag Replaced With Confederate Flag on Campus

Police investigating what Virginia Tech's Wesley religious center calls a 'hate crime'

(Newser) - A gay pride flag has been stolen from a religious center at Virginia Tech for the third time in two weeks, and this time a Confederate flag was erected in its place. Police in Blacksburg, Va., are investigating the vandalism at the Wesley center, which campus minister Bret Gresham spotted...

Teen Ends Up in Burn Unit After Cutting Down 'Weed'

Virginia's Alex Childress suffers severe burns after coming across giant hogweed

(Newser) - The "giant horror plant" that recently popped up in Virginia sent a teen working his summer job to the VCU Medical Center burn unit in Richmond, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch . Alex Childress, who plans on attending Virginia Tech in the fall, was weed-whacking around Fredericksburg on Tuesday when he...

Arrest of Virginia Tech Student Alarms Campus

Freshman tried to buy 5K rounds of ammo

(Newser) - The details of an arrest at Virginia Tech is causing plenty of alarm online, though school officials are emphasizing that the campus was never believed to be under threat. Still, the arrest of a freshman who possessed an assault rifle and allegedly tried to buy 5,000 rounds of ammunition...

You're Stopping at Traffic Lights Wrong
You're Stopping at
Traffic Lights Wrong

You're Stopping at Traffic Lights Wrong

Drivers who stop bumper-to-bumper don't get through light any faster: study

(Newser) - Do you line up bumper-to-bumper when approaching a traffic light? Though driver training groups say it's a no-no likely to increase one's risk of a collision, researchers at the Virginia Tech College of Engineering say it's a "widely accepted" practice based on the idea that "...

A Virginia Driver Is Masquerading as a Car Seat

It's part of a Virginia Tech study of autonomous cars

(Newser) - It's still a couple of months until Halloween, but some in Arlington, Va., are already dressing up—as car seats. An NBC Washington reporter spotted a seemingly autonomous van driving around Arlington on Monday. On closer inspection, he realized there actually was a driver—the man was just disguised...

'That Kindness Changed Me Forever': Va. Tech Prof Remembers

Campus preparing to mark 10-year anniversary of the shootings

(Newser) - Sunday will mark 10 years since gunman Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 students and teachers at Virginia Tech , and a professor there recounts for StoryCorps via NPR the day the classes resumed. Jane Vance expected just a handful of students to show up, but everybody was there, sitting "like statues....

Ex-Virginia Tech Students Indicted in Girl's Murder

Trials in disturbing case set for March next year

(Newser) - Two former Virginia Tech students were indicted by a grand jury Tuesday in one of the year's most shocking murder cases. David Eisenhauer and Natalie Keepers, both 19, are accused of plotting to kill 13-year-old Nicole Lovell and could be sentenced to life in prison without parole when their...

Victim's Mom: Daughter Met Virginia Tech Student Online

'It was some off-the-wall site I never heard of'

(Newser) - The mother of a Blacksburg, Va., seventh-grader whose body was found Saturday some 100 miles from home says her daughter knew the Virginia Tech student charged in her killing. Tammy Weeks says police told her 13-year-old Nicole Lovell met David Eisenhauer, 18, several weeks ago online. "That’s all...

2 College Students Charged in Missing Girl's Murder

Liver transplant recipient Nichole Lovell, 13, found on North Carolina roadside

(Newser) - A 13-year-old girl who went missing from her home in Blacksburg, Va., early Wednesday was found dead on a North Carolina roadside late Saturday, and authorities quickly added a first-degree murder charge for the 18-year-old Virginia Tech freshman already charged in her abduction, reports NBC News . Police also arrested Maryland...

Virginia Tech Student Falls From Cruise Ship

Video shows 21-year-old male falling in the Bahamas

(Newser) - "We extend our heartfelt sympathy and concern for the family and loved ones of our missing guest." That's the sad statement from Carnival Cruise officials following the news that a Virginia Tech student fell from one of its ships early Sunday. The unnamed 21-year-old male was confirmed...

Court Voids Wrongful Death Verdict in Va. Tech Case

Justices say state couldn't have predicted mass shooting

(Newser) - Virginia's Supreme Court today reversed a jury's wrongful death verdict against the state stemming from the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting massacre, saying that the state had no duty to warn students of the potential acts of the case's lone gunman, who initially shot two in a dormitory....

Metallica Makes PSA Video in Hunt for Fan's Killer

Band asks for police tips after 2009 Virginia killing

(Newser) - Metallica has made a public service video as part of a publicity blitz to try to catch a man wanted in the death of a Virginia Tech student who disappeared after one of the band's concerts. Composite sketches of the suspect will be featured at bus shelters and on...

Virginia Tech Found Negligent in 2007 Rampage

School waited too long to send out warnings, says jury

(Newser) - Virginia Tech was found legally negligent by a jury today in a lawsuit stemming from the 2007 school shooting that killed 33 people. The issue at stake was whether the university improperly delayed sending out warnings after the first two murders were discovered in a dorm, reports AP . Campus police...

Police Identify Virginia Tech Gunman as Ross Truett Ashley, 22
 Police ID Virginia Tech Gunman 

Police ID Virginia Tech Gunman

Ross Truett Ashley, 22, attended nearby Radford University

(Newser) - A dean's list student who killed a Virginia Tech police officer had no ties to the university and did not know the patrolman, authorities said yesterday without offering a motive for a crime spree that spanned two days and ended in suicide. Ross Truett Ashley, 22, first drew authorities'...

Virginia Tech Shooter Changed Clothes to Escape

But another trooper spotted him in a parking lot

(Newser) - Virginia Tech officials shed a few more details on yesterday's murder-suicide but still aren't speculating about a motive. The man who shot officer Deriek Crouse remains publicly unidentified, but police say he wasn't a student or affiliated with the school. He reportedly walked up to Crouse's...

Virginia Tech Victim a Vet, Dad of 5

More details emerge on campus shootings

(Newser) - Deriek W. Crouse, the police officer killed yesterday during a traffic stop on the Virginia Tech campus, was a 39-year-old Army veteran and father of five. He and the suspected shooter, who was apparently found dead nearby, were shot with the same handgun, police confirmed today. The suspect is believed...

Virginia Tech Lockdown Over; Shooter Believed Dead

It looks like a murder-suicide

(Newser) - Virginia Tech has lifted its lockdown after today's fatal shootings that left two people dead and says the community is safe. Police confirmed little but said to "read between the lines" about speculation of a murder-suicide, reports the Roanoke Times . Based on that comment and more details from...

Police Officer Shot at Virginia Tech

 Gunman Kills 2 
 at Virginia Tech 

Gunman Kills 2 at Virginia Tech

One victim is a police officer shot during traffic stop

(Newser) - A gunman killed a police officer and another person after a traffic stop today on the campus of Virginia Tech, and students and faculty were told to stay inside university buildings as police searched for the suspect. The school said a police officer pulled someone over for a traffic stop...

Virginia Tech Lifts Alert as Police Find No Trace of Reported Gunman
 Virginia Tech Lifts Alert 

Virginia Tech Lifts Alert

Campus back to business after report of gunman

(Newser) - Virginia Tech has lifted a security alert after police found no trace of a reported gunman, reports the Richmond Times Dispatch . The campus in Blacksburg canceled classes after children visiting for a day camp told police they thought they saw a man with a handgun. University officials issued an alert...

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