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  • Battle at Bristol: Speedway ready to host Vols vs. Hokies showdown

    09/10/2016 1:42:42 PM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 51 replies
    The Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 9/9/16 | Grant Ramey
    When parking lots open at 7 a.m. Saturday, the game — Tennessee and Virginia Tech in a border battle at Bristol Motor Speedway, playing in front of what will be a college football record attendance, topping 150,000 — will finally be here.
  • Dark Money in Science

    05/27/2016 8:20:27 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 27, 2016 | Kallina Crompton
    Just a few months ago, mothers in Flint, Michigan prohibited their kids from taking baths after actor Mark Ruffalo claimed the city's water contained dangerous levels of chloroform. Virginia Tech Professor Marc Edwards, who initially blew the whistle on the Flint water lead-poisoning, compared the incident to "someone shouting fire in a crowded movie theater." "Mr. Ruffalo became an opportunist, a pseudo-scientist, and he started telling people outrageous things," said Marc Edwards. "He claimed that you could breathe lead through the water in the showers… and that they found dangerous chemicals in Flint water heaters." Although at first the Professor...
  • Bright college teens held in death of ‘awesome little girl’

    02/01/2016 10:35:15 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/1/16 | Tom Foreman Jr. 
    BLACKSBURG, Va. — Two Virginia Tech students who had bright futures appeared before a judge Monday in the death of a seventh-grade girl who was active on social media and apparently climbed out her bedroom window. Nicole Madison Lovell, 13, was described as “an awesome little girl” who had a tough life — she survived a liver transplant as a youngster and suffered from bullying at middle school and online, her mother said.
  • 13-Year-Old Allegedly Abducted by Va. Tech Students Was Stabbed to Death, Official Says

    02/02/2016 11:34:33 AM PST · by outpostinmass2 · 77 replies
    A 13-year-old girl allegedly abducted and killed by two Virginia Tech students was stabbed to death, according to preliminary results, Montgomery County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt said at a news conference today. A formal report of the cause of death has not yet been completed, Pettitt said. CW Attorney: Natalie Keepers will be charged with accessory before the fact, in addition to current charges in death of 13 y/o Nicole Lovell, 13, of Blacksburg, Virginia -- the city where Virginia Tech is located -- went missing Jan. 27, the Blacksburg Police Department said. Her body was found on Saturday in...
  • Two students at Virginia Tech now face charges involving the death of a Blacksburg teenage girl.

    02/01/2016 5:50:00 AM PST · by outpostinmass2 · 9 replies
    The Virginia Tech student charged with killing teen Nicole Madison Lovell knew the girl and an investigation shows that he used that relationship to abduct her before disposing of her body with the assistance of another Tech student, police said Sunday. Blacksburg police announced the second Tech student’s arrest, one day after Tech freshman David Edmond Eisenhauer, 18, of Columbia, Maryland, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and abduction. Lovell’s remains were discovered Saturday in Surry County, North Carolina. The second Tech student, Natalie Marie Keepers, 19, of Laurel, Maryland, was arrested Sunday morning and faces a felony charge...
  • Second Virginia Tech student charged in the death of Blacksburg 13-year-old

    01/31/2016 1:25:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    Wsahington Post ^ | January 31 at 3:20 PM | T. Rees Shapiro, DeNeen L. Brown and Fenit Nirappil
    "This has been an extremely fast investigation within the just past 12 hours," Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson said in a news release. "And we still have a great deal to do as there are multiple interviews to conduct and evidence" to collect and analyze "as we reconstruct the timeline of events leading up to Nicole’s tragic death." Nicole was reported missing Wednesday and was last seen in Blacksburg between midnight and 7 a.m., police said. A report issued after her disappearance said she had undergone a liver transplant and required prescription medicine daily. Nicole's mother, Tammy Weeks, said in...
  • THE #BLACKLIVESMATTER REVOLUTION WILL BE TELEVISED

    08/27/2015 3:52:25 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 32 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | August 27, 2015 | Mathew Vadum
    Hoping to start a bloody "race war," a black, gay, in-your-face Obama-supporting former TV reporter horrified Southwest Virginia TV viewers yesterday when he stalked and coolly murdered two white former TV station colleagues and wounded a white interview subject during a live broadcast.
  • Virginia Shooter Wanted to Ignite a ‘Race War’ (Also, he was a homosexual)

    08/26/2015 2:20:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | August 26, 2015 | Rick Moran
    The man who killed two journalists on live television in Virginia sent a suicide note to ABC News claiming the killings were in response to the shootings at a Charleston, SC church that killed 9 people in June. Bryce Williams, AKA Vester Lee Flanagan, contacted ABC News several times over the last several weeks saying he wanted to pitch a story to them. He never gave them an idea what the story was. Then today, Williams faxed what he called a “suicide note” where he claimed the shooting of the reporters was a response to the Charleston killings and that...
  • U.S. Scientists See Long Fight Against Ebola

    09/13/2014 11:06:05 AM PDT · by Raebie · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 12, 2014 | DENISE GRADY
    The deadly Ebola outbreak sweeping across three countries in West Africa is likely to last 12 to 18 months more, much longer than anticipated, and could infect hundreds of thousands of people before it is brought under control, say scientists mapping its spread for the federal government. “We hope we’re wrong,” said Bryan Lewis, an epidemiologist at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech. Both the time the model says it will take to control the epidemic and the number of cases it forecasts far exceed estimates by the World Health Organization, which said last month that it hoped to...
  • University of Illinois Stands Firm on Not Hiring Professor Over Anti-Israel Tweets

    09/12/2014 12:23:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 11, 2014 5:49 p.m. ET | Douglas Belkin
    The University of Illinois board of trustees on Thursday affirmed its refusal to hire a professor who posted a series of harsh anti-Israel tweets this summer. The professor says the act is part of an effort by “wealthy and well organized groups to attack pro-Palestinian students and faculty.” The case has drawn wide attention on college campuses because it raises the issue of the suppression of academic freedom around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—a hot-button topic at universities across the country. Steven Salaita, a Palestinian-American professor with an expertise in indigenous studies, accepted a tenure-track position last year to start working in...
  • VA Tech professor: Stop saying "Support the Troops"

    08/27/2013 6:30:09 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 45 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 27, 2013 | Victor Medina
    Steven Salaita, an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, argues in a column posted this morning at Salon.com that Americans should stop saying "support the troops," calling it "trite and tiresome." He argues that patriotism and voicing support for the troops is merely a cover for American "imperialism" and likens American soldiers to murderers and ignorant individuals who "act like an Adam Sandler character."
  • Biden to promote gun control in pro-gun Virginia

    01/23/2013 6:18:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 23, 2013 6:21 PM EST | Nedra Pickler
    Vice President Joe Biden is launching a White House campaign of road trips to promote gun control with a visit to Virginia, a state that has experienced its own school shooting tragedy yet maintains an avidly pro-gun tradition. … Virginia lawmakers have been debating a bill to require that private sellers conduct criminal background checks on buyers at gun shows. The current law only requires dealers to conduct the checks. Some of the survivors and families of victims of the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech that killed 32 have been leading the push for tighter gun control measures. …
  • Mass Shooting Incidents In The Last Two Decades

    07/20/2012 8:39:41 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 20, 2012
    From Reuters:March 13, 1996 - BRITAIN - Gunman Thomas Hamilton burst into a primary school in the Scottish town of Dunblane and shot dead 16 children and their teacher before killing himself. April 28, 1996 - AUSTRALIA - Martin Bryant unleashed modern Australia's worst mass murder when he shot dead 35 people at the Port Arthur tourist site in the southern state of Tasmania. April 1999 - UNITED STATES - Two heavily-armed teenagers went on a rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Denver, shooting 13 students and staff before taking their own lives. July 1999 - UNITED STATES -...
  • Virginia Tech police seek two suspects after early-morning attack

    06/29/2012 10:23:15 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | June 29, 2012 | Chase Purdy
    The suspects drove away from the scene in a dark, regular-cab pickup truck. The last four digits of the truck’s license plate are 3330, according to witnesses at the scene. Police across the region are on the lookout following an attempted abduction on the Virginia Tech campus Friday morning in which two men tried to drag a woman into a pickup truck, according to the Virginia Tech Police. Maj. Kevin L. Foust said the woman, who has not been identified, was crossing Henderson Lawn from College Avenue to Alumni Mall about 2:15 a.m. when two men approached her. Police said...
  • Mother of VA Tech victim speaks out in support of campus carry

    04/16/2012 7:07:31 PM PDT · by JohnPierce · 7 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | April 16, 2012 | John Pierce
    Five years ago today, on a cold, sad Monday in April, Virginia Tech senior Seung Hui Cho went on a rampage that cost the lives of 32 of the Commonwealth’s best and brightest young people and sent a nation into mourning. Almost from the moment the attack was first reported, people started asking the question “What could have been done to prevent this tragedy?” While administrators at Virginia Tech continue to insist that there was nothing they could have done, I can point to a defining moment where Virginia Tech failed these students. It was January 31st, 2006 and Virginia...
  • Michelle Obama to speak at Virginia Tech graduation

    03/29/2012 9:25:09 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 25 replies
    Michelle Obama will address Virginia Tech graduates at the 2012 commencement ceremony on May 11 at Lane Stadium. Mrs. Obama joins U.S. Sen. Mark Warner as commencement speaker. Both will deliver commencement addresses. This is the first time a first lady has addressed a Virginia Tech commencement, according to Tech's morning news release. Mrs. Obama will speak at three college graduation ceremonies this spring, including two in key general election battleground states. Her first commencement address will be at Tech. The White House says the first lady has been inspired by the school's resiliency following the deadly 2007 campus shootings....
  • Jury finds Va. Tech negligent in '07 shootings

    03/14/2012 12:31:57 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 11 replies
    Google News ^ | 14 MAR 12 | By STEVE SZKOTAK, Associated Press
    Jury finds Va. Tech negligent in '07 shootings By STEVE SZKOTAK, Associated Press – 1 minute ago CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — A jury has found Virginia Tech negligent for delaying a campus warning of the first shootings in a 2007 campus massacre that left 33 dead. Jurors returned the verdict Wednesday in a wrongful death civil suit brought by the parents of two students who were killed on April 16, 2007, in the most deadly mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Jurors deliberated for 3 ˝ hours before awarding $4 million to each family, and the state immediately filed a...
  • "Shameful Decision": Virginia Repeals 1-Gun-Per-Month Law (Barf Alert)

    02/29/2012 8:01:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies · 2+ views
    Opposingviews ^ | 28 February, 2012 | Brady Campaign
    WASHINGTON -- When Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell decided today to sign legislation that repeals Virginia’s 19-year-old restriction on selling more than one handgun a month, he ignored the pleas of the Virginia Tech families affected by the worst shooting massacre in the history of the Commonwealth and the United States. Colin Goddard, who survived being shot four times at Virginia Tech and now works as an advocate with the Brady Campaign, was outraged. "When the Virginia Tech families spoke to the governor on Saturday, he offered sympathy, not solutions. Sympathy alone will not save lives. The governor had a chance...
  • Report by House Democrats Absolves Administration in Gun Trafficking Case

    01/30/2012 10:16:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 109 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 31, 2012 | CHARLIE SAVAGE
    WASHINGTON — Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday are expected to publish a report on the disputed gun trafficking investigation called Operation Fast and Furious, concluding that agents in Arizona — not Obama administration officials — were responsible for the tactics used in the inquiry and for providing misleading information relayed to Congress. In an 89-page report, titled “Fatally Flawed: Five Years of Gun-walking in Arizona,” the Democratic staff portrays Fast and Furious as the fourth investigation, dating back to 2006, in which Arizona-based agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives employed...
  • The Student's Empirical Case for the Second Amendment

    12/19/2011 10:14:12 AM PST · by TheCollegeConservative · 2 replies
    The College Conservative Blog ^ | Monday, December 19th, 2011 | Parker Mantell
    As a heated issue among the American public, gun control has undoubtedly become one of the most salient topics in relation to law and public policy. Additionally, as a response to the wave of campus crime and gun violence through the recent decades, many universities have adapted the policy of a gun-free zone for their campuses. Setting aside the Constitutional intent on the issue, empirical results on college campuses have consistently illustrated the harm that gun-free zones pose.
  • APNewsBreak: Police identify Va. Tech gunman

    12/09/2011 3:47:56 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 9, 6:19 PM EST | BOB LEWIS and ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON
    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Police identified the Virginia Tech gunman on Friday as a part-time college student from nearby Radford University, though they still have not been able to say what led him to kill a police officer and then himself. The day before Thursday's shooting and campus-wide lockdown, Ross Truett Ashley, 22, stole a sport utility vehicle at gunpoint from a real estate office in Radford, police said. He dumped the car on the Virginia Tech campus and it was found Thursday. Police said that same day he walked up to the patrolman he did not know and fired,...
  • 2 people dead in shooting at VT (suspect is at large)

    12/08/2011 11:43:47 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 30 replies
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  • Virginia Tech reports shots fired on campus

    12/08/2011 10:18:12 AM PST · by Mozilla · 58 replies
    USA Today | 11-8-11 | Douglas Stanglin,
    Only Link per rules:http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2011/12/virginia-tech-reports-shots-fired-on-campus/1
  • VACDL Plans Pro-Gun Rally on Virginia Tech Campus, November 17th

    10/27/2011 5:54:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 26 October, 2011 | Nick Leghorn
    Virginia Tech was the site of one of the bloodiest school shootings in the history of the United States. On that day a single gunman killed 33 people and injured 25 more before he took his own life. Many of us on this site believe the vast majority of those deaths could have been prevented by a single legally armed citizen and their firearm, but thanks to gun-free school laws and policies every victim was unarmed and defenseless. The Virginia Civil Defense League, Virginia’s firearms owner rights protection group, just announced their plans to hold a protest on November 17th...
  • Virginia Tech Alert: Person with gun spotted on campus

    08/04/2011 7:28:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 87 replies
    http://www2.wsls.com ^ | 08-04-2011 | By: WSLS-TV Staff Reports
    BLACKSBURG, VA -- 9:59 a.m. WSLS can confirm that the campus siren system has been activated. --- 9:47 a.m. Virginia Tech Alert claims person with a gun spotted near Dietrick Dining Hall. Tech asking people on campus to stay inside, secure doors. Police conducting search now. WSLS's Ken Heineck is on the way to Virginia Tech now. More information as we get it.
  • Key Campus Carry Victories in Wisconsin, Virginia

    07/17/2011 9:25:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    concealedcampus.org ^ | 11 July, 2011 | NA
    As college students across the country prepare to convene in the nation’s capitol to discuss college gun bans on August 8th, two more states have expanded the right to carry concealed weapons on campus. Wisconsin became the 49th state to decriminalize bearing arms for defense when Governor Scott Walker signed SB 93 into law on July 8. The law, which goes into effect in November, removes the state prohibition on concealed carry, limiting possession of firearms on K-12 institutions but excluding college campuses. “Carrying a concealed weapon for protection is no longer a criminal offense in Wisconsin,” said David Burnett,...
  • Virginia Tech Responds to AG Opinion on ‘No Guns’ Policy

    07/14/2011 12:56:52 PM PDT · by JohnPierce · 2 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | 07/13/2011 | John Pierce
    Following last week’s opinion by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli that state university policies are trumped by state-issued concealed handgun permits while properly promulgated regulations are not, Virginia Tech has announced their intent to transform their ‘no guns’ policy into a regulation. Generally, the process to promulgate a regulation under the Virginia Administrative Process Act (VAPA) requires a number of time consuming steps. However ...
  • Obama played politics with Virginia Tech tragedy - Video

    01/17/2011 2:03:02 AM PST · by Frankusa · 1 replies
    On April 16, 2007, the day of the Virginia Tech massacre, then-Presidential candidate, Barack Obama, spoke at a campaign rally in Milwaukee WI, where he cunningly associated the tragic act of violence to a host of unrelated political issues, thereby politicizing the tragedy, as he did last week, during memorial services for the victims of the Arizona shootings: Video
  • U.S. funds study of flying snakes

    11/23/2010 11:08:59 AM PST · by markomalley · 28 replies
    UPI ^ | 11/23/2010
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Defense is funding research to discover how species of Asian snakes are able to glide long distances through the air, researchers say. Researchers at Virginia Tech are studying how snakes of the genus Chrysopelea, found in Southeast Asia, India and southern China, glide without the benefit of any wings or wing-like parts, The Washington Post reported Monday. The snakes undulate from side to side, almost as if slithering through the air, to glide from the tops of 200-foot tall trees to land almost 800 feet away. "Basically ... they become one...
  • Va. governor commemorates 2007 VaTech shootings

    04/16/2010 9:33:09 AM PDT · by freespirited · 11 replies · 234+ views
    Google/AP ^ | 04/16/10 | Zinie Chen Sampson
    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia's governor led a ceremony at the state Capitol to mark the third anniversary of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history at Virginia Tech. Gov. Bob McDonnell on Friday read a proclamation at a gathering at the Capitol bell tower honoring the 32 who died and those who were injured in the shootings. He also said the state would observe Virginia Tech Remembrance Day each April 16 during the four years of his term. The crowd observed a moment of silence, and McDonnell then read the names of each of the students and faculty fatally...
  • Students Resist Colleges, Strap on Empty Holsters (The next generation of pro-gun patriots)

    04/05/2010 9:38:48 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 49 replies · 2,766+ views
    April 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- College students across America will once again strap on empty holsters in an act of silent protest against laws and policies banning licensed concealed carry on campus. The protest, sponsored by Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC), will take place April 5-9, 2010 and comes on the heels of college administrators discriminating against concealed carry permit holders, and censoring students who disagree. According to the group, colleges have repeatedly ignored or attempted to keep students from discussing the issue. In Pennsylvania, one college banned SCCC member Christine Brashier from handing out fliers about the group,...
  • PC at VT [Virginia Tech]

    02/21/2010 6:20:02 PM PST · by HokieMom · 8 replies · 468+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | February 19, 2010 | Staff
    Last year Virginia Tech drew unflattering attention to itself with a diversity policy proposed for the college of arts and humanities that amounted to an ideological loyalty oath. The draft proposal managed to include nearly every warmed-over cliché of identity politics, from "socially constructed differences" to "systems of power" to "hierarchy and privilege." The proposal made it clear that professors hoping to enjoy a fruitful career would have to prove themselves good little party members by participating in diversity workshops and even revising their course curricula to incorporate "issues of gender, race, and other perspectives." Administrators wisely backed off that...
  • Medical Examiner Positively Identifies Remains as Morgan Harrington

    01/27/2010 10:10:18 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 5 replies · 880+ views
    WTVR ^ | 01/27/2010 | Catie Beck and Misti Davidson
    The state medical examiner has confirmed the remains found on an Albemarle County Farm Tuesday are those of Morgan Harrington. Virginia State Police say the confirmation was made using dental records provided by the family and say the investigation continues into the time and cause of death.... Lt. Joe Rader, the lead investigator in Harrington's disappearance, said the area where the remains were discovered had not been searched previously. He added that the missing person case was now most likely a homicide. He said investigators were combing the area carefully, saying it was "imperative to maintain the sanctity of the...
  • Harrington’s parents on way to scene of found remains

    01/26/2010 11:52:48 AM PST · by Dubya-M-Dees · 17 replies · 1,116+ views
    Culpeper Star Exponent ^ | 01/26/2010 | MGNS report
    The parents of Morgan D. Harrington, a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student missing since October, have been called to a farm off U.S. 29 south of Charlottesville, where police are investigating the discovery of skeletal remains.
  • Skeletal remains found in Albemarle County

    01/26/2010 12:29:13 PM PST · by freespirited · 4 replies · 605+ views
    Wapo ^ | 01/26/10 | Maria Glod
    Skeletal remains were found this morning in Albemarle County and police investigators are on the scene. Officials have not yet released details. But authorities and volunteers conducted multiple searches in the area after the Oct. 17 disappearance of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington. Harrington, 20, went missing outside a Metallica Concert at the University of Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena in nearby Charlottesville. We will update as we learn more. Here is the statement from Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller: "Virginia State Police and Albemarle County Police are currently on the scene of the discovery of skeletal remains in...
  • Virginia Tech Report Details Missteps

    12/05/2009 7:30:32 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 33 replies · 749+ views
    APvia AOL ^ | December 5, 2009 | Tom Breen, Zinie Chen Sampson
    New details revealed Friday about the university's response — from the time the victims were found to when they alerted the campus of a gunman on the loose — brought angry reactions and questions from some victims' families about leadership during the massacre that ended with 33 people dead.
  • Morgan Harrington's friends hope to generate leads at Vinton parade

    12/03/2009 2:39:19 PM PST · by sevinufnine · 241+ views
    WDBJ7 ^ | 12/3/09 | not indicated
    Friends of the missing Virginia Tech student will be walking in the Vinton Christmas parade, which starts at 7 p.m......The 20 year old disappeared after going to a Metallica concert in Charlottesville on October 17.....Harrington was well known at the Roanoke office of Mental Health America, where she was a volunteer with the Forgotten Victims Group, which helps children of domestic violence. Harrington started volunteering there when she was in the eighth grade.....Some of the very people Harrington helped will be marching in the parade and passing out fliers about her disappearance. The group plans to pass out about 2,000...
  • New details released in Harrington investigation (VT girl still missing at UVa.)

    11/20/2009 1:10:23 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 7 replies · 1,040+ views
    Morgan Harrington was seen hitchhiking for a ride on the Copeley Road Bridge on the night of her disappearance, according to a police brief released Nov. 13. “After the 9:30 (p.m.) timeframe, we can’t seem to establish any other sightings of her,” said Corinne Geller, spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police. It was also released in the brief that she was wearing a Swarovski Crystal necklace on that night. Harrington might have received a ride or approached someone to borrow a cell phone, Geller said. “She was wearing it that night,” Geller said. “She dropped her purse and her cell...
  • EDITORIAL: End Clinton-era military base gun ban

    11/14/2009 3:14:24 AM PST · by iowamark · 17 replies · 1,169+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/11/2009 | editors
    Time after time, public murder sprees occur in "gun-free zones" - public places where citizens are not legally able to carry guns. The list is long, including massacres at Virginia Tech and Columbine High School along with many less deadly attacks. Last week's slaughter at Fort Hood Army base in Texas was no different - except that one man bears responsibility for the ugly reality that the men and women charged with defending America were deliberately left defenseless when a terrorist opened fire. Among President Clinton's first acts upon taking office in 1993 was to disarm U.S. soldiers on military...
  • Metro columnist Dan Casey: Fight to expand gun rights is far from over(VA)

    11/10/2009 4:07:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies · 742+ views
    roanoke.com ^ | 10 November, 2009 | Dan Casey
    This is a big week for the Virginia Tech chapter of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. It's Defense Education Week, and the student group, which has 100 to 200 members, has organized a week's worth of seminars and gatherings in support of concealed carry on Virginia college campuses. Monday night's featured speaker was Philip Van Cleave, president of the pro-gun Virginia Citizens Defense League. Earlier Monday, I spoke to Ken Stanton, 32, a serious-sounding engineering graduate student and the vice president of the Virginia Tech chapter of the concealed carry group. Here's his argument in favor of guns on...
  • For Virginia Tech, no sign of relief: Beleaguered campus confronts connection to another tragedy

    11/08/2009 7:26:05 PM PST · by HokieMom · 26 replies · 657+ views
    WP ^ | Sunday, November 8, 2009 | Jenna Johnson and Derek Kravitz
    BLACKSBURG, Va. -- As Americans scrambled to make sense of the life of Army psychiatrist Nidal M. Hasan, who allegedly killed 13 people and injured 38 more at Fort Hood, Tex., last week, one fact stood out for those living here: Hasan graduated from Virginia Tech in 1995. "We were like, 'Oh, jeez, not again,' " said Liana Bayne, a freshman communications major who was in charge of writing about the shooting for the campus newspaper, the Collegiate Times. The paper's student editors quickly re-framed their story to reflect the school's connection to another tragedy. It has been 2 1/2...
  • A Tale Of How Two Communities Reacted (Vanity)

    11/06/2009 9:42:02 PM PST · by Ptarmigan · 7 replies · 487+ views
    In light of the Fort Hood Massacre, you notice there are not much condemnation from Muslims, like right after 9/11. It was silence for the most part, with the exception of a few. On the other hand, there were lots of condemnation from Koreans right after the Virginia Tech Massacre. Quite a stark contrast right there. They were fears of backlash in both cases. By the way, I never encountered any backlash after Virginia Tech Massacre. South Korea apologized after Seung-Hui Cho massacred 32 people. Quite frankly, I thought that was a little over the top coming from a Korean...
  • Kimberly Munley ended Fort Hood rampage using Virginia Tech lessons

    11/06/2009 3:26:00 PM PST · by Saije · 72 replies · 2,270+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 11/6/2009 | Patrick Jonsson
    Lessons learned from the horrific Virginia Tech shootings in 2007 are credited with averting an even bigger massacre at Fort Hood, Texas, Thursday afternoon when police officer Kimberly Munley confronted the gunman without waiting for backup and took him down with four shots. Reviews in the aftermath of the shootings at Virginia Tech, where 32 died, found that first responders' decision to be careful and wait for backup probably cost lives as that gunman moved unchecked from classroom to classroom as law enforcement massed outside. Those findings had found their way to Fort Hood's Special Reaction Team, which had practiced...
  • Virginia Tech confirms Texas shooting suspect's enrollment

    11/06/2009 8:40:26 AM PST · by ClayinVA · 27 replies · 982+ views
    The Roanoke Times ^ | 11/6/09 | Roanoke Times
    Virginia Tech this morning confirmed that Fort Hood shooting suspect Nadal Malik Hasan graduated from the university in 1995. Here's the full news release. Virginia Tech has confirmed with the United States Army Human Resources Command in Alexandria, Va., that the alleged shooter at Fort Hood, Texas, once attended Virginia Tech. According to Virginia Tech records, Nidal Malik Hasan first enrolled at Virginia Tech for Summer Session II in 1992, and completed coursework in Spring Semester 1995. He received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in biochemistry from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He minored in biology...
  • Suspected Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan: Social awkwardness kept with him into adulthood

    11/06/2009 4:49:23 AM PST · by Perseverando · 91 replies · 4,112+ views
    The Roanoke Times ^ | November 06, 2009 | Matt Chittum and Jorge Valencia
    The suspect, a Virginia Tech graduate and one-time Vinton resident, was shot but survived at Fort Hood, Texas. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of shooting 12 people to death and wounding 31 others at Fort Hood, Texas, on Thursday, was the son of Roanoke merchants and restaurateurs, lived in Vinton and graduated from Virginia Tech. Hasan was born in Arlington to Palestinian immigrants from near Jerusalem who later settled in Vinton. Neighbors on Vinton's Ramada Road remembered him as a "studious" boy who went by "Michael." While his brother Eyad -- "Eddie" -- would play football with...
  • Update:13 Soldiers Killed 31 Wounded Fort Hood Shooting [Muslim terrorist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan]

    11/05/2009 12:18:55 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 2,869 replies · 134,525+ views
    ABC ^ | 05 NOV 09
  • Hasan Graduated From Virginia Tech

    11/06/2009 12:58:37 AM PST · by America2012 · 28 replies · 1,521+ views
    Daily Press ^ | 11/06/2009 | AP/DailyPress
    WASHINGTON — Military officials say Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the suspected shooter at Fort Hood, was a psychiatrist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for six years before being transferred to the Texas base in July. They said he received a poor performance evaluation while at Walter Reed. The Virginia-born soldier is single with no children. He is 39 years old. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where he was a member of the ROTC and earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry in 1997. At Walter Reed, he did an internship, residency and a fellowship.
  • Jihad at Fort Hood? Shooter: Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan

    11/05/2009 3:07:55 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 102 replies · 5,415+ views
    http://www.jihadwatch.org ^ | November 5, 2009 | Marisol
    Jihad at Fort Hood? Shooter: Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan - Jihad Watch via kwout
  • Metallica offers reward for missing fan (in Virginia- an additional $50G)

    10/26/2009 10:02:42 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 34 replies · 1,654+ views
    Yahoo! News (AFP) ^ | 10/26/2009 | n/a
    American heavy metal band Metallica has stumped up 50,000 dollars in reward money for a fan who disappeared at one of their concerts, a campaign website said Monday. Police have been searching for blond-haired, blue-eyed Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, 20, since she went missing from a Metallica concert in Charlottesville, Virginia on the evening of Saturday, October 17.... "The Band Metallica is also adding an additional 50,000 dollars to the reward bringing it to 150,000 dollars for Morgan's safe return or information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Morgan's disappearance," it said....
  • Why Morgan Harrington's case is getting attention

    10/22/2009 1:47:37 PM PDT · by Darnright · 7 replies · 862+ views
    Roanoke.com ^ | 10/22/09 | Ralph Berrier, Jr
    Every day, nearly 2,500 missing-persons reports are filed across the United States. Few of those reports receive any media attention. Yet the disappearance of Virginia Tech student Morgan Dana Harrington went from local newspaper and television stations to cable television's "Nancy Grace" in 48 hours. According to some television and digital journalism experts, Harrington's case skyrocketed because of a confluence of circumstances including her connection to the site of the largest mass school shooting in U.S. history. Those experts say that the disappearance of the 20-year-old from Roanoke County made national news because: -- Harrington is a young, pretty, blue-eyed...