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11:15 AM ET, April 17, 2007


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Associated Press:
Israeli professor killed in US attack  —  As Jews worldwide honored on Monday the memory of those who were murdered in the Holocaust, a 75-year-old survivor sacrificed his life to save his students in Monday's shooting at Virginia Tech college that left 32 dead and over two dozen wounded.
Michael Sneed / Associated Press:
Gunman kills 32 at Virginia Tech before being killed  —  Authorities were investigating whether the gunman who killed 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus in the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history was a Chinese man who arrived in the United States last year on a student visa.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
32 Shot Dead on Virginia Tech Campus  —  Thirty-two people were killed, along with a gunman, and at least 15 injured in two shooting attacks at Virginia Polytechnic Institute on Monday during three hours of horror and chaos on this sprawling campus.  —  The police and witnesses said some victims …
New York Times:
Virginia Tech Shooting Leaves 33 Dead  —  Thirty-three people were killed today on the campus of Virginia Tech in what appears to be the deadliest shooting rampage in American history, according to federal law-enforcement officials.  Many of the victims were students shot in a dorm and a classroom building.
Debbie Schlussel:
Who is the "Asian" Mass Murderer at Virginia Tech?  UPDATE: Shooter is S. KOREAN w/Student Visa  —  **** UPDATE #3, 04/17/07: The shooter has now been identified as a South Korean national.  **** UPDATE #2: The shooter has now been identified as a Chinese national here on a student visa.  Lovely.
Doug Donovan / Baltimore Sun:
'I don't think my teacher got out' … In Monday morning's lecture on solid mechanics, all was quiet except for the sound of Professor Liviu Librescu's voice.  —  Then came the gunshots — in the classroom next door.  In an instant, Virginia Tech's Norris Hall, a building dedicated …
Richard Esposito Reports / The Blotter:
'I Want to Clear My Name'  —  Richard Esposito Reports:  —  He is Asian, he lives in the dorm where the first shooting occurred and he recently broke up with his girlfriend.  He also happens to have a Web blog packed with pictures in which he poses with firearms.  On the Internet, Wayne Chiang is as good as convicted.
Sheldon Drobny / The Huffington Post:
Take A MSM Holiday
Discussion: KnoxViews
CBS News:
Virginia Tech Gunman Identified
Discussion: QandO
Washington Post:
Final War Funding Bill in Works  —  U.S. Divided on Pullout, Favor Congress to Set Policy, Poll Finds  —  Congress and the White House will move this week toward a final showdown over a contested war funding bill, with most Americans trusting Democrats over President Bush to set Iraq policy …
David Johnston / New York Times:
Ex-Aide Says Gonzales Discussed Firings  —  The former top aide to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales has told Congressional investigators that Mr. Gonzales was "inaccurate," or "at least not complete" in asserting that he had no role in the deliberations about individual United States attorneys …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read
Discussion: TalkLeft and Think Progress
Margaret Talev / Real Cities:   Bush, Gonzales reportedly discussed fired prosecutor
Washington Post:
Senate Delays Gonzales Testimony on Firings
Washington Post:
New Loyalties for Old Fundraising Networks  —  The two most dominant political fundraising networks of the past quarter-century have splintered during the wide-open 2008 presidential race, newly released campaign finance records show.  —  Large numbers of the Rangers and Pioneers …
Discussion: TIME
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Fundraising Totals Challenge Early Campaign Assumptions
Discussion: The Caucus
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
For Illegal Immigrants, Housing Slump Takes Toll  —  HURON, Calif. — Some of the casualties of America's housing bust are easy to spot up and down California's Central Valley.  —  From Fresno to Sacramento, big tangles of wire and PVC pipes clutter vacant lots in silent subdivisions, waiting for houses to be built — some day.
Rocco DiPippo / American Thinker:
Hypocrisy has a Human Price on the Streets of Baghdad … I have observed first-hand the effects of the Bush Administration's new Iraq security plan since it began two months ago.  Street violence in Baghdad and surrounding areas has declined.  Shops and markets once boarded up are reopening.
Discussion: Power Line and Blogs of War
Associated Press:
University Of Texas Tower Sniper Recalled  —  1966 Rampage Was Deadliest Campus Shooting Until Virginia Tech  —  (AP) Last August, with little fanfare, the University of Texas marked the 40th anniversary of what then was the nation's worst mass shooting.  —  Until Monday's carnage at Virginia Tech …
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