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V. Tech Shooting The worst shooting in United States history occurred Monday, April 15, in Blacksburg, Virginia on the campus of Virginia Tech. The shooter has been identified as Cho Seung Hui. The 23 year-old took his own life after killing a total of 32 people. The reason for the massacre is still unclear, however, what is known is that Hui did have a history as an individual that stood out as “troubled.” Writings by the English major have been described as “disturbing and macabre.” In response to the mass murder, President Bush has ordered all flags to be at half mast as a way to mourn the loss of the 32 lives. -Staff reporter Ben E. Nelson Kurt Vonnegut dies Thursday, April 12, author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. died at the age of 84. Vonnegut, known as one of the most influential figures in modern literature, published over 20 books and short story collections, among them famous works such as Mother Night, Cat’s Cradle, and Breakfast of Champions. His satire, dark humor, and science fiction overtones marked his unique writing style that brought him acclaim, most notably after the publication of his anti-war novel Slaughterhouse-Five. Vonnegut served as president of the American Humanist Association, and was a lifetime member of the American Civil Liberties Union. Vonnegut died of brain failure after a fall in New York. -Features Editor Sarit Luban