April 23, 2007 in Nation/World

Cho autopsy finds few clues

The Spokesman-Review
 

Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his temple after firing enough shots to wound his 32 victims more than 100 times, the assistant state medical examiner said Sunday.

But there was nothing unusual about Cho’s autopsy, Dr. William Massello said, and nothing that would have hinted at any psychological problems that might have led him to commit the massacre.

Pathologists sent blood samples for toxicology testing to determine if Cho was on drugs at the time of his rampage, but Massello said it could take as long as two weeks to get results.

Cho’s victims apparently did not fight back against the ambush. Massello said he did not recall any injuries suggesting a struggle. Many victims had defensive wounds, indicating they tried to shield themselves from Cho’s gunfire, he said. Massello said Cho hit many of his victims several times.

NEW YORK

Hopefuls soon to debate online

The 2008 presidential contenders may soon be slugging it out in cyberspace, with online-only debates being planned for next fall, a new media partnership says.

The political blog Huffington Post, online portal Yahoo and Slate Magazine will host the debates – one for Democratic candidates, one for Republicans – sometime after Labor Day, with PBS host Charlie Rose serving as moderator, the sponsors planned to announce today.

Voters will be invited to submit questions and can blog in real time to share their opinions on candidates’ answers.

NEW YORK

Texter keys her way to a windfall

Thirteen-year-old Morgan Pozgar, of Claysburg, Pa., was crowned LG National Texting champion on Saturday after she typed “Supercalifragilistic- expialidocious” from “Mary Poppins” in 15 seconds.

Morgan defeated nearly 200 other competitors at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan to become East Coast champion and then beat West Coast champion Eli Tirosh, 21, of Los Angeles to take the $25,000 prize.


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