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In brief: Va. Tech staffers told families first

Sat., Dec. 5, 2009

Blacksburg, Va. – At least two Virginia Tech administrators told family members about a double shooting in a dorm – the prelude to the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history – well before the rest of the campus was notified a gunman was on the loose.

Those details were revealed in a revised state report released Friday and prompted bitter reactions from some victims’ relatives who have been demanding the resignation of President Charles Steger ever since the 2007 massacre that left 33 people dead.

The report adds to the long list of apparent missteps by university officials before, during and after the 2007 rampage by Seung-Hui Cho.

The mentally ill student shot two students to death in the dorm, then three hours later chained the doors of a classroom building and killed 30 more people before committing suicide.

Salahis accused of bouncing check

Rockville, Md. – The Virginia couple at the center of last week’s White House security breach is now accused of bouncing a nearly $24,000 check for liquor purchased in Maryland.

The Montgomery County government, which conducts all the wholesale liquor sales on its territory, filed a lawsuit Thursday against Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the couple who got into a state dinner last week without an invitation. The Salahis purchased wine and beer for America’s Polo Cup World Championship, a charity polo event they held in the county in May.

According to documents filed in Montgomery County District Court, the couple returned more than $10,000 worth of merchandise, but they still owe more than $13,000 from the bounced check.

Houston mayor eyes governorship

Houston – Houston Mayor Bill White abandoned his campaign for U.S. Senate on Friday in favor of a run for Texas governor.

The Democrat immediately becomes his party’s strongest candidate with $4 million in his Senate campaign fund that he can transfer to a governor’s race fund. White, a wealthy attorney, chipped in more than $1 million himself.

“I’ll be a Governor who challenges Texans to lead, not leave, the United States,” White said in a statement, wasting no time in swiping at Gov. Rick Perry’s comments earlier this year that Texas could secede from the Union.

He had hinted at the switch two weeks ago when he said he would consider a gubernatorial run after Tom Schieffer, the leading Democratic contender, pulled out.


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