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Tech shooting probe update tomorrow

Virginia State Police and Virginia Tech officials tomorrow will provide an update on the investigation into the April 16 shootings at the Blacksburg school that left 33 persons dead, officials said yesterday.

Virginia State Police Superintendent W. Steven Flaherty and Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum will address the press tomorrow morning in Roanoke, said Corinne Geller, a spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police.

“We just felt it was time to do an investigative update,” Miss Geller said. “We’re at a stage now, about four months into the investigation, and we have some new information that we’d like to release.”

Miss Geller said officials also plan to correct or confirm other information that has circulated in the press since the shootings. She also said the updates are “detail-related” and stressed the investigation is still “very active” and ongoing.

On April 16, Seung-hui Cho killed two students in a dormitory and then two hours later stormed four classrooms in Norris Hall, killing 30 students and faculty and injuring dozens more before committing suicide.


Old ship’s cannon now upright

A massive cannon recovered from the wreck of the USS Monitor in 2000 is now upright thanks to two 20-ton hoists and an ingenious doughnut-shaped turning cradle.

Conservators in Newport News yesterday used the techniques to right one of the upside-down cannons that weighs about 17,000 pounds.

The 13-foot-long Dahlgren gun helped the Civil War ironclad make naval history when it squared off with the armored CSS Virginia in the 1862 Battle of Hampton Roads.

Neither of the ship’s guns have been upright since it sank and landed upside down off Cape Hatteras, N.C.

Now upright, onlookers at the Mariners’ Museum can inspect the commemorative post-battle engraving on the top of the barrel.


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