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Va. Tech cancels classes on April 16

Virginia Tech will close for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and will cancel classes April 16 to honor victims of last year’s mass shootings on campus.

President Charles W. Steger decided to close the school from now on to observe the King holiday, which this year falls on Jan. 21. Classes have been canceled for several years to honor the slain civil rights leader, but this will be the first time the entire school closes.

Meanwhile, administrative offices will remain open April 16 because there will be a number of programs that day to commemorate the first anniversary of the deaths of 33 students and faculty members.


Repo man killed when car falls on him

A Newport News man trying to repossess a car died Saturday when he became pinned under the vehicle.

Darrell Lee Jones, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Suffolk police spokeswoman Lt. Debbie George said Mr. Jones was using a wrecker to repossess the car when it rolled off the back of the truck. When Mr. Jones tried to stop the car, it rolled into a ditch and dragged him beneath it.

Lt. George said police found out what happened after viewing videotape from the wrecker’s camera system.

From wire dispatches and staff reports