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Authorities: 2 adults dead at high school

A man fired from a private school Tuesday returned to campus with a gun hidden in a guitar case and fatally shot the headmistress before committing suicide, authorities said.

No students were injured.

Officers responded to the Episcopal School of Jacksonville at 1:23 p.m. Tuesday after receiving reports of a person with a gun, and the school was placed on lockdown. When officers arrived, Dale Regan, head of the school, and the gunman were found dead, Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt said.

The gunman has not been identified.

Episcopal has about 900 students in grades 6-12. Its campus sits along the south bank of the St. Johns River in central Jacksonville.

Ms. Regan began working as a teacher at the school in 1978, according to a profile published in the Florida Times-Union in 2010. She went on to become the first female to hold the school’s top position.

In 2011, Ms. Regan was honored for her accomplishments with the newspaper’s EVE Award for Education. She was recognized for her work in opening two new classrooms at the school that use new technology and are designed to foster innovation in teaching.

WASHINGTON

Miss Seattle apologizes for city-bashing tweet

SEATTLE — The newly crowned Miss Seattle says she was just having a bad day back in December when she tweeted, “Ugh can’t stand cold rainy Seattle and the annoying people.”

Since winning the pageant Saturday, Jean-Sun Hannah Ahn has said she was just complaining about the weather like any Seattle native and didn’t mean that people in Seattle are annoying.

She is a former Miss Phoenix who graduated from Arizona State University. Miss Ahn told KIRO-FM she was in a transition period three months ago, missing friends and sunshine.

She says she learned a valuable lesson.

She tweeted Monday: “I really do love Seattle … the summers are to die for.”

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