Massacre at Virginia Tech
On the front page of almost every newspaper in the nation today ran a story about yesterday's massacre at Virginia Tech. Almost every paper, that is, except for the Minnesota Daily.
The school shooting took up half of the front page of today's Star Tribune, but in the Minnesota Daily, there was no mention of the shooting until an Associated Press story that ran on page 6. On the Minnesota Daily's website today there is no story about the shooting.
An Associated Press story about the gunman was posted on the Star Tribune website today. The story labeled the killer as a "sullen loner who alarmed professors and classmates with his twisted, blood-drenched creative writing..." The AP story reported that a picture of Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old senior majoring in English, was released to the media today. The Star Tribune printed the photo; the AP story called it "chilling."
The Associated Press story also claimed that news reports said that Seung-Hui may have been taking medication for depression and that he was becoming increasingly violent and erratic.
A similar Associated Press story about the killer's identity was posted on the Pioneer Press website today. This AP story was less about the killer, more focused on yesterday's events. In this story's headline, they called Seung-Hui a "Virginia Tech senior from South Korea." The story also mentioned that yesterday's shooting is deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history.