Exercise exorcises demons

Posted: Thursday, April 19 at 07:03 pm ET

The gym in Virginia Tech’s McComas Hall has been unusually busy considering the campus is largely deserted in the wake of Monday’s deadly shootings, providing an aerobic outlet for stressed-out students.

“I actually think it’s been really helpful,” said Mordecai Harvey, a 22-year-old senior who both works and works out in the weight room at McComas Hall, one of the two main student gyms on the Virginia Tech campus. “It made sense, I guess people were trying to blow off some steam, get rid of the stress, and take their minds off of things.”

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New information on Cho's weapons

Posted: Thursday, April 19 at 05:23 pm ET

New information emerged Thursday on how Virginia Tech killer Cho Seung-Hui acquired one of the guns used in the attack and a military knife seen in photos he sent to NBC News.

Eric Thompson, owner of Thegunsource.com in Green Bay, Wis., told NBC News that he processed an order from Cho on Feb. 2 for a Walther P-22, a .22-caliber handgun. The site shipped the gun to a licensed weapons dealer in Virginia, where Cho picked it up on Feb. 9, Thompson said. 

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Signs of media discontent

Posted: Thursday, April 19 at 01:00 pm ET


A sign posted on a wall in front of Virginia Tech's Burruss Hall suggests that patience is wearing thin with media coverage of Monday's massacre. (Mannie Garcia / AFP – Getty Images)

The attention given to Virginia-Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui’s rambling, rant-filled manifesto drew a mixed reaction Wednesday from Virginia Tech students and supporters gathered at the victims’ memorial on the campus Drillfield.

The scene at the impromptu memorial to Cho’s 32 victims was subdued on a cold-gray morning. Placards covered in messages had been moved under a tent to protect them from the weather.

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Slain students to get posthumous degrees

Posted: Thursday, April 19 at 11:58 am ET

All students killed will be awarded posthumous degrees during the Virginia Tech commencement on May 11, Provost Mark G. McNamee announced Thursday morning.

"The families are very happy about this," he said.

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Local papers spurn Cho's image

Posted: Thursday, April 19 at 09:36 am ET

Cho Seung-Hui's self-portraits made front pages around the globe -- but not here.

The daily paper located 30 miles from the Virginia Tech campus, The Roanoke Times, published five of the photos -- on pages 2 and 3. But Page 1 bore the headline "Healing together," with a photo of a campus memorial.

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As officials, students and families struggle to come to terms with the tragedy at Virginia Tech, a team of MSNBC.com reporters and editors and NBC News producers and correspondents is on the scene.