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photo Student kills 3 profs, self

A nursing student, allegedly distraught over failing grades, methodically killed three of his professors and then himself yesterday morning, marking one of the bloodiest days in UA history.

At about 8:30 a.m., while most students in the College of Nursing were taking midterms, Robert Stewart Flores Jr., a third-semester nursing student, entered the second-floor office of Robin Rogers, an assistant professor of nursing, and shot her multiple times, killing her, Tucson Police Assistant Chief Robert Lehner said. She was 50. [Read article]

photo Speedway divides university reaction

When gunshots rang out in Jerrica Wesley's ears, she took off running from the CatTran shuttle stop near the Arizona Health Sciences Center.

She ran to class rather than waiting for the shuttle.

"I was hella scared," said Wesley, a biology freshman. "I have never been so close to gunfire before."

Wesley, a resident of Babcock Inn Residence Hall, 1717 E. Speedway Blvd., said she was too scared to return to her room later yesterday morning. [Read article]

photo B-ball ticket sales incite mob

Basketball ticket sales were delayed yesterday after a riot team of 16 police officers broke up an uncontrolled crowd of over 2,000 people who were pushing and shoving from all directions to get to the ticket booth.

The ticket office had been giving out vouchers informing people when they could return to buy tickets for over an hour before police finally intervened. Originally, the ticket office planned to start giving out line vouchers at 7 a.m., but after crowds broke police tape, security guards entered the ticket office to hand out vouchers, leaving no crowd control. [Read article]

photo Reports of gunman's character conflict

Neighbors of Robert Stewart Flores Jr. said they were shocked when they heard that the man they described as "a nice guy" murdered three people before taking his own life yesterday morning.

However, students and faculty remembered Flores as disrespectful and strange.

Flores lived at Broadway Village Apartments, 150 S. Eastbourne Ave., with his great dane "Bridget." His two children from a previous marriage, ages 10 and 15, visited him during summers. [Read article]

Shootings upset hospital, campus operations

UMC returns to work, College of Nursing to reopen on Wednesday

There will be class in the College of Pharmacy, College of Medicine and Life Sciences North building today, although the College of Nursing will most likely not reopen until Wednesday, said University of Arizona Police Department Chief Anthony Daykin.

Students and faculty in these buildings were evacuated and taken to the "Swede" Johnson building by bus yesterday morning after nursing student Robert Stewart Flores Jr. opened fire in the College of Nursing, killing three people. [Read article]

photo Likins calls campus safe

Though a student brought a gun into a campus building, shot three professors in a College of Nursing classroom and later took his own life, President Pete Likins spoke to reassure members of the UA community that the campus is safe in a speech yesterday afternoon.

"I don't now believe there's any reason to imply a deficiency in security here or anywhere else," Likins said.

The UA "will revaluate" security and it "is always evaluating," security, though it is not possible to assure every person on campus does not have a gun said, UAPD Cmdr. Brian Seastone. [Read article]

photo Community offers grief counseling

A myriad of counseling options are available to students and staff emotionally impacted by yesterday's campus shootings.

"It is important for people to talk to one another about the things that are going on in their lives," President Pete Likins said in a statement yesterday. Open up and talk; don't isolate yourself, and we will help each other get through this together."

Counseling for both students and staff is being offered at the "Swede" Johnson building on the corner of East Speedway Boulevard and North Cherry Avenue. [Read article]

photo Mahoney advocates Īchange' in Arizona

His family has been made up of Arizona Democrats since 1871, but Dick Mahoney is breaking the mold.

Mahoney, 51, independent candidate for governor, says that Democrat Janet Napolitano and Republican Matt Salmon are "good people, good human beings, but they're working the system."

"They don't represent change in the slightest," he said.

The three university budgets would be off the chopping block if Mahoney were elected governor, he said. [Read article]

Meet the Candidates: District 28 State Representatives

Dave Bradley (D)

Education: Master's in education, Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.; master's in business administration, University of Phoenix; bachelor's in psychology, University of Maryland.

Experience: Director of La Paloma Family Services; former chairman of the local Democratic Party; Navy petty officer first class 1972-1980; ran for Legislature unsuccessfully in 1992 and 2000. [Read article]

On the Spot

MIS senior, orchestra violinist loves being human, sometimes plays stomach in the shower

WILDCAT: What instrument do you play?


WILDCAT: How long have you been playing?

MICHAELIDES: For 11 years.

WILDCAT: And what color was your first violin?


WILDCAT: That's boring. Have you ever had any fun- colored violins? [Read article]

U-WIRE: Alcohol-related hospitalizations double at George Washington U.

WASHINGTON ÷ Alcohol-related student hospitalizations have almost doubled from this time last year, with at least 28 so far this fall, George Washington University officials report. Up from 16 last year, the incidents are divided evenly between freshmen and upperclassmen, with a majority of female students reported.

GW officials attribute a rise in student hospitalizations for alcohol-related incidents to an expanded effort to increase alcohol awareness on campus and the necessity to report potentially dangerous situations. [Read article]

U-WIRE: Halloween brings stepped-up riot prevention to U. Oregon

EUGENE, Ore. ÷ The Eugene Police Department had busy Friday and Saturday nights, handing out more than 75 citations in the West University neighborhood the weekend before Halloween.

EPD continued its focused presence, breaking up four parties and citing 39 people with minor in possession of alcohol. Twelve residents who hosted parties also received first response warnings and some received citations for allowing minors to consume alcohol. [Read article]


Fast facts:

  • Irving Berlin could play in only one key, the key of F-sharp. As one of America's great songwriters, he taught himself to play the piano by practicing on a piano in a saloon where he worked as a singing waiter.
  • Basil was a sacred plant in the ancient Hindu religion, and it was handled warily by European herbalists of the Middle Ages, who feared it as a scorpion breeder.
  • The Hoover Dam was built to last 2,000 years. The concrete that composes it will not even be fully cured for another 500 years.
  • The bleakest places on Earth are the two poles: the South Pole has no sunshine for 182 days each year; the North Pole does slightly better ÷ it has no sunlight for 176 days.
  • Thirty thousand monkeys were used in the massive three-year effort to classify the various types of polio.

    On this date:

  • In 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh, the English adventurer who was a favorite of Queen Elizabeth I, was executed in London for treason.
  • In 1682, William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, landed in what is now Chester, Pa.
  • In 1929, prices collapsed at the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street. The day became known as "Black Tuesday" and led to the Great Depression of the 1930s.
  • In 1945, at Gimbels Department Store in New York City, the first commercially produced ballpoint pens went on sale. Selling for $12.50, the pens totaled a profit of $500,000 in the first month.
  • In 1959, General Mills of Minneapolis became the first corporation to use closed-circuit television as they beamed simultaneous meetings in seven cities.
  • In 1969, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered an immediate end to all school segregation.
  • In 1993, Tim Burton's animation fantasy "The Nightmare Before Christmas" opened in theaters.


    "If the United Nations doesn't have the will or the courage to disarm Saddam Hussein and if Saddam Hussein will not disarm, for the sake of peace, for the sake of freedom, the United States will lead a coalition to disarm Saddam Hussein."

    ÷ President George W. Bush on his commitment to disarm Iraq despite the outcome of an upcoming U.N. vote.


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