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Students Back In Classes At Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - One student says the shootings at Virginia Tech have made for "more of a family atmosphere" on campus as students file back into classrooms.

The campus, still consumed by last spring's massacre by gunman Seung-Hui Cho (sung-wee joh) that left 32 dead plus the gunman, is trying to return to its academic routine.

But on the first day of classes, students have a new tragedy to digest. Five roommates were hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning from an off-campus apartment. At least two are in critical condition.

The leak was discovered just as the university prepared to dedicate a memorial to the 27 students and five faculty members killed by Cho.

No classes will be held in Norris Hall, where Cho gunned down most of his victims. The building is now used exclusively for engineering labs and offices.

At West Ambler Johnston, the dorm where Cho killed his first two victims, a sign is welcoming students.

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