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Texas tower to reopen next month

A Texas landmark that became infamous as a deadly sniper's perch will reopen to the public next month.

The University of Texas at Austin plans to allow tours of the observation deck of the campus' 231-foot-high tower beginning Sept. 16. Campus officials said they hope the deck's reopening helps to dim the memory of Aug. 1, 1966, when former Marine Charles Whitman ascended to the perch and began firing high-pow-ered rifles. He killed 14 people and wounded 31.

The 62-year-old tower was also the scene of nine other deaths: two accidental falls and seven suicides.

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COST OF BENET CASE: New figures by the Boulder Police Department raise the total costs of investigating the JonBenet Ramsey case since her death on Christmas 1996 to more than $2-million.

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