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After 23 years, the University of Texas decided Thursday to reopen the school's landmark clock tower, the site of one of the nation's worst mass murders.

The 231-foot tower on the school's Austin campus, which was closed in 1975 after a series of suicide leaps from its observation deck, will be refurbished and a safety barrier added.

It was from the same deck, 28 stories up, that student Charles Whitman opened fire Aug. 1, 1966. The 25-year-old former Marine, beset by personal problems and suffering from a brain tumor, already had killed his wife and mother. In all, he killed 16 people and wounded 31 that day before being shot to death by lawmen.

The university's Board of Regents, meeting in Houston, voted unanimously to reopen the tower, which offers panoramic vistas of the school, city and nearby Hill Country. The goal is to have it ready in time for commencement in May.

Sacramento Bee. November 13, 1998.
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3 May 1999
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