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COLORADO SPRINGS Michy Batshuayi World Cup Jersey , United States, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- An anti-government drug user has been identified as the gunman who shot dead three people over the weekend, police said Monday.

Noah Harpham, a 33-year-old Colorado Springs native, was also shot to death in a brief but intense gunbattle shortly after the rampage began Saturday morning, police said in a statement.

Harpham was active on social media just prior to the shooting and posted a one-page blog that read: "Is my Dad in a Cult ... Is It Satanic?!"

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According to a book written by Harpham's mother, her son was a recovering alcoholic.

Witnesses saw him walking "calmly" down a quiet, wooded street two hours after daylight on Halloween, near downtown Colorado Springs, holding two weapons.

Harpham was brandishing an automatic AK-47 and a handgun and first aimed the rifle at a woman before spotting cyclist Andrew Myers, who pleaded for his life.

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Witnesses then saw Harpham walking two blocks away where he stopped to shoot two women to death on the front porch of a drug rehab home where they were residents.

Jennifer Vasquez, 42, who was sitting in a chair, was hit in the jaw by an automatic rifle bullet, and her roommate, Christy Galella Luis Pedro Cavanda World Cup Jersey , 34, was killed when she opened the door to see what was going on. Both women had two children.

Several minutes later and a few blocks away, Harpham engaged in heavy gunfire with four patrolmen before being killed, according to Colorado Springs Police.

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The URL used for Harpham's website is linked to an Internet username called Ptwnblzr, which brags about using stimulant drugs and marijuana "twice daily," according to a media analysis.

The shooter also had an account on an adult webcam site called Chaturbate.

Earlier Monday, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers released a statement to express his condolences to the victims' families.

"The perpetrator was shot by police and there is no continuing threat to the community," he said.

Colorado Springs is a conservative, relatively quiet city 50 miles (about 80 km) south of Denver, where more than 100 denominations of Christianity are practiced.

SHIJIAZHUANG Laurent Ciman World Cup Jersey , Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Though the annual national college entrance exams are still six months off, the test that will be more decisive in winning Sun Yuewen a place at art college is a week away.

The 19-year-old senior high school student from Shijiazhuang in north China's Hebei Province is preparing for the province's art exams scheduled for Dec. 21. Such tests, which evaluate skills like painting, dancing and singing, must be taken in addition to the college entrance exams, but carry far greater weight in qualifying for art school.

Because art colleges are seen as easier to get into than more academic courses, they have been proving extremely popular in a country increasingly obsessed with higher education as a means of personal development.

However Kevin De Bruyne World Cup Jersey , with art college exams taking place around the country, experts are warning that the situation is driving people with relatively little talent in the arts into courses in which they have no genuine interest. Many in fact risk leaving college with weak employment prospects.

Academics would likely see Sun as perfect example of someone facing this catch-22. Having taken a crash painting courses for five months featuring over 10 hours' training each day, Sun still can not develop much interest in her nominated major.

"I feel much pressure as I do not enjoy painting but I have to persist," she says, adding that it was her parents' choice for her to pursue art.

Sun's mum and dad, both vegetable vendors, hope their only daughter can further her education at a college after finishing high school.

"They have not received much schooling and have pinned all their hopes on me Jordan Lukaku World Cup Jersey ," Sun explains. Her parents paid 15,000 yuan (2,470.7 U.S. dollars) for her to attend painting training.

Shao Yunfei, painting teacher and the owner of Sun's training school, started running the courses in 2000. However, Shao estimates that only 10 percent of the students he teaches have a passion for painting.

"Most do not have any basic painting knowledge and they just have to start from scratch," he says.

During the six months of cram training with Shao Jean-Francois Gillet World Cup Jersey , students put their academic courses aside and paint from dawn until dark in the hope of picking up the skills to get a high score in the art exams.

He has found that to realize their college dreams, even those with no natural artistic ability are prepared to strive to learn various skills even though they are unlikely to become a real artist or star.

Yu Miao, another art college applicant, says 20 of the 45 students in her high school class are receiving intensive art training courses so as to apply for art colleges.

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A report on China's art education industry released in May showed that the number of art colleges in the country has surged from 597 in 2002 to 1,679 in 2013, while high school students applying for such colleges have risen from 32,000 to approximately one million during the past decade.

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