FROM Robert Wilonsky
Details of the Dallas Sniper Attack Five police officers dead in Dallas – and seven others wounded, along with two civilians – after a grisly sniper attack made chaos of a peaceful march to protest police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. One suspect is dead, killed by the police with a robot bomb after a tense hours-long standoff.
Where Syrian Jihadists Get Their Trucks A plumber in Texas has filed suit over a picture falsely linking him to jihadists in Syria. A year ago, the final episode of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report showed a picture of a Ford pickup truck with an anti-aircraft gun in the back -- and the logo of a plumber in Texas City, Texas on the passenger-side door. The plumber, Mark Oberholtzer, was deluged with hate mail and threating phone calls because the truck was being driven by jihadists in the Syrian Civil War. Now Oberholtzer has sued for a million dollars.
Picking Up the Pieces in West, Texas after Fertilizer Plant Explosion In the town of West, near Waco, Texas, a fertilizer plant exploded last night with enough force to register on earthquake monitors. Between five and 15 people were killed, more than 160 have been hospitalized with injuries, and the search for more victims continues. Speaking of the "nightmare scenario," Texas Governor Rick Perry called their emergency management team "the best…in the country," adding that "they certainly were at their best last night — along with the citizens." Robert Wolilnsky is digital managing editor at the Dallas Morning News .
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."