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July 10, 2016

Five police officers killed in Dallas, Texas during sniper attack

Five police officers killed in Dallas, Texas during sniper attack

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On Thursday, five police officers were killed and seven were injured after a sniper attacked a public protest march in downtown Dallas, Texas. Sources indicate at least three other people were taken into custody for questioning relating to the attack. The march was held to protest the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota during engagements with police officers.

Police identified 25-year-old Micah Johnson as the suspect. Johnson had previously served in the US army, and police reported he said he wanted to exact revenge upon police officers after news of Sterling and Castile’s deaths. Ammunition and weapons were found inside Johnson’s home. Dallas Police reported the policemen were shot at from a height. Officials said two civilians were also injured in the attack.

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Micah Johnson served for the United States Army Reserve from 2009 until early 2015, including a tour of Afghanistan. Johnson had no criminal record. His attack was reported to be a lone mission.

After the attack earlier on Thursday, police killed Micah Johnson in El Centro College‘s parking lot by a bomb explosion.

Hillary Clinton, 2016 United States presidential election candidate and favorite for the Democratic nomination this July, said: “There is too much violence, too much hate, too much senseless killing, too many people dead who shouldn’t be. No-one has all the answers. We have to find them together.”

After Johnson was killed, Mike Rawlings, Dallas’ mayor, said “We believe now the city is safe”.



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July 8, 2016

Five policemen killed in Texas in a protest against \’killing of black people\’

Five policemen killed in Texas in a protest against ‘killing of black people’

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Today, five policemen were shot dead in a protest against recent killing of two black men by a white police officer. At least six officers are injured and three suspects are under custody.

The police reported at least three officers were killed by sniper.

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Five police officers killed in Dallas, Texas (US) during sniper attack

Five police officers killed in Dallas, Texas (US) during sniper attack

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On Thursday, five police officers were killed and seven were injured after a sniper attacked a public protest march in downtown Dallas, Texas. Sources indicate at least three other people were taken into custody for questioning relating to the attack. The march was held to protest the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota during engagements with police officers.

Police identified 25-year-old Micah Johnson as the suspect. Johnson was an ex-army officer and was reported to have wanted to exact revenge upon police officers after news of Sterling and Castle’s deaths. Ammunition was found inside Johnson’s home. Dallas Police reported the policemen were shot at from a height. The Dallas Morning News reported two civilians were also injured in the attack.

Micah Johnson served for the United States Army Reserve from 2009 until May 2015, including a tour of Afghanistan. Johnson had no criminal record. His attack was reported to be a lone mission.

After the attack earlier on Thursday, police killed Micah Johnson in El Centro College‘s parking lot by a bomb explosion.

Hillary Clinton, 2016 United States presidential election candidate and favorite for the Democratic nomination this July, said: “There is too much violence, too much hate, too much senseless killing, too many people dead who shouldn’t be. No-one has all the answers. We have to find them together.”

Al Jazeera reported it to be “the deadliest day for US law enforcement officers since the 9/11 attacks in 2001.”

After Johnson was killed, Mike Rawlings, Dallas’ mayor, said “We believe now the city is safe”.



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November 29, 2013

US \’Black Friday\’ shoppers gather hours, even days before some stores\’ openings

US ‘Black Friday’ shoppers gather hours, even days before some stores’ openings

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A man waits outside the ‘Best Buy’ store in Tyler, Texas 32 hours before the store’s scheduled Black Friday sales opening.

With the US retail tradition of ‘Black Friday‘ already underway early Thursday evening, some shoppers began gathering outside retail stores as much as 53 hours prior to these special sales events. This, according to a Texas man who told Wikinews that he and his companions had started gathering at their local Best Buy store at 1:00pm on Tuesday, awaiting the 6:00pm Thursday opening. Target retail stores opened across the country at 8pm (local time) on Thursday evening. At 8:45pm Thursday evening, approximately 500 cars were parked at the Target store in Tyler, Texas.

At least four camping tents were set up outside the Best Buy store in the Dallas, Texas area, during pre-dawn hours on Thanksgiving morning. Years ago, it was seen as something special for retail stores to open at 6am on the so-called ‘Black Friday’ following Thanksgiving Day; that time would be considered “late” by modern standards. Many retailers use barricades to organize those who gather at their storefronts. For the first time ever, a shopping mall in Las Cruces, New Mexico will open at 8pm on Thanksgiving Day and will remain open for 25 consecutive hours, closing at 9pm Friday evening.

In recent years, several significant injuries have occurred during the melee that often ensued when stores opened their doors for Black Friday events. In 2011, a woman shot pepper spray at 20 people who were waiting to purchase the newest Xbox system.



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August 27, 2012

Wikinews finds citizens\’ feelings, actions throughout Texas regarding West Nile virus threat vary greatly

Wikinews finds citizens’ feelings, actions throughout Texas regarding West Nile virus threat vary greatly

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Wikinews spoke to several residents of the US state of Texas finding varying opinions, and responses, to the threat from the West Nile virus; this, in contrast to the troubling media reports released recently. The state as a whole has seen more than 400 confirmed instances of the illness so-far this year.

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A Longview woman, said, “[…] It’s terrifying. I’m so scared.” The woman was quick to point out a virus-related death occured in her city the same day. When asked about her daily routines, in light of the virus, she said, “I don’t go outside. I stay indoors. West Nile [virus] is bad.” The Director of Nursing for a large encampment located near Tyler said their operation had seen no cases of the illness, despite serving over 19,000 campers this summer. Her staff took no special precautions during August.

Although having some worries, Jimmy Philmont, 39, of Fairfield told Wikinews, “[…] I don’t let it keep me up at night. Overall, I’m not too scared.” Asked if he was aware of recent virus-related deaths in Texas, Philmont said, “Yeah, I am. That’s kind of scary. But, you have to live your life, you know? The world is hot now. You can’t go hide in a hole somewhere.” Earlier in the month, Tim Whitley, a city official in Malakoff, told Wikinews his city had began using a pesticide specialist to spray twice-weekly. Whitley explained two treatments per week is more often than usual for the city, “With the concerns in Dallas, we’re taking it seriously”, he said.

A nurse at a senior activity center in Austin told media she’d taken time to educate their facility’s clients about the virus and proper precautions; Adding, “They feel less alarmed and we try to protect our folks here […]”. Mark Kitsmore, 54, of Tyler said, “Honestly, I’m not too worried about it.” He jokingly commented, “I’ve probably used a little more bug spray over the past few weeks, though.”

Twenty-six people have died so-far this year as result of having contracted the virus, approximately half occurring in Texas. The mayor and county judge in Dallas have declared a state of emergency in response to the virus.



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August 19, 2012

Multiple planes perform aerial spraying over greater Dallas, Texas in effort to combat mosquitoes

Multiple planes perform aerial spraying over greater Dallas, Texas in effort to combat mosquitoes

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52,000 acres of land in Dallas county were sprayed aerially Thursday evening, in an effort to kill mosquitoes and reduce the spread of the sometimes-deadly West Nile Virus. More planes were slated to treat again on Friday. The state as a whole has seen more than 400 confirmed instances of the illness already this year.

Both the city’s mayor, David Rawlings, and the county’s Judge have executed a state of emergency. Each has rendered his support for the aerial action. The mayor told media, “I cannot have any more deaths on my conscience because we did not take action”. However, Rawlings is reserving his statement about the treatments’ effectiveness until a later time, to allow opportunity to assess the outcomes of the treatments. Some individuals have voiced fears over whether or not the chemicals might be harmful. One Dallas man told reporters he made no efforts to leave his home on Friday, and turned off his home’s air conditioner, in an attempt to safeguard possible chemical threat to his family. Dr. Roger Nasci of the Centers for Disease Control told reporters, “It’s something new there that has not been used in quite a number of years.” He further stated, “Anything novel comes with that unknown factor.”

Due to the scope of the problem, the Texas Health Department is intervening to supervise the action and to offset costs. The state’s Health Commissioner told media, “This year is totally different from the experience Texas has had in the past”. “If it’s nuisance mosquitoes, we ask the city or county to pay part of that. But in the midst of this disease outbreak, it’s easier for us to go ahead and do it”. Several Beechcraft King Air twin-engine planes sprayed on Thursday evening. The chemical used is synthetic pyrethroid; a specialist participating in the action told media the planes are normally loaded with chemicals just before take off, to minimize light exposure. One application costs approximately US$1 million.

File photo of US Air Force plane conducting aerial spraying over Louisiana.

Pilots were informed of certain exclusion zones, such as one containing the Preston Hollow home of former US President George W. Bush, and their flight plans factored in such information. The commissioner for the state’s department of health services is encouraging citizens to continue applying insect spray repellant while outdoors. The state has had seventeen West Nile-related deaths this year.

Reports from Friday morning indicated no county residents had been medically treated for reactions. The county’s judge told media he hadn’t expected any medical reactions to the chemicals used. East Dallas residents were reported that morning in ordinary outdoor exercise activities.



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Citizens\’ feelings, actions throughout Texas regarding West Nile virus threat vary greatly

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Recent interviews conducted by Wikinews reveal many residents of the US state of Texas hold varying opinions, and are responding differently, to the threat from the West Nile virus; this, in contrast to the troubling media reports released in recent days. The state as a whole has seen more than 400 confirmed instances of the illness already this year. Several respondents offered their opinions regarding the overall situation.

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A Longview woman, said, “…It’s terrifying. I’m so scared.” The woman was quick to point out that a virus-related death had happened in her city that same day. When asked about her daily routines, in light of the virus, she said, “I don’t go outside. I stay indoors. West Nile [virus] is bad.” The Director of Nursing for a large encampment located near Tyler said their operation had seen no cases of the illness, despite serving over 19,000 campers this summer. Her staff took no special precautions during August.

Although he has some worries, Jimmy Philmont, 39, of Fairfield told Wikinews, “…I don’t let it keep me up at night. Overall, I’m not too scared.” When asked if he was aware of the recent virus-related deaths in Texas, Philmont said, “Yeah, I am. That’s kind of scary. But, you have to live your life, you know? The world is hot now. You can’t go hide in a hole somewhere.” Earlier in the month, Tim Whitley, a city official in Malakoff, told Wikinews his city had begun using a pesticide specialist to spray two times weekly. Whitley also explained two treatments per week was more often than usual for the city. “With the concerns in Dallas, we’re taking it seriously”, Whitley said.

A nurse at a senior activity center in Austin told media she’d taken time to educate their facility’s clients about the virus and proper precautions. She added, “They feel less alarmed and we try to protect our folks here…” Mark Kitsmore, 54, of Tyler said, “Honestly, I’m not too worried about it. He went on to say with a laugh, “I’ve probably used a little more bug spray over the past few weeks, though.”

Twenty six people have died this year as result of having contracted the virus; approximately one-half of those deaths occurred in Texas. The mayor and county judge in Dallas have declared a state of emergency there.



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August 12, 2012

Cities across Texas increase efforts to combat mosquitos

Cities across Texas increase efforts to combat mosquitos

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Numerous cities throughout Texas, United States have begun broadening their efforts to fight mosquito populations, in an effort to reduce transmission of the sometimes-lethal West Nile virus. Officials in Dallas county have declared a public health emergency. Officials there have requested use of five planes, intended to spray most of North Dallas, as well as other sections of the city.

Cquote1.svg With the concerns in Dallas, we’re taking it seriously. Cquote2.svg

—A Malakoff city official

Tim Whitley, a city official in Malakoff, told Wikinews his city has begun using a pesticide specialist to spray two times weekly. According to Whitley, certain atmospheric conditions, such as wind speed and humidity, must be right before the large scale treatments can occur. He explained two treatments per week is more often than usual for the city. “With the concerns in Dallas, we’re taking it seriously”, Whitley added. Even in the drier climate found in Abilene, mosquitos recently tested were carrying the virus. As a result, that city has increased its pesticide treatments.

Culex pipiens, a common species of mosquito.
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Media sources indicate well over 80 cases of West Nile virus have been reported this year in Dallas county alone. A top-ranking Dallas county official told media he views the problem with serious concern. There have been nine cases of West Nile virus in the Houston region, with one of those resulting in death. A New Jersey woman who is a former resident of Lubbock told media earlier this month she’d contracted the virus and believed she’d been bitten while visiting Austin. About 60 percent of West Nile cases in the U.S. happen in Texas.

Historically, there have been some objections raised over aerial spraying and the potential health hazards distributing such chemicals may pose. A California study, however, showed evidence that in areas where aerial spraying occurred, infection was six times less likely to occur. The earliest cases of the virus appeared in the U.S. in the late 1990s.



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July 8, 2010

Spectator injured in 30-foot fall at Texas Rangers baseball game

Spectator injured in 30-foot fall at Texas Rangers baseball game

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

A fan fell 30 feet from the club-concourse level into the lower-level seating area at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Texas during the Texas Rangers’ home game against the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night.

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The incident occurred in the bottom of the 5th inning with Nelson Cruz at bat for the Rangers. Cruz hit a foul ball into the crowd. The fan leaned over the railing to grab the ball and fell over the railing and into the crowd 30 feet below. Play was immediately stopped and suspended for 16 minutes. The man, whose identity has not been released, was conscious and could move all extremities. He was stabilized and taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

In a press conference following the game, team president Nolan Ryan told reporters that “He’s over at the emergency room having tests done. The preliminary indications are that it could have been a lot worse. We really don’t know at this point in time. I think that obviously he’ll remain in the hospital for observation. We’re hopeful that what injuries he has are minimal.”

Four other spectators, including a young boy, were treated for minor injuries at the scene.



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February 18, 2008

Documents regarding Kennedy assassination found in Dallas

Documents regarding Kennedy assassination found in Dallas

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Jack Ruby, who the transcript portrays as having talked with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Kennedy’s assassination.

At a press conference today, Dallas County district attorney Craig Watkins presented several documents and items relating to the 1963 assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. They were discovered over a year ago in a safe at the county courthouse.

Among these items is a two-page transcript of a conversation alleged to have taken place between Lee Harvey Oswald, who was arrested for assassinating Kennedy, and Jack Ruby, who shot and killed Oswald two days after he was arrested. If the conversation was found to be real, it would provide support for many conspiracy theories regarding the assassination. “It will open up the debate as to whether or not there was a conspiracy to assassinate the president,” Watkins said.

The transcript suggests that Oswald and Ruby met at Ruby’s nightclub on October 4, 1963, where they discussed a plan to “get rid of” then-Attorney General Robert Kennedy by shooting his brother, the President. “I can still do it, all I need is my rifle and a tall building,” Oswald purportedly said. “But it will take time, maybe six months to find the right place…” Ruby says the money for the operation will be coming from the Mafia, but when Oswald asks Ruby if he is with the Mafia, Ruby replies with, “You’re asking too many questions.”

Some have dismissed the transcript as fake, saying it reads more like a screenplay than an actual conversation. “It’s not real. Crooks don’t talk like that,” said Terri Moore, top assistant to Craig Watkins. Also found in the safe were letters written by former District Attorney Henry Wade regarding a movie he was working on, titled Countdown in Dallas. It is unclear how much work was done on the film, although a movie deal signed by Wade was among the documents found.

“The fact that it’s sitting in Henry Wade’s file, and he didn’t do anything, indicates he thought it wasn’t worth anything,” said Gary Mack, curator of the Sixth Floor Museum. “He probably kept it because it was funny. It’s hilarious. It’s like a bad B movie.” Mack says the conversation could not have taken place, as Oswald is believed to have been in Irving the night of October 4.

Although Craig Watkins believes the transcript is likely a fake, he said he could not immediately dismiss it as such. Even if the document is bogus, he says, he had always questioned the official explanation for Kennedy’s death. “You know me: I’m always a conspiracy theorist,” Watkins said. “It was too simple of an explanation. I don’t see that.”

The other items found in the safe, including Jack Ruby’s brass knuckles, a leather gun holster, documents from Ruby’s trial, and clothes belonging to Ruby and Oswald, are believed to be genuine. After all the items have been scanned, Watkins plans to donate them to a third party, so that they can be viewed by the public. “Our motto has always been that everything is open. We have nothing to hide. So we’re making public everything that we have found in the safe,” Watkins said.



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