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Southwest Baggage Handler Stole Guns From Travelers in St. Louis

A former Southwest Airlines employee will serve six months in prison after admitting to stealing at least five firearms from checked bags belonging to passengers traveling through St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

Mark Hunter, of St. Louis, previously pleaded guilty in federal court for possession of stolen firearms. He had been indicted in April.

According to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the case against Hunter began in September, when the Manchester Police Department seized a pistol that had been reported stolen by a Southwest passenger. The passenger told police that the firearm had been taken from his luggage.

That's when federal investigators got involved. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with the Transportation Security Administration, identified seven similar firearm thefts: All had been reported as stolen from checked luggage on Southwest Airlines flights during a roughly five-month span between March and August 2020.

Read more: https://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2021/11/30/southwest-baggage-handler-stole-guns-from-travelers-in-st-louis

Elon Musk warns SpaceX faces 'genuine risk of bankruptcy' if engine production troubles continue

SpaceX is having engine trouble.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk warned employees of a “Raptor production crisis” for the engines needed to launch the massive Starship spacecraft from South Texas.

SpaceX is aiming to launch the Starship into orbit for the first time in early 2022 and then run a series of test flights as steps toward carrying cargo and humans to the moon and Mars. But Musk on Friday warned that delays in production of Raptor engines could hamper that progress and lead to significant financial problems.

“We face genuine risk of bankruptcy if we cannot achieve a Starship flight rate of at least once every two weeks next year,” he wrote in a company-wide email obtained by CNBC and Space Explored.

A longtime SpaceX observer said it was “classic Musk” to suggest workers should forgo their Thanksgiving holiday weekends to focus on the engines. And it isn’t the first time Musk, who’s also founder and CEO of Tesla, has openly discussed the possibility of financial hardship.

Read more: https://www.expressnews.com/business/article/Elon-Musk-warns-SpaceX-faces-genuine-risk-of-16663564.php
(San Antonio Express-News)

Capitol riot suspect entered Air Force basic training in San Antonio, then got the boot

A U.S. Capitol riot suspect entered basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in July and was later charged with attacking police during the Jan. 6 assault on Congress.

He was in training at the base for about three weeks, until the FBI questioned him and the Air Force kicked him out.

The Justice Department said Aiden Henry Bilyard, 19, of Cary, N.C., was charged with a variety of offenses. They include civil disorder; assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers using a dangerous weapon; destruction of government property, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon, and “aiding and abetting” others in each of these crimes.

A criminal complaint filed Nov. 15 listed disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon; engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon; disorderly conduct in the Capitol grounds or buildings, and act of physical violence in the Capitol grounds or buildings.

Read more: https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Capitol-riot-suspect-entered-Air-Force-basic-16662965.php

Sutherland Springs victims' lawyer calls government offer 'inhumane, shocking'

In his closing arguments, Attorney Jamal Alsaffar said the $31 million proposed by the federal government told him that it was “never interested in doing the right thing.”


Four years ago, a man kicked out of the Air Force perpetrated one of the deadliest shootings in Texas history.

Former Airman Devin Patrick Kelley fired hundreds of rounds into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs — a small town 40 minutes east of San Antonio. Twenty-six people were killed and nearly two dozen were injured.

The government was found liable this summer for mistakes it made that could have prevented the shooter from purchasing the guns he used.

Now, a federal judge will decide what is owed to survivors.

-snip-

Presumably, numbers closer together would make his job of putting a dollar figure on the horrific tragedy easier. But the estimates were miles apart, with the government saying it owed $31 million and the victims seeking more than $419 million for the events of November 5, 2017.

Read more: https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/criminal-justice/2021/11/30/414358/sutherland-springs-victims-lawyer-calls-government-offer-inhumane-shocking/

A growing number of Texas Republicans want a fourth special session to pass COVID-19 vaccine mandate

A growing number of Texas Republicans want a fourth special session to pass COVID-19 vaccine mandate ban

by Cassandra Pollock, Texas Tribune


A growing number of Texas Republicans are pushing for lawmakers to return to the state Capitol for a fourth overtime round of legislating to pass laws banning COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

As those calls continue to build, it remains unclear whether Gov. Greg Abbott — the only official with the power to convene special sessions — will order state lawmakers back to Austin and what issues he would include on the agenda.

Lawmakers already met for the biennial regular session that ended in May before convening for three special sessions over the summer and into this fall to tackle redistricting along with a number of GOP priorities, including a law that further tightens the state’s election rules.

Abbott last week declined to say whether he intends to call another special session, but he left the door open, reminding reporters at a news conference that one “can be called anytime.” On Monday, an Abbott spokesperson, contacted for comment, referred to a previous statement from the governor’s office that said “there is no need for another special session at this time.”

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2021/11/30/coronavirus-texas-legislature-vaccine-mandate-ban/

Dell family foundation gives $38 million to 3 organizations to end homelessness

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is giving $38 million to three local nonprofit organizations that provide housing for people experiencing homelessness in Austin.

Mobile Loaves & Fishes' capital campaign will get $36.6 million to go toward the building of the third and fourth phases of its Community First Village program, which houses people who have experienced homelessness in a community of microhouses, manufactured homes and RVs.

The two phases will add 1,400 homes. Half will be in phase three on 51 acres next to the existing 51 acres with 500 homes on Hog Eye Road in Northeast Austin. The other half will be in the fourth phase, a 76-acre space on Burleson Road between U.S. 183 and McKinney Falls Parkway in Southeast Austin.

The two phases are a $150 million project, which already has raised $40.9 million, including $35 million from Travis County. The Dell family foundation funds will be matched $1 for every $2 raised from the community. If all the money is raised to meet the $36.6 million match, the project will have the needed $150 million.

Read more: https://www.statesman.com/story/news/local/2021/11/30/dell-family-foundation-gives-38-million-3-austin-organizations/8769054002/

Even on U.S. Campuses, China Cracks Down on Students Who Speak Out

On the bucolic campus of Purdue University in Indiana, deep in America’s heartland and 7,000 miles from his home in China, Zhihao Kong thought he could finally express himself.

In a rush of adrenaline last year, the graduate student posted an open letter on a dissident website praising the heroism of the students killed in the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.

The blowback, he said, was fast and frightening. His parents called from China, crying. Officers of the Ministry of State Security, the feared civilian spy agency, had warned them about his activism in the United States.

“They told us to make you stop or we are all in trouble,” his parents said.

Read more: https://www.propublica.org/article/even-on-us-campuses-china-cracks-down-on-students-who-speak-out

Joe Scarborough Refutes Lauren Boebert Claim She's a 'Strong Christian Woman'

Joe Scarborough jumped into the mess of political animus brewing between Representatives Ilhan Omar and Lauren Boebert Monday morning, and came out the other side being less than impressed with Boebert’s insistence that she is a “strong Christian woman.”

At issue is Islamaphobic lies said by Boebert, and a phone call between the two in which Omar sought a public apology from her House colleague. The call did not go well and ended with Omar ending it abruptly, or hanging up, which led to two separate accounts.

Omar released a public statement in which she “graciously accepted a call from Rep. Lauren Boebert in the hope of receiving a direct apology for falsely claiming she met me in an elevator, suggesting I was a terrorist, and for a history of anti-Muslim hate.” But because she allegedly “doubled down,” Omar “decided to end the unproductive call.”

Boebert released a video describing the call that opened with a self-description as a “Strong Christian Woman,” and that she never wanted anything she says “to offend someone’s religion,” and told as much to Omar. “She said that she still wanted a public apology because what I had done wasn’t good enough,” Boebert claimed, before claiming Omar hung up on her and complaining of “cancel culture.”

Read more: https://www.mediaite.com/tv/joe-scarborough-refutes-lauren-boebert-claim-shes-a-strong-christian-woman/

Oklahoma City Sports Radio Host Terminated After Racist Comments from 2016 Off-Air Conversation Get

Oklahoma City Sports Radio Host Terminated After Racist Comments from 2016 Off-Air Conversation Get Leaked


Longtime sports radio host Sam Mayes is out at Tyler Media’s 107.7 The Franchise in Oklahoma City after an off-air conversation from 2016 containing racist comments was recently leaked.

During a commercial break, Mayes discussed Native Americans and the push for Washington DC’s NFL franchise to rebrand from their derogatory moniker. The 2016 recording features Mayes and Tyler Media promotions director Cara Rice, who also hosts mornings on a sister station.

https://twitter.com/brettachapman/status/1464663606096801802

“What’s the excuse for the natives that they haven’t been fighting to get this thing changed forever?” Mayes asks in the recording.

“They’ve been too drunk to organize,” Rice answered.

Mayes responded with “hashtag Lysol,” to which Rice said “hashtag gold spray paint out of the trash,” as both hosts made references to huffing.

Read more: https://www.mediaite.com/sports/oklahoma-city-sports-radio-host-terminated-after-racist-comments-from-2016-off-air-conversation-get-leaked/

Lara Logan Says 'People' Tell Her That Fauci Is Just Like Nazi Doctor Josef Mengele

Fox Nation host Lara Logan Went There during an appearance on Fox News’s Prime Time on Monday night and compared Dr. Anthony Fauci to Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. Or at least, that’s what people are telling her, so she says.

Logan said the coverage of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 has been overhyped and claimed that death rates are “comparable” to those of seasonal flu. She then said that “people all across the world” are saying the nation’s leading infectious disease expert is reminiscent of Mengele, who performed horrific and fatal experiments on concentration camp prisoners during the Holocaust.

The Omicron variant has been most abundantly documented in southern Africa. There have been no deaths linked to it so far, but not much is known about the variant and experts have urged caution. That includes Fauci, who suggested it’s possible Omicron may “evade” certain vaccine antibodies.

“What’s your take on where we are and where we’re going?” asked guest host Pete Hegseth.

Read more: https://www.mediaite.com/tv/lara-logan-says-people-tell-her-fauci-is-like-mengele/
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