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Thousands Are About to Get a $2.7M Letter of 'Love'

Dallas-area church raised the funds to pay off medical debt for locals

(Newser) - Close to 2,400 families in two Texas counties will get a letter this week that will lift their hearts, but also (and more importantly) relieve their wallets. What that note will inform them, per FOX 4 News : that a Dallas-area church has raised enough money—almost $2.7 million... More »

Reporter Waiting for His Flight Witnesses Something 'Beautiful'

On inbound plane, the remains of an American who died in Vietnam, flown home by son

(Newser) - Bryan Knight was 5 years old when he saw his father depart Dallas Love Field Airport for Vietnam. It was January 1967. On Thursday, Knight returned to the same airport, ferrying his father's remains. The Southwest captain had arranged to be the one to fly the remains of Col.... More »

Cops Explain Why They Mocked Man Who Died

Dallas officers say they were trying to 'perk up' Tony Timpa

(Newser) - Dallas police officers who handcuffed and pinned down a struggling schizophrenic until he died say their mocking banter was really a strategy, the Dallas Morning News reports. The explanation emerged in audio of a police hearing into the 2016 death of Tony Timpa. "When we're kind of going... More »

10 Best, Worst Cities to Celebrate July 4

The Big Apple promises the best time, while San Bernardino falls last

(Newser) - Tomorrow is Independence Day, meaning you still have time to get to where the best celebrations are going to be. WalletHub tries to suss those out for you, looking at the 100 most populous cities in the nation across five major categories: affordability, attractions and activities, safety and accessibility, the... More »

10 Dead After Small Plane Crashes Into Hangar

'It's a very sad day for Dallas County'

(Newser) - Ten people were killed when a small airplane crashed into a hangar as it was taking off from a Dallas-area airport Sunday morning, says a spokeswoman for the town of Addison, Texas. Mary Rosenbleeth says no one aboard the twin-engine plane survived at the Addison Municipal Airport, about 20 miles... More »

Texas Police Officer Charged With Murder in Dallas Shooting

'This sends a message that officers do not have the right to kill someone'

(Newser) - A Texas police officer has been indicted on a murder charge two weeks after shooting the unarmed driver of a truck that had been reported stolen as the vehicle swerved past his police SUV in a Dallas parking lot. Farmers Branch Officer Michael Dunn, 43, turned himself in Wednesday night... More »

Photographer Says He 'Felt Journalistic Duty'

Gunman had just opened fire at courthouse

(Newser) - The Dallas Morning News sent photographer Tom Fox downtown to take a photo of a fraud defendant when she arrived at the federal courthouse Monday morning. He got something better, the New York Times reports: A man in the middle of a shooting rampage, in tactical gear, carrying a military-style,... More »

Gunman Shot Dead Outside Federal Courthouse

Authorities identify him as Brian Isaack Clyde, 22

(Newser) - A gunman wearing a mask and glasses was killed outside a Dallas courthouse Monday after opening fire with an assault rifle, the Dallas Morning News reports. The FBI identified him as Brian Isaack Clyde, 22, but gave no motive for the attack at the Earle Cabell Federal Building. No officers... More »

Suspect in Transgender Woman's Death Already in Jail

Police believe Kendrell Lavar Lyles killed Muhlaysia Booker in Dallas

(Newser) - Police in Dallas have a suspect in custody in the murder of Muhlaysia Booker —and they believe he is responsible for at least two more murders. Police say Kendrell Lavar Lyles, 33, was already in custody for two apparently unrelated killings when he was arrested in the May 18... More »

Crane Crushes Apartment Building

One dead, at least six injured in Dallas fall

(Newser) - One person is dead and at least six others are injured after a crane collapsed on an apartment building in Dallas amid severe thunderstorms, the AP reports. Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans told the Dallas Morning News that the crane fell into a downtown apartment building Sunday afternoon as strong... More »

Audio Was Cut, Valedictorian Says, at Mention of 'Tamir Rice'

Unfinished speech also mentioned victims of mass shootings

(Newser) - "To the kids that were murdered in senseless mass shootings; to Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and all the other children who became victims of injustice," a high school valedictorian in Dallas began saying Saturday. Then her microphone was cut, NBC reports. Rooha Haghar tweeted an account and a... More »

2nd Transgender Woman in 2 Weeks Murdered in Dallas

Body was pulled from lake Saturday

(Newser) - Police in Dallas have called in the FBI for assistance after the second murder of a transgender woman in the space of two weeks. The body of Chynal Lindsey, 26, was pulled from White Rock Lake on Saturday, less than a mile from where the body of 23-year-old Muhlaysia Booker... More »

Are the Killings of 2 Transgender Women Connected?

A third transgender woman was also attacked in Dallas but survived

(Newser) - Police in Dallas say they are investigating whether the killings of two transgender women and an assault on a third are connected, the AP reports. Maj. Vincent Weddington said Tuesday during a news conference that there are similarities in the three cases. No arrests have been made. The most recent... More »

Trans Woman in Assault Video Is Found Shot to Death

Muhlaysia Booker, 23, is dead in Dallas after separate attack last month

(Newser) - A transgender woman who survived a brutal attack last month has been found shot to death in Dallas. Police say Muhlaysia Booker, 23, was found early Saturday on a city street, reports NBC DFW . Authorities have no suspects and say they have no evidence to link the fatal shooting to... More »

Cops: Serial Killer With an Eye for Jewelry Killed 12 in 2 Years

Billy Chemirmir allegedly targeted elderly women in Texas

(Newser) - Police in Texas believe they've uncovered one of the state's most prolific serial killers, a man accused of killing 12 women in less than two years. Billy Chemirmir—a citizen of Kenya living in the US illegally, per KTVT —was jailed in March 2018 on suspicions that... More »

Texas Officer Charged With Homicide for Shooting Motorist

Bau Tran fired as man started to drive away

(Newser) - A Texas grand jury indicted a suburban Dallas police officer Wednesday on a charge of criminally negligent homicide for fatally shooting a black man during a traffic stop last year. The Tarrant County grand jury indicted Arlington Officer Bau Tran eight months after he shot 24-year-old O'Shae Terry in... More »

Plane Turns Around After 'Life-Critical Cargo' Left Behind

That would be a human heart, forgotten on a Southwest flight headed to Dallas

(Newser) - The passengers on Southwest Flight 3606 were somewhere over Idaho Sunday when their captain came over the PA with a message: They were headed back to Seattle. That's because there was a "life-critical cargo shipment" that had been left on board, per the Seattle Times : a donated human... More »

A Shout Amid Flames: 'Can Somebody Catch My Baby?'

3 injured in 'brutal' Dallas apartment fire

(Newser) - Around 40 Dallas residents are homeless for Thanksgiving but thankful to be alive after what the Dallas Morning News describes as a "brutal" fire at an apartment complex. Three people including a firefighter were injured Wednesday, per NBC DFW , though rescuers and residents likely prevented further calamity. They banged... More »

He Was Killed in His Own Home by a Cop. Now, a Lawsuit

Amber Guyger is 'dangerous individual,' complaint brought by Botham Jean's family says

(Newser) - The family of a black man who was shot to death in his own apartment by a Dallas cop has brought a lawsuit against both the former police officer and the city of Dallas, the Dallas Morning News reports. The complaint filed by the parents and sister of 26-year-old Botham... More »

Dallas Cop Who Killed Neighbor Is Fired

Amber Guyger faces manslaughter charges in death of Botham Jean

(Newser) - The Dallas police officer who killed a neighbor in a high-profile shooting is out of a job. Dallas police chief U. Renee Hall fired Amber Guyger, 30, during a hearing on Monday, reports Dallas News . Hall cited "adverse conduct." Guyger faces manslaughter charges in the Sept. 6 death... More »

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