Austin police chief calls bomber ‘domestic terrorist’

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) — In the wake of a string of deadly bombings that shook Austin, Texas, and surrounding areas in recent weeks, the city’s police chief called the suspect a “domestic terrorist,” even though the incidents have not been formally labeled as such by the feds. The declaration by Chief Brian Manley came during a panel discussion this morning hosted by local media that was focused on the handling of the bombings.“I actually agree now that he was a domestic terrorist for what he did to us,” Manley said, according to local media.“This is a distinction I wanted to make today,” Manley said, according to The Austin American-Statesman. During the panel, Manley reportedly said that he hadn’t made that declaration earlier because “I was so focused that we put a stop to it,” but he felt appropriate categorizing it as domestic terrorism “for what it did to our community,” The Statesman reported.The terrorism label is significant because authorities, including Manley, had not used that classification previously.Under U.S. law, “domestic terrorism” is defined by statute and has to be intended to “intimidate or coerce a civilian population”; or “influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion”; or “affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping.”Doing so would increase the FBI’s involvement in the case, but would not change the penalties without a hate crime designation.The confession video found on the phone of the bomber, Mark Anthony Conditt, who was killed in a blast as police closed in on his vehicle, reportedly did not mention specific threats of terrorism.“He does not at all mention anything about terrorism, nor does he mention anything about hate,” Manley said on March 21.“But, instead, it is the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his personal life that led him to this point,” he said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Putting the ‘I’ in team

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Each of us must bring our best ‘I’ to the Jayne HitmanYou’ve all seen it. It’s hanging in every good boss’s office—right above the desk, where you can’t avoid looking at it.We’re talking about that framed motivational poster that reads, “There’s no ‘I’ in team.”That motto has been pounded into many of our heads most of our lives. And you know what? It might be true from a spelling standpoint, but otherwise it’s nonsense.Don’t take it from me. Listen to Joe Montana, the Hall of Fame NFL quarterback and four-time Super Bowl champion.Years ago, speaking of the commitment he and his star teammates made to the San Francisco 49ers, he said, “I expect me—and Jerry Rice and Ronnie Lott—to bring 110% to every practice and every game, every time. Each one of us has to bring our very best ‘I’ to the team. This is the only way we can win as a team.”This statement resonated with me from the first time I heard it. It’s so true.Montana went on to say that “the teams we beat week after week are full of people who live by ‘there’s no “I” in team.’” Everyone expects to win, he said, just because the team has good players on it. continue reading »last_img read more

Pope hits ton for England as trio overcome illness to train

first_imgJOHANNESBURG, South Africa (Reuters) – The illness that swept through the England camp has eased with bowlers Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad and Jack Leach returning to training as Ollie Pope struck a century in the three-day warm-up fixture against South Africa A in Benoni yesterday.The home side closed the second day on 154 for two in reply to England’s first-innings total of 456 for seven declared, where Pope top-scored with 132 to go with Joe Denly’s 103 on the opening day.Pope’s ton will not go into the record books though, as the match was stripped of first-class status and reduced from four to three days at the request of England when illness put a sizeable dent in their bowling attack. He was still pleased with his effort, a first century in an England shirt as he looks to secure a place in the team for the first Test of the four-match series against South Africa that will start in Centurion near Pretoria on Boxing Day. “It felt good, I have got close a few times, but it is a good feeling to get it out the way,” Pope told reporters. “If it was the first Test it would be even nicer, but it is all about the getting ready for that game.” Pope, who can also keep wicket and has four Test caps, added he was happy to take up the number six position in the batting line-up if that is what is required of him.“As long as I am getting a game, I’m happy. It was nice to get that first score under my belt in New Zealand (75) and I’m hoping to kick-on from there.”Archer, Broad and Leach all had a net session for the first time yesterday after being laid low with flu, but are unlikely to feature on the final day of the match against South Africa A.The status of the fixture means they could either bat or bowl if it is deemed necessary, with none having so far featured at all in the middle on the tour ahead of the first Test.last_img read more