April 19, 2014
Re "Kansas shooting suspect has long history of hate," April 16 Suspected Kansas shooter Frazier Glenn Cross was described as a libertarian, defined in the article as someone in favor of smaller government. He was also described as being virulently anti-immigration, a self-described racist and an anti-Semite. While libertarians generally favor the smallest government possible, this is because the philosophy maximizes individual freedom for everyone, including immigrants, African Americans and Jews.
April 18, 2014 |
Police on Friday identified a suspect in a string of at least a dozen random vehicle shootings on Kansas City, Mo., highways that since early March have wounded three motorists and caused driver angst on the freeways of the Midwestern city. In a midday news conference attended by local, state and federal officials, authorities named Mohammed Pedro Whitaker as the elusive shooter. The man has been charged with 18 felonies involving nine separate shootings. He is being held in lieu of $1-million bail.
April 17, 2014 |
Police have arrested a man linked to a series of apparently random highway shootings that have terrorized drivers in the Kansas City area, officials said Thursday evening. Officers swarmed a home in Grandview, Mo., a suburb of Kansas City, and towed away a green Dodge Neon with Illinois plates after apprehending the suspect Thursday. Police Chief Darryl Forte would not confirm the man's name or whether he was the only one suspected of carrying out a least a dozen shootings near a tangle of freeway interchanges known to local residents as the "Grandview Triangle.
April 17, 2014 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Since the bullets began to fly on freeways here, Taylor Stevens has stuck to the back roads. Rikki Rohret keeps her eyes on the overpasses. Behind the wheel, Joe Miller tries not to think about being an anonymous gunman's next victim. Somebody has been firing at vehicles, a serial triggerman who police warned seemed to be randomly targeting motorists, declaring his own misguided war against his fellow drivers. Since the shootings began in March, police have linked at least a dozen incidents along the network of freeways that connect this Midwestern city, which sees itself as a genteel cousin of Rome for its fountains, or Paris for its boulevards, not as some hulking U.S. city where an armed man could run amok.
April 16, 2014 |
The news that a former grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan is suspected of shooting and killing three people near Jewish community centers in Kansas seems at first glance like a disparaged past flaring briefly into the present. Americans like to imagine that the KKK belongs to a long-gone South and anti-Semitism to a distant 20th century. Sadly, this better reflects a naive faith in the nation's history of religious tolerance than the realities experienced by many religious minorities. Although the KKK has evolved and its membership has dwindled, it remains part of an American legacy of religious intolerance.
April 15, 2014 |
Miley Cyrus has been hospitalized and has canceled her Tuesday night show in Kansas City, Mo., after a "severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. " The announcement came in a statement on the website of the Sprint Center, where the "Wrecking Ball" singer was to hit the stage for a 7 p.m. show. Her rep told the Associated Press that Miley was on "medical rest" per doctors' advice. "Kansas I promise Im as [heartbroken] as you are," Cyrus said on Twitter. "I wanted so badly 2 b there 2night.