Five stories that have North Texas talking: a Dallas winner at the Dallas Marathon; UNT police officer shoots and kills an ax-wielding student; the Dallas Cowboys lose (again); and more.
A Dallas chiropractor won the Dallas Marathon. WFAA-TV reports: “Logan Sherman, a native of Dallas, became the first American in 13 years to win the Dallas Marathon Sunday. Sherman, 29, finished with an unofficial time of 2:27:28 and carried a lead of over 11 minutes to the finish line. Sherman, who graduated from J.J. Pearce High School and now runs his own chiropractic in Dallas, said winning in his hometown was a special feeling. ‘Having the support of Dallas out there, I felt it along the whole course,’ he said during an interview on WFAA after the race. ‘Everybody was out there every single time it got tough. I couldn't have done it without the community here, my friends and my family, my support, my patients.’” Jamie Vest was the first female to finish -- her time was 2:58:31. See results here. [WFAA]
- A student who was carrying an ax was shot by UNT police. He died. The Dallas Morning News reports: “The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office identified the man as Ryan McMillan, who just turned 21 on Saturday. He was a second-year transfer student from Fort Worth studying pre-hospitality, said Kelley Reese, UNT spokeswoman. ‘This is a tragic event that saddens us as a university community,’ said UNT President Neal Smatresk in a statement. … Police had responded about 1 a.m. to a report that someone was breaking car windows near Fry and Oak streets, about two blocks away from campus, said UNT spokeswoman Margarita Venegas. When the officer arrived, the suspect ‘advanced’ toward him with the ax in his hand, Venegas said. The officer, whose name has not been released, fatally shot him.” [The Dallas Morning News]
- About 20 people, half of them armed with rifles, rallied outside a Richardson mosque against Islamist violence and Syrian refugee resettlement. The demonstration organized by the Bureau of American-Islamic Relations drew a counter-demonstration by about 50 people. An Associated Press photographer reported that while there were frequent discussions between both sides, they were peaceful and intervention by the dozen police officers wasn't needed. The protesting group included members of the "Three Percenters" who consider themselves patriots protecting the homeland from Muslims. They previously organized armed protests outside a mosque in Irving. Hundreds participated in a "United Against Racism and Hate" rally at Fair Park in Dallas. The demonstrators marched a few blocks to the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center to protest anti-Islamic activities and rhetoric. [Associated Press]
- A mock mass-shooting happened at UT-Austin over the weekend. The Texas Tribune reports: “A handful of gun rights activists lay down on the ground and doused themselves in ketchup, pretending to fall victim to pistols made from cereal boxes as, about two blocks away, a crowd of about 100 protesters waved dildos and noisemakers in the air. Other than that, it was just a normal Saturday on the University of Texas at Austin campus, where most students were busy studying for exams. Gun rights activists from two sister organizations — Come and Take It Texas and Don’tComply.com — announced their intention to stage a fake mass shooting on UT’s campus [last] week, generating significant opposition online. When hundreds of counter-protesters and members of the news media gathered at the appointed time and place, the fake shooting had already happened — two blocks away, and forty-five minutes ahead of schedule. Almost nobody was there to see it.” [Texas Tribune]
- The Dallas Cowboys lost – again. ESPN reports: “For the first time since 2010, the Dallas Cowboys will finish a season with a losing record. With their 28-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, the Cowboys fell to 4-9. While there are mathematical possibilities of a playoff appearance because of the horrible condition of the NFC East, the Cowboys' 2015 season effectively ended where the 2014 season ended. Except this time they had no controversial ending. This time they just got whipped.” [ESPN]
The Associated Press contributed to this report.