A small town near the Mexican border is going up in flames, with more than 10 fires set over the past few months. Christine Pelisek talks to locals about the baffling whodunit.
Last November, a series of fires began to plague the small California city of Brawley. The first fire gutted a large vacant two-story office building. Soon after that, a furniture store, a woman’s gym, a historic theater, and a restaurant were set on fire. On Easter Sunday, a parking structure and a flower shop were also torched. Next came a 99-cent store, and then, last Tuesday, the A Plus Furniture on Main Street was burned to the ground.
The aftermath of a furniture store fire in Brawley, California. According to police officials an arsonist may be to blame for the fire which occurred on Tuesday, April 9. (Department of Justice)
In total, more than 10 fires have broken out in Brawley’s downtown core over the last few months, and police and fire officials are trying to determine if the pyrotechnics are the work of a serial arsonist.
He had gone to the marathon to honor his dead sons. By the end of the day, Carlos Arredondo was a hero. He tells Michael Daly about saving a man with his legs blown off by the explosion.
Carlos Arredondo was in the bleachers by the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the first bomb went off directly across the street.
“Loud,” he says. “The fireball that came out. Also the smoke.”
Arredondo assists medical responders as they help an injured man following an explosion in Boston on April 15, 2013. (Charles Krupa/AP)
The number of devices, the apparent fireball—former FBI counterterrorism investigator Mark Rossini tells Lloyd Grove how the Boston Marathon explosions resemble the 2004 Madrid attacks, which killed 191.
Watching the images of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing on CNN International and the BBC, former FBI counterterrorism investigator Mark Rossini thought he noticed a disquieting connection.
Bystanders help an injured woman at the scene of the first explosion on Boylston Street near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon. (John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe,via Getty)
“This has the hallmarks of a Madrid-style event in many respects,” Rossini told The Daily Beast from Paris, where he was visiting on business for his private security consulting firm. “We don’t know who the bombers are, but I assume it was more than one. It’s just my gut that there might have been two people involved. And allegedly, a third device has been found.”
Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line brought out the media’s strengths and only a few excesses. Howard Kurtz on the saturation coverage—and television’s unifying role.
The pictures were horrifying, the experts measured, the anchors somber.
NBC's Brian Williams reports on the bombing at the Boston Marathon. (NBC News)
The bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon sent the television networks scrambling to cover a stunning act of terrorism that seemed almost a throwback to an era when such attacks were common.
New York, Washington, and other cities are on alert. Here’s how law enforcement is responding to the marathon attack.
Law-enforcement officials say they have no doubt that the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon this afternoon were bombs, possibly placed in mailboxes or garbage cans, or hidden in some other fashion. Officials at the scene say two people are dead, including an 8-year-old, and some 100 are injured. Later, officials confirmed that a third explosion at the John F. Kennedy museum in Boston was probably linked to the attack. The Associated Press reports that two more explosive devices have been found on the marathon route and are being dismantled.
Helicopters fly April 15 near the construction site of One World Trade Center in Manhattan. New York officials have secured the city in the wake of explosions near the finish line at the Boston Marathon. (Julio Cortez/AP)
As rescue workers, bystanders, and runners rushed to try to help the wounded in the immediate aftermath, Boston closed its airport and shut down cellphone service. Several cities put their police forces on alert.
Avoiding a repeat of last year’s failure to award a fiction prize, the Pulitzer board gave it to Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son while The New York Times won four prizes for its journalism.
Whew! All 21 categories of the Pulitzer Prizes for 2013 were awarded on Monday, assuaging fears of a repeat of 2012 when the fiction prize was not given. The New York Times won four prizes, for investigative reporting, explanatory reporting, international reporting, and feature writing. The public service award was awarded to The Sun Sentinel for its coverage of off-duty police officers who recklessly speed and endanger the lives of citizens. The fiction prize was awarded to Adam Johnson’s novel The Orphan Master’s Son, set in North Korea, and the biography award went to Tom Reiss’s The Black Count, about Alexander Dumas’s father, who was born to black slaves in Haiti.
In a surprise win, Brooklyn’s small online organization InsideClimate News won for national reporting about flawed regulation of the nation’s oil pipelines.
In the wake of yesterday's bombing, at least three people are dead, including an 8-year-old boy and a 29-year-old woman, and more than 100 people injured. Follow the latest developments here.
He was a justice of the peace known for zipping around Kaufman on a Segway. Then he was prosecuted by District Attorney Mike McLelland and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse. Now Eric Williams is under arrest after the prosecutors’ slayings. Michael Daly reports.
The prime suspect in the killings of the Kaufman County district attorney, his wife, and a deputy prosecutor was until 11 months ago a respected justice of the peace known to ride to work with his briefcase on a Segway.
On weekends, 46-year-old Eric Williams would zip around the North Texas town of Kaufman in the Segway clad in fatigues from his other life as an officer in the Texas Guard.
The family of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, comfort each other during funeral services April 5 at the First Baptist Church of Wortham in Wortham, Texas. Inset: Eric Williams. (AP)
Audrie Pott, who killed herself after an alleged gang rape, was in President Obama's inaugural parade—and so was another 15-year-old who died four months later.
At 11, Audrie Pott of California was in the color guard of the only middle-school band to march in President Obama’s first inaugural parade.
Saratoga (California) High School sophomore Audrie Pott. (Audrie Pott Foundation/Facebook)
“The president’s young daughters waved and cheered loudest for [this] group as all the other performers were so much older,” says a Pott family online posting about the Redwood Middle School’s moment in history.
Coverage, or lack thereof, of the Philadelphia abortion doctor’s trial has some critics up in arms. What is the controversy all about? An explainer.
In Philadelphia, Dr. Kermit Gosnell stands accused of gruesome crimes. When police raided his abortion clinic in 2010, they said they found the remains of late-term fetuses he’d allegedly delivered before cutting their spinal cords with scissors. Prosecutors called his abortion clinic a “baby charnel house,” and the 2011 grand-jury report is a deeply disturbing account of alleged murder and abuse. His trial started on March 18, but the story recently exploded onto the national stage, thanks in part to a growing chorus of media self-criticism. Here’s The Daily Beast’s guide to the story and the media controversy.
In this undated photo provided by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, shows a procedure room at the Women's Medical Society in Philadelphia. Abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, who catered to minorities, immigrants and poor women at the Women's Medical Society, was charged Wednesday Jan. 19, 2011, with eight counts of murder. (Anonymous)
Just how bad was Gosnell’s clinic?
KFOR meteorologist Emily Sutton says she’s never seen anything like what she saw on Monday while storm chasing the tornado that hit Moore, OK.
Months after his state was ravaged by extreme weather, the New Jersey governor is now publicly denying climate change. Expect more of that kind of idiocy as he gears up for 2016.