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August 3, 1995
The congressional hearings on the holocaust at Waco, Texas, were about politics. The Republicans were trying to get at Attorney General Janet Reno more than the truth. A funny thing happened in that forum. Darn near everyone ended up showing they hadn't learned the right lesson, the one that Philadelphians got to see in the MOVE tragedy a decade ago: Wait. For God's sake, wait. When people are holed up with weapons, a singular vision of their role in the universe and children, almost no amount of time is too long to wait for a peaceful solution.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 1993 | By Jonathan Storm, INQUIRER TELEVISION CRITIC
In the temple of television, Ambush in Waco commits a mortal sin: It's boring. In the wider world of morality, its sins form a litany - exploitation of suffering, titillation of morbid curiosity, blatant profiteering, unabashed wallowing in violence. The five-minute-and-40-second orgy of gunplay - corpses falling from towers, bodies thrashing, heads lolling, blood flowing - at the end of tonight's movie is simply despicable. There has been no finer engine this TV season to propel the slowly stirring government busybodies who seek to enforce their ideas of decency on us poor television consumers.
NEWS
April 21, 1993
After 51 days, the FBI was "totally frustrated" in its attempt to peacefully resolve the standoff near Waco, Texas. So now, with the Branch Davidian compound burned to the ground and an estimated 80 people dead - including 17 kids - the FBI probably is no longer frustrated. Presumably, that emotion has been replaced with one far more corrosive - regret. Attorney General Janet Reno said in her marathon of press interviews Monday that she welcomed the torrent of questions, and hoped to prevent other debacles.
NEWS
May 13, 1993 | BY MOSHE PHILLIPS
There are at least three other heavily armed compounds in the United States that are very similar to the Branch Dividian compound that was outside of Waco, Texas. The difference between the Branch Dividians and the three other compounds is that the other three are teaching their members that the coming "Apocalypse" is going to be caused by Jews, and therefore Jews are to be hated and killed. The three compounds are similar to the Branch Dividian's in that they are heavily fortified and their members are believed to be armed with automatic weapons.
NEWS
May 30, 1995 | BY DONALD KAUL
After reading interviews with a goodly number of specimens, it seems fair to conclude that your average militiaman - I refer to members of the paramilitary groups that call themselves the Oklahoma Militia, the Iowa Militia, and so forth - is no dumber than a fence post. Neither is he smarter. As far as I can determine, he is a person of limited education who casts himself in the role of patriot and defender of the faith. He fears the nation falling victim to a giant international conspiracy of bankers, one-worlders and government officials intent on achieving a New World Order.
NEWS
May 3, 1993 | BY DONALD KAUL
It's not hard to get good advice in this world. As soon as it's too late to be of any use, it comes flooding in over the transom. Take the Waco thing, for example. I think everybody's pretty much agreed that it was handled badly. What the feds should have done is waited. That's what the pop psychologists are saying, that's what the politicians are saying; even the columnists are saying it, it's so obvious. The thing is, David Koresh was a megalomaniacal psychopath suffering from paranoia, delusions of grandeur and bad breath; he shouldn't have been pushed to the limit like that.
NEWS
May 5, 1993
We feel very grieved about what happened at the Branch Davidian compound, (with the loss of so many precious lives), but we should not condemn or judge others - especially those who had leadership in the outcome. They did as much as they could to bring about a peaceful ending, but it was not to be. Nothing anyone could have done would have prevented what happened. The only one who could have (and can) help us in the terrible situation this world is in today is Almighty God, but we have tried to push him completely out of our lives (which will never happen)
NEWS
April 22, 1993 | BY MOLLY IVINS
If anyone can think of anything good to be said about the law enforcement's handling of the Branch Davidians from beginning to end, call someone in authority. I can't think of a single thing. We're looking at 80-something people dead, including 17 children, for what? What did they ever do to anyone? David Koresh bought a lot of guns, legally. If we wanted to do something about that, we should've changed the law, right? The Koresh compound never needed to be assaulted in the first place.
NEWS
April 24, 1993
Now that the ashes are finally cooling in Waco, people everywhere are analyzing and speculating about the situation, often drawing parallels to the 1985 MOVE confrontation in Philadelphia. These comparisons, it seems to us, are inappropriate in at least two important respects. The biggest single difference is that there is no question about who started the MOVE fire: The police did, with a satchel of explosives dropped onto the roof of the rowhouse that ignited cans of gasoline.
NEWS
March 10, 1993
A violent end to the standoff in Waco between members of a religious cult and the authorities may still be avoidable. But as the days wear on, the odds of another shootout seem to be growing. In the last 24 hours, cult leader David Koresh said he was "ready for war" and boasted that he had the firepower to blast armored vehicles "40 to 50 feet in the air. " In response, the Defense Department has lent tanks to law-enforcement officers massed outside the compound. As infuriating as Mr. Koresh's taunts and double-dealing may be, we can only hope that the authorities maintain their cool.
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SPORTS
February 12, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
WE ALL HAVE our stories. We all know how much bigger the Marcus Smart story would be if it took place here, in Philadelphia, if Jeff Orr were our Bubba and not Texas Tech's Bubba. Most of us have seen someone, some have been that someone, who has interpreted a ticket to a sporting event as a license to behave in a manner that would have us arrested, beaten up, fired and/or shunned if done outside the gate we entered. Orr, the Texas Tech fan Smart exchanged words with and famously pushed Saturday night during a game with Smart's Oklahoma State team in Lubbock, spends the time he is not commuting to watch Tech games as an air-traffic controller in his hometown of Waco.
NEWS
May 12, 2013 | By Angela K. Brown and Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press
WACO, Texas - Texas law enforcement officials on Friday launched a criminal investigation into the massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14 people last month, after weeks of largely treating the blast as an industrial accident. The announcement came the same day federal agents said they found bomb-making materials belonging to a paramedic who helped evacuate residents the night of the explosion. Bryce Reed was arrested early Friday on a charge of possessing a destructive device, but law enforcement officials said they had not linked the charge to the April 17 fire and blast at West Fertilizer Co. "It is important to emphasize that at this point, no evidence has been uncovered to indicate any connection to the events surrounding the fire and subsequent explosion ... and the arrest of Bryce Reed by the ATF," a McLennan County Sheriff's Office statement said.
NEWS
April 18, 2013
WACO, Texas - American Red Cross crews from across Texas were sent Wednesday to the site of an explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco where multiple injuries had been reported. Red Cross spokeswoman Anita Foster said her group was working with emergency-management officials in the town of West, Texas, to find a safe shelter for residents displaced from their homes. She said teams from Austin to Dallas and elsewhere were being sent to the community north of Waco. A West Fire Department dispatcher said the explosion happened Wednesday night at a fertilizer plant.
SPORTS
March 30, 2011 | Associated Press
DALLAS - Sydney Carter scored 22 points and Texas A&M finally beat Baylor - when it counted the most. The Aggies will go to the NCAA Final Four for the first time in school history after a 58-46 victory over the top-seeded Bears on Tuesday night in the Dallas Regional final. Baylor and all-American Brittney Griner, who played in the Final Four last year in the 6-foot-8 center's freshman season, will have to settle for the Big Twelve regular season and tournament trophies the still-young Bears (34-3)
SPORTS
March 30, 2011 | Associated Press
Sydney Carter 22 points and Texas A & M finally beat Baylor - when it counted the most. The Aggies are going to the NCAA Final Four for the first time in school history after a 58-46 victory over the top-seeded Lady Bears last night in the Dallas Regional final. Baylor and All-America Brittney Griner, who played in the Final Four last year in the 6-8 center's freshman season, will have to settle for the Big 12 regular season and tournament trophies the still-young Bears (34-3)
NEWS
March 8, 2005 | By Henry E. Hockheimer Jr
The shootings of the husband and mother of a federal judge in Chicago may be linked to antigovernment white supremacist groups. While our federal law-enforcement apparatus has, since 9/11, focused its resources on external terrorists, we must not lose sight that our nation also faces significant internal threats. Understandably enough, the "war on terrorism," is a war on Islamic fundamentalists. The creation of an entirely new bureaucracy, the Department of Homeland Security; the pouring of resources into monitoring, freezing assets, capturing, and detaining suspects - these activities all have targeted Middle Eastern terrorists.
SPORTS
October 29, 2003 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Former Baylor basketball player Carlton Dotson was returned to Texas yesterday, three months after being arrested in Maryland in the shooting death of a former teammate. Dotson left Maryland early yesterday, said Joseph Flanagan, an assistant state's attorney. He then was flown to Austin, Texas, and later driven to Waco, where Dotson will face another arraignment and bail review hearing. In August, Dotson was indicted in the death of Patrick Dennehy, who had been missing six weeks when his body was found July 25 in a field near Waco.
SPORTS
August 31, 2003 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An undergraduate choir sang a mournful hymn, "It Is Well With My Soul. " The mourners had just filed into a bright, modern chapel at the edge of Baylor University's campus for a memorial service for slain Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy. His mother and girlfriend took seats in the front row. Across the aisle sat the president of the university. Also at the service Thursday was the athletic director who had lost his job and Dennehy's remaining Baylor basketball teammates.
SPORTS
August 9, 2003 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Defending champion Waco, Texas, dealt Upper Darby its first loss in pool play in the Little League Softball World Series last night. The 4-0 setback left Upper Darby, which is representing the East, at 2-1 in the round-robin portion of the 10-team tournament. It will play its final first-round game in Division A tomorrow against Beaverton, Ore., the host team. The top two teams from each five-team division qualify for the tournament semifinals. Upper Darby managed just one hit, a first-inning single by Adrienne Drummond, against Waco (2-0)
SPORTS
July 25, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
The family of missing Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy yesterday visited a ranch outside Waco, Texas, where he and his teammate fired guns and where police have searched for his body at least twice. His mother and stepfather, Brian and Valorie Brabazon, their daughter and the player's girlfriend seemed to be trying to retrace his steps in the weeks before he vanished in mid-June, said owner Tammy Cox. Carlton Dotson, who also played basketball at Baylor and was Dennehy's roommate, remained jailed without bond on a murder charge in his home state of Maryland.
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