Neighbor’s Video Disputes Cop’s Account of Shooting. On Monday, a Dallas copper shot Bobby Bennett, a mentally ill man who he said was coming at him and his partner threateningly with a knife. However, as WFAA reported, a surveillance camera on a neighbor’s house recorded the incident, and Bennett appears to be holding his arms at his sides at the moment he was shot. The Dallas Police Department is investigating, while the officer is on administrative leave. Bennett, who took a bullet in the abdomen, has been charged with aggravated assault of a public servant and is in serious condition at Baylor hospital.
Did Nolan Ryan Retire or Resign? At his press conference, the outgoing Texas Rangers CEO used the term “resign” even though the team’s press release had announced his departure as a “retirement.” When asked, Ryan said the words could be used interchangeably, but most observers agree that what played out yesterday afternoon was the final scene of a power struggle between Ryan and team president/general manager Jon Daniels, with Daniels the victor. Ryan also announced that he’s selling his tiny percentage of ownership to the club’s majority owners, further cutting his ties. At the Morning News, Kevin Sherrington writes that Daniels “doesn’t have Ryan’s strengths, and he knows it,” and “there are no winners here.” Evan Grant and Brad Townsend’s story on the news conference describes it as an “awkward departure” that “didn’t seem like a proper goodbye for a man who is as synonymous with the Rangers as Tom Landry, Roger Staubach and Bob Lilly are with the Cowboys.” On ESPN Dallas, Jean-Jacques Taylor draws a weak parallel with the mid-90s parting of Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson and owner Jerry Jones, wondering whether “the Rangers remain an elite franchise under Daniels’ leadership. Or if they slip into the muck of mediocrity like the Cowboys have since Jerry and Jimmy split.” And at the Star-T, Randy Galloway paints Daniels as a Heisenbergian criminal mastermind, claiming that the GM delivered a “kill-shot” to Ryan and “successfully hijacked” the Rangers to make himself a “baseball god.”
American Airlines Posts Third-Quarter Profit. The air carrier’s parent company, AMR, was in the black for the second straight quarter. So a corporation goes into bankruptcy, allowing it to restructure its obligations (screw over the people it owes money) in order to trumpet a net of $289 million in just a few months (when it lost $238 million in the third quarter last year). What a country!