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#1 Ivanhoe

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 2344 PM

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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Two package bombs left outside homes in Austin, Texas, exploded on Monday, killing a teenager and injuring two women in attacks that police linked to a deadly blast earlier this month.
 
The latest bombings came as the Texas capital hosted its annual South by Southwest music, technology and film festival downtown. The victims in all three cases were African-American or Hispanic, and police said they were examining the attacks as possible hate crimes.
 
In each of the three attacks, a cardboard package was left at the front of a private residence and exploded after an unwitting victim picked it up or tried to open it, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters.


 

Monday's attacks unfolded as the city was thronged by visitors to the South by Southwest Festival. On Monday afternoon, London Mayor Sadiq Khan delivered a keynote address at the event, which draws hundreds of thousands of people to the city each year.


Little to work with at this point, but it does seem very fishy to be happening right when SXSW is going on. Almost a 1970s Baader-Meinhoff Gang kind of vibe. 



 


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Posted 12 March 2018 - 2356 PM

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Suspiciously straight line connecting the dots...
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Posted 13 March 2018 - 0004 AM

Could be interesting that all occured on the east side of I35.

If someone wanted to maximize chaos, the pubbing area on 6th street would be an attractive target but its on the west side of I35.

The bombings occuring during SXSW might be a coincidence. But too early to really say.
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Posted 13 March 2018 - 0118 AM

On *lighter tone*, river depicted on map is outright scary... :D

 

Could it be people living east of I35 are ethnically similar?


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 0524 AM

On *lighter tone*, river depicted on map is outright scary... :D


There are rivers in Texas? ;)

On a serious note. My condolences and I'm surprised our news hasn't carried it yet.
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Posted 13 March 2018 - 0535 AM

This made the news here, with the line that someone is trying to kill people because of their race:

 

http://www.abc.net.a...ombings/9542226

 

Investigators are looking into whether race was a factor in parcel bombings in Austin, Texas which coincided with the start of the popular South By Southwest (SXSW) festival.

There have now been three attacks at homes in east Austin:

  • A package bomb exploded on Monday (US time), killing a 17-year-old boy and wounding a 40-year-old woman, both of them black
  • Later the same day, about six kilometres away, another explosion injured a 75-year-old Hispanic woman, who was taken to hospital with potentially life-threatening wounds
  • The two bombings are believed to be linked to an attack on March 2 that killed 39-year-old black man Anthony Stephan House

In all three cases, police said the packages did not appear to have gone through the US Postal Service or private carriers like UPS, but were left on doorsteps without a knock or ringing of doorbells.

"We cannot rule out that hate crime is at the core of this, but we are not saying that that is the cause," Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters.

He gave few details about the explosives, beyond saying the boxes were an "average size letter box" and "not particularly large".

Police are urging residents to be careful if they receive any unexpected packages.


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 0618 AM

At this time it is still a mystery, but hopefully answers will come soon.  That is the side of Austin that is opposite the University of Texas and the State Capital.  It is a more economically depressed area.  


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 0759 AM

May the bomber(s) make a teeny little slip...


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 0811 AM

May the bomber(s) make a teeny little slip...

My guess is they are taking all the teeny tiny pieces and rebuilding these packages to figure out who's doing it.


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 0932 AM


May the bomber(s) make a teeny little slip...

My guess is they are taking all the teeny tiny pieces and rebuilding these packages to figure out who's doing it.
It would be nice, though, if there were also scattered bits of tissue for DNA testing...
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Posted 13 March 2018 - 0957 AM

All three sites are within 90 seconds of a freeway entrance.  Ban freeways.


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 1111 AM

All three sites are within 90 seconds of a freeway entrance.  Ban freeways.

A 3 day waiting period and/or an NICS check at the onramp would be better.


Edited by GregShaw, 13 March 2018 - 1112 AM.

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 1312 PM

If you live in the wrong place you are not far away from that already. 


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 2323 PM

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Families of two people killed by package bombs left on their doorsteps in Austin knew each other and were connected through local activism in the black community, a civic leader said Tuesday. But it was not clear how they might be tied to a third household where a package bomb also exploded.

 

Investigators have said the three blasts that killed two people and wounded two others could have been hate crimes since all the victims were black or Hispanic. But they also said they have not ruled out any possible motive.

 

 

There’s nothing obvious linking the three neighborhoods, other than all were east of Interstate 35, which divides the city. The east side has historically been more heavily minority and less wealthy than Austin’s west side, although that has changed as gentrification has raised home prices and rents everywhere.

 

 

Historical neighborhoods, gentrification, and rising land values. I'm gonna call this one a greed crime, rather than hate crime. Some mobbed-up developer wants to condemn a whole bunch of lower middle-class homes, bulldoze 'em, and build something very pricey. Activist types started organizing a resistance, so the builder(s) called in the hitmen.


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 2339 PM

Historical neighborhoods, gentrification, and rising land values. I'm gonna call this one a greed crime, rather than hate crime. Some mobbed-up developer wants to condemn a whole bunch of lower middle-class homes, bulldoze 'em, and build something very pricey. Activist types started organizing a resistance, so the builder(s) called in the hitmen.

Absent the /s, I'll respond thusly.  This is Texas, not northern VA / Washington DC area.  Developers here don't waste money razing old neighborhoods, not when land is dirt cheap and they can develop endless tracts of pristine land.


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 2353 PM

http://kut.org/post/...oric-properties

 

City officials are in the process of surveying East Austin to determine which buildings qualify for historic preservation, but some residents want to put a stop to any demolition until that survey is complete.

 

Thompson and her team got involved when a group of homeowners applied to demolish the house, wanting to build new homes on the property. It’ll stay intact for now while the city reviews its historic value, but this was just the latest battle in the neighborhood’s ongoing struggle over preservation.

 

https://www.texasmon...ication-debate/

 

The gentrification of East Austin is a well-told story and hot-button subject. The 1928 Austin master plan placed most residents of color on the east side of the city (beyond what is now I-35). The current property tax structure in Texas, however, makes it difficult for longtime residents to keep their homes as taxes go up while wages don’t. And the basic cultural forces that have made hipster havens out of neighborhoods like Oak Cliff, in Dallas, and Lower Westheimer, in Houston, are at play.

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 0024 AM

Those stories are interesting, Ivanhoe, but they have nothing to do with the bombings.  The three bombings were a considerable distance from those old neighborhoods and, more importantly, two of the neighborhoods appear to be less than 40 years old.  The oldest of the three neighborhoods is also the closest to the Cesar Chavez neighborhood mentioned in your cites.  But here's the thing, it is still three miles and a river crossing away.  It's an entirely different world.  The stories you cite are about neighborhoods bordering downtown Austin, not the suburbs which were bombed.


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Posted 15 March 2018 - 1450 PM

That area has also one of the better places to eat in Austin: Hoover's.  Superb Southern style cooking.  It also has Juan in a Million, a great Tex-Mex place.  It is still strange why there though.


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Posted 15 March 2018 - 1829 PM

No letter or video claiming resonsibility has surfaced? 


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Posted 15 March 2018 - 1925 PM

Nothing.
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