The official ATF and State Fire Marshal's Office investigation into the fire that caused the West fertilizer plant explosion has concluded. Officials say the cause is "undetermined."
Here is the press conference. Officials were able to rule out several causes including weather, spontaneous ignition, a 480 volt electrical system, an earlier fire in the day, anhydrous ammonia, ammonium nitrate, smoking and weather. They were not able to rule out 120 volt electrical system, a golf cart and an intentionally set fire.
Check out this screen shot from the San Antonio Express News.
The sate and ATF are set to release the results of their investigation into the West explosion today (Thursday). Authorities have separately arrested Bryce Reed and charged him with possession of bomb-making material.
Separately. The McLennan County Sheriff's office says there's nothing to link him to the initial explosion and the ATF hasn't commented one way or the other. So why did the SA Express News put his mugshot alongside a story about the results of the investigation? Good question.
And Reed's attorney rightly wants to know exactly what, if any, evidence the ATF has against Reed related to the explosion.
Well, that's one way to steal an ATM.
Police are looking for the suspects. The theft occurred in the 1300 block of Hogan Lane.
A wattered-down version of campus carry is moving its way through the Texas legislature. This version would allow all universities to opt out whereas a previous version would have prevented public universities from doing so. So, basically, what the bill does is remove most college buildings from the list of places where concealed handguns are prohibited but would still allow each university to opt out.
It's a step in the right direction.
But here's the real story: Baylor math professor Lance Littlejohn will be too scared to hand back tests to his students if the bill passes (even though Baylor would opt out):
"I used to worry every day I gave a test back to students," said Baylor University math professor Lance Littlejohn, "that one student with take issue with their grade and let me have it — literally — with both barrels."
"If this bill passes, would you hand back my exams to my students?" Littlejohn asked him.
I'll answer Professor Littlejohn's question: yes. I'll do it. If you are too scared to hand a bad grade to your student, then I'll do it for you. I'm sure that will make you feel better. I'm sure some listeners would be willing to volunteer to assist other wussy professors who think so little of their students that they don't want to give them a bad grade.
Are professors victims of widespread assaults right now? Nope. But if CHL on campus is passed people are just going to start shooting professors.
And just how little credit does Littlejohn give his students that he thinks just having a different person return the test he gave and graded will make a difference? Are his students so dumb that they'll confuse the test-hander-back person with the professor who gave it?
You can't fix stupid. That goes for Baylor professors, too.