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A gunman used an "explo-
sive device" in an attack at two
different residences near Dallas,
Texas, that left four people dead
and four others wounded in an
apparent domestic dispute,
police said yesterday.
A suspect was taken into cus-
tody, Corporal Melissa Franks of
the DeSoto Police Department
told a news briefing.
Police would not confirm the
gunman s identity, though sev-
eral local media reports said the
suspected attacker was Erbie
Bowser, a former special edu-
"I believe there was an explo-
sive device used," Franks said,
adding that the FBI and other
agencies had been brought in to
The shooting spree began in
a home in Dallas and ended soon
afterwards in another house
about seven miles away in DeS-
oto, Franks said.
The victims, who died of
apparent gunshot wounds, were
not identified. In addition to the
four people killed, two in Dallas
and two in DeSoto, four others
were wounded, including two
boys aged 11 and 13, Franks said.
Laura Jobe, a spokeswoman
for the Mesquite Independent
School District outside of Dallas,
confirmed that Bowser, a cer-
tified special education teacher,
worked at two schools there
from December 2001 through
March 2010, and left on good
terms. He also coached football
at the West Mesquite High
"He left on good terms. He
did resign, he was not termi-
nated," she said.
"He had a good history here,
he was well liked. He s been
described as a gentle giant,"
Jobe said, elaborating that
Bowser was "very tall and just
a very heavy man, a very large
Franks said no information
about the suspect s background
would be released, pending the
filing of formal charges.
Gunman kills four in Texas; explosive used
NEW YORK---About 40 per cent of white Amer-
icans and about 25 per cent of non-white Amer-
icans are surrounded exclusively by friends of
their own race, according to an ongoing
The figures highlight how segregated the United
States remains in the wake of a debate on race
sparked by last month s acquittal of George Zim-
merman in the shooting of unarmed black Florida
teenager Trayvon Martin. President Barack Obama
weighed in after the verdict, calling for Americans
to do some "soul searching" on whether they har-
bour racial prejudice.
There are regions and groups where mixing with
people of other races is more common, especially
in the Hispanic community where only a tenth do
not have friends of a different race. About half of
Hispanics who have a spouse or partner are in a
relationship with non-Hispanics, compared to one
tenth of whites and blacks in relationships.
Looking at a broader circle of acquaintances to
include coworkers as well as friends and relatives,
30 per cent of Americans are not mixing with others
of a different race, the poll showed.
As a group, Pacific states---including California,
the most populous in the nation---are the most
diverse when it comes to love and friendship. By
contrast, the South has the lowest percentage of
people with more than five acquaintances from
races that don t reflect their own.
Some of this is down to precedent. "This country
has a pretty long history of restriction on inter-
racial contact and for whites and blacks, even though
it s in the past, there are still echoes of this," said
Ann Morning, an associate professor in the depart-
ment of sociology at New York University.
"Hispanics and Asian Americans have traditionally
had less strict lines about integrating."
In his comments two weeks ago, President Obama
expressed optimism about the future, saying his
daughters experiences show younger generations
have fewer issues with race.
Younger American adults appear to confirm this,
according to the poll. About one third of Americans
under the age of 30 who have a partner or spouse
are in a relationship with someone of a different
race, compared to one tenth of Americans over 30.
no friends of
It s a boy! Again.
Kateri and Jay Schwandt of Rockford, Michigan,
welcomed their 12th baby into the family last week.
A brood of now---count em---12 boys.
"We didn t know what he would be when he was
first born," a smiling Kateri Schwandt told the local
NBC News station. "We don t find out. It s always
a boy, but it s always a surprise."
Tucker Ray Schwandt was born on August 4---the
newest sibling among the other boys ranging in age
up to 21 years old.
Tucker s 11 older brothers rushed into their mother s
room at St Mary s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michgan,
to greet their newest brother.
The proud parents told the station they had been
hoping for a girl, but this time, like the past 11 times,
it was not to be.
"I m sure a little girl probably would be fun, but
we know what we re doing. Sometimes I feel like
I m living in a locker room," Kateri Schwandt said.
She certainly has enough sons to form a football
Amazingly, dad Jay says he s not opposed to having
more kids. He says maybe the 13th "will be the charm"
that gets the family a girl. (Yahoo News)
Family hoped for a girl,
gets 12th baby boy
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