Thursday, June 12, 2008

Looks Like Arson Was More Than Just Suspected

ATF: "Molotov" cocktail started Governor's Mansion fire
An Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent tells CBS 42 News the object seen being thrown in surveillance video appears to be a "Molotov," which is a lit container with flammable liquid inside.

Early on Thursday, state Fire Marshal Paul Maldonado confirmed Sunday's fire at the Governor's Mansion was arson. He says a surveillance camera captured on video an individual igniting an object and tossing onto the building's front porch. From there, the fire spread rapidly. Maldonado says evidence shows an accelerant was used in the crime.

Officials would not say if the suspect is male or female. The surveillance video is being enhanced in order to gather more clues.

At the Thursday morning news conference, the state fire marshal said the on-site investigation is now complete and the building is being returned to the state for restoring.

According to the state's restoration engineers, the building is "structurally deficient" and the roof will need to be replaced. The downstairs seems to be in the best shape, but other areas of the 152-year-old landmark are extensively damaged.

Structural engineer, John Volz, says his reaction to seeing the devastation was "like having a sick child or family member -- it's heartbreaking." But he is adamant the building can be salvaged.

Construction crews will begin the rehabilitation within days by removing the debris. Workers won't know how much total damage was done until they get deeper into the restoration project.

Restorers will need to stabilize the building, to dry it out, and to protect the interior from the weather. Estimates of repairing the building are as high as ten million dollars.

TCU linebackers receive top-10 ranking

FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU's linebacker unit has been ranked as the 10th-best in the nation by Athlon.

Athlon also tabbed linebacker Jason Phillips, safety Stephen Hodge and center Blake Schlueter as first-team All-Mountain West Conference selections. Linebacker Robert Henson, cornerback Rafael Priest, defensive lineman James Vess and offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse were second-team picks.

Linebacker units ranked ahead of TCU were USC, Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio State, Miami (Ohio), Wisconsin, Virginia and Cal.

Phillips is a preseason All-American and three-time All-Mountain West Conference selection. The senior from Waller, Texas, was named by Dave Campbell's 2008 Texas Football as the state's Defensive Player of the Year and Best Linebacker. He is also on the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the nation's top defensive player.

A native of Longview, Texas, Henson has been an honorable-mention All-MWC pick each of the last three seasons despite starting just three games. His 199 career tackles trail only Phillips (231) among active Frogs.

Daryl Washington will also see significant playing time. The junior from Irving, Texas, totaled 32 stops in a reserve role a year ago while tying for the national lead with three punt blocks.

LSU Headed to the College World Series

In other news, LSU fans have still not evolved as human beings.

What better time to show your ignorance, and let America know how badly you miss owning slaves, and how much fun it is to see 600,000 Americans die, than right after clinching the Super Regional.

It is often times funny and laughable at how stuck in the mud these people are, but come on, there is a line, and you crossed it.