On Monday, a Laredo, Texas, woman killed herself and critically wounded her two children after being denied food stamps. Authorities said the 38-year-old mother had entered the local Texas Health and Human Services Commission office, demanding to speak to a supervisor about her case. She pulled a handgun on social workers in the office and took a supervisor hostage in a back room.
A police SWAT team evacuated some three-dozen people from the building and negotiated over the course of several hours for the supervisor’s release. “About 11:45 last night, she hung up the phone with negotiators, and a little bit later negotiators heard three shots,” a police investigator told the press Tuesday. “What had happened was that she had shot each of her children [aged 10 and 12] once and herself once.”
“She had issues and felt that she had been let down by social services in general,” he continued. “She was making all sorts of outlandish claims.”
A spokeswoman for the state’s department of social services confirmed to Reuters that the woman had been denied food stamps in July, saying her application was incomplete.
The tragedy speaks to desperate conditions that the most vulnerable sections of the population suffer, even as Texas and most other states slash billions of dollars from a strained social safety net (see “Texas plans drastic cuts to education, health care, and social services”).
It's a really strong article so be sure to read it in full.
The other thing I wanted to note was Kashi's TLC Fire Roasted Veggie Snack Crackers.
The box brags that they are "19 g whole grains." It's good to know the box has something to brag about because the contents have nothing.
I'm sorry, I'm all for eating healthy but I am not for eating stuff that tastes bad. This is like eating seasoned cardboard.
I'll stick to Trisquits and Wheat Thins and take whatever damage they bring me.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Thursday: