Air Force Pilot killed In Runway Accident

by The Chicago Times Staff

November 20, 2021

DEL RIO, TX – The U.S. Air Force announced Friday that a pilot was killed and two others were injured in an accident at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas.

According to the Air Force, two T-38C Talon training planes were involved in an accident on the runway at about 10 am (CST) on Friday.  One pilot was killed instantly, while another was taken to the Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio.  A third pilot is in critical condition and has been airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

“Losing teammates is unbelievably painful and it is with a heavy heart I express my sincere condolences.  Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with our pilots involved in this mishap and their families.” said Colonel Craig Prather, commander of the 47th Flying Training Wing.

The Northrop T-38 jet has been in service with the United States Air Force since 1959 as is scheduled to be replace in 2021 by the Boeing T-7 Red Hawk.


by The Chicago Times Staff

August 21, 2021

HOUSTON – Two children take control of vehicle after seeing their father fatally shot while driving in Houston Friday night.  According to the Houston police, an unidentified man was driving eastbound on I-10 when two boys, aged 7 and 10, heard what they thought was a rock hitting the windshield.  The boys reportedly saw their father slump over after that.  Instinctively, the two boys grabbed the steering wheel and guided the car off the freeway and into the grass near East Freeway Service Rd and Holland St.  The boys fled and sought assistance from a customer leaving a Chili’s restaurant.


by The Chicago Times Staff

August 5, 2021

TEXAS – Nearly 1,000 unaccompanied migrant children were apprehended in a single day this week, as the numbers of migrants coming to the southern border continue to surge with no sign of slowing down despite the heat of the summer months.

The Department of Health and Human Services reported that 834 unaccompanied minors and teenagers were apprehended on Thursday, far exceeding the 30-day average of 512.  It means that there are a total of 2,784 children in CBP custody and 14,523 in HHS custody.

The figures reflect a continuing surge at the southern border and indicate that the border crisis that has plagued the Biden administration is unlikely to be resolved anytime soon.

In June, over 188,000 migrants were encountered, with an increase in UACs and migrant family units.  This compares to approximately 78,000 encounters when President Biden took office in January, and approximately 33,000 encounters in June 2020.  The number of unaccompanied minors encountered increased by 8% in June, with 15,253 encounters compared to 14,137 in May.

Republicans have blamed the surge on the Biden administration’s rollback of key Trump-era policies, specifically its refusal to apply Title 42 to UACs, as well as the rollback of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), the end of border wall construction, and significantly reduced interior enforcement.  They have warned not only about criminals entering the country, but also about the potential spread of COVID-19.