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DART police officer among those killed in Dallas

A Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) police officer was among five police officers shot and killed last night during a sniper attack in Dallas.
Brent Thompson
Photo: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Seven other police officers and two civilians were wounded in the attack, which occurred during a demonstration against the shootings of black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota earlier this week, the Dallas Morning News reported this morning.

DART Police Officer Brent Thompson, 43, was killed during the protest, DART officials said in a post on the agency’s website. Thompson is the first DART officer killed in the line of duty since DART formed a police department in 1989. He joined the department in 2009.

Among the wounded police officers, three are DART officers and they are expected to recover from their injuries, according to DART. No other DART employees working in downtown Dallas during the protest or shooting were injured.

DART services in downtown Dallas were suspended following the shooting. The agency was evaluating its operating plans for today. It will post updates on DART.org and via Twitter @dartmedia or by email update service at http://www.DART.org/rideralerts.

“As you can imagine, our hearts are broken. This is something that touches every part of our organization,” DART officials said in the website post.

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) this morning released the following statement from its Chairwoman Valarie McCall and Acting President and Chief Executive Officer Richard White:

“It was with a very heavy heart that the American Public Transportation Association and its transit members learned about the shooting in Dallas last night. We mourn the loss of innocent life and send our prayers and thoughts to the officers, including the DART officers, and their families.

“We have reached out to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit to extend our condolences on behalf of the public transportation industry.”

DART ‘pursuing two paths’ to get rail on Cotton Belt

Dallas, Denton and Collin County residents may not have to wait two decades for an east-west rail corridor to connect to the region’s north-south transit spokes. Well, maybe.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit board member Gary Slagel said today that the transit agency is looking at different ways to speed up getting rail service on the eastern portion of the Cotton Belt line, which runs from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Plano.

The agency plans to have service running by 2035. But it faces pressure from member city Addison and regional leaders to expedite that time frame. Slagel said the agency is also exploring whether it start rail service in two phases. The first would run trains from the airport to Addison before 2035. The second would then finish the route from Addison to Plano.

“We are pursuing two paths,” Slagel told the Regional Transportation Council today.

The RTC today discussed a regional policy that could require DART to get rail service going before 2035 or to come up with a stop-gap measure like bus rapid transit until it gets enough money for rail.

Slagel also sits on the RTC, which sets transportation policy and steers mobility money to area projects. So does Addison City Council member Bruce Arfsten, who told his fellow RTC members that his city opposes anything but rail service. Addison has paid more than $244.8 million into DART since 1984, but has yet to see a single transit train run through its city.

Arfsten said a stop-gap like bus rapid transit could actually delay rail service past 2035.

“We don’t really see that as an option,” he said.

Fort Worth’s transportation agency The T plans to run rail from that city’s downtown to the airport on the western side of the Cotton Belt line. That project could get $125 million in federal funds if Congress doesn’t disagree with that portion of President Obama’s proposed budget for next year.

The RTC will likely vote on a policy about DART’s portion of the Cotton Belt line when it votes on the region’s long-range transportation plan, director Michael Morris said Thursday.

“This policy puts DART in a position to advance this corridor if they can,” Morris said.

Steve Bowditch Wins AT&T Byron Nelson By Four Shots

Don’t beat yourself up, fantasy players. Steven Bowditch didn’t see this coming either.

Dating back to mid January, Bowditch had missed nine of 13 cuts before stepping on the gas Sunday and claiming a four-shot win at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Without so much as a top-10 finish in that stretch, he wasn’t exactly trending coming into this week, a fact he won’t argue.

Asked if he changed anything coming into this week, he laughed: “No. Run out of money.

“It’s basically the way my career has been my whole life,” he said. “You know, I guess when it’s good, it’s good and when it’s not, I’m just trying to hang on and make some cuts.”

But to be fair, he didn’t see it coming last time either and he still claimed a one-shot win at last year’s Valero Texas Open. Don’t think having a victory under his belt made him more comfortable on Sunday.

“I wasn’t really at ease,” Bowditch said. “I was more like a duck on a pond.  My insides were moving a mile a minute.  Just cruising on the surface.”


Chris Kirk edges Jordan Spieth to win Crowne Plaza Invitational At Colonial In Fort Worth

With a closing 4-under 66, Chris Kirk finished one shot ahead of Masters champion Jordan Spieth, playing partner Brandt Snedeker and Jason Bohn.

Chris Kirk was prepared to need a putt for a playoff at the Crowne Plaza Invitational Colonial.

No extra holes were necessary Sunday for Kirk to get his fourth PGA Tour victory.

Kirk made up for an errant tee shot at No. 18 with a par-saving and winning 7-foot putt after playing partner Brandt Snedeker’s birdie try slid by the hole.

“My first three wins on tour have all been little tap-ins on the last hole,” Kirk said. “So to step up and make a putt that I knew was to win is something I’ll never forget.”

With his closing 4-under 66, Kirk got to 12-under 268, one ahead of Snedeker, local Masters champion Jordan Spieth and Jason Bohn.

Bohn had a 63 that included six consecutive birdies on the front nine. Spieth shot 65, with a near-birdie that became a bogey at the par-3 16th hole.

When Kirk got in trouble at No. 18, Bohn and Spieth went to the nearby No. 1 tee and were hitting balls in preparation for a potential playoff. Spieth was already back near the green when Kirk got ready to putt.

Kirk hooked his tee shot at No. 18 into the left rough, then hit his approach from 155 yards over the green. A nice chip set up the winning putt after Snedeker’s miss from 12 feet after a similar tee shot to finish a 67.


Shell Houston Open: J.B. Holmes Takes Playoff

In the final round of the 2015 Shell Houston Open, J.B. Holmes emerges the victor after two playoff holes to collect his fourth PGA Tour win.

Another playoff at the Shell Houston Open. J. B. Holmes, Johnson Wagner and Jordan Spieth all finished regulation at 16-under-par 272 on the Tournament Course at the Golf Club of Houston. However, Holmes emerged as the victor on the second hole of sudden-death. Holmes defeated Wagner, the 2008 SHO winner, with a par-4. Spieth was eliminated with a bogey-5 on the first extra hole. This was the 23rd playoff in Shell Houston Open history. Only the U.S. Open with 33 playoffs has had more.

J.B. Holmes, 2015 Shell Houston Open winner, accepts the winner’s trophy from Marvin Odum, President of Shell Oil Company. Holmes claimed his fourth PGA Tour victory in a playoff with 2008 SHO winner Johnson Wagner and World No. 4 Jordan Spieth.
J.B. Holmes, 2015 Shell Houston Open winner, accepts the winner’s trophy from Marvin Odum, President of Shell Oil Company. Holmes claimed his fourth PGA Tour victory in a playoff with 2008 SHO winner Johnson Wagner and World No. 4 Jordan Spieth.
2015 Houston Open
Apr 2-5 – Purse: $6,600,000
Golf Club of Houston – Tournament Course – Humble, Texas, United States
Playoff – Final R1 R2 R3 R4 Total PO
J.B. Holmes
-7 -2 +1 -8 -16 8
Johnson Wagner
-3 -4 -6 -3 -16 9
Jordan Spieth
-3 -6 -5 -2 -16 5
Leaderboard Thru
Russell Henley
-3 -4 -4 -3 -14 F
Charles Howell III
-6 -2 -3 -2 -13 F

Jimmy Walker Cruises To Victory in Texas Golf Open; FedEx Cup Leader Now

SAN ANTONIO — Jimmy Walker spent the entire week battling the elements at TPC San Antonio. So when he arrived at the 18th hole with a four-shot lead, he finally allowed himself the chance to soak up the moment.

For a kid who grew up coming to the Valero Texas Open, the walk up the last was a surreal experience that almost left the local resident, who lives 35 minutes from the course in nearby Boerne, at a loss for words.

“To play this well at home in front of everybody, it’s amazing,” Walker said. “I don’t know how else to describe it or I’d be a writer, like you guys. I don’t know how to describe it. It’s cool.”

For most of the final round, it was Walker who played the part of the “cool” customer. When Jordan Spieth birdied the opening hole to cut the lead to three, Walker didn’t waver, matching the two-time PGA TOUR winner shot-for-shot for most of the afternoon.


When he found the trees off the tee on No. 4 — a tee shot Walker called his “worst driver of the week” — Walker managed to get up-and-down for bogey to keep a big number off the card.

“I just tried to stay composed and not get ahead of myself,” Walker said. “Out here, no lead is safe and on this golf course a big number is right around the corner if you’re not careful.”

For Walker, the putter and his play on the par 5’s proved to be the difference at TPC San Antonio. He led the field in strokes gained: putting (10.338) and strokes: gained total (20.315) and was a cumulative 12 under on the par 5s.

“I drove it well on the par 5s all week and that helps,” Walker said. “If I set myself up good off the tee, the short game is pretty sharp, so that really helps.”

With the win, Walker became the first player to record multiple victories on TOUR this season, and the fourth area resident to win the Valero Texas Open since David Ogrin (Garden Ridge) in 1996. He also extended his FedExCup lead to nearly 500 points over new No. 2 Jordan Spieth.

Walker came into the week having not played since the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and said the extra time off allowed him to prepare for an important stretch in the season.

“I’ve been working hard,” Walker said. “Being home the last two weeks has helped. I needed a little recharge after playing a pretty busy West Coast schedule. I just needed the rest.”

The rest has certainly paid off. Walker plans to celebrate his win tonight with family and friends before hopping on a plane and heading to Augusta on Monday to play a practice round with Rickie Fowler.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Walker said. “You definitely wouldn’t want to go there not playing well. I’ll get a look at the course and just get ready for an amazing week.”