New Yorker Publishes Its Chris Kyle Story. Its version of the tragic tale of the most lethal sniper in U.S. history, written by Nicholas Schmidle, runs to 12,870 words. Schmidle quotes our own Mike Mooney on the almost certainly apocryphal gas station shooting anecdote and, it seems to me, unfairly makes Mike sound credulous. Then Schmidle offers up another doozy told by Kyle. The bandits at the gas station weren’t the only bad guys on U.S. soil that he claimed to have killed: “In the days after Hurricane Katrina, [Kyle] said, the law-and-order situation was dire. He and another sniper travelled to New Orleans, set up on top of the Superdome, and proceeded to shoot dozens of armed residents who were contributing to the chaos. Three people shared with me varied recollections of that evening: the first said that Kyle claimed to have shot thirty men on his own; according to the second, the story was that Kyle and the other sniper had shot thirty men between them; the third said that she couldn’t recall specific details.” Troubling.
UTSW Doctor Says Alzheimer’s Cure Not Far Away. Dr. Michael Devous told the Dallas Morning News (paywall): “I think we’re going to cure Alzheimer’s disease, and we’re not far away from it.” The News reporter, Nancy Churnin, did not indicate whether Devous knocked on wood immediately after making that rather cocky pronouncement.
Teen Saves Six From Fire. Jessica Gallegos, an Ennis High School senior, has six friends who owe her, big time.