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Bad news from Austin

Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor

It was a terrible tragedy we were alerted to here, during the start of our workday.  In Austin, Texas—one of the great American cities—a building was on fire, a small plane was suspected to have crashed into it.  Then came reports that a house was on fire in a suburban neighborhood—and an essay had been posted on the web.  It makes for sad, sick and fascinating reading.  It contains quotes like, "Desperate times call for desperate measures…I know I'm hardly the first one to decide I have had all I can stand...It has always been a myth that people have stopped dying for their freedom in this country...I also know that by not adding my body to the count, nothing will change."

In death, this "domestic terrorist" (as I have already heard him called on television) has given us a lot to think about.  His words, written with the precision of an engineer, will sound familiar to many. He talks about healthcare, greed and bailouts...and his complaints about the IRS. We have our correspondents on the story, and we will have complete coverage for you here tonight.

We hope you can join us.