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Leading Off (10/26/16)

| 1 hour ago

DART Board Votes to Build Both D2 Subway and Cotton Belt Line. On the bright side, DART is officially digging the D2 subway concept. But on the grim side, DART voting for the Cotton Belt in addition to D2 means the latter is unlikely to happen any time soon if funding doesn’t come through in full.

New Oasis Opens in Southern Dallas Food Desert. Residents of southern Dallas talk about driving 20 miles to Lancaster to stock up on fresh foods or buying whatever groceries are available at their nearby dollar store. After Save-A-Lot’s opening tomorrow, more than 30,000 locals will have fresh fruits and veggies in their neighborhood for the first time in almost a decade.

North Texas Voters Claim Ballots Switching From Trump to Clinton. Is it a glitch, user error, or deus ex machina? Good Lord, just let this election end.

Fort Worth Teacher Arrested for Murder. WFAA-8’s headline here is just one horrifying quote, the words Cary Heath said to his wife after shooting their neighbors: “This is the last time I will see the baby. I killed two people.”

No Fatalities in Woodall Rogers Big Rig Fire. This is mostly of interest to those of us who could see the flames yesterday from our perches in downtown skyscrapers. I’m glad to hear injuries were not life-threatening. Tim Rogers, you can put away your dadnoculars. (Just coined that word and dropped it in my stacked “To Copywright” folder.)

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Health & Fitness

Wear a Halloween Costume, Rock Climb for Free

| 19 hours ago
Photo by Christiana Nielson.
Photo by Christiana Nielson.

I went rock climbing for the first time yesterday. I’d gone on those little walls at camp as a kid, but I hadn’t attempted a 30-plus-foot wall with inclines and varying difficulties of holds before. I hesitantly walked into the brightly colored Summit Climbing, Yoga & Fitness in Grapevine to meet my friend who invited me to give climbing a try. I slipped on special shoes, tightened my harness, and walked over to one of the many looming walls. “Here goes nothing,” I thought.

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Politics & Government

Poll: Who’s Right in West Dallas Rental Housing Fight?

| 23 hours ago

Perhaps you’ve been reading about the city of Dallas’ dispute with HMK, the company run by the Khraish family that owns a few hundred rental homes in fast-gentrifying West Dallas.

Mayor Mike Rawlings and Morning News columnist Robert Wilonsky assure us that there’s no conspiracy against the Khraishes: that this is just about getting lousy houses up to code. But then the Observer’s Jim Schutze published an audio recording in which Rawlings seemed far less interested in getting code violations fixed than in getting the Khraises to sell.

What do you think is going on?

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Local News

Leading Off (10/25/16)

| 1 day ago

Record Voter Turnout in Dallas County. Yesterday, the first day of early voting, 58,350 people turned out to vote. I assume most of those people were alive. That number compares to 32,512 voters in 2012 and 34,415 voters in 2008. Collin County also saw a huge turnout.

Tony Romo’s New House Has an Indoor Slide. A while back, TMZ was the first to report that Romo had built himself a pretty nice new pad. Now come Snapchat pics of the interior, courtesy of teammate Anthony Hitchens, who was impressed with the indoor basketball court and the video golf setup. Remind me not to invite Hitchens over to my house.

Frisco Murder Trial Starts Today. Robert Moses is accused of shooting his ex-wife, Anna Moses, in January 2015. Defense attorneys say that there are at least nine suspects in the case, but Robert’s blood was found in Anna’s car, and he also has been charged with possession of child pornography.

DART to Vote on D2, Cotton Belt. Tonight at 6:30 the DART board will meet to decide whether the northern Cotton Belt Line gets built at the expense of a downtown Dallas subway. If you need to get up speed on this issue, start here

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