Belo Foundation Pledges $30M For Parks. The money is intended to fund 17 acres of new green space across four sites downtown that have been designated as high priorities by the city’s parks master plan. You can tell this is a HUGE deal because the Morning News broke out its long-form template to tell the story. Among the plans is the expansion of the existing Carpenter Plaza, on the east side of downtown between Live Oak Street and Pacific Avenue along Interstate 345, by removing several streets to “serve as a link between downtown and Deep Ellum, with recreational activities under the highway overpass.” Uh-oh. Did someone say “overpass”?
Deadly Shootout Temporarily Shuts Down I-635 in Mesquite. Police killed a suspect who opened fire on them after a chase and standoff that began shortly before midnight this morning. That northbound segment of the highway, near Town East Mall, reopened just after 6:30 a.m. this morning.
Police Investigating Oak Cliff Murder. Robert Shumway hasn’t been seen since April. Someone forged his signature on a document authorizing the sale of his house in June. Last month the new homeowner found human remains in the backyard.
Boy Accused of Plotting School Shooting. The 12-year-old was taken into custody at his charter school, Trinity Basin Prep, after allegedly asking for a friend’s help and showing him a diagram of his planned attack.
SMU President Denounces Racially Insensitive Party. The “Ice Age” event, thrown by two fraternities, was advertised on social media as the “most savage banger in SMU history” and urged attendees to wear “bling, throwback jerseys, and tall tees.” SMU’s Gerald Turner issued a statement on Thursday saying the school’s “students should know better than to engage in such irresponsible and insensitive conduct.” The party has been canceled.
It’s Gonna Rain a Bunch More. Friday and Saturday are expected to dump another couple inches of precipitation on North Texas, and El Niño is to blame. More importantly, it appears that the Morning News has outsourced its weather coverage today to the Star-Telegram. What happened? Is Wilonsky OK?