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New Study: Parts of Texas Could Face Abrupt Ecological Collapse By 2030

A Nature study describes a chain reaction that will accelerate the massive die-off of species in regions throughout Texas and the American South
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Coronavirus

Oddfellows, Better Block Transform Restaurant into Outdoor Market

Oddfellows is adapting to the COVID-19 crisis by selling off its excess stock.
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Plano Is the Texas City Best Poised to Weather Climate Change, Study Says

New analysis shows that surviving an uncertain future climate will force North Texas cities to deal with increased heat, drought, and flooding
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The City of Dallas Is Finally Taking Its Tree Canopy Seriously

The Texas Trees Foundation is producing an Urban Forest Management Plan, the first in the city's history. This is why you should care.
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By 2100, Dallas Will See 98 100-Degree Days Each Year

Your grandchildren will be broiling.
Crime

Leading Off (4/27/16)

All the most awful news in one convenient place. Investigators believe the Midlothian fitness trainer murdered in a church nine days ago was in fact targeted, but by whom they do not know. Up north, the Collin County medical examiner concluded that a Frisco mom, found dead in her car with her three children still alive, died of an intentional overdose of antihistamine medication. Finally, out west, a Haltom City grandma was booked in the Tarrant County jail on charges relating to the scalding death of the toddler CPS had put in her custody. Local man’s son still not doing so hot in primaries. In spite of Sunday’s announcement that Ted Cruz and John Kasich were joining forces to stop the Republican front-runner, Donald Trump went on to sweep all five states in Tuesday’s primaries. Cruz was also Twitter-pummeled for using the words "basketball ring" in the Hoosier State yesterday. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton lost only Rhode Island to Bernie Sanders. Johnny Manziel indicted, enjoys bieber show. The former football pro was officially indicted yesterday on a misdemeanor assault charge. Manziel allegedly restrained, assaulted, and kidnapped his ex-girlfriend in Dallas in January. Last night, he was seen at a Justin Bieber concert in Cleveland. “Hail no” headlines abound during storm threat. Ok, I only spotted one, but last night’s much-hyped storm deserved more. Grayson County was hit by tornadoes, but thankfully the grapefruit-sized hail meteorologists feared never appeared in Dallas. News outlets posted pic after pic of the extreme measures North Texas car owners took to avoid hail damage yesterday. Now what I’d really like to see is coverage of those folks as they peel sopping mattresses and pick bits of wet cardboard off their Hondas this morning. Send it my way! [email protected].
Local News

Morning News Responds to Dam Questions

On Wednesday, Eric put up a post that asked several questions about the DMN’s recent story on the Lewisville Dam. Doug Swanson was the editor of that story. He has sent along responses to each of Eric's questions. I am going to repost each of those questions, along with Swanson's responses, which I've indented. Swanson says that anyone with further questions is welcome to contact him at [email protected]. 1. The only named Army Corps person in the story who supports its thesis — basically, that we’re all gonna die in a 65-foot wall of water if we don’t do something pronto — is a former employee. Did any current employees, even on deep background, support this theory?
SWANSON: It’s true that the person quoted is identified as a former Corps employee. However, when the story was first being reported, some months back, he was the dam safety program manager for the Corps district, as the story says. In fact, he’s wearing a shirt with a Corps logo in the video posted on the DMN website. He left the Corps, under favorable circumstances, to work in the private sector. He is just one of numerous Corps employees who confirmed the 65-foot wall of water figure. The Corps figure was not based on “theory.” It was based on a host of inundation studies performed by the Corps and by consultants working for the Corps.
Natural Disasters

How Much Will It Cost Dallas To Fix the Lewisville Dam?

UPDATE (4:40 pm) I've put Councilman Philip Kingston's response at the bottom of this post. Original item: As Zac mentioned in Leading Off, Sunday's Morning News brought us an important story about the Lewisville Dam, which the Army Corps of Engineers lists as the eighth-most-hazardous in the country. You really should read the story, especially if you live downstream of Lewisville Lake. I've got a couple of wonky observations about the authorship and presentation of the story, and then I'd like to get Councilman Philip Kingston involved, because he and I had a back-and-forth on Twitter.
Local News

Leading Off (12/7/15)

Tiny Crowd Turns Out To Support Small-Minded Irving Mayor. It could be worse. Irving could still have the Cowboys. Police Arrest Two Suspects In Early Morning Robbery At Gunpoint In Oak Lawn. It's been a rough few months in the Oak Lawn area, with at least a dozen unsolved burglaries and attacks, so this was a bit of good news. The suspects haven't been tied to any of the previous crimes, at least for now, and police plan to keep up additional patrols. Could be worse. Oak Lawn could get annexed by Irving. Two More Earthquakes Over the Weekend. A 2.1 on Saturday and a 2.8 on Sunday. Guess where? Come on. Guess. I'll give you a hint. It rhymes with "Irving." Wes Matthews Ties Mavs Record With 10 3-Pointers. His big second half -- he made eight 3s as part of his 28 points in the third and fourth quarters -- fueled the team's win against the Wizards. You know where they struggle with their outside shots? Irving.
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