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Leading Off (9/30/16)

A cold case solved and a fight over a deck park.

Arrest Made in Kaufman Cold Case. Police investigating a 1994 murder at a laundromat recently received a tip about the whereabouts of their prime suspect, Alvaro Iglesias Rodriguez, after running his photo in a local newspaper. Rodriguez was taken into custody in Wichita, Kansas, on Wednesday. It’s uncertain whether he’ll fight extradition back to Kaufman.

Caraway, Arnold Feud Over Deck Park. Dallas City Council District 4’s current and former representatives squared off at the Dallas Zoo on Thursday. Dwaine Caraway had called a press conference to talk about the city’s plan for a Southern Gateway Park that would top Interstate 35E by the zoo. Supporters hope to replicate the success of Klyde Warren Park in sparking new development in that corner of Oak Cliff. Arnold crashed Caraway’s event, wresting the microphone away to argue that the park would bring with it gentrification, pricing out residents and wrecking the nearby 10th Street Historic Freedman’s District neighborhood. Caraway told the media Arnold is intentionally sabotaging the project, which (if funding can be secured) would be part of a larger redo of that section of highway by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Bishop Farrell’s Last Day. It’s the Catholic prelate’s final Friday on the job before taking on a new gig in Rome next week. Pope Francis hasn’t named a replacement for Farrell yet. Until he does — if I’m remembering my catechism correctly — there will be a Purge-like period during which no actions or thoughts are counted as sins within the Diocese of Dallas.

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