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An update on 911's 'ghost calls,' Judge Elizabeth Davis Frizell joins the Dallas County DA race, and where to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

City Council Members Question T-Mobile’s ‘Ghost Call’ Response. At first, the city and DPD insisted T-Mobile was the problem. When a T-Mobile caller would dial 911, their phone would ghost dial several times, jamming the system and placing people on hold for 30 minutes or more. However, the city said Thursday that the issue lies within people abandoning calls before an operator answers. City Councilman Philip Kingston questioned this, noting the improbability of the presented scenario. Either way, two people have died as a result of this issue. T-Mobile engineers have made some changes that will hopefully fix the issue, and DPD officers have been brought in on overtime to assist with calls. Dallas’ issues have prompted Fort Worth to review its 911 procedures.

Judge Elizabeth Davis Frizell Joins Dallas County DA Race. The state district judge resigned from her position in Criminal District Court 7. Her last day is Monday, and she will kick off her campaign Tuesday at a press conference. Frizell will face former District Judge John Creuzot next March in the Democratic primary for district attorney. More contenders are expected to surface in what is predicted to be an interesting race.

Testimony Continues In John Wiley Price’s Bribery Trial. When the commissioner wanted to purchase land near Canton in 2005, he asked that the buyer’s name be changed to Kathy Nealy, real estate broker Denise White testified Thursday. Price is accused of taking almost $1 million in bribes from Nealy, who was his close associate and political consultant. The deal fell through after the sellers backed out, and Price never explained why he wanted the land in Nealy’s name.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We have a few suggestions on how and where to celebrate today and through the weekend.