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Leading Off (6/16/17)

Dallas County Schools' finances are being investigated, Mayor Rawlings talks NAFTA in Canada, and Shakespeare Dallas receives misdirected threats.

Dallas County Schools’ Finances Are Being Investigated. The Texas Rangers and the FBI are looking into the organization’s financial issues. DCS turned over documents to the Rangers. The FBI is also gathering information for an investigation. Two weeks ago, DCS defaulted on its debt payments, which raised concerns about the agency’s financial future.

Rawlings Invites Mayors From Mexico And Canada to NAFTA Conference. Rawlings and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price have met with officials in Toronto and Montreal this week to promote free trade in North America. Rawlings said he plans to host a Dallas-based summit on free trade this fall and extended invites to the mayors of Toronto; Montreal; Mexico City; and Monterey, Mexico. These cities and regions are North Texas’ largest international trade partners.

Misdirected Trolls Slam Shakespeare Dallas With Threats. The theater company has been the target of several hateful emails, some of which have threatened individual employees. The subject of the messages referenced a depiction of “Julius Caesar”—a production with which the Dallas-based company has no affiliation. The play drawing threats and criticism is showing in New York City as part of Shakespeare In The Park. The actor who plays Julius Caesar in this controversial production has a strong resemblance to President Donald Trump. Theater Director Raphael Parry believes the confusion comes from a Google search of “Shakespeare In The Park,” which often directs to Shakespeare Dallas.