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Leading Off (6/23/17)

Cityplace Target gets sued following January mugging, Valley View's demolition day has arrived, and the Mavs welcome Dennis Smith Jr.

Firehouse Theatre Director Sues Target For Neglect Following January Attack. Derek Whitener says the Cityplace store’s security failed to protect him and discouraged him from calling police before the robbery. Whitener alerted employees and security on his way into the store about two men whose presence concerned him. Those men robbed and attacked him as he was leaving the store. The 33-year-old was severely beaten and left with permanent brain damage, significant memory loss, and a loss of some motor skills.

DART Police Boost Presence in Deep Ellum Following Recent Sexual Assaults. Officers are being staged at the DART station near Baylor University Medical Center. The goal is to be more visible following two separate attacks that were reported within hours and blocks of one another early Sunday morning.

Valley View Center Demolition Will Start Today. Before the wrecking, Dallas developer Scott Beck will host a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. The demolition will make way for a $4 billion mixed-use development within the Dallas Midtown district. Still, there might be something worth saving at Valley View Mall. 

The Mavericks Welcome Dennis Smith Jr. The North Carolina State point guard was the ninth overall pick in last night’s NBA draft. There’s a lot of promise in Smith, who averaged 18.1 points per game as a freshman—a rare feat for a college player. He’s just in time for a revamped locker room, complete with refrigerated cup holders.