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Leading Off (1/10/24)

Freezing rain? Snow? Panic on the streets this weekend? It's too early to say.

Two Remain Hospitalized Following Fort Worth Explosion. Fire officials haven’t confirmed that a gas leak caused the blast at the Sandman Hotel in the old W.T. Waggoner Building, but that’s their educated suspicion. Firefighters spent Tuesday searching for additional victims and found no one, which is certainly a good thing. Two people are still being treated at John Peter Smith Hospital, while others have been released from Baylor Scott & White. Officials say there is no threat to public safety, although the public is asked to stay away from the “hot zone” around the hotel. I enjoyed this piece in the Star-Telegram that asked architects whether the early 1900s design helped protect the building from further structural damage. The answer appears to be yes, since most of the damage was concentrated in the basement and first-floor lobby.

The Cold Is Near. We’ll likely have a whole post devoted to the cold front that will plunge temperatures into the 20s on Sunday. But for now: expect highs no higher than 50 on Saturday. There is a chance of rain Friday night as the front begins to whip across North Texas. We’re at the edge of the arctic front, and the weather models are conflicting as to whether we’ll get any wintry precipitation overnight Sunday. We’ll have more after those models get some clarity.

Mayor Johnson Facing Recall Effort. Davante Peters is an activist and business owner who tells the Dallas Observer that he’s fed up with all the meetings Mayor Eric Johnson has missed at City Hall. So he has started an effort to force a recall, which will require 103,595 signatures. Only 46,217 people voted in the mayor’s race in the May election. (Johnson ran unopposed.)


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