Wednesday, June 19, 2024 Jun 19, 2024
83° F Dallas, TX

Leading Off (6/6/24)

Boston is dumb. Go Mavs.

Fire Chief Gets Promotion. Dallas Interim City Manager Kimberly Bizor Tolbert said Tuesday she appointed  Dallas Fire-Rescue Chief Dominique Artis as the city’s new Chief of Public Safety, which makes him City Hall’s overseer of the police and fire departments, municipal courts, the marshals, the Office of Emergency Management, and the Office of Integrated Public Safety Solutions. Those departments were previously under then-Deputy City Manager Jon Fortune, who is leaving to work under former City Manager T.C. Broadnax in Austin.

Dallas Firefighters Pull Man From White Rock Creek. Dallas Fire-Rescue says they responded after someone called 911 about a man in the creek yelling for help. He allegedly told DART police that he got into a fight near a station in Lake Highlands, and someone threw him into the creek. DART is investigating and says surveillance cameras don’t corroborate the story.

Oh. Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology say that if Texas’ power grid had been connected to the rest of the country during the 2021 winter storm, 80 percent of the blackouts ordered by ERCOT could have been avoided. 

Enjoy This Dumb, Hot, Dry Weather. We got a lot of rain last month. (Almost 8 inches at DFW International Airport and almost 10 at Dallas Love Field.) We got even more last week and over the weekend. More storms are predicted for the weekend, so enjoy today and Friday, which will be dry but stupidly hot. Also, enjoy the big dumb mosquitos that are coming.


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Bethany Erickson is the senior digital editor for D Magazine. She's written about real estate, education policy, the stock market, and crime throughout her career, and sometimes all at the same time. She hates lima beans and 5 a.m. and takes SAT practice tests for fun.