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  • North Texas students join National School Walkout despite some objections

    NORTH TEXAS — On the heels of last month’s March For Our Lives, students across the country united again on Friday for National School Walkout, another push for common-sense gun law reforms and political engagement among youth. “We can have all the walkouts we want,” says David Hogg, a survivor of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. this past February, “but if we don’t walk into that ballot box and make our voices heard, these politicians aren’t going to listen.” […]

  • Fort Worth Zoo unveils first stage of $100 million makeover: African Savanna

    FORT WORTH — The Metroplex is fortunate to have not just one, but two exceptional zoos, and Fort Worth’s is getting even better with its new African Savanna, a 10-acre renovation and expansion that brings visitors closer to several species. “It’s so beautiful,” says Ramona Bass, the zoo board’s co-chairwoman who shepherded the fundraising campaign for the project.  “I didn’t even dream that it would be so beautiful.” The centerpiece of the area is an open plain in which several […]

  • Dallas Love Field introduces robots to baggage-screening system

    DALLAS — Despite Hollywood always warning us about robots taking over the world, we keep on building ’em, and Dallas Love Field Airport is using them to help with screening the millions of checked bags and suitcases that pass through. Love Field started using the system in November, and an official estimates the project is about 80 percent complete, with only additional inspection stations to be added.  In addition to upgrades that better-target which bags need physical inspection and which […]

  • Irving’s Barbara Bush Middle School students honor their building’s namesake

    IRVING — Students at Barbara Bush Middle School in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District admit they previously knew little to nothing about the person whose name is on the building.  But as the former first lady returned to the news recently due to her declining health, they started to learn. Following her passing on Tuesday, they wrote letters of appreciation and notes on paper flowers to send to her funeral service, thanking her for her philanthropic efforts which included […]

  • One killed as Dallas-bound Southwest Airlines flight makes emergency landing

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – Passengers aboard a Dallas-bound Southwest Airlines flight Tuesday heard an explosion before seeing oxygen masks drop from the ceiling and a woman sucked toward a broken window in the plane, a witness said. One person died in the incident, according to National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt. The person has not been identified. “Everybody was going crazy, and yelling and screaming,” passenger Marty Martinez said of the flight, which left New York and was forced to […]

  • Fashionistas become trashionistas at Ripley’s Grand Prairie

    GRAND PRAIRIE – Believe it or not, looking trashy has never looked so good!  Several aspiring fashion designers tested their skills on Saturday, using reclaimed materials for a Trashy Fashion Show competition hosted by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! “As a company, Ripley’s really pushes for recycling and conservation,” says marketing manager Chelsea Hatchett.  “We also specialize in anything odd, strange, or weird, so this is kind of right up that alley.” Jeanetteh Guerra was up to the challenge, incorporating […]

  • Dallas Cowboys done with Dez, who says it’s ‘personal’

    FRISCO — The Dallas Cowboys parted ways with wide receiver Dez Bryant on Friday after eight seasons together, and Bryant did not take kindly to the news. The combination of Bryant’s declining production and $12.5 million salary for this season (which would have counted $16.5 million against the salary cap) was the most obvious problem, however he was reportedly not even offered a pay cut to remain on the team. Previous quotes from some Cowboys decision-makers indicate Bryant’s sideline and […]

  • Grand Prairie gets more colorful with intersection art gallery

    GRAND PRAIRIE — Usually when you’re at a stop light the colors you notice are red, yellow, and green.  But at 20 intersections in Grand Prairie, you’ll be seeing a lot more. The city is in the final stages of creating a public art gallery using traffic signal boxes, with 20 artists–mostly from the DFW area and all from Texas, turning them into original works of art with either paint or a photographic wrap. “Research shows that art in a […]

  • Grate escape? Allen Police searching for stolen storm grates

    ALLEN — Some crimes are simply head-scratchers, and the Allen Police Department is dealing with one right now: trying to find 16 stolen storm grates. The grates were reported missing from six locations and all driveway alleys in upscale neighborhoods over the course of Sunday and Monday.  And, Allen is not alone is wondering what’s going on. “We’ve had some thefts of the storm grates in other cities surrounding us,” says officer Sam Rippamonti, “so we’re thinking it’s a ring […]

  • Dallas-Fort Worth schools benefit from big donation to DonorsChoose.org

    DALLAS — With educational funding increasingly becoming less of a priority for politicians in many places, teachers have turned toward the website DonorsChoose.org. Think of it as GoFundMe for teachers to get new classroom materials, equipment, and field trips.  Winnetka Elementary School pre-kindergarten teacher Sandra Guerrero recently had eight proposals listed for items including furniture, sensory materials, and engineering toys, totaling nearly $4,200.  Last week, without warning, they were all fully-funded. “It was like a miracle,” says Guerrero.  “They don’t […]