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Rise and shine, Dallas! It’s Saturday, July 24.

Today’s Headlines: Investigators won’t say why, but they’re still suspicious about the explosion in Plano Monday that completely leveled a house, put its sole occupant in the hospital in a fight for his life, and put shards of shrapnel into the couple living next door, as well as injuring their three young boys. Here are the 5 things we do know… for now.

And, what is it about Beto O’Rourke? Moderates and progressives believe he might be Texas Blue messiah, and Republicans call him … oh, wait. We can’t print that. But we can tell you about his March on Austin to protect voting rights — which was inspired by the late Congressman John Lewis. Read about O’Rourke’s “good trouble tour.”

And finally… what’s bugging you? It might be having to constantly recalculate how you get from Point A to Point B to avoid being sprayed with insecticide. Find out where the city is fumigating to rid Dallas of the mosquitos carrying West Nile virus.

First, today’s weather: Humid throughout the day. High: 98, low: 77.

Here are the top stories today in Dallas:

  1. The Dallas area will likely hit triple-digit temperatures this weekend. (Stephenville Empire-Tribune)
  2. The ‘superbug’ fungus was spread in two Collin County hospitals according state health officials. (WFAA.com)
  3. A new report says Dallas is among the biggest winners in recovering jobs lost during the pandemic. (CultureMap Dallas)
  4. Texas’ first Black-owned Tequila brand, Ego Tequila gets launched in Dallas. (Dallas Observer)
  5. Dallas police have arrested a man who appeared with a fake bomb strapped to his chest. (NBC Dallas-Fort Worth)

Today in Dallas

  • National Tequila Day on July 24: Margaritas to Go for $5 from Uncle Julio’s (9:00 AM)
  • Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show! (6:00 PM)

Dallas Patch Notebook

  • Dallas Mavericks: “The boys are back in town #DrinkBioSteelNotSugar” (Instagram)Dallas Cowboys: “Good luck to @teamusa and to all of the athletes from Texas and beyond at the #TokyoOlympics!” (Instagram)
  • Dallas Mavericks: “That’s a sharp shooter #FanArtFriday ( @lekegraphics)” (Instagram)
  • DFW Airport: “It’s a beautiful day to have a beautiful day. Carter McFarland” (Facebook)
  • Children’s Health: “Our patient Zane was in good company when he had to shave his head after his epilepsy diagnosis. His dad and brother …” (Instagram)
  • Dallas Museum of Art: “Go for gold at the DMA! Visit this wreath from the 4th century BCE in our Level 2 galleries.” (Instagram)
  • SPCA of Texas: “Happy Friday from Kobe and his precious ears! #spcatexas #adoptdontshop #fridayvibes” (Instagram)
  • The Dallas Arboretum: “Save the date for the fourth annual Dallas Arboretum Hispanic Heritage Celebration and Quinceañera Fashion Show” (Instagram)
  • Dallas Farmers Market: “To-MAY-to, To-MAH-to Get ready to grab all your local tomatoes from our Tasty Tomato Day tmw! As always thank you ” (Instagram)
  • Dallas Zoo: “KEEPING THINGS EXCITING: Have you ever made your dog pup-sicles, turned an old sock into a catnip toy for your cat” (Facebook)
  • West Village: “So excited to announce that @hugosinvitados will be opening up in The West Village early next spring!” (Instagram)
  • Junior League of Dallas: “JLD members had a great time at @InterfaithDallas Volunteer Orientation! Interfaith Family Services” (Instagram)
  • NorthPark Center: “We’re excited to announce that CAMILLA is now open at NorthPark Center! CAMILLA has captured the imagination” (Instagram)
  • Dallas Police Department: “Mr. Darden was located and is safe.” (Facebook)

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You’re officially in the loop for today! I’ll catch up with you bright and early tomorrow with your next update. If you’re into these newsletters, consider inviting some of your friends and neighbors to read along. You can send them this link to subscribe.

Kevin Phinney

About me: Kevin Phinney has lived and worked as a writer and editor in Austin, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Seattle and New York City. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and was raised in El Paso. Phinney attended college in Austin. He has done television work as a reporter and commentator, and is a former host of a weekday drive-time radio show called “Kevin & Kevin in the Morning” on KGSR-FM (now known as Austin City Limits Radio). He is also the author of “Souled American, ” a book tracking race relations in America through music. It was published by BILLBOARD Books, and is often used in college classrooms across the country.

Have a news tip or suggestion for an upcoming Dallas Daily? Email me at kevin.phinney@patch.com.


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