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Dallas County’s 1st West Nile Death + I-35W Memorial Designation

Happy Wednesday, Dallas! Kevin Phinney, your usual host for the Dallas Daily, is still feeling under the weather. In his stead, I am putting together the daily digest to keep you up to date with all the happenings in Dallas. As we’ve noted previously, please forgive the shorter-than-usual newsletter.

– Dan Hampton

Here’s everything you need to know going on today, including a Dallas couple joining a lawsuit challenging Gov. Greg Abbott’s mask mandate ban and Dallas County recording its first West Nile virus death of the season.

First, today’s weather: Humid throughout the day. High: 97 Low: 78.

Here are the top stories in Dallas today:

  1. Dallas Patch reports the Fort Worth City Council will consider a resolution to establish a memorial designation on Interstate 35W to honor Atatiana Jefferson, a Fort Worth woman killed by a former police officer. The designation is proposed from downtown Fort Worth to South Loop 820. (Patch)
  2. WFAA reports that Dallas County health officials are pleading with residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19 and wear a mask while inside. The county reported more than 3,200 new cases over the last three days. The number of people admitted to hospitals with COVID-19 has more than tripled, from fewer than 200 in June to 682 in August. (WFAA)
  3. CBS Dallas reports that Dallas County recorded its first West Nile virus death for the 2021 season Monday. The patient was 90 years old, lived in Dallas and was diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease. (CBS Dallas/Fort Worth via Dallas Patch)
  4. Tammye Nash of Dallas Voice reports that Dallas couple Laura and Deanna McFerrin Hogan were among a group of parents this week who joined a lawsuit challenging Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates. (Dallas Voice)
  5. Teresa Gubbins of Culture Map Dallas reports that Harper Caron, the 45-year-old president of the restaurant chain Uncle Julio’s Tex-Mex, was found dead inside the Statler Dallas hotel over the weekend. (CultureMap Dallas)

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Today in Dallas

  • Experience the Margarita Mile (no time listed)
  • Juneteenth Freedman Town Tour (no time listed)
  • Additional Day/Professional Development [Half Day] [R2] (12:00 AM)
  • Additional Days in School Year [R1] – Arthur Kramer Elementary School (12:00 AM)
  • A-Day – Dubiski Career High School (12:00 AM)
  • Wear your team shirt and jeans – Jimmie Tyler Brashear Elementary School (12:00 AM)
  • Art & Champagne (4:00 PM)

Dallas Patch Notebook

  • The Dallas Mavericks say they signed superstar guard Luka Dončić to a contract extension. (Instagram)
  • The Mavs also welcomed back Tim Hardaway Jr. (Instagram) and Boban Marjanović (Instagram).
  • The Dallas Cowboys say the team has one last open practice in Oxnard on Wednesday. Admission is free. (Instagram)
  • The Cowboys also say this year’s “Deep Blueseries is “Catching Hail.” It will air live Friday at 7 p.m. Central Time on CBS11/TXA21, Cowboys Now and the team’s YouTube channel for an in-depth look into Drew Pearson’s journey to the Hall of Fame. (Instagram)
  • The Dallas Cowboys also appeared on HBO’s popular series “Hard Knocks,” which premiered Thursday at 9 p.m. Central Time.(Instagram)
  • The Dallas Zoo wished followers a happy World Lion Day with a picture from its majestic lion pride. (Instagram)
  • UT Dallas plans to hold a virtual town hall discussion about returning to campus. (Instagram)
  • The Dallas Museum of Art says it’s installing works and getting its space ready for “Focus On: Henry Ossawa Tanner.” See it free starting Aug. 17. (Instagram)
  • The Dallas Arboretum says save the date for its fourth annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration and Quinceañera Fashion Show next month. (Instagram)
  • DFW Airport shared an amusing photo of what it called a “Salmon Thirty Salmon coming in for a landing.” (Facebook)
  • The Dallas ISD says Superintendent Hinojosa, Deputy Superintendent Cordova and Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall visited Adelle Turner Elementary School to welcome students back to in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year. (Instagram)
  • The Dallas Arboretum encouraged Dallasites to celebrate summer with an elegant tea service through Aug. 31. (Instagram)
  • The Dallas Police Department remembered John W. Dieken, who was killed Aug. 10, 1935.(Facebook)
  • DFW Airport says a major renovation is coming to Terminal C. (Facebook)
  • The Dallas Police Department says a fundraiser is planned Aug. 22 to benefit Senior Corporal Arnulfo Pargas, who remains hospitalized with COVID-19. All proceeds from the event will go to the Pargas family. (Facebook)

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You’re all caught up for today! I’ll catch up with you bright and early tomorrow morning with another update. If you’re feeling these newsletters, consider inviting some of your friends and neighbors to read along. You can send them this link to subscribe.

Dan Hampton

About me: Hi! My name is Dan Hampton and I’m the program manager for Patch’s Community Publisher Initiative. Formerly a local editor on Long Island covering Port Washington, Wantagh-Seaford, Levittown, Glen Cove, Plainview, Syosset, New Hyde Park, Hicksville, Great Neck, Oyster Bay and Mineola. I am the former wire editor on Patch’s national team and a former news associate at The Associated Press. I graduated with a journalism degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. Send tips and/or photos of your dog to dan.hampton@patch.com.

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