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Rise and shine, Dallas! Today is Friday, July 30.

Here Are The Headlines: We were told that if we wore our masks, washed our hands and stayed six feet apart and out of public circulation, COVID-19 would beat a hasty retreat. Now it’s a wildfire again — courtesy of the people who wouldn’t get vaccinated. Now comes the blame game.

Plus, Democrats and Republicans engage in a post-mortem on the Tuesday runoff that saw Jake Ellzey swipe the U.S. District 6 seat in Congress that everyone (including Donald Trump) thought would go to Susan Wright.

Now, today’s weather: It’ll be humid throughout the day. High: 98, low: 80.

Among the top stories today in DFW:

  1. A suspect has been arrested in West Texas in a Dallas shooting death. (WFAA.com)
  2. Vaccinated North Texans who expected COVID-19 to be all but over, are now being asked to sympathize with those who refused their shot at immunity. No one’s happy. (Dallas Patch)
  3. Who’s being named best new restaurant at the Dallas Tastemaker Awards? (CultureMap Dallas)
  4. Despite protests, a members-only Champions Club will open in North Dallas. (Eater Dallas)
  5. Here are the 7 best things to do in Dallas this weekend! (CultureMap Dallas)

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Today in Dallas

Dallas Patch Notebook

  • Dallas Mavericks: “Check out the unicorn sighting in Dallas!” (Instagram)
  • Dallas Cowboys: ‘Celebrate Training Camp: back together this Saturday as all 32 @NFL teams welcome fans back to Training Camp.” (Instagram)
  • Dallas Zoo: “The wait is over! The Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo is back open!” (Instagram)
  • DBU Baseball: “Range for days and some big time power. Time to #runitback Blayne Jones!” (Instagram)
  • SPCA of Texas: “It’s safe to say she found the home where she belongs. Let love in —adopt a shelter pet.” (Facebook)
  • Dallas Farmers Market: “Watermelon dreams? Here’s a little sneak peek of what watermelons to choose from in our Watermelon Day.” (Instagram)
  • The Dallas Arboretum: “Explore the streams and ponds at Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.” (Instagram)
  • Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center: “Archie (#A1125413) has that “Almost the weekend” wiggle feeling! What are your plans this weekend?” (Facebook)
  • UT Dallas: “Parts of campus are looking a tad different. ” (Instagram)
  • Dallas Police Department: “#CrimePrevention starts at home. Do not open your door to strangers. Use your peephole every time someone knocks.” (Facebook)
  • Dallas Zoo: “SOS! We need a caption for this photo of Shana the gorilla! Drop your best ideas in the comments.” (Facebook)

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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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