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Everyone From Texas To DC Is Trying To Guess Manchin’s Endgame

Rise and shine, Dallas! It’s Wednesday, July 21.

Today’s Headlines: What’s going on in Democrat Joe Manchin’s mind? Less than a week ago, the West Virginia senator met in DC with Texas’ embattled Dems In Exile. A week later, he’ll be the guest of honor in Houston at a Republican-hosted fundraiser for … him. Is he brokering a deal? Is he delivering a message? Your guess is as good as any expert’s on this one.

Plus, watch along with throngs of fans as 82-year old Wally Funk gets to finally live her dream she’s been pursuing for more than 60 years. She’s now an astronaut! And Mayor Johnson has just proposed putting an additional 275 officers into action on the Dallas Police Department.

First, today’s weather: Humid throughout the day. High: 91 Low: 73.

Among the top stories today in Dallas:

  1. Oktoberfest Fort Worth will returns to Panther Island Pavilion this year. (Press Release Desk)
  2. Dallas ISD is providing a variety of COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics just for students. (CBS Dallas / Fort Worth)
  3. A pair of suspects are now charged with capital murder in the Dallas melee on the Fourth Of July at a neighborhood block party (CBS Dallas / Fort Worth)
  4. The city Of Dallas is reaching out with partners to help vulnerable residents stay cool during the hot summer months. (Press Release Desk)
  5. These are the 9 best food and drink events in Dallas this week. (CultureMap Dallas)

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Today in Dallas

Dallas Patch Notebook

  • Dallas Farmers Market: “We have your dinner plans and more! See you tmw for Pearl Street Eats. Discover up-and-coming Dallas chefs” (Instagram)
  • DFW Airport: “Extremely cool place to sit while a plane engine is off; Extremely uncool place to sit while an engine is on” (Facebook)
  • North Texas Food Bank: “Many words have joined our everyday vocabulary in the last 18 months to describe the times we’re living through.” (Instagram)
  • The Dallas Arboretum: “Celebrate Christmas in July with none other than Santa Claus live in the garden!” (Instagram)
  • SPCA of Texas: “When a very pregnant Poppy first came through our doors, she was in immediate need of a foster home.” (Facebook)
  • Dallas Zoo: “#TongueOutTuesday brought to you by Marekani! this little one is getting stronger and braver” (Facebook)
  • DallasCAC: “All week long it’s CHAMP Camp at DCAC! This camp is important because it allows kids to realize they are not alone” (Instagram)
  • Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center: “Need a lunch break? Watch 5 bottle baby kittens chow down on some lunch in their foster home!” (Facebook)
  • United Way Dallas: “As we head back to school this fall, together with our partners, we are hosting a Stock the School initiative” (Instagram)
  • City of Dallas – City Hall: “We believe our trees are assets, not hindrances. It’s time we treated them like it. Visit bit.ly/DallasForestry” (Facebook)
  • Children’s Health: “Our Solid Organ Transplant team had so much fun celebrating their 1,500th transplant anniversary!” (Instagram)
  • Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center: “”I’m a Barbie girl! In a Barbie WORLDDDD.” Who wants to sing Barbie’s (#A1124490) favorite tune with her? You can” (Facebook)
  • DFW Airport: “Wishing safe travels to trailblazing aviator and friend of the airport, Wally Funk, and the rest of the #BlueOrigin” (Facebook)
  • Dallas Police Department: “Roll Call of Honor Thomas Lee Harris #GoneButNotForgotten” (Facebook)
  • Dallas Habitat for Humanity: “Unfortunately, that’s the case for many families across Dallas — even before COVID” (Instagram)
  • Dallas Park and Recreation Department: “Visit 1 of #DallasParks 4 tennis centers featuring multiple courts & full service pro shops for lessons.” (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? I’m all ears. You can reach me at kevin.phinney@patch.com.


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