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Investigators Wonder If the Plano House Was Blown Up On Purpose

Rise and shine, Dallas! It’s Friday, July 23.

Today’s Headlines:

How did a home in Plano get blown to bits Monday? Investigators first considered it a gas leak. Now they’re suspecting it may have been intentional. Get the latest.

Meanwhile, it’s National Cowboy Day tomorrow, and the Fort Worth Stockyards will come alive with cowboy culture new and old. Take a trip down memory lane and see if you have an inner cowboy — or cowgirl — somewhere deep inside.

And those danged mosquitos don’t know when to quit. Find out if you’re living, working, driving or strolling through a neighborhood due to be doused with insecticide overnight, because those mosquitos are still testing positive for the West Nile virus.

Now, the weather:

  • Friday: Humid and partly cloudy throughout the day. Temps: High of 95 and low of 76.
  • Saturday: Humid throughout the day. Temps: High: 98, low: 79.
  • Sunday: Humid throughout the day. Temps: High of 99, low of 80.

Among the top stories in DFW today:

  • A Dallas County door-to-door Vaccination Promotion is underway. NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth (Thursday Jul 22)
  • Two people are dead from the untreatable ‘superbug’ fungus identified in Dallas Hospitals. CBS Dallas / Fort Worth (Thursday, July 22)
  • The Dallas area is a top market for new rental home communities. The Dallas Morning News (Thursday, July22)
  • A Dallas Officer was dragged during a traffic Stop and another officer was injured, the police say. NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth (Wednesday, July 21)
  • Dallas County is reporting its highest number of COVID-19 cases since March 4. NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth (Wednesday, July 21)

CURRENT COVID-19 INFO

In County there are:

  • 206 hospitalized
  • 10.9 cases/100,000 people
  • The infection rate is 1.3; infection rates above 1.0 mean infections are likely to increase.

This compares to statewide where there are:

  • 3158 hospitalized
  • 13.5 cases/100,000 people
  • The statewide infection rate is 1.32

There have been 3,009,435 cases in since the beginning of the pandemic, of which 301,464 have been in County. Statewide we have lost 53,035 to the pandemic, of which 4,152 have been in County.


Thanks for following along and staying informed! See you all tomorrow for another update. If you’re liking these newsletters, consider bringing some of your friends and neighbors on board. You can send them — 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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