<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usFri, 01 Jul 2016 03:39:41 -0500Fri, 01 Jul 2016 03:39:41 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Hometown Hopefuls: The ‘Throw Princess’ from Azle]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:36:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-0000164.jpg Shelbi Vaughan calls herself the “Throw Princess.” The self-described girly girl won’t step into the throwing ring unless her hair, nails and makeup are perfect. And don’t forget the big pink bow. But don’t let all the sugar and spice fool you. Shelbi’s speed and power have made her one of America’s best hopes in discus. The Azle native is on the Road to Rio, hoping to make her first Olympic team. She is also using her journey to spread an inspiring message to young women that they can be anything they want to be. ]]> <![CDATA[Authorities Looking For Illegally Sold Fireworks During Holiday Weekend]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:57:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/fireworksOC.jpg

This 4th of July is going to be loud. With the drought over, there are no restrictions on the type of fireworks that can be used in unincorporated Dallas County.

As the holiday approaches, the Dallas County Fire Marshal is warning anyone considering selling fireworks second-hand that it is illegal and could land you in jail.

"We'll be vigilant driving up and down county roads because, especially on the 4th of July, people tend to buy a lot of fireworks and try to sell them out of their vehicles," said Dallas County Fire Marshal Robert De Los Santos.

Possessing fireworks within municipal city limits in Dallas County is illegal, unless they are in their original packaging, a rule many people are not aware of.

"Once you open the package then you can be fined in the municipalities. That's what can happen and a lot of people don't understand that," De Los Santos said.

Selling fireworks without a permit and in unauthorized areas is also illegal. Getting caught can result in a hefty fine and even jail time.

De Los Santos said the people who are regulated to sell fireworks, "They're doing it by the book. We want to see people have fun, but at the same time we want to make sure it's in a controlled environment."

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<![CDATA[Transgender Woman Who Retired from Military Applauds Policy Change]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:06:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-0000335.jpg

Debbie Grabowski spent more than 20 years in the Air Force and Reserves before retiring and coming out as transgender.

"I got tired of living a double life," Grabowski said about coming out in 2006, an event she planned after her retirement. "Oh gosh, they would have drummed me out in a heartbeat!"

Grabowski is a Dallas police officer and volunteer firefighter with the city of Argyle. She says had the policy been different when she was in the military, she would not have retired. 

"You lose good people," Grabowski said about the military's old transgender ban. "And to lose them just for that purpose, to me makes no sense whatsoever."

Thursday she applauded the Pentagon's announcement to allow transgender people to serve. "Great! I mean, seriously, a great deal of elation," she said. "We're not mentally ill. We can function in society and now we can be in the military. If they had had this policy back in 2006, I would have stayed in." 

Grabowski said she knew when Don't Ask Don't Tell was repealed, it was only a matter of time. "It's amazing it's come so fast," Grabowski remarked. She also knows there will be push back from some. "But once people come to know what transgender is all about, I think things will settle down," she said. "It's like anything; people are afraid of change."

<![CDATA[Man Arrested For 2010 Sexual Assault of a Child: Police]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:23:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sexual+assualt+suspect.jpg

A Dallas man, accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in 2010 has been arrested.

Bond for 30-year-old Dorasay Johnson, is set at $100,000. This comes after the sexual assault victim reported him to the Dallas police over six years later.

Johnson is currently in the Dallas County jail on one count of sexual assault of a child.

Dallas police urge anyone with more information on Johnson to contact Detective Roach at 214-671-4207.

<![CDATA[Smart Nav System Helps MedStar Beat the Clock]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:07:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-0000240.jpg

When MedStar ambulance crews answer an emergency call, lives may hang in the balance and seconds count.

"Our objective is to get there as quick as we can, safely," said MedStar Field Supervisor George Church.

"Construction, in particular, can be very difficult," said Church. "If an exit is closed, then it will take us a lot longer to get to where we’re going, and there you’re talking about not losing just seconds, but losing minutes."

A sophisticated navigation system helps MedStar crews beat the clock.

"We can manage the road network real time, or plan it," said MedStar Public Affairs Director Matt Zavadsky.

"When the ambulances are given the route that they should take to a call, it bypasses the areas that we know are going to be closed," said Zavadsky. "No other system allows us to do that."

Developed by Bradshaw Consulting Services in Aiken, South Carolina the system is called “MARVLIS,” for Mobile Area Routing and Vehicle Location System.

Using information provided by the Texas Department of Transportation, the City of Fort Worth and other sources, MedStar’s Deployment Manager Bob Strickland updates the system with the latest lane closures each day.

"The software allows me to go into the software and select that segment and close it," said Strickland.

That’s a critical feature not available on normal navigation systems.

"You don’t have the ability to close streets on your own," said Strickland. "You have to wait for the real time traffic to close it down."

"It will take its normal calculation and try to route what it thinks is the best way, and then when it sees that there’s a closure in that route, it will actually divert around that street,” said Strickland.

Strickland can also close off streets that become shut down by major crashes.

"The advantage of being able to route crews the fastest way to a call shaves very important time off of our response time and could make a difference in life or death," said Zavadsky.

MedStar has spent $96,000 on the system over several years, and said it immediately cut response time by 4 percent.

<![CDATA[Newy Blames Jerry Jones for McClain Suspension]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:49:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NS-RM-DC-SP_1200x675_716392003828.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Firestone 600 Resumes At TMS August 27]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:40:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Eddie_Gossage_on_IndyCar_Rainout_1200x675_704144451536.jpg

Racing returns to Texas Motor Speedway August 27th for the completion of the Firestone 600.  The race was originally scheduled to run Saturday June 11th but was pushed to Sunday because of the weather.  Drivers took to the track but the race was called off after 71 laps once again because of the weather.  Officials from Texas Motor Speedway and IndyCar came together and decided to resume the race August 27th. 

Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage has released the "Restart Your Engines" schedule for the race.  Gates will open to the public at 4:00 p.m. 

Race activities will start with a Verizon IndyCar Series practice from 4:30-5:00 p.m.

There will be an autograph session featuring the entire driver field from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and resumption of the race will get underway at 8:00 on the NBC Sports Network.

TMS President Eddie Gossage is promising to take care of the fans who stuck it out at Texas Motor Speedway during the weather delays.

<![CDATA[Drill in Fort Worth Simulates School Shooting]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:53:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Childrens+Drill.jpg

Staffers at Cook Children’s Medical Center conducted a drill Thursday that simulated a mass shooting at a middle school, and 32 teenage volunteers played the victims.

“I will be in a stretcher and I will be laying down pretty unconscious,” said Taylor Zatarain, 17, of Aledo.

The students were made up so their “gunshot wounds” looked realistic.

The drill was designed to test how the emergency department would handle such a mass casualty incident.

Staffers did not know about the exercise until it happened.

Doctors, nurses and medics had to prioritize -- who needs help the most.

With her head wound, Zatarain was the first to be wheeled in from a large ambulance known as an ambus.

"Going well,” said hospital safety officer Kasey Pollan.

For everyone, such a scenario ripped from recent headlines is sadly realistic.

"It is sad,” said Zatarain, who hopes to one day be a nurse. “It makes me think about people bringing kids into this world and they have to go through all this and experience it. It's not something you can get away from."

Tiffany Bui, 16, said her generation is accustomed to hearing about mass shootings.

"I grew up in a time when 9-11 already happened,” she said. “I was one (year old) then. So now, it's really sad, but it's something I've learned to live with."

In the emergency room, doctors decided Zatarain didn't survive her injuries and focused their attention on the other victims.

"For us, we can't stop what happens in the real world or society,” said Denise Doherty, Cook’s Director of Emergency Services. “But we can be prepared for it. And that's our goal. Because we know that every patient's life is sacred. And that's our mission."

<![CDATA[Multi Millionaire Made Overnight With Winning Lotto Ticket]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:55:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_201601062056210000.jpg

A Grand Prairie resident is suddenly a multi-millionaire.

Lance Larkin took home the big bucks in a June 18 Lotto Texas Jackpot Drawing.

The winnings? $9,885,317.95. Let that one sink in.

Larkin bought his lottery ticket at a Kroger in Arlington. That Kroger, located at 2350 SE Green Oaks Blvd, is eligible to receive a bonus of $132,214.29, according to a press release from the Texas Lottery.

Larkin chose the cash value option and matched all six of his numbers correctly with the Quick Pick ticket.

The Lotto Texas drawings are every Wednesday and Saturday at night. Try out your luck!

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<![CDATA[Baylor Releases Former Commit Brandon Bowen]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:27:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/455343686.jpg

Brandon Bowen, a defensive end who attended Byron Nelson High School in the DFW-area, will be released from his National Letter Intent. This was recently confirmed by Baylor University officials.

Bowen joins J.P. Urquidez, Kameron Martin, Parrish Cobb, Patrick Hudson, and the Duvernay brothers (Devin and Donovan), as commits who have been released from their NLI since the firing of former head coach Art Briles and president Ken Starr. 

Brandon Bowen held offers from the universities of Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Texas Chrisitian Univeristy, among others. He could become the fifth member of Baylor's 2016 class to join the University of Texas, if he chooses to commit there. He would bolster what is becoming one of the stronger classes in the Big 12 and help Charlie Strong avoid the hot seat if he takes his talents to Austin. 

<![CDATA[Council Member Stalls New Homes for Dallas Inner City Lots]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:47:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vacant+lots.jpg

Builders were ready to put up new homes on nearly two dozen vacant lots owned by the city of Dallas. But now those 23 are stalled as 34 others move forward because one Dallas city council member said ‘wait.’

Now the city council July recess will further delay progress.

The lots in the city’s ‘Land Bank’ were assembled over the years as fires or demolition cleared old, abandoned homes. The city wound up owning the land.

Stanley Perez lives on Kingsley Drive near Glendale Park, down the street from two of the vacant lots.

“It would be good to get them going, to build houses there,” he said. “It would clean up the area a little more. It would be a major improvement to what it was years ago.”

Neighbor Cedric Freeman said builders willing to construct new homes in his area should be welcomed.

“They want to build new houses, let them build new houses,” Freeman said. “What’s the delay?”

When the May 25 vote came to approve all 57 new homes in six Dallas city council districts, all but one of the members wanted progress on the vacant lots that dot Southern Dallas inner city neighborhoods.

Councilman Eric Wilson has 17 of the lots in his far Southern Dallas District 8.

“I thought it was a great idea of taking lots that are currently not producing anything for the city but high weeds and complaints, back to turning it into a home for a family and bringing back the middle class,” Wilson said.

Before the vote, Wilson said he had time to consult with neighborhood leaders about the plans.

“I also had time to talk to the different developers and builders to see the quality of homes they're building,” Wilson said.

Several sources close to the negotiations said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and other city leaders had pushed the builders to accept the program in neighborhoods that need support as part of the Mayor’s ‘Grow South’ initiative.

North Dallas Council Member Lee Kleinman spoke strongly in favor of it at the May 25 meeting.

“I don’t know any reason we want to delay or stall the development of single family homes in Southern Dallas,” Kleinman said. “This gives opportunities for home ownership. This is a very important program in the city of Dallas.”

But, Southern Dallas Council Member Carolyn King Arnold insisted that 23 lots in her Council District 4 be removed from approval that day for more study.

“Each one of us has responsibility to our constituents and I want to make sure you understand that is my goal here. It is not to win any trophies or any headlines,” she said that day.

Arnold denied hostility toward Kleinman, although she did mention the vote two weeks before, in which she strongly opposed a $3 million economic development grant for a new Costco store in Kleinman’s district, as she asked that her wishes be respected.

“There is no hidden agenda with me when it comes to District 4,” Arnold said. “So, I appreciate your support Mr. Kleinman when we move forward with economic development, and we appreciate everything that you do. We hope you’ll stay on the wagon as we push ‘Grow South’ and help us to get everything that we need in the Southern Sector.”

Records show Arnold voted to support all of the new homes on vacant lots a week before the May 25 city council vote at a committee meeting.

Thursday, Arnold said that including the lots in her district on the May agenda was the result of a “miscommunication.” She said her questions about the new home construction plans have now been answered and she hopes to see the items approved in August after the July recess.

“More in-depth briefing is needed in advance,” Arnold said.

Furthermore, Arnold said she is working to serve her District 4 better than it has been in the past by devising “big picture” projects that would make a larger impact on the community than the scattered lots to be redeveloped in current plans.

Perez said neighbors near the vacant lots are anxious for any progress.

“They want a nice area. Who wants to not come to a nice area,” he said. “I don’t see why the city would deny that.”

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<![CDATA[Olympic Day Preparations Underway in Dallas]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:19:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Olympic+Day+in+Dallas.jpg

Fans in Dallas will have the chance to meet several athletes who will compete in the Rio Olympic Games.

The Dallas Sports Commission is hosting Olympic Day on Friday at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center in Dallas.

It’s a family-friendly event featuring games and clinics for several Olympic sports.

Members of the US Men’s Volleyball team and US Olympic Boxers and Fencers will also be signing autographs.

Olympic Day kicks off the Dallas Sports Festival, a weekend-long event where hundreds of amateur athletes from across the country will compete.

Olympic Day runs from 10am to 5pm on Friday, July 1. The event is free.

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<![CDATA[Marshall Grain, Longtime Staple in East FW, Moving North ]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:02:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Marshall+Grain+Closing+in+Fort+Worth.jpg

A longtime Fort Worth business is moving on. The Marshall Grain and Feed store has been around for 70 years in East Fort Worth, but the owner now says crime and panhandling is forcing a move and while the original owners may have gone west, the business is now following today’s trend – north.

The final customers stopped into Marshall Grain in Fort Worth Thursday afternoon, feeling their way through aisles they’ve roamed for decades.

“This store has practically everything I need,” said customer Mickey Hamilton.

But by Thursday there were more going-out-of-business signs than home and garden products left for sale.

“I saw the signs and it was like oh no! I hate it because it’s been such a part of the neighborhood and I recommend it to, I don’t know how many people,” said longtime customer Sandra Williams.

Owner Jim Connelley had high hopes when he bought the place from the Marshall family in 2005.

“That the area would improve somewhat over the years and that really hasn’t happened,” said Connelley. “If anything it’s gotten a little bit worse over the years and we have many customers who are afraid to come to this particular store.”

He says there have been several burglaries there and panhandlers, sometimes aggressive, come up from nearby social service agencies, turning customers off.

“I don’t feel as safe,” said Williams. “I don’t go there after dark.”

Now the empty shelves mirror the neighborhood outside, slowly draining of other businesses that could bring life to the area.

Instead, like so many before, Marshall Grain is heading north, to consolidate operations at a second location in Grapevine.

“The places on the East side and the South side typically fall apart,” said Williams. “I don’t know what it is about those cardinal directions, but it seems to happen that way.”

Connelley says he approached the city many times about encouraging redevelopment in the neighborhood.

“But were really met with a lot of indifference and sometimes they’ve said they’re going to do something and then nothing really happens,” said Connelley.

So a business with deep roots…

“This is like an old timey store,” said customer Shirley Gipson.

…Prepares to plant its seeds in a new location, leaving open land behind.

“You can’t do business in an area where people don’t want to come to shop,” said Connelley.

The city's economic development director told NBC5 they know East Lancaster is a challenging area and that city council just this week approved stronger incentives for development in neighborhoods like that, to bring new business to now another empty lot.

Marshall Grain closed its Fort Worth location for good at 6:00 p.m Thursday night. The location at 3525 William D. Tate Ave. in Grapevine remains open.

<![CDATA[New Clues in Road Rage Crash that Killed Firefighter]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:08:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Trevor+Gage+Firefighter+Killed.jpg

Police in White Settlement released four new images that they hope will help them solve the hit-and-run death of a local fire fighter.

Surveillance cameras at the U-Haul lot along Spur 341 in West Fort Worth caught images of Trevor Gage’s motorcycle being followed by a black Ford F-150 that eventually struck him sending him off-road on Saturday.

Gage underwent emergency surgery, but died from his injuries Sunday morning.

Police said the incident may be a case of road rage.

Gage was a White Settlement firefighter who was a well-known husband and father of three in the community.  

Hundreds of firefighters, friends, and family members gathered in the small community this week to hold a vigil for him and will again gather this Saturday morning for his funeral in town.

Trevor’s Great Aunt Judy Allen stopped by the crash site Thursday where she said Gage’s brother had placed the small road-side memorial that now marks spot where he was hit.

“So very sad and just a deep loss in our family,” said Allen. “It hurts even worse when it’s something like that.”

Allen said Gage was a dedicated public servant and family man who will be tough for many to forget.

“You just get by. Thank God you get by, by his grace we get by,” she said.

Police are asking for anyone with tips that may lead to the F-150 driver to call them at 817-246-7070. They’re also seeking out any other surveillance video from the area between the hours of 5:30 and 5:45 p.m. last Saturday that may have caught the incident.

<![CDATA[Bishop Arts Streetcar Expansion Almost Complete]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:13:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TROLLEY8.jpg

Work is ramping up in Oak Cliff to finish the street-car expansion project ahead of schedule.

The new tracks are scheduled to be completed in two weeks, and the contractors are bringing in dozens of workers every day get the job done.

The city will spend $2 million a year to operate and maintain the expanded downtown-to-Bishop Arts streetcar.

Some city administrators believe the extra mile of track will bring in thousands of fresh faces to the neighborhood every week.

Outside Kathy Hodgin’s hair salon on Beckley Avenue, dozens of construction workers battled the heat all day Thursday to pour fresh concrete on the streetcar line.

The work began seven months ago, and Hodgin says the lane closures, detours and noise have been a constant headache for her.

"It’s been a terrible inconvenience. I’m sure it’s all in the name of progress, but it's been a nightmare this whole year," said Hodgin, who owns Salon on the Square. "I still have to take the time the email my clients to tell them the back-roads to take to get here, otherwise they’ll end up 20 or 30 minutes late to their appointment."

But the end is in sight. The city expects the "substantial completion" in two more weeks. Dry-test-runs will begin shortly after that, then a grand opening in August.

"We’re basically in the finishing stages now," said Dallas construction administrator Mark Rauscher. "It’s a real game-changer for us, and we’re getting more excited."

The expansion adds almost a mile of streetcar tracks, and the line ends in heart of fast-growing Bishop Arts District.

"It’s a big deal for the city of Dallas, for DART. Bishop Arts District is a growing entertainment area that’s getting more and more popular," Rauscher said.

Hodgin says she’s excited, too.

"I’m an old time Oak Cliffer, so it’s exciting to see what the rest of the city will think about this part of the city that we’ve known and loved all-along," she said."

The expanded streetcar should open sometime in August. Trains will run every 20 minutes.

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<![CDATA[Trevone Boykin Pleads No Contest]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:39:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Trevone-Boykin-arrestado.jpg

Former TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin has pleaded no contest to resisting arrest over an incident that led to his suspension for his final college game at the Alamo Bowl.

The Bexar County District Attorney's Office said Thursday that Boykin, who signed with Seattle as an undrafted free agent, received a one-year probation that could result in dismissal of the misdemeanor charge.

A felony charge of assaulting a police officer was dismissed. The incident happened at a bar two days before the Horned Frogs beat Oregon in San Antonio in January.

The 22-year-old Boykin was fined $1,500 and ordered to apologize to the arresting officer, among other stipulations.

The Seahawks open training camp July 30. Jake Heaps and Boykin are the quarterbacks behind Russell Wilson.

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<![CDATA[Matthew McConaughey to Teach at UT Austin]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:27:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/tlmd_28777738jpg_bim.jpg

Texas-born Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey is returning to his alma mater in the fall, but this time he'll be teaching his own class.

The University of Texas at Austin announced Thursday that McConaughey and Hunger Games director Gary Ross will teach a filmmaking class at the Moody College of Communication next semester.

Thirty lucky students will be admitted into the higher-level class where McConaughey and Ross will take them through clips of their new film Free State of Jones and break down the newly released historical drama.

Click here to read more about this story from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Frisco Mom Advocates For Body Image Acceptance]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:42:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/brynne.jpg

June 24 wasn't just another hot, summer day for one North Texas mom. It was the day that  Brynne Huffman, 39, of Frisco, became a torch bearer for body image acceptance.

When Huffman was waiting in line at a Frisco UPS store last week, she was engaged in small talk with the women around her. The woman behind Huffman, also in her 30s, complimented Huffman's hair, then proceeded to say, "You should probably rethink the shorts." Ironically, this same person was wearing a "Coexist" T-shirt with peace and religious symbols on its front, according to Huffman.

"I thought to myself silently, 'Did she really just say what I think she said? Did I misunderstand her?'" Huffman told TODAY. The clothing in question was a pair of mid-thigh denims shorts Huffman said "she hesitated to buy in the first place."

Huffman shared in a post on Facebook, her legs, "while tan from swimming and muscular from dancing, are (1) not where I would like them to be and (2) are not up [to] traditional beauty standards (read: Photoshopped) because cellulite." [[385090361,C]]

After that exchange, Huffman could hardly believe her ears she told TODAY. Instead of lashing out verbally or otherwise, she calmly completed her transaction, even though she really just wanted to cry. "All I wanted to do was go home and change my clothes. And THAT made me angry," she wrote.

The comment apparently made a lot of other people angry, too, because Huffman's post has been shared more than 160,000 times on the Facebook page "Love What Matters," and gained more than 400,000 views.

Since then, Huffman has been on a mission to change the way people view and accept their body image, and she knows it starts with herself.

Huffman felt it was time to do share that sentiment with others, so she started a new Facebook page as of Thursday called "The Body You Have," which is also her Twitter handle. It's a closed group, but the description asks members to "Celebrate each other. Every day."

"I want to have an ongoing commentary in a safe place about what's going on in my life, along with suggestions from other people about how to love yourself, shop for clothes you love and feel as beautiful as you are," Huffman said.

In the short time since the page was launched, Huffman has already heard from a women who said she hasn't bought a pair of shorts in 20 years — that is, until now.

NBC TODAY's Stephanie Stephens contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Brynne Huffman - Facebook
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<![CDATA[Celebrating July 4th with the Music of America]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:00:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/Fort_Worth_Symphony_Orchestra_1_JulienLambert_photo.com-HR3.jpg

Friends and families will gather together to honor this nation’s Independence Day with food, fireworks, and the music that uniquely represents America’s history and culture.

The Dallas Wind Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Plano Symphony Orchestra are offering concerts that will feature the soundtrack of this nation.[[385091391, L, 300,200]]

Each orchestra takes a different approach to deciding which pieces to include in the patriotic concerts.

Daniel Black, the associate conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, will direct this year’s Independence Day concert at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden from July 2 – 4.

He gravitates towards the iconic music of Aaron Copland’s uniquely American sound and John Philip Sousa’s marches. Baritone Trevor Martin, one of Fort Worth Opera’s Young Artists, will be singing several of Copland’s Old American Songs.

Black said he wants to add local flair to the concert.

“I wanted to highlight the music of a local musician this year, Sterling Procter. Sterling played horn for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for many years, but had to retire due to a degenerative muscular illness that made it impossible for him to keep playing. He is also a wonderful composer and arranger, so I decided to open the concert with his ‘Festival Fanfare.'”[[385089341, R, 300,200]]

Robert Reed, the executive director of the Plano Symphony Orchestra, showcases music that is historically associated with the nation and reflects the beauty of the country and its citizens at the orchestra’s Patriotic Pops concert at the Charles W. Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts in Richardson on July 4.

Reed said he wants the concert to serve as a tribute to those who have served in the military.

“The tribute is thrilling to the point of tears. It includes the songs of each of the five branches of the military: Air Force, Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines. We have representative service members on stage during each of their branch’s song. We ask current and former service members in the audience to stand when their song is played. This tribute is just a small token of appreciation to those who gave their lives for freedom.”[[385088791, L, 300,200]]

Kim Campbell, the founder and executive director of Dallas Wind Symphony, said she will also be moved to tears during the symphony’s Piccolos & Patriots: A Star-Spangled Spectacular at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on July 4 when the symphony plays the first unmistakable four bars of John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever."

Dallas Wind Symphony’s patriotic concert features the music of John Philip Sousa, George M. Cohan and Irving Berlin.

“Each of them loved our country deeply and were all proud to be called an American,” Campbell said.

Campbell selects music that a given generation might call the music of their lives or music that speaks to a historical event. Much of the music is heard at every Independence Day celebration across the United States of America.

Year after year, in big cities and small towns, people celebrate the birth of this nation by listening to the same music that been played and heard across the generations. Reed said he understands the music’s timeless appeal.

“Patriotic music describes the heart of the American people, their love for their country, and the strength of their commitment to our great nation,” Reed said.

Patriotic music is one of America’s greatest unifying force, Black said.

“We as a nation find it important to celebrate our common culture and our history,” Black said.

“In a way, this is more important to Americans than to other countries, because this country - more than any other - is a country of immigrants, a melting pot of people with different cultures, histories, and traditions," Black said. "Our patriotic national holidays like Independence Day remind us of the things that we have in common, even from such disparate backgrounds, and what unites us as a nation and a people.”

Campbell agreed, saying that the holiday was a rare occasion that celebrates the uniqueness of America. 

“It is that rare moment when we can proudly stand together, as one united people and simply be Americans,” Campbell said.

Find more 4th of July events here at GuideLive.com.

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<![CDATA[Greenville Police Investigating Double Shooting]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:58:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/greenville-police-generic.jpg

One person is dead and another is injured in a double shooting in Greenville, police say.[[385099361,C]]

The shootings happened in the 1900 block of Edgar Street at about noon Thursday.

When police arrived, they found two gunshot victims at the scene.

Both were transported to Hunt County Regional Medical Center, where one of the victims, identified as Dijon Marquis Alex, later died.

The second victim, identified as Jakoyian Deion Ervin, remains in the hospital.

The Greenville Police Department is investigating.

Further details have not been released.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Olympic Hopeful Out of Competition]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:05:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/IMG_10242.JPG

A North Texas gymnast is no longer competing in the Women's U.S. Olympic Team Trials set to take place next week. [[385066281,C]]

18-year-old Alyssa Baumann of Plano, Texas withdrew from the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics on Thursday after injuring her left elbow while training on the uneven bars on June 29.

In a statement from USA gymnastics, Baumann possibly "tore several ligaments and muscles, and is working with her local physician to determine the best course of treatment."

Baumann took to her instagram account on June 30 to address her supporters. [[385064841,C]]

"I'm very sad to be missing the Olympic Trials," said Baumann. "It has always been a dream of mine to compete for a spot on the Olympic team. I will be watching and supporting the girls at both Trials and the Olympics. Thank you for everyone's support."

The U.S. Women's Olympic Trials - Gymnastics are set to begin at 7:30 p.m. on July 8. You can watch the competition from 8 p.m. through 10 p.m., only on NBC 5.

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<![CDATA[TCU Lands One of Nation's Top 2017 Recruits]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:28:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/181*120/Nembhard-IHHS.jpg

The Jamie Dixon era is off to an outstanding start. TCU's new head basketball coach, formerly the head coach at Pitt, has landed one of the nation's top recruits.

Keller senior R.J. Nembhard, a 4-star shooting guard, committed to the Frogs on twitter. Nembhard is far and away TCU's highest rated recruit in years. He chose the Frogs over dozens of top-end programs and almost all of the Texas schools. Nembhard holds offers from UCLA, Baylor, Texas A&M and Texas among others.

Nembhard is a high-flying, show-stopping guard. When watching his Keller games, it doesn't take long to figure out who the most athletic person in the gym is. At 6'3," Nembhard will play shooting guard at the college level.


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<![CDATA[What You're Doing for Independence Day]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:20:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kaboom_Town_Fireworks.gif

These 2016 Fourth of July and Independence Day celebrations in various North Texas counties should help you see the "rockets' red glare" this year.

Events are sorted by county. Click on any county name to jump directly to that portion of the list.

Dallas County  Tarrant County  Collin County  Denton County  Anderson County Eastland County  Ellis County Erath County  Fannin County  Hood County Johnson County Kaufman County  Lamar County Rockwall County

Tarrant County

Fort Worth/Panther Island Pavilion
Fort Worth’s Fourth
July 4, gates open at 2 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m.
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Fort Worth/Botanic Gardens
Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic
July 2-July 4, gates open at 6:30 p.m., concert starts at 8:15 p.m. - 10 p.m., fireworks at dark

Fort Worth/Texas Motor Speedway
Friday Night Drags with Fireworks
July 1, gates open at 6 p.m., drag racing begins at 9:15 p.m., fireworks at approximately 10 p.m.

Arlington/Downtown Arlington
Light Up Arlington
July 3, 6 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

Bedford/Corner of Forest Ridge & Bedford Rd.
4thFEST Independence Day Celebration
July 4, 12 p.m. - 10 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m.

Grapevine/Lake Grapevine
July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza
July 4, fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Haslet/Nance Field
14th Annual City of Haslet Independence Day Celebration
July 1, 7:30 p.m., fireworks at dark

Hurst/Hurst Community Park
Hurst Stars and Stripes
July 4, 5 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Mansfield/Big League Dreams Sports Park
Rockin' 4th of July
July 3, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

North Richland Hills
Northeast Tarrant Family 4th Fireworks Show
July 4, 5 p.m., fireworks 9:30 p.m.

Dallas County

Dallas/Fair Park
Fair Park Fourth
July 4, 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., fireworks at 9:30

Addison/Addison Circle Park
Addison Kaboom Town!
July 3, 4 p.m. - 11:30 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.


Carrollton/Josey Ranch Lake
July 4 Community Fireworks Display
July 4, fireworks from 9:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Coppell/Wagon Wheel Park
Spirit of Coppell Celebration and Fireworks
July 3, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m, fireworks at dark

DeSoto/Lancaster Community Park
Old Fashioned Fourth Fireworks Celebration
July 4, 6 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m.

Farmers Branch/Farmers Branch Historical Park
Independence Day Celebration
July 3, gates open at 6:30 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Garland/Firewheel Town Center
Star-Spangled Spectacular
July 4, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m., fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Grand Prairie/Lone Star Park 
Lone Stars and Stripes Firework Celebration
July 4, gates open at 3 p.m., fireworks after last race

Irving/Irving Heritage District and Lake Carolyn
Independence Day Parade and Fireworks Show
July 4, parade at 9 a.m. to noon, free admission, fireworks show lasts from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Lancaster/Lancaster Community Park
4th of July Celebration
July 4, fireworks at dark at Helen Giddings Amphitheater

Richardson/Breckinridge Park
Richardson's Family 4th of July Celebration
July 4, 6 p.m. - 10:15 p.m., fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

Collin County

McKinney/Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch
Red, White and Boom Celebration
July 4, 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

Plano/Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve
All-American Fourth
July 4, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., fireworks at 9:30p.m.

Princeton/P.O.W. Camp
City of Princeton July 4th Spectacular
July 3, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Sachse/Heritage Park
Independence Day Parade and Red, White & Blue Blast
July 2, 6 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Frisco/Frisco Square
Frisco Freedom Fest
July 4, 4 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m.


Denton County

Denton/UNT Apogee Stadium
Kiwanis Fireworks Show
July 4, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., fireworks after dusk

Flower Mound/Bakersfield Park
Independence Fest
July 4, 5 p.m., fireworks at 9:50 p.m.

Lake Dallas/Lake Dallas City Park
The Lake Cities 4th of July
July 4, events start at 9 a.m., fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Lewisville/Vista Ridge Mall
Red, White & Lewisville Fireworks
July 4, 9:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

The Colony/Stewart Creek Park
Liberty by the Lake
July 2, events begin at 6:30 a.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Trophy Club/Independence Park East
4th of July Celebration and Fireworks
July 4, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m., fireworks at 9:40 p.m.

Southlake/Frank Cornish Park, McPherson Park and Rustin Pavilion
Stars & Stripes
July 3, 6 p.m.,  fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Anderson County

Palestine/Steven Bennett Park Aquatic Center
13th Annual Fireworks Show
July 4, fireworks start after dark

Eastland County

Eastland/South Side of Courthouse
Old Fashion 4th of July Celebration
July 4, 9.a.m., fireworks at La Mancha Lake Ranch at dusk

Ellis County

Midlothian/Historic Downtown and MISD Multi-Purpose Stadium
Independence Day Celebrations
July 3, parade at 10 a.m., fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Waxahachie/Waxahachie Sport Complex
Independence Day Celebration at Main Street
July 3, 6 p.m., fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Erath County

Stephenville/Stephenville City Park
4th of July Fireworks Show at Stephenville City Park
July 4, 10 p.m.

Fannin County

Bonham/Lake Bonham Recreation Area
Independence Day Celebration
July 3, 8:30 p.m.

Hood County

Granbury/Granbury Square
Old Fashioned 4th of July
July 4, events begin at 8 a.m., fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

Johnson County

Burleson/Chisenhall Fields
4th of July Concert and Fireworks Celebration
July 4, 7:30 p.m., fireworks after dark

Cleburne/Lake Pat Cleburne
4th of July Celebration and Fireworks
July 4, 4:30 p.m., fireworks at dark

Joshua/Joshua Owl Stadium 
July 4th Celebration
July 4, gates open at 7 p.m., fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Kaufman County

Terrell/Ben Gill Park
2016 4th of July Independence Day Celebration
July 4, entertainment begins at 7:15 p.m., fireworks at dark

Lamar County

Paris/Noyse Stadium
Annual Independence Day Celebration with Fireworks
July 3, 7:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Rockwall County 

Rockwall/Harry Myers Park
July 4th Fireworks & Live Music
July 4, 5 p.m., fireworks after dark

Fireworks at Bayside
July 4, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m., fireworks after dark 

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<![CDATA[The RoughRiders' Lazy River is Officially Open for Laziness]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:40:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-06-30-15h00m26s87.png

At first, it's almost perceived as a playful joke.

But once people actually see and realize there's a lazy river in right field, they're in disbelief.

The lazy river is officially open for laziness and fans are taking full advantage.

It fits up to 200 swimmers and it's roughly the size of a NHL hockey rink.

"It is the largest water feature in a sports stadium in the entire world," said Matt Ratliff, senior director of marketing and promotions. "So, not just in baseball. Not just here in Texas, even though everything is a little bit bigger here in Texas, but in the entire world this is the largest feature in a sports stadium."

Even the RoughRider players enjoy the lazy river. Come early enough and you'll find the Texas Rangers top overall prospect Lewis Brinson lazily floating down the right field river.

"This is awesome. This is best idea ever," said Brinson. "I know a couple of big league parks have pools, and maybe some minor league parks have pools but I don't think anyone has a lazy river as big as this."

Perhaps the most important thing the lazy river brings is new fans to the stadium, whether they're paying attention to the game or not.

"I actually don't really watch baseball but I am now," said a young fan. "Because of the lazy river we're avid baseball fans."

"The young, single crowd can come out and have a good time. Mom and dad can bring their two kids and have a good time. And grandma and grandpa can jump in a tube and float around," said Ratliff.

Grandma and grandpa can buy individual tickets for Thursday home games at $39 a piece, which includes unlimited food and drinks. Otherwise, they can purchase group packages for the other six days of the week.

<![CDATA[Drowning Prevention During Holiday Weekend]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:46:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Generic-pool1.jpg

On the hot summer day, you'll find the Bentley Family of Fort Worth at the TCU Recreation Center pool, where Mary Jean Bentley works on her children's swim skills.
"I actually put myself through college life-guarding," says Bentley, "so I firmly believe in swim safety and keeping kids safe. Plus, always keeping an eye, always, because you never know . It takes a second and they can be under."
Safety experts remind parents as they head into the holiday weekend that drowning is silent and happens, most often, in apartment or backyard pools.
As of June 27, 2016, 51 children in Texas have drowned.  They include four in Denton County, four in Dallas County and five in Tarrant County.
"We are very alarmed by the numbers in the last three weeks. We also know we're coming into Fourth of July weekend and this is the most dangerous weekend of the summer," says Rose Bradshaw, Executive Vice President of North Texas Community Foundation. 
Peak season for swimming-related tragedies occurs between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and access to water safety training is a key solution to turning the tide, according to The North Texas Community Foundation, which is a collection of charitable funds supported by donors.   
According to Bradshaw, donors were invited to help fund a program providing swimming lessons at 20 local apartment complexes and other venues around Fort Worth. 
The initiative targets neighborhoods which are home to low-income families that may otherwise be unable to afford swim lessons. 
The North Texas Community Foundation generated more than $17,000 to help underwrite potentially life-saving swim lessons.
TCU Swimming Richard Sybesma knows lessons saves lives.
"Bottom line is two seconds is too long. Don't turn your back on a child for more than two seconds," says Sybesma. "Any type of flotation device is helpful but that's not the guarantee."
According to the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition, Texas is number one in the country for pool drowning deaths.
North Texas Community Foundation
Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition

On a hot summer day, you'll find the Bentley Family of Fort Worth at the TCU Recreation Center pool, where Mary Jean Bentley works on her children's swim skills.

"I actually put myself through college life-guarding," said Bentley. "So, I firmly believe in swim safety and keeping kids safe. Plus, always keeping an eye, always, because you never know. It takes a second and they can be under."

Safety experts remind parents as they head into the holiday weekend that drowning is silent and happens, most often, in apartment or backyard pools.

As of June 27, 2016, 51 children in Texas have drowned. They include four children in Denton County, four in Dallas County and five in Tarrant County.

"We are very alarmed by the numbers in the last three weeks. We also know we're coming into Fourth of July weekend and this is the most dangerous weekend of the summer," said Rose Bradshaw, Executive Vice President of North Texas Community Foundation. 

Peak season for swimming-related tragedies occurs between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and access to water safety training is a key solution to turning the tide, according to The North Texas Community Foundation, which is a collection of charitable funds supported by donors.   

According to Bradshaw, donors were invited to help fund a program providing swimming lessons at 20 local apartment complexes and other venues around Fort Worth. 

The initiative targets neighborhoods which are home to low-income families who may otherwise be unable to afford swim lessons. 

The North Texas Community Foundation generated more than $17,000 to help underwrite potentially life-saving swim lessons.

TCU Head Swimming Coach Richard Sybesma knows lessons saves lives.

"Bottom line is: two seconds is too long. Don't turn your back on a child for more than two seconds," said Sybesma. "Any type of flotation device is helpful but that's not the guarantee."

According to the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition, Texas is number one in the country for pool drowning deaths.


North Texas Community Foundation

Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition



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<![CDATA[Young Fencer Gets Olympic Opportunity of a Lifetime]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:32:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-06-30-14h26m47s123.png

The best of the best of all ages and divisions are at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center for the USA Fencing National Championship and July Challenge.

That includes 17-year-old Sylvie Binder of New York.

Binder is competing this weekend in Dallas as one of the favorites in her class.

It's an important event, but she has eyes on the future.

USA Fencing and TD Ameritrade have recognized Sylvie's promising fencing career in a special way, by sending her to the Olympics.

In Rio, she'll be paired up with Mariel Zagunis, the most decorated American women's fencer of all-time who is making her fourth Olympic appearance.

It's a mentor/mentee program and the idea is to groom Binder's potential by having her experience what being an Olympian is all about.

Team USA has its eyes on Binder as an Olympic hopeful in the future.

<![CDATA[Cowboys McClain Suspended 10 Games for Substance Violation]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:52:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/McClain.png

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended without pay for the first 10 games of the season for once again violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the team says.

NFL insider Adam Schefter first tweeted the news about an hour before.

McClain started the 2015 season with a four game suspension for the same violation. He'll be eligible to return to the active roster on Nov. 21, but will be allowed to participate in all preseason practices and games.

The NFL also denied defense end DeMarcus Lawrence's appeal -- he'll remain suspended for four games for a similar violation, according to Todd Archer.

Lawrence will return to the active roster on Oct. 3 and is also allowed to participate in all preseason practices and games.

Earlier in the day, the league also suspended quarterback Johnny Manziel for four games for violating the substance abuse policy. Manziel currently doesn't have a team and the suspension does not go into effect until he signs with a club.

Photo Credit: David Watkins
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<![CDATA[Hurst Police Arrest Man in Connection With Tanker Explosion]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:40:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arturo-areguin.jpg

Hurst police said they arrested a 23-year-old man Thursday for not stopping to render aid in a crash where a man died in tanker truck explosion in December. [[363039761,C]]

On Dec. 19, 2015, police said the victim was driving a RaceTrac fuel truck on Texas 10 when the truck left the roadway on the ramp to southbound Loop 820 and exploded.

The tanker truck driver died in the crash.

Texas Department of Transportation crews were forced to close the southbound lanes of Loop 820 for more than 10 hours.

Police said they received information that led them to arrest Arturo Areguin Jr. He was charged with failing to stop and render aid involving a death and his bond was set at $10,000.

Photo Credit: Hurst Police Department/NBC 5 News
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<![CDATA[FWPD Captain Charged With Intoxication Assault After Crash]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:57:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/daniel-humphries.jpg

A Fort Worth police captain was arrested after being involved in a crash in Hurst early Wednesday morning, authorities say. [[384869111,C]]

Hurst police said officers responded to a crash involving two vehicles on the eastbound TexExpress lanes of Texas 121 near Norwood Drive at 2:01 a.m.

Investigators said Capt. Daniel Humphries was intoxicated and had stopped his police Tahoe along the highway when the driver of a sedan crashed into him.

Humphries was arrested for intoxication assault and taken to the Euless jail. He was not injured.

The driver of the sedan, 52-year-old Mark Holley, had to be extricated and was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.


A police report said officers found a controlled substance in Holley's car. 

Humphries was arraigned Thursday morning and his bond was set at $15,000.

Fort Worth police stated the Humphries was placed on restricted duty while an Internal Affairs unit investigates. The department's statement also said:

"The Fort Worth Police Department believes that citizens should expect our officers to adhere to the law and set an example for others to follow. When we fail, however, we also believe that our officers, as with any citizen accused of violating the law, deserve and should receive due process before judgments are made."

Humphries has been with the department since July 1992 and was the commander over the Traffic Division.

Holley was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital. His father said he broke his sternum and injured his hand in the accident.

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff and Scott Gordon contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Look Inside Fort Worth ER Simulation Lab]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:14:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mannican.gif

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital gave NBC DFW an inside look at its elite, state-of-the-art facility in Fort Worth.

The Amon G. Carter Medical Simulation Training Center is used to train students, doctors, nurses and technicians in the emergency medicine profession.

Physicians and students from all over Texas and across the U.S. have come to Texas Health Fort Worth to train. “In terms of geography it is open to everyone when we have courses,” said Dr. Shekhar Menon. 

Students get a chance to practice and engage within the four stages of emergency medicine: ambulance training, emergency room, operating room, and the ICU.

Students can also practice with life-like mannequins that are programmed with “trauma scenarios.”

“The mannequins are anatomically and physiologically aligned to that of a human patient. The mannequins can blink, you can check their pupils, they can hear and see their breath, you can check their vitals, they have a pulse, and they can talk,” said Dr. Menon.

The students have to diagnose the mannequin’s health issue, which allows for the student to exercise their critical thinking skills. Students also perform procedures on the mannequins, which cost approximately $300,000 each.

Doctors said the mannequins are worth their value because the training will help save lives. “You can put breathing tubes down them. You can perform CPR on them, you can put catheters in them,” he said.

There are other major benefits of the simulation lab that cannot be taught in the classroom. “The vast majority of medical errors are due to teamwork and communication. The simulation lab allows for doctors to coordinate with nurses, and nurses to work with technicians, and really all three working together," said Dr. Menon.

"It’s the face-to-face interaction that can help build communication skills in the ER."

The facility has been open for two years, and is the only one of its kind in the state of Texas.

For more information. click here.

<![CDATA[Video Captures Large Brawl at Dallas Taquería]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:29:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/taqueria-brawl.jpg

A Facebook user captured a nearly six-minute video of what resembled a professional wrestling-style brawl at a Dallas taquería.

Isael Rojas captured video of the fight at Taquería El Paisano restaurant in the 2900 block of Lombardy Lane in North Dallas June 25.

The incident appears to start with women from two groups of people arguing while being held back by several men. The women then began wrestling and pulling each other's hair while the men tried to separate them.

While restraining the women, some of the men began punching each other. The altercation then turned into a full-scale brawl with chairs flying and people sliding across the floor.

The fight lasted a few minutes before the groups separated. Authorities arrived about five minutes after the video began.

Authorities said no arrests were made in the incident.

Rojas told Telemundo he jokingly said the fight started over chips and salsa, but doesn't actually know what started the fight.

Photo Credit: Facebook - Isael Rojas
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<![CDATA[Man, 19, Arrested in Fatal Shooting At FW Party]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:31:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tommy-lee-ward.jpg

Police said they arrested a 19-year-old man after a shooting that left two people dead and five more injured in Fort Worth late Wednesday night.

Fort Worth police said the shooting happened at a dance studio inside a warehouse in the 2400 block of East Lancaster Avenue at 11:54 p.m.

Officers arrived at 12:32 a.m. Thursday and found that several people had been shot and the shooters had fled the scene.

Investigators said an argument occurred inside the warehouse and shots were fired as a person tried to run outside. Several people began shooting at each other outside the warehouse, striking multiple victims.

The victims were transported to hospitals by private vehicle and MedStar ambulances, according to police.

Police said they arrested documented gang member Tommy Lee Ward in connection with the shooting and charged him with murder.

Detectives continue to investigate and said additional arrests are possible. They asked that anyone with information about the incident call them at 817-392-4300 or Crime Stoppers at 817-469-8477 (TIPS).

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<![CDATA[Soldier Due in Court for Marine's Fatal Shooting]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:12:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ricci_Bradden.jpg

A Fort Hood-based soldier is due in a Tarrant County courtroom Thursday for allegedly shooting and killing a Marine and wounding his wife.

Ricci Bradden is being held on $500,000 bond in the murder of Anthony Antell and an additional $15,000 for aggravated assault against a family member for shooting his wife in the foot.

Bradden’s attorney is asking a judge to reduce that bond, for among other reasons that he acted in self-defense.

In early May Bradden went to his wife’s place of work, a Walgreens in Arlington, where they got into an argument and he shot her.

Antell, a well-known and liked fitness instructor in Arlington, witnesses the incident while sitting in his vehicle with his wife. When he saw Bradden try to leave, he tried to stop him.

According to Arlington Police, Bradden exited his vehicle and shot and killed Antell before leaving the area. Bradden eventually turned himself into authorities in Hill County.

In a court filing, attorney Peter Schulte says his client is a member of the U.S. Military and has no other known criminal history. Schulte says at the time of the June 9 filing his client had not been formally charged. Court records show Bradden was indicted on Tuesday.

Schulte then refers to a possible defense of his client’s alleged actions, by sighting the laws typically referred to as the “Castle Doctrine”.

“Additionally, as to this offense, the Defendant does have applicable defenses to the alleged crime, including, but not limited to, the ‘castle doctrine’ related to vehicles and self-defense. See, TEX. PEN. CODE § 9.32 (Vernon 2016). In order to be able to adequately represent the Defendant, undersigned counsel respectfully requests the Court to reduce the bond to an amount that the Defendant can post so he can be released to better prepare his defense.”

While the words "Castle Doctrine" do not appear in Texas law, they are the words used to describe the legal concept that a person’s home is his or her castle. The self-defense laws also apply to a person’s business and vehicle.

A hearing on the proposed bond reduction is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday in 213th District Court.

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<![CDATA[Veterans Seek Help with Infertility Treatment]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 22:54:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/veterans+infertility+treatment.jpg

Legislation is making its way through Congress that would allow the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to begin to offer fertility treatment services to wounded veterans.

According to a study of veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, or elsewhere during the same time period, 15.8 percent of women and 13.8 percent of men reported that they had experienced infertility, as reported by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Matt and Shaina Davis, of Anna, know how valuable the financial assistance for fertility treatments could be.

Matt Davis joined the Marines in 2005 soon after high school, and while in Iraq he was injured in a rocket-propelled grenade attack.

Both of his arms were shattered, including a lacerated brachial artery in his left arm. His other injuries included collapsed lungs and lacerations from where the dog tags he carried in his pocket blew through his leg.

He also suffered a severe blow to the head.

After he returned to the United States, Matt and Shaina, high school sweethearts, were reunited.

"I wasn't prepared. I was not ready to see him that way," Shaina Davis said.

"But once I'd seen that it was okay, it was like, I knew that she was the one for me. If she can see me at my worst and accept me for that, it didn't matter what I'd turn into, she'd still love me," Matt Davis said.

Together, the two battled through Matt's months-long recovery, then they married and started trying for a family.

But after seven years, they had no children and were surprised to learn of the reason why.

Matt Davis's physical injuries and the massive recovery, which included blood transfusions, made him infertile, and the couple's only option was in vitro fertilization, which costs $12,000 to $15,000.

"That's something else that's a blow to these veterans, these brave men and women alike, who are willing to die for this country, and then they get back and something as simple as wanting to have a family. And now you're going to have to deal with the financial burden of that as well," said Shaina Davis.

They were referred to Dr. Victor Beshay, a fertility specialist in Allen.

"It's more recently coming to light in recent years, especially with recent wars. And servicemen and women are coming back with injuries and we are discovering those problems," Beshay said.

The Davises learned of Compassionate Corps, a program from EMD Serono, that financially assists families of veterans with fertility issues.

The program covered 20 percent of the in vitro fertilization costs, and soon after treatment, Matt and Shaina Davis received the phone call they had been praying for.

"I get off the phone and I just start crying, and Matt looked at me and he goes, 'It's okay if it didn't work, we will get through this,'" recalled Shaina Davis.

"I say, 'We are finally going to be parents,' and we cried in the parking lot for 20 minutes, just holding each other," she said.

Nine months later, Shaina delivered a healthy set of twins, Ascen and Edith.

"It's like a dream come true. I didn't know if it would happen, you know," Matt Davis said.

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill that would allocate money to the Department of Veterans Affairs for IVF services. The Senate still must vote on the measure.

For information on Compassionate Corps program from EMD Serono, visit FertilityLifelines.com.

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<![CDATA[Charity Supplies Stolen from Midlothian Storage Unit]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 22:46:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/food+pantry2.jpg

A North Texas charity is fighting to get back on its feet.

Overnight, thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of supplies from the Manna House in Midlothian. The supplies are used to help feed the hungry.

"We don't turn anybody away for food," board member Justin Coffman said.

Wednesday morning, Coffman says organizers found the locks on a storage unit sliced and the unit itself cleared out.

"I was shocked, you know," Coffman said. "It's not really the stuff that was missing, of course, that was frustrating, but it's the fact that something was taken that is utilized to help make people happy and help meet people's need."

Though some of the supplies have already been replaced by donations, the charity will have to pay for the rest out of pocket.

"It's quite literally taking foods out of peoples' mouths when we have to use those funds to replace the items that were stolen," Coffman said.

The hope is that the theft wasn't targeted at the Manna House but rather an unfortunate coincidence that impacts not just the charity but also the thousands who rely on it to eat.

"It would take a pretty sick person to knowingly steal from an organization that their sole target is to feed people and feed children and feed elderly," Coffman said.

Coffman says, as far as he knows, the charity's storage unit is the only unit that was burglarized.

Midlothian police are now investigating.

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<![CDATA[Hundreds of Trucks Off the Road After DPS Crackdown]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:37:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dps+trooper+car+lights.jpg

A campaign to crack down on commercial vehicle violations on Texas highways ended with nearly 2,000 citations, the Texas Department of Public Safety says.

Roadcheck 2016 was part of an annual nationwide program that involves inspections of 18-wheelers, buses and other commercial vehicles.

DPS said of the 7,795 vehicles inspected between June 7-9, some 1,751 of them – or 22.5 percent – were placed out of service for a variety of safety violations. The most common infractions involved issues with brakes or defective lighting.

The checks also led to 224 drivers being taken off the road for violations such has failing to have the proper type of driver license and driving over the maximum number of allowed hours.

A total of 1,972 citations were issued, along with 20,446 warnings.

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<![CDATA[Wendy Davis Opens Up on HB 2 Ruling, Political Future]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 22:42:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Wendy+Davis.jpg

Forty-eight hours after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the law that placed restrictions on abortion clinics in Texas, former State Sen. Wendy Davis is relieved. She burst into tears when she heard the court's decision, she said.

"It was such an overwhelming sense of relief. We were at the end, or would be end, of this journey," Davis said.

It had been a three-year journey for the Fort Worth Democrat who famously tied up her pink sneakers to filibuster H.B. 2, the bill that put restrictions on abortion clinics.

"I felt so vindicated on behalf of the women who were impacted by this terrible law," Davis said.

Davis became well-known nationally after the filibuster, and she ran for governor in 2014. It was not a close race, but Davis is not closing the door on politics.

"I don't know what my political future is right now. I would love the opportunity to serve again, and if something makes sense down the road I will certainly give great thought to that," she said.

Asked if she would want to either hold state or national office, Davis answered, "I want very much to make an impact on this state."

So as for her ruling out another run for governor?

"Who knows," Davis said.

Right now, she is busy with her new nonprofit, Deeds Not Words, which is focused on getting young women into the political process.

"I'm very happy. It's a lesson for a lot of people who I think don't get involved in the political world, don't step up and put their name on their ballot because, 'What if I lose?' It's not the end of the world," Davis said.

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<![CDATA[Olympic Boxing Hopefuls Duke It Out in North Texas]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 23:06:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/junior+olympic+boxing.jpg

The journey to an Olympic medal usually starts at a young age. That's why the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center is crawling with amateur boxers looking to punch their way to Olympic glory in four years when Tokyo hosts the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

"That's our goal right now, the 2020 Olympics. We've got to keep working and keep training," said Jordan Jenkins, a fighter from Dallas.

More than 100 male and female fighters, ages 8 to 18, have come to Dallas for the USA Boxing's Junior Olympic and Prep National championships and Youth Open.

Tournament winners will likely end up on the USA Boxing radar and earn a spot on Team USA.

"I want to represent USA Boxing and be a champion one day," said Juan Velazquez who fights out of Duncanville. The 12-year-old is trained by his father. His "corner man" is his mother, Cindy.

"It's scary, but I'm used to it now. I can sit there and watch him fight now. I know what he's capable of and what he can do and what he can't do," she said. "He's so dedicated, he disciplines himself. We're going to the Olympics in 2020."

USA Boxing views the tournament as a way to fill the country's Olympic boxing pipeline with young talent. Shakur Stevenson is a prime example of how starting young can lead to future success. He remembers fighting and losing in similar tournaments as a 15-year-old. Now he is 19 and heading to Rio for the 2016 games.

"Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya they won gold medals and they became great after that. I have to go out there and be great," Stevenson said."

Juan Velazquez and Jordan Jenkins both made it to the next round Wednesday, meaning North Texas will be well represented when the bell rings on the final matches this weekend.

"You have to keep working, you have to push and push," Jenkins said. "It's all about faith and who wants it more."

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<![CDATA[Top Available Free Agents Breakdown]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 01:02:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/181*120/516584078.jpg

The NBA is a star-driven league. The best four to five players are always in the playoffs, regardless of coaching or management. So logically, every time a star free agent hits the market, teams are dying to acquire them. Max contracts are practically a bargain for a elite talent.

Unfortunately, a lot of "almost-elite" talent ends up getting the same money because of potential. Which is exactly what is going to happen in 2016. The "summer of Durant", as many NBA pundits are calling it, lacks much depth in terms of talent.

What does that mean? That means the top few unrestricted-free agents will have to fight their way through wads of cash to choose a team, but are the teams paying them making a mistake? I will present arguments for and against each marquee player the Mavs may look to sign this summer. You be the judge.

We will start with the youngest of the group, Hassan Whiteside. Whiteside is an athletic freak. At 7'0", 265 lbs, and only 27-years-old he has far and away the most potential of any potential max-contract player. So he should be a slam dunk selection right?

Not so much. His offensive game is raw, at best, and extremely limited, at its worst. He has no real outshide shooting and at 27, how much can you expect that to improve? He also has benefitted from being in the stable system that is the Miami Heat the past couple of seasons. How much of his offensive and defensive success are a product of playing with Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic? Or having a supportive coach and front-office in Erik Spoelstra and Pat Riley? The Heat have centered their team around him since LeBron's departure and even in the incredibly weak Eastern Conference, it's netted them 48 and 37 wins.

The upside? If Whiteside develops an offensive game outside of five feet then he will easily become the best Center in, not only the Eastern Conference, but possibly the league. In his second season with the Heat he led the league in blocks and defensive rating, and it was not that close. He also posted a Player Efficiency Rating (PER), a stat measuring per-minute production, above 25. What does that mean? It means statistically, he was the seventh most productive player in the NBA last year.

So is Whiteside worth the gamble? Most teams would say yes.

Next up, Mike Conley. He is the only point guard in 2016 worth any money, so the market for him will be ridiculous, but should it be?

While Conley is a talented player, the point guard position in the NBA is incredibly deep. He's never made an All-Star team in the loaded Western Conference and while he probably would in the East, there are arguments to be made he would not be a top three point guard in that conference either.

A bigger question that few have raised is, have we already seen the best of Mike Conley? He is only 28, but his per game averages in points, minutes and steals have all decreased over the past three seasons. Injuries have also caused his field goal percentage and total games played to decrease over the same time span.

Even with all that, you will have to pay Conley top dollar to acquire him, because he is the only high-end point guard available. He's a quality two-way player and has led the league in steals before. It is hard to get a point guard with those accomplishments, but what is that worth in the future?

Al Horford is another promising candidate for a max-deal this off-season. He is one of the most versatile centers in the league and, unlike Hassan Whiteside and another center I will talk about, he posted a positive offensive and defensive real-plus/minus last year, per ESPN.

The issue with Horford is, unlike the other centers in this article, he lacks elite athleticism and reports are he wants to transition to the Power Forward position. He has also never posted a top-10 defensive rating, something that makes you question if he can anchor a defense.

Lastly, is the player who is the most accomplished, on this list: Dwight Howard. The former MVP candidate is a three time Defensive Player of the Year, has led the league in rebounding five times (been top 10 in 11 of his 12 seasons), is an eight time all-NBA team selection, has posted a top five field goal percentage in nine of his last 10 seasons, and even in his declined state he was fourth in the league in rebounds per game last season. In his prime, Howard was an all time defensive great, but those years may be behind him.

While he is only 30, he has not played a full season since 2010 due to a multitude of injuries. There are also questions about his fit in today's NBA. He has peaked offensively and though he would like to be the centerpiece of an offense, he's inefficient and limited.

Howard has carried a team to the finals before, though. So of all the gamlbes you could take in free agency, could you not argue he is one of the safest? When healthy, Howard is still one of the best rim protectors and interior presences the league has to offer, even if it does often look awkward when he catches the ball away from the rim.

In closing, while your team will likely have to hand out 100+ million dollars over four or five years, to sign any of these players. Which player will you feel the most confident in. Free agency is about as promising as the NBA draft and there's a reason they call that a lottery. It is not made for you to win often.

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<![CDATA[Alternative Treatment For Uterine Fibroids]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:19:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/UTERINE+FIBROIDS.jpg

Dr. Suzanne Slonim, an interventional radiologist in North Dallas, talks about uterine fibroids and alternative treatment options.

Slonim will hold an educational forum for the public. 

Saturday, July 9

9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

(Breakfast will be served)

Kingdom WAR Church

1515 Young Street

Dallas 75201

Click here for more info or call (877) 275-4833 for more information.

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<![CDATA[Business Owner Wants New Development in East Plano]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:16:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/plano+water+tower.jpg

New corporate headquarters, new hotels and new homes means there's big development in Plano.

However, some business owners in East Plano say their side of town is ignored.

"There's not too many businesses opening over here," said Dickey's Barbecue franchise owner Tim Rahman. "I see a lot of businesses closing in this area and going towards [State Highway] 121 because of those big buildings, new roads and tollways. There are so many struggles we're going through right now."

Rahman opened up his Alma Drive location a year ago. He envisioned a busy restaurant, on the outer edge of East Plano, which appealed to a working class crowd for lunch.

"People are not showing up over here. There's not enough businesses and not enough new development," Rahman said. "I'm really fearful because there's not enough happening on this side of the city."

According to Plano Economic Development, big projects are already happening.

"There are some really exciting things. A lot of things that perhaps don't make as much of a headline that are very important to us and to this community," said Plano Economic Development Executive Director Sally Bane.

Bane said Texas Instruments' Plano campus, acquired by Los Angeles-based Regent Properties, will bring additional businesses to the area.

"That's going to provide an amazing opportunity for Plano because those four buildings represent about a million square feet of available space," Bane said.

Bane said her office helps attract and retain primary jobs throughout the city.

"About 40 percent of the business that we do is an attraction to small and midsize companies," Bane said. "[Primary jobs] helps push wealth through the community. If you have a great primary job in your community, they (employees) can go to the restaurant, dry cleaners and the hair dresser. It multiplies money throughout the community."

A mix development along Plano Parkway and Alma Drive is also taking shape.

Heritage Creekside will include apartments, single family homes, office space and a hotel.

"We're absolutely in the business of continuing what is arguably one of the most prosperous times in the community," Bane said.

Rahman hopes it'll provide a big boost.

"Otherwise, we cannot survive," he said.

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<![CDATA[Team USA Volleyball in Dallas Preparing for Olympics]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 20:00:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-06-29-17h37m44s171.png

The mens national volleyball team is in Dallas gearing up for the 2016 Olympics. USA is in a round-robin pool with Russia, Bulgaria and Australia for the FIVB World League competition at the Dallas Convention Center July 1-3.

If they win two of the three matches, they'll advance to the final round in Poland in mid-July. Most of the players compete professionally over-seas, so this time together in Dallas is critical as they prepare for the Olympics.

Russia is the team to beat this weekend as they're the defending Olympic champions from 2012. However, the U.S. Men have won the World League in 2008 and 2014, plus a 3rd place finish in 2015.

<![CDATA[Tennis Lessons Teach More Than a Game]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:00:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/txcu+tennis+lesson.jpg

Summer has arrived and area camps are in full swing.

In Dallas, coaches Carol Reed and Bert Cole are offering kids an opportunity to play a game to which they would have never been exposed.

"They may not live in the nicer neighborhoods, they may not have an income to play for a program like this," Cole said.

Cole has been guiding young tennis players in Dallas for more than two decades. She's director of the Dallas Tennis and Education Academy, where tennis is just a tool for something much bigger.

"We provide the rackets, the balls, all of the equipment that they would need," added Reed. "To keep them off the streets, keep them in school and build their character."

Jemail Cheatham coaches the older kids.

"We want you to be great tennis players, but we also want you to be more than anything great leaders," he said.

Cheatham is a product of the program. Eventually he earned a scholarship to play in college.

"If you don't want to play tennis in college, that's fine," Cheatham said. "We support whatever you do, but we want you to be the best person that you can be."

"Shows you that you can do anything," said Noah Cathey, who is participating in the program for the first time this summer.

"If I grow and expand on that, I might be able to go some places," he said.

Noah is in the fifth grade – the same age Cheatham was when he first met Coach Cole.

"She told me you have so much potential and you will be a great leader," Cheatham recalled.

"We are really the only people that some of these kids, not all, but some of these kids in the program, where they have someone who's encouraging them and loving on them everyday," Cole said.

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