<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usSat, 23 Sep 2017 02:19:20 -0500Sat, 23 Sep 2017 02:19:20 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Lee Park Renamed, Task Force Recommends Same for Streets]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:56:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Robert+E+Lee+Park.jpg

Dallas' Robert E. Lee Park has a new name Friday and soon so may several city streets named for Confederate generals.

During a special session Friday morning, the City of Dallas Park and Recreation board unanimously voted to temporarily rename the park, which bore the name of the Confederate general for 81 years, to Oak Lawn Park until a permanent name can be approved.

The Lee statue was removed from the park last week and placed in storage.

Park Board President Bobby Abtahi supported the decision to rename the park in the interest of uniting, and not dividing, the city.

“The last place in the city, almost, where everyone is equal is a park,” Abtahi said. “And I take it very seriously when certain folks in our city don't feel welcome in a park, or don't feel that a park name does not make them proud or does not make them feel like they should be there.”

Until a new permanent name can be chosen, signage that said Lee Park will be covered up, according to the Director of the Park Department.

During a meeting of the Mayor's Task Force on Confederate Monuments Friday afternoon, it was recommended that several streets in the city named for Confederate generals also be renamed.

Those streets, Lee, Gano, Stonewall, Beauregard and Cabell, will all be changed at a future date if the city council decides to follow through with the recommendations.

The task force voted Friday to leave Fair Park artwork with Confederate reference in place and will add context.

"How powerful would it be to have a museum space dedicated to telling the history of the lost cause right here in in the city of Dallas?" asked task force member Michael Waters.

The task force also recommended removal of the Confederate War Memorial at Pioneer Park.

"We will never be a world-class city, a city of the future, if we allow Confederate monuments that are racist propaganda to continue to sit on city property," said task force member Sara Mokuria.

The task force said the Confederate Memorial should be treated the same as the Robert E. Lee statue, taken down and put in a place that can display them in their proper context. 

"We must move forward," task force member Norma Minnis declared. "And this constant reminder of Robert E. Lee, he needs to be put to rest is what needs to happen to him."

The Mayor's Task Force on Confederate Monuments will present its recommendations on Oct. 4. The Dallas City Council has the final say on any changes.

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<![CDATA[Family Asks for Help Finding Missing 60-Year-Old Woman]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:50:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/missing-woman-kerrie-tirk.jpg

Family and friends are asking for help locating a 60-year-old woman missing since Sept. 10.

Kerrie Anna Tirk was last seen visiting family in the 1800 block of Wall Street in Grapevine at about 4 p.m. Sept. 10. She is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall with brown hair and green eyes. She weighs about 120 pounds and was last known to be wearing a black and blue T-shirt, gray sweatpants and floral-printed athletic shoes.

Kerrie, who does not have a mobile phone, was drivign her black 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV with Texas plate JBV3113.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Grapevine Police Department at 817-410-3200.

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<![CDATA[Big Tex Accessorizes to Benefit Hurricane Harvey Relief]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:55:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Big_Tex_Goes_Up_at_State_Fair_of_Texas_1200x675_1052786755939.jpg

It's perhaps the best time of the year for many North Texans -- welcoming back Big Tex! Because that just means the State Fair of Texas is right around the corner.

At 55-feet tall and weighing 26,000 pounds, it took a team of more than 40 people to get North Texas' favorite cowboy dressed and ready for his big debut Friday.

Just to make his cowboy outfit, it took nine months -- and let's just say it really did take a village to put it all together.

"His pants weigh 100 pounds. It takes a team of five stitchers to actually move those pants through the machinery. When we have to do a check on how things are looking, we have to lay them out in the hallway because we don't have a space big enough to view everything," said Williamson-Dickie Director of Technical services Jill O'Leary.

This year, Big Tex is donning a particularly meaningful accessory.

"He is wearing a button this year, just below his Dickies logo, that says, 'Texas Strong.' Now this is to help bring attention to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. We are going to sell human-sized buttons, like the one I'm wearing right here, for only $2 out here at the fair. People can purchase them and all the proceeds of the sales will go to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts," said State Fair of Texas Vice President of Public Relations Karissa Condoianis.

Helping fellow Texans and celebrating all things Texas is what the State Fair is all about. And folks from all over DFW came out to be a part of that, including an 8-year-old boy from Fort Worth who took the day off from school just to see his favorite cowboy.

"I want to be like Big Tex because Big Tex is so cool. He's really cool," said Brody Balda.

Brody's mother, Kendal Brody, said he's been waiting more than a year to come and see Big Tex's installation.

"It's been on his bucket list, if you can have a bucket list at 8-years-old. It's a big day for him and I definitely took the day off for this exciting moment for him."

The week leading up to opening day, Big Tex's team will test his sound, electricity and movements to make sure he'll be ready to go for the 2017 State Fair of Texas, where he'll be standing tall and greeting Texans for three weeks.

<![CDATA[Sharp Decline in Affordable North Texas Housing Stock]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:16:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Priced_Out_of_Home_10p_09222017.jpg

Over the last decade, the percentage of new home sales in Dallas-Fort Worth below $200,000 fell sharply from 65 percent in 2006 to 7 percent in 2017, according to the research consulting firm Metrostudy Inc.

"In the $200,000 and below range on the new home side, there is virtually no product. On the resale side there is diminishing supply. If a house goes on the market it gets snapped up," said Metrostudy's DFW regional director, Paige Shipp.

The decline is squeezing North Texas home buyers.

Rachael Rice was looking for a home near Allen or Plano. Her family had to sacrifice being closer to relatives in order to find an affordable and decently sized home in Wylie.

"We're really fortunate," she said. "We don't have a white picket-fence, but we're close."

Rice has her slice of the American dream, but she's worried about her 1-year-old daughter, Gwen, and whether home ownership will be beyond her reach in the coming decades.

"She's going to have to get a great job, make a lot of money. She's going to have to be in the top — I don't even know what — percentage to try to find a house that's affordable," Rice said. "I can't even imagine what it's going to be like in the next five years, not even 10. $200,000 is looking like a pipe dream."

An increase in land value and the cost of materials and labor are driving the prices up, Shipp said, yet the market is still hot.

Some builders have seen this trend coming. Some have broken ground on entire communities of affordable to moderately priced homes.

"The only answer for it really is trying to deliver an affordable product, which means going further out, smaller homes, less amenities, things like that," Shipp said. "I would describe home building as kind of the Exxon Valdez, where you can see the iceberg, but you can't quite shift it quick enough, so it's going to take some time to get there."

<![CDATA[Elliott Likely Available 2 More Games, Court Date Set]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:20:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*121/GettyImages-845437966_master.jpg

A federal appeals court has set oral arguments for Oct. 2 in the NFL's bid to reinstate Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension over a domestic case in Ohio, meaning the star Dallas Cowboys running back will play at least two more games.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans posted the notice Friday, clearing the way for last year's NFL rushing leader to play Monday night at Arizona and at home Oct. 1 against the Los Angeles Rams.

The court is seeking briefs from both sides by Wednesday on the issue of U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant's jurisdiction.

The Texas judge granted Elliott's request for an injunction that blocked the NFL's suspension.

The NFL sought an emergency stay of Mazzant's injunction, hoping to put the suspension back in place while Elliott's case is in the courts.

Elliott was held to a career low 8 yards during the Cowboys week 2 game against the Denver Broncos. Elliott said he was frustrated during the game and offered no excuses for loafing on two plays where the Cowboys turned over the ball.

On Friday, Elliott settled another legal matter by pleading guilty to a speeding ticket in Frisco.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Father, Sons Face Off as Opposing H.S. Football Coaches]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:23:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Frisco_Father_Son_Football_10p_09222017.jpg

In North Texas, football is a family affair. Fathers coach sons, and sometimes, sons grow up to coach with their fathers.

In a few cases, they grow up to coach against their fathers.

Vance Gibson is head coach of the Frisco High School Raccoons. His team's opponent on Friday night: the Texarkana Pleasant Grove Hawks and two coaches he knows all too well.

"Changed their diapers. I haven't done that with any other coach that I know, other than the ones we're playing tonight," Gibson said.

Josh Gibson is the Hawks' head coach. His younger brother, Justin, is their offensive coordinator.

Josh and Justin's father taught them everything they know about football.

"I would like to think that they learned some things that could help them going forward," Vance Gibson said.

He coached them in college, then coached alongside them in Frisco.

"They were here nine years before Josh got the job at Pleasant Grove, and then he hired Justin away from me as his offensive coordinator," Vance Gibson explained.

He may know their playbook, but that doesn't mean he has an advantage.

"They know ours," he said.

He says he still roots for his sons, but on Friday night football came first.

"I want them to be successful every week but this one," Vance Gibson said.

There is no love lost on the field, but at the end of the night, Vance Gibson said he's proud of what his sons have become.

"It's something I wouldn't trade for the world," he said.

Two sons following in their father's footsteps, creating a legacy that will live on long after the score is settled.

This is the second time the Gibsons have squared off. Frisco won in 2016.

This year, the win went to Pleasant Grove, 43-13.

<![CDATA[Mass Held in Memory of Children Killed in Mexico Earthquake]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:03:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mexico_Earthquake_10p_09222017.jpg

Rescue crews continued working late into the night Friday, hoping to find more survivors from the rubble of Tuesday's earthquake in Mexico. Meanwhile, a church mass Friday honored the lives of children killed in a school collapse.

<![CDATA[World-Record Longhorn Sells for $165K at Fort Worth Auction]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:39:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboy+tuff+chex.jpg

The longest horned bull in the world sold Friday evening for $165,000 at the return of the longhorn auction in Fort Worth.

The horns on "Cowboy Tuff Chex" measure more than 100 inches from tip to tip, landing him in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The live auction going on at the historic Fort Worth Stockyards continues Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Man Loses More Than $200,000 Selling Protein Powder Online]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:42:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-09-22-21h54m02s185.jpg

Online shopping has made it easier for us to buy things and for businesses to expand their sales.

But the owner of a North Texas company says his business is on the brink of bankruptcy after someone posing as a legitimate customer launched a scheme that cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars, leaving him powerless to stop it.

Matt Maynard sells protein powder and other sports supplements online.

He's been doing it ever since the mid 1990s when Amazon was just starting out as a bookstore.

"I was at SMU, built a website, which back then websites were a big deal," Maynard said.

He grew from his college website, and even added brick-and-mortar stores around North Texas.

These days, international sales are a big part of his business. Last year, he shipped several huge orders to India — orders, he says, he followed up on.

"Got emails saying we received the products, our customers love them," Maynard said.

This spring, months after all the India orders came and went, it seems those same customers had a change of heart.

"Four months later they're filing claims that they did not receive their products," Maynard said.

The same protein powder, which his customers wrote reviews saying they loved, is now being reported to the payment processor Paypal as never received.

Paypal removed the money from Maynard's account when the claim was filed. They credited it back the buyer.

Each of these orders were between $400 and $700, and Maynard said it's happened to him more than 400 times — for a total of more than $200,000 worth of protein powder refunded by Paypal, because the customers said they didn't get it.

The United States Postal Service couldn't confirm all the packages were delivered, because they were sent to such small towns in India, but they did track several and say they actually got there.

Those wound up getting credited back to Maynard, for a little while.

"Paypal sided with us, and that made that person mad, and he filed another claim saying the product wasn't as described," Maynard said.

Paypal told the seller in India to return the 18 pounds of protein powder that wasn't as described.

Maynard received a small 8x10 envelope with two pieces of paper from a calendar inside. As soon as the tracking information showed those pieces of paper were delivered, the person in India got their refund.

"This is a group of people, they know what they're doing. They know how to get around Paypal's policies. They know what they're doing," Maynard said.

Maynard hired attorneys to help try to get his money back.

In the meantime he's using more scrutiny now on orders and trying to figure out how to close this loophole which is allowing someone to get expensive protein powder without paying a dime.

NBC 5 Responds reached out to Paypal, which said, "Customer service and the resolution of issues are an important focus for Paypal. This is a complex matter, and we continue to work with the customer to provide information that will allow him reach favorable outcomes and resolutions to any issues he may have experienced."

It's possible this same scenario could happen when you sell something to someone and they pay you via Paypal.

Maynard's lawyers are hoping to encourage lawmakers to keep buyer protections in place but come up with some seller protections to help in cases where the returns clearly don't match what was sent in the first place.

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<![CDATA[Ivan Rodriguez Helping Native PR With Hurricane Relief Drive]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:25:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Pudge+Hall+of+Fame.jpg

Hall of Fame catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez is on a mission to help his native Puerto Rico.

Pudge will be helping collect relief supplies through Sept. 29 as part of the United for Puerto Rico, a program brought forth by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, in an effort to help those affected by both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.

Among the supplies that are needed is generators, tents, hygiene products, clothing and bottled water.

The drop-off location is:

2800 Story Road West
Irving, TX  75038

For more information, you can visit http://unidosporpuertorico.com

HURRICANE HARVEY BENEFIT: On Tuesday, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation will host a special benefit during the Rangers' Fox Sports Southwest telecast to raise funds in support of Hurricane Harvey victims. The benefit will feature a live online auction where fans can bid on sports and entertainment packages.

The Rangers open up a three-game series with the Houston Astros starting on Monday in Arlington.

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<![CDATA[Kaufman County Residents Fight Mesquite's Annexation Plan]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:46:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mesquite_Annexation_Fight_5p_92217.jpg

Homeowners in Kaufman County vow to fight any effort by the city of Mesquite to annex their land before a change in state law that would make such expansion more difficult.

"That's crazy," said Ronna Smith. "Just leave us alone."

Smith and her husband, Bart, built a home on a spacious country lot about 15 years ago to get away from the city, they said.

"When we moved out here it was so peaceful and quiet, and we love it," Ronna Smith said.

Mesquite City Hall already placed dibs on the land several years ago, making it part of its "extra territorial jurisdiction."

City manager Cliff Kehele said that's the way cities grow.

"A lot of cities are landlocked," he said. "This is an opportunity for us to look for additional growth in our community."

Kehele said public hearings are planned, and citizens will be able to voice their opinions before the council votes on the plan.

He acknowledged the city is trying to finish the process before a change in state law on Dec. 1. The change would require people in unincorporated areas to approve any annexation, in effect outlawing cities from forcing expansions on unwilling neighbors.

The Smiths said their neighbors in a nine-square-mile area are united against becoming part of Mesquite.

"I think just for the extra tax dollars," Bart Smith said. "What else could it be? They have no services out here."

Kehele said if the annexation goes through, the city would provide services like police and fire protection.

But the Smiths say they're just fine living in an unincorporated area.

"We're in Kaufman County. They're in Mesquite. That's all there is to it," Ronna Smith said. "We don't need them out here. We don't want them out here."

Kaufman County doesn't want to give up the land either.

"It's sort of like big government coming in and saying 'we got you,' whether you like it or not," Kaufman County Commissioner Jakie Allen said.

Republican State Rep. Lance Gooden, who represents Kaufman County, also blasted Mesquite's actions and said it was a clear attempt to get around the new state law.

"Mesquite's attempt to beat the clock is in violation of the spirit of the law that was passed to stop these land grabs," Gooden said. "I'm hopeful Mesquite's leaders will have nothing to show for these shameful efforts come December 1st."

The Smiths and their neighbors say they plan to fight.

"Until the end," Ronna Smith said.

<![CDATA[No Expanded FW Bus Service as Council Members Skip Hearing]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:43:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Fort+Worth+Transportation+vs+Tax+Cut.jpg

A last-minute push to expand public transportation in Fort Worth is dead in the water. That's because a few city council members think the proposal breaks a promise to taxpayers.

The City Council had called a public hearing Friday to talk about expanding bus service out on the west side. But there weren't enough council members present to take a vote. A quorum requires six, but only four showed up, and that was intentional.

A couple members skipped the meeting because there's already been a budget process, where the council took public comment and decided how much to cut property taxes. The boycotting members say it's too late to change.

There's nothing as important as the bus, if it's your only way to get around.

"I'm a pretty regular 'T' rider, because I don't have my own transportation right now," said Fort Worth resident Roger Higgins. "It beats walking or waiting on somebody to pick you up."

But does it beat a property tax break? That's what the Fort Worth City Council was set to decide on Friday.

Council members had already voted to cut property taxes three cents on the dollar for next year. A late-in-the-game proposal would have taken back up to one cent of that to pay for expanded bus service.

"I don't see it as a bad thing, per se, as far as taxes for transportation expanding," said West Side resident Bruce Stallworth. "My only concern is if you promise me something, I'd kind of like to have it."

Councilman Cary Moon agrees the promised tax cut has to stay as is. So much so, he decided to skip Friday's meeting, which meant the council didn't have enough members present to vote on a change.

"We've had that process, we've committed to a three-cent reduction, and at the last minute an idea came out of left field to not honor that posted tax rate, so I'm going to stick to my guns on that," Moon said.

East Side small business owner Wanda Conlin is happy to hear it. She sees a host of other priorities the city could spend money on, from revitalizing East Lancaster Avenue to growing public transit of another kind.

"I think it's gonna happen," Conlin said. "I'm not sure it's buses. I think it's gonna be more like DART and trolleys and trains."

Moon agrees with that, too. Part of the idea for expanding public transportation was to attract Amazon's new second headquarters to Fort Worth. The company has said it wants mass transit on site at whatever location it chooses.

"If we want to really look at public transportation," Moon said, "Let's everybody get in a room together and generate good ideas that the public will support and fund something serious that will attract Amazon HQ and connect to other transportation systems, as opposed to throwing in something last minute from left field that won't address the overall concerns for public transportation."

He thinks the focus should be on commuter rail and believes the city is better off using the money that would have gone to expanded bus service as a sort of down payment for a loan for rail service.

But there's likely no time for another public hearing. The council has to vote on the final 2018 budget before Oct. 1.

Councilwoman Ann Zadeh raised expanded bus service as a way to improve public transportation and address a need to make the city more connected.

"I think it's very disappointing," Zadeh said. "We had a vote to have these two additional public meetings, and the majority of people at that vote voted to allow this conversation to continue, and I appreciated that, and then for people to not come and fulfill the requirements of a quorum today to do that is very disappointing."

A group of community members came to share their views Friday, but when the council members didn't show, they didn't get to speak, disappointing those who'd pushed for a change.

"I thought that this showed there was a lot of support in the community," Zadeh said. "I think it brought out a lot of pent-up support for transit. I've been hearing from people who believe, like I do, that this is something we need for this city for our economic development to handle our growth."

<![CDATA[Dallas Code Enforcement Cracks Down on Water Wasters]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:21:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Water_Signs_6p_92217.jpg

Before the Friday morning sunrise, Dallas code enforcement officers Anthony Cisneros and his partner Juanita Cortez were on the prowl looking for water wasters.

They canvassed a neighborhood on Hilllview Drive in Northeast Dallas and found several homes with sprinkler systems turned on.

"They're not supposed to be watering today at all, period," Cisneros said.

"It's just shooting there, it's shooting everywhere," said Cisneros as he placed a sign that read "Oops, Water Violation" on the front lawn.

He said it just wasted water down the drain.

Cortez spotted another home where the system was watering the lawn and running down the sidewalk. She snapped a few pictures for evidence.

"I want to get the water in the picture, as well as the irrigation system that's actually going," she said.

The two have a strategic plan for their early-morning mission, to find those who are ignoring, or don't realize, the time of day and day of week requirements for sprinkler systems.

"We listen to see if we hear water running and then we pull up to the location and let it be known that we're out so we don't [get] into dangerous situations," Cisneros said.  

He said sometimes, though, the conservation quest isn't always welcome.

"We get irate citizens calling us, saying, 'Why did you put this sign? Why can't I water my grass when I want to? I'm paying the bill, this is my house, you can't tell me what to do," he said of some reactions he gets.

But under the Water Conservation Ordinance, city officials can, or at least issue, these warning signs and if the residents are caught again there's a hefty $385 fine.

"We're going to have a re-inspect set-up, and then if we catch you again then we're going to issue a citation," Cisneros told a woman who came out of a home where the sprinkler system was running.

Inspectors said residents often said they weren't aware of the restrictions so they're hoping the signs serve as a friendly reminder.

"There's nothing to replace water and it is so precious," said Dallas resident Vanessa Collins. She said she welcomes that reminder in her neighborhood and the city's push to stop wasting water.

"I think any way you can conserve water is better than not conserving at all," said Collins.

Inspectors have issued nearly 800 violation notices since Aug. 1. To avoid the fines, the city says there are specific guidelines to follow.

Online: SaveDallasWater.com

<![CDATA[Dallas Task Force Votes to Keep Fair Park Confederate Images]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:00:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fair+park+confederate+art.jpg

Images of the Confederacy in artwork at Fair Park in Dallas will remain in place, following a vote Friday by the Mayor's Task Force on Confederate Monuments.

A mural lining both side of the Hall of State illustrates scenes from Texas history, from the time when Spain ruled in the 1500s, to France, Mexico, and when Texas was part of the Confederate States of America.

The group recommended that added material near the artwork explains the context.

"It's done in an educational setting and educational way, so people can learn how Texas has evolved," said David Preziosi, executive director of Preservation Dallas.

The artwork was put up at Fair Park in 1936 for the Texas Centennial.

In addition to the mural, a statue outside the Portico of the Confederate States lines the great Esplanade in the center of Fair Park. Like the mural inside, it is one in a series depicting different times in Texas history from the 1500s through 1936.

"I think it's interesting, because the whole story of Texas is illustrated here," Preziosi said. "Here, the Confederate imagery is part of the story, and history and time line of Dallas."

Fair Park is on the National Register of Historic Places, so any recommended changes by the task force would've had to go through the City Council as well as the Landmark Commission.

Friday's meeting was the final scheduled meeting by the Mayor's Task Force on Confederate Monuments.

The task force recommended Friday that several streets in the city named for Confederate generals be renamed.

Those streets — Lee, Gano, Stonewall, Beauregard and Cabell — will all be changed at a future date.

Also Friday, the City of Dallas Park and Recreation board unanimously voted to temporarily rename Dallas' Robert E. Lee Park to Oak Lawn Park until a permanent name can be approved.

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<![CDATA[DMA Reveals Kusama's Pumpkins and Steichen's Friendships]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:16:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Yayoi+Kusama_All+the+Eternal+Love+I+Have+for+the+Pumpkins_1_Courtesy+YAYOI+KUSAMA+Inc+Ota+Fine+Arts+Tokyo++Singapore+and+Victoria+Miro+London+photography+Thierry+Bal+Yayoi+Kusama.jpg

The Dallas Museum of Art’s recent acquisition of Yayoi Kusama’s All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins simultaneously inspires a contemplation of infinity and a craving for a pumpkin spice latte. The small mirrored room filled with glowing spotted pumpkins is one of Kusama’s signature Infinity Mirror Rooms.

“She creates a unique experience where you discover what is really the infinity,” Agustín Arteaga, the DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director, said. Beginning October 1, patrons can get lost in a pumpkin patch stretching out into perpetuity.

Kusama, born in Matsumoto, Japan in 1929, is one of that nation’s most important and prolific contemporary artists. As a child, she experienced intense hallucinations, seeing polka dots everywhere. From an early age, she used art as therapy and incorporated polka dots into her artwork.

Kusama moved to New York in 1957 and worked with a variety of media including painting, soft sculpture and collage. In the 1965, she created her first Infinity Mirror Room.

“The introductions of the mirrors for her is a way to involve the spectator.  As they move through the space, their movements and actions become part of the sculpture,” Anna Katherine Brodbeck, DMA’s Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, said.

Kusama has created 20 room-sized mirror installations and the DMA’s mirror room is the first mirror pumpkin room Kusama has created since 1991.

From the outside, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins looks like a small, stark, square enclosed room. Inside is a joyful, compelling and overwhelming scene consisting of 62 pumpkins in nine different sizes, perfectly placed to intrigue.

“Think of their placement as part of the artistic composition—it is deliberate, like the placement of figures in a painting and sculpture, and was carefully composed by the artist to her desired effect,” Brodbeck said.

Tickets costing $16 must be reserved online for a specific date and time. Two people will be admitted into the room for 45 seconds, escorted by a room attendant. It’s tempting to spend those 45 seconds taking photos of the spectacular piece, but engaging with infinity requires standing still and looking out in every direction.

Kusama’s affinity for pumpkins, full of seeds, is meaningful and sentimental.

“They are a type of regeneration for her. It’s about this kind of proliferation, this fertility that she was interested in,” Brodbeck said. “Her parents were also purveyors of seeds. She grew up in a nursey and she has fond childhood memories of being among the pumpkins in Japan.”

Kusama returned to Japan in 1973, suffering from ill health. She voluntarily lives in a psychiatric hospital where she continues to create a significant amount of work.

All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins is the third Kusama work in the DMA’s collection, joining Accumulation and a pair of silver shoes covered with soft-sculpture phallic forms.

“Yayoi Kusama has ignited love for contemporary art in many people. She’s one of those artists, with her life story and her works, marks a period of time in our history,” Arteaga said.

Steps away from All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins is the result of the DMA conservation team’s summer-long work. Edward Jean Steichen’s mural series, In Exaltation of Flowers, was commissioned in 1911 by Steichen’s friends, Eugene and Agnes Meyer, for their Manhattan townhouse.

The seven murals feature Steichen’s closest friends including Mercedes de Cordoba, Katharine Rhoades, Marion Beckett and Isadora Duncan. By the time the life-size murals were complete, the Meyers had sold their townhouse and the murals have not been displayed in 102 years.

Art patron and philanthropist Alice Walton loaned the murals to the DMA for the conservation as a part of Art Bridges, a non-profit foundation focused on sharing outstanding works of American art.

Sue Canterbury, The Pauline Gill Sullivan Associate Curator of American Art at the DMA, and Laura Eva Hartman, the DMA’s Associate Paintings Conservator, oversaw the conservation. Canterbury and Hartman pieced together the history of the murals, taking that history into account as they selected the murals’ current black frames.

“I do know from written accounts that the foyer was done in black marble. The glistening gold here and there would have been really quite attractive and the rhythm would have carried you around the room,” Canterbury said during the conservation.

Their research and findings during the conservation will travel with the piece so the public can have a better understanding of the murals and the intimate nature of the work.

While visitors have less than a minute to experience infinity in All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, In Exaltation of Flowers beckons observers to linger and appreciate the beauty of an enduring friendship.

All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins will be on view from October 1, 2017 through February 25, 2018.  In Exaltation of Flowers is now on display through May 28, 2018. Learn more: www.dma.org

Kimberly Richard is a North Texan with a passion for the arts. She’s worked with Theatre Three, Inc. and interned for the English National Opera and Royal Shakespeare Company. She graduated from Austin College and currently lives in Garland with her very pampered cocker spaniel, Tessa.

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<![CDATA[North TX Group Helps Save Houston Officers From Flood Waters]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:04:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Search_Rescue_Award_5p_92217.jpg

A group of men with North Texas ties is being called heroic, and they are set to be recognized by the city of Houston for their part in saving six police officers in the flood waters of Hurricane Harvey.

Francisco Melendez, of Euless, now holds on tight to a length of heavy rope that he said holds important memories.

"This is our memorabilia to let us know how you can lose your life in a second," he said.

The rope is from the Houston police pontoon boat that overturned in swift flood waters, dumping the officers into the current. Melendez and his friends, Johnny Hurley and Nick Wright, saw it all unfold.

"We see the Houston Police Department in their big boat get hit in the same current we did, and we're watching them," Melendez said.

It quickly became a nightmare situation.

"They were on the ropes in the water in the current screaming not to drown," he said.

The three were in one boat on their way to help, and two other boats of total strangers rushed to the officers' aid as well.

"I've never been prouder to be a Texan," Melendez said. "I get goosebumps to see the unity of Texas come together — every good-old-boy, rich guy, white, black, Asian — we all came together."

The group worked together to save all the officers.

"I go back and think about that. I think about it every day," Grand Prairie native Johnny Hurley said. "I just wish we could have done more. I mean, there were people that just didn't make it."

The men also helped saved a group of senior citizens from a flooded retirement home.

"[There were] a lot of helpless people. It was a bad situation," Hurley said.

Melendez said they were just doing what anyone would do.

"I don't need a pat on the back. We are just good old guys that got big hearts," Melendez said.

The experience sparked a passion for rescue, and they would like to start doing it more often. Their efforts to help damaged Melendez's vehicle, and the group is now raising money for the proper rescue equipment.

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<![CDATA[Let Wayne Buy It: Insulated Mugs]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:42:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Yeti_Cups_5p_92217.jpg

We're hard-working people in North Texas and can't let the hot summer sun slow us down. Hydration keeps us going, and we all have our own ways of keeping those liquids cool.

A popular method is by using those silver insulated mugs you can fill with ice and come back hours later and still find ice.

We know they work, but differ greatly in price.

YETI mugs retail for $29.99. RTIC is a little cheaper at $12.99, and Ozark Trail is only $8.74.

We want to be clear: our test was not scientific in any way.

We put the same amount of water and ice in each cup and dropped a thermometer in each.

We then recorded the temperatures and came back 15 minutes later, and again an hour later to see the cups each holding their own. Each one had about the same amount of water, and there was a significant amount of ice in all three cups.

Throughout the day we'd peek in, and after six hours we recorded our final numbers.

All three cups have kept the water at about 36 degrees.

No cup differed more than 0.8 degrees. We're calling it a draw, considering the thermometers were off a few tenths of a point to begin with.

In the end there was no sign of the ice in the RTIC but a tiny bit in the YETI and the Ozark Trail.

Factor in the price difference, and Ozark Trail may be the way to go.

We reached out to each manufacturer for a comment. Ozark Trail, which is made by Walmart, and Austin-based YETI, had no comment. Houston-based RTIC said it has a newer version tumbler than what we used. They said the newer version out-performs the other guys. They also pointed out their new cup comes in different colors.

So, keep it all in mind as you price-shop for one of these insulated mugs.

<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki Awarded H. Neil Mallon Award]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:15:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/502803078.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki was awarded the prestigious H. Neil Mallon Award Friday night at a gala dinner for 1,000 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

The Mallon is awarded by the nonprofit, nonpartisan World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth, who had this to say about Nowitzki's honor:

"Nowitzki, the 34th recipient of the award, was honored for his continuing, exemplary work as a humanitarian and international ambassador for Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas and the nation. The award is named for the Dallas industrialist, Dresser Industries President H. Neil Mallon, who founded the Council in 1951 as a means of making North Texas a center for international business and cultural connections.

Marjorie Adams, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council, said, "Tonight we honored an international icon for the city of Dallas. A celebration of his nearly 20 years of big-hearted, principled ambassadorship for our city is long overdue."

Mark Followill, Dallas Mavericks television play-by-play announcer, conducted an on-stage conversation with Dirk Nowitzki after the award presentation by the Honorable Michael Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas.

A legendary power forward and 13-time NBA All-Star, Nowitzki led Dallas to its first National Basketball Association title in the 2010-2011 season. He is the first European to win the NBA's Most Valuable Player honor and last year became one of just six players in NBA history and the first international player to score at least 30,000 points. Nowitzki has spent his professional basketball career with the Dallas Mavericks since the 1998 NBA draft. Off-court, his philanthropic efforts have earned him many honors. In 2013, he was named Germany's UNICEF Goodwill ambassador with the mission of fighting childhood malnutrition and promoting healthy lifestyles around the world. Dirk and his wife, Jessica, are the guideposts for the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation, which through its programs lifts the spirits of children in neighborhoods and classrooms by providing tangible evidence of hope for the future.

Honorary dinner chairs of this dinner which raises funds for the programs of the World Affairs Council were the Honorable Betsy Price, Mayor of Fort Worth, the Honorable Michael Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas, and Tiffany Stewart and Mark Cuban. The dinner chair was Marjorie A. Adams. The host committee included Charlotte and Shy Anderson, Lindsay and George Billingsley, Jennifer and Coley Clark, Rebekah and Michael Finley, Joyce and Tim Goss, Kenny Goss, Sue and Jimmy Gragg, Faisal Halum and Brian Bolke, Georgina Hartland, Nasiba and Thomas Hartland-Mackie, Kari and Troy Kloewer, Jamahl and Kristina Mosley, Dr. Nimesh Patel and Bina Palnitkar Patel, Jan Miller and Jeff Rich, Myrna and Bob Schlegel, Anne and Steve Stodghill, and Kimberly and Justin Whitman.

Previous recipients of the Mallon Award include developers Trammell Crow and Lucy Crow Billingsley, business executives H. Ross Perot and Ross Perot Jr., retired Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President and CEO Richard Fisher, real estate legend Ebby Halliday Acers and Maurice Acers, AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson, Exxon Mobil Corp. Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson, Dallas oilman Ray L. Hunt, U.S. Vice President Richard Cheney and President George H.W. Bush. Last year's recipient was American Airlines Group's Chairman and CEO Doug Parker.

The World Affairs Council is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated since 1951 to educating and engaging the public on foreign policy and global issues. Information regarding membership and programs is available online at dfwworld.org. For additional information call 214-965-8413.

Since its founding in 1951, the mission of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth has been to provide relevant information about global issues, challenges and opportunities while establishing North Texas as a center for international interests and business.

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<![CDATA[Scandrick Expects to Play Monday With Broken Left Hand]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:56:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ORLANDO_SCANDRICK_ON_INJURY_HELPING_HIM_1200x675_709396035726.jpg

Orlando Scandrick will play with some sort of protection on his broken left hand after missing just one game.

The Dallas cornerback already had that plan before the Cowboys ended up with just two healthy players at his position for most of a 42-17 loss to Denver last weekend. And it's a good thing for Dallas that he did anticipate a quick return, because two cornerbacks are likely to be sidelined Monday night at Arizona.

"Eager to get back and get things on the right track," said Scandrick, the veteran leader of the secondary who was injured in a season-opening win over the New York Giants. "Good defense we're playing. And it's our job to outplay their defense."

The Cowboys are trying to bounce back from allowing Trevor Siemian's career high-tying four touchdown passes in the blowout, and figure to have someone making his Dallas debut for the second straight week against the Cardinals.

Bene Benwikere, acquired in a trade with Cincinnati just before the season, is likely to be active for the first time if Nolan Carroll (concussion) and rookie Chidobe Awuzie (hamstring) can't play against the Cardinals.

Carroll and Awuzie were gone before halftime against the Broncos and missed the first two practices this week.

Rookie Jourdan Lewis, drafted in the third round after Dallas took Awuzie in the second, debuted against the Broncos after missing almost all of the preseason with a hamstring injury. Second-year player Anthony Brown is the only cornerback to get through the first two games unscathed.

"It's hard, especially when you're in the altitude and there was a young player out there and he hadn't played," defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. "He'd never even played in the NFL and he went out there and did a solid job."

While he was fooled by Emmanuel Sanders on a touchdown in the second quarter, Lewis had his first career interception in the third.

"From a mental standpoint, definitely got to get better," said Lewis, a former Michigan player. "From a physical standpoint, I feel like I could go out there and do everything. It's just the attention to detail that definitely needs to be cleaned up."

The return of Scandrick goes beyond him having at least twice the amount of experience of the rest of the defensive backs outside of Carroll. The 10th-year player brings a unique emotional component.

"We didn't play with the edge that we should've, we didn't feel," Marinelli said of the loss to the Broncos. "Coaches, players are all in it. And of course he's a guy that does bring some edge, no question about it."

Rookie safety Xavier Woods played in the slot against Denver because of the emergency need at cornerback. Byron Jones, a starting safety, was drafted as a cornerback and could be another option.

Benwikere hopes to make the move of any safety unnecessary.

"I've played in games before," the fourth-year player said. "So for me to have to go everything and for the last two games and just kind of watch, definitely I've been itching and eager to finally get in some action."

Scandrick feels the same after watching just one game.

Copyright The Associated Press.

<![CDATA[No New Info in Murder of White Settlement Teen]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:01:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TEEN+MURDERED.jpg

Investigators looking into the death of 18-year-old Xavier Olesko say they believe someone knows what happened.

Olesko was shot and killed in his driveway Monday evening; so far police say they have few leads and have released few details in the case.

Officials said Olesko was temporarily living at the home on the 8100 block of Tumbleweed Trial and was in his back yard with friends when he went out front to meet with someone.

His friends told police they ran to the front yard after hearing a gunshot. By the time they got there, Olesko was on the ground and unresponsive -- and no one else was around and no vehicle was seen leaving the area.

Investigators with the White Settlement Police Department poured over the scene and, while the investigation is still in the preliminary stages and there's no known motive, detectives said Friday they believe someone knows what led to the shooting.

"The White Settlement Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the person or persons responsible for this incident," police said in a statement Friday. "Anyone with information is asked to contact the White Settlement Police Department's Criminal Investigation Unit at 817-246-7070. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, 817-469-TIPS. Persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of any suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Tarrant County Crime Stoppers."

The reward amount has not yet been specified or confirmed by Crime Stoppers.

Due to the ongoing investigation, detectives declined to release any further information in the case.

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<![CDATA[Lewisville FD to Conduct Controlled Burn at Lake Park Sat.]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:42:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/177*120/06-12-2015-wildfire-fire-controlled-burn-brush-%284%29.jpg

The Lewisville Fire Department will perform a controlled burn Saturday, Sept. 23, on a small part of Lake Park.

City officials said the burn is expected to start at about 1 p.m. in the bluebonnet field at Mill Street and Sandy Beach Road. South winds are expected to blow the smoke over Lewisville Lake and away from the adjacent neighborhood.

Sustained changes in the wind could delay the burn.

The burn is intended to help restore wildflower growth in the field, which will be seeded afterward by Lewisville Parks and Recreation Department. It also will be used as a training exercise by Lewisville Fire Department and several other nearby fire departments, and by parks personnel.

The land is part of Lewisville Lake Park, which is leased by the city from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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<![CDATA[11th Victim Dies After Hollywood Nursing Home Tragedy]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:32:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/HollywoodNursingHome.jpg

An eleventh resident of a Hollywood nursing home that had to be evacuated after a power outage has died, the medical examiner's office confirmed Friday.

Alice Thomas, 94, is the latest patient of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills to die after a power outage caused by Hurricane Irma.

The cause of death has yet to be determined. Two other patients died earlier this week. "The Hollywood Police Department is treating all deaths from this facility as part of the criminal investigation," the city said in a statement Friday afternoon.

Earlier Friday, Secretary of Agency for Health Care Administration Justin Senior said the state will "aggressively" enforce new rules that require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators. Senior explained to nursing home officials about an emergency rule that will require the facilities to have backup power that can last up to four days.

The latest death comes as officials continue their investigation into what took place inside the facility. The nursing home reported it lost power and air conditioning when the storm struck on Sept. 10, calling an emergency hotline the next day.

After disturbing details of the incident came to light, the Hollywood Hills nursing home is facing legal action.

The Colson Hicks Eidson law firm on Friday filed a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit on behalf of Margarita Navarro, the daugther of Miguel Antonio Franco, 93, who died after of the power outage, and Cecilia Franco, 90, who was hospitalized.

Elderly residents at the nursing home suffered under "extreme heat and deplorable conditions" and nearly a dozen died as a result of the nursing home's "negligence and failure to prepare adequately for Hurricane Irma," the lawsuit alleges.

“Some tragedies are unavoidable, but this tragedy was entirely avoidable,” lawyer Curtis Miner said in a statement. “With this lawsuit, we hope both to cast a light on the egregious treatment suffered by elderly and vulnerable members of our community at the Rehab Center and to prod regulatory changes to prevent this from recurring in the future.”

A criminal investigation continues while the nursing home — which has had its license suspended — has filed a lawsuit to be allowed to reopen, saying it used items like coolers, fans, ice and other methods to keep patients comfortable.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement set up a new hotline for anyone with information about the deaths or the nursing home between the dates of Sept. 9 to Sept. 12. The number is 866-452-3461.

<![CDATA[Inside the Federal Air Marshal Training Program]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:31:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Air+Marshal+Class.jpg

Record numbers of people are now taking to the skies, filling planes and counting on thousands of federal air marshals to protect them.

Long before they ever set foot on an airplane, federal air marshals begin their intensive training not far from Texas.

Air marshals may be the most secretive of all federal law enforcement agencies, the faces of all but a few are kept hidden to protect their identities.

“We work hard to maintain our anonymity while we are on board the aircraft,” said Thomas Kelly, the Assistant Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge at the TSA's Public Affairs Office. "That’s why we are plain clothed and we blend in with the passengers and we want the terrorists to not know where we are at any given time."

More than two thirds of air marshals have prior law enforcement service and all of them begin their careers at the rarely seen Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in New Mexico.

NBC 5's Kevin Cokely takes you inside the training facility, the exclusive story airs Monday night on NBC 5 News at 10 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Zeke Elliott Enters Guilty Plea for Frisco Speeding Ticket]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:24:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/uspresswire-cowboys-ezekiel-elliott.jpg

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott received 180 days of deferred adjudication probation Friday after his attorney filed paperwork for Elliott to plead guilty to a speeding ticket.

Elliott, 22, was cited April 4 after a state trooper clocked his 2016 Dodge Charger traveling 100 mph on Dallas North Tollway near Lebanon Road in Frisco.

The posted speed limit was 70 mph.

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

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<![CDATA['Family Matters' House Set to Be Demolished]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:31:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/urkel_family_matters_house_-_00003524_29011830_960.jpg

Steve Urkel made himself at home there, but now, the building made famous by "Family Matters" is going to be torn down.

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<![CDATA[Could You Get a Visa Under Trump's Immigration Overhaul?]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:59:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trumpandcottonfeuerherd.jpg

A wall along the Mexico border isn’t President Donald Trump’s only proposal to curtail immigration into the United States. 

Trump also wants to limit legal immigration into the U.S. by, among other revisions, making it more difficult for immigrants to qualify for a visa. The proposed changes to current immigration law are outlined in a bill called the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, which was first introduced by Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue in February. 

Under the proposed bill, qualifying for a visa would move to what’s called a points-based system. An applicant would earn points for achievements in six separate areas, including age, English-speaking proficiency and whether or not he or she has a lucrative job offer in the United States.

English proficiency is measured by a score an applicant receives on a pre-approved language test. The higher the test score, the more points earned toward the visa. Similarly, the more lucrative a job offer an applicant has, the more points he or she will receive. The job-offer points are measured in relation to the median household income of the state where the job is being offered. Applicants who have a job that is three times the state's median income, for example, will earn the most points toward the visa application. 

Take this quiz to see if you'd be able to apply for a visa if the RAISE Act was signed into law. A total of 30 points are needed to apply.

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<![CDATA[French to Skip 2018 Olympics If N. Korea Tensions Continue]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:11:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Un-ano-Winter-Olympic-Games-Juegos-Olimpicos-de-Invierno-Pyeongchang-Corea-del-Sur.jpg

France has become the first nation participating in the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, to express doubts about going, given the ongoing tensions with North Korea, Reuters reported.

If the nuclear crisis deepens and "our security cannot be assured, the French Olympics team will stay at home," French Sports Minister Laura Flessel said Thursday on French radio. But "we're not there yet," she added.

The games are being held in February just 50 miles from the heavily armed demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, currently trading threats — also involving the United States — after the north's recent nuclear and missile tests.

"Safety and security is one of the most important aspects of Games preparations," a spokesman for the organizing committee told Reuters in a statement.

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