<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://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-usWed, 24 Aug 2016 07:08:38 -0500Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:08:38 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Wrong Address Leads Arlington PD to Break Down Wrong Door]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:22:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/apd+wrong+door.jpg

Arlington Police are apologizing for an error that led officers to break into a family's south Arlington home while responding to a domestic disturbance. But a wrong address led police to the wrong home.

"About midnight we just heard this 'bang, bang, bang,'" explained Tommy Osbakken. "We thought we were encountering a home invasion."

Osbakken said he and his wife had just returned from a family vacation. They considered grabbing their guns.

"And then we heard the magic words: 'Arlington Police Department,'" Osbakken said.

Osbakken said it didn't take long for officers to realize there was a mistake.

"The police were sent to the wrong home altogether," he said. "Nothing really happened, but my family was completely terrorized in our own living room."

Osbakken said the officers were extremely apologetic once they realized their mistake.

"The cops were completely professional," he said. "I don't want to throw them under the bus at all."

Osbakken said he doesn't want anything from police except a new door. He's also hoping whatever led to the error doesn't happen to another family in the future.

It appears one wrong number in the address led to the mistake. Police are investigating whether it came from the 911 caller, the dispatcher or an officer responding to the call. Police eventually responded to the correct home.

Osbakken thought back to the moment he considered grabbing his gun, thinking it was an intruder.

"You're in Texas. We all have firearms," he explained. "One thing differently, and things could have been completely different. We're very lucky people."

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<![CDATA['Town Isn't Here Anymore': Dozens Dead in Italy Quake]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:57:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-594748338.jpg

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, collapsing homes as residents slept and killing at least 38 people, NBC News reported.

The strong tremor hit around 3:30 a.m. local time near Norcia and was felt more than 100 miles away in Rome. Several large aftershocks were soon reported.

As dawn broke, stunned locals wandered through rubble in the worst-affected towns of Amatrice and Accumoli, near Perugia. 

Aerial images from the fire department showed whole streets in Amatrice flattened.

"There are people under the rubble," Amatrice's mayor, Sergio Pirozzi, told state-run broadcaster RAI. "The town isn't here anymore."

The army has been called to help in the search for survivors.

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<![CDATA[Delayed Construction Affects Elementary School in Arlington]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:51:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/peach-elementary-construction.jpg

The new school year is just starting for many North Texans, but students at an Arlington elementary school are learning in the middle of a construction zone.

Work on Eddy & Debbie Peach Elementary School was scheduled to be done before classes started Monday. Concerned parents sent photos from inside the school to NBC 5 showing rooms that still have concrete floors, unfinished drywall and open ceiling panels.

Arlington Independent School District officials sent a letter to parents stating that heavy spring rain and construction back-ups across the area delayed the work.

“There are still some construction items that need to be finished in the rest of the building, like metal panels on the front of the building, the library, landscaping and the playground,” district Director of Communications Leslie Johnson said in a statement.

As a result, a wing of the school will be closed and the district will bus fifth and sixth graders to Turning Point Junior High School for the next six weeks.

“Some finishing touches are taking place in classrooms," Johnson continued. "Not every classroom has its shelving installed. There is also some trim work, final coats of paint and flooring that are being completed in some of the classrooms on the evenings and weekends.”

District officials said safety is the main concern. They'll keep on-duty firefighters inside until construction is complete and no construction workers will be working when students are present.

The new school was built to alleviate overcrowding in the area and the district says Peach Elementary will be state of the art when completed.

Online: Arlington ISD Letter on Peach Elementary Construction (PDF)

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<![CDATA[Infant Toy Building Sets Recalled Due to Choking Hazard]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:56:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/recall-alex-toy-sets.jpg

Manufacturer ALEX has recalled 91,000 infant building toy sets due to a choking hazard, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The company recalled the Baby Builder model 1982, First Pops model 1981P and the First Snaps model 1981S produced before November 2010 after 22 reports of small parts detaching.

No injuries have been reported.

The recalled sets contain 14 or 26 pieces designed to be pulled, pushed, snapped and twisted and come in plastic jars. They were sold at
Barnes & Noble, Land of Nod and Zulily.com. Click here for a list of recalled batch codes.

ALEX advised consumers to immediately contact them for a prepaid shipping envelope to return the products for a full refund.

For more information, call ALEX at 844-310-6691 any time visit www.alexbrands.com/recall-information.

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<![CDATA[Stolen Truck Crashed Into Dallas Check Cashing Store]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:27:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dal-smash-grab-truck.jpg

Police said at least one person carjacked a pickup truck and tried to crash it into a Dallas check cashing store Wednesday morning.

Dallas police said the culprit stole a Chevy dual-axle truck on Northwest Highway and tried to back it into the side of Royal Checks Cashed in the 11400 block of Emerald Street just after 4 a.m.

The thief was not able to get inside, according to police. They left the truck and ran from the scene.

Police said a witness heard the noise and recorded incident on their cellphone.

The store owners said this is the third time in several years someone tried to break in.

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<![CDATA[Frisco Residents Continue Fighting Oncor Substation]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:47:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/power+lines+frisco1.jpg

A group of Frisco residents won the first round of a fight to keep an Oncor substation away from their schools and neighborhoods Tuesday.

Frisco needs a new electric substation to power its "$5 billion mile," anchored by the Dallas Cowboys' new facility, The Star.

Oncor wants to build a two-acre substation along Legacy Drive, directly across the street from two schools, Legacy Christian Academy and Allen Elementary.

"We want it somewhere else, away from our kids, away from our neighborhoods," said LCA parent Charlyn Plunk.

More than 1,700 people signed a petition against the substation. It was started by Jamie Heit who created the Facebook group "Frisco Families Against Oncor Substation," which has more than 1,000 members.

"We're not just saying we don't want it in our backyard. We also know that there is other land in our area I think that would be a much more suitable option," Heit said.

Geoff Bailey, director of communications for Oncor, says the location on Legacy is the company's first pick because it has already has high-voltage power lines on the property and it isn't on a flood plain. Building it elsewhere, Bailey said, will require more money.

"This location on Legacy Drive is ideal and it's ideal for one main reason: because it saves customers money," Bailey said.

After months of discussions, the Frisco Planning and Zoning Commission voted Tuesday against Oncor's request for a special use permit. The permit is needed since the property is zoned for commercial use.

"I'm feeling very relieved," Heit said.

Oncor has 14 days from Tuesday to appeal the decision. It would send the issue to the Frisco City Council for a final vote.

Bailey said Tuesday night there had been no decision on whether Oncor will appeal.

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<![CDATA[Bus Fails to Pick Up Dallas Special Education Students ]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:27:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/students+school+bus.jpg

A school bus serving special education students has failed to show up at a dozen homes due to paperwork and administration issues, according to a Dallas County Schools spokeswoman.

Dallas County Schools operates transportation services for the Dallas Independent School District. A bus is supposed to pick up and drop off the students at their individual homes.

Dallas ISD confirmed a dozen students haven't been in class at Multiple Careers Magnet Center, a school geared for teenagers with special needs or learning disabilities.

"We apologize for the confusion and the disappointment these children must feel about missing the first two days of school," said Dallas County Schools spokeswoman Carey Marin, in a statement. "We are calling each family this afternoon to apologize and provide instructions for tomorrow. This was a paperwork and administrative issue that should not have happened. Next time, we will move more quickly to resolve any last minute additions."

George Martinez is one of a dozen students who missed school. He said transportation was never an issue last school year.

"I never had problems. My bus would come and I would be here waiting," said Martinez. "I want to be at school because I need my education."

Martinez has no other way to get to school. He relies on the school bus to pick him up and drop him off.

The school will provide a DART taxi for Martinez to get him to school and back home on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Deadly Earthquake Rocks Central Italy]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:47:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/QUAKE_GRIEF_AP_16237345369264.jpg Searchers scrambled to rescue people in central Italy where a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck early Wednesday, collapsing homes as residents slept and killing dozens.

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<![CDATA[Target Refunds for Phony Cotton]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:38:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-183984938.jpg

Target Corp. is refunding millions of dollars worth of sheets after finding a textile supply company was pawning off phony fabrics as luxurious Egyptian-cotton.

Approximately 750,000 sheets and pillowcases manufactured by Welspun India Ltd. were labeled to be 500-threat count Egyptian cotton, Bloomberg reports, but found to be a knockoff instead.

“After an extensive investigation, we recently confirmed that Welspun substituted another type of non-Egyptian cotton when producing these sheets between August 2014 and July 2016,” Target announced Friday.

The Minneapolis-based retailer has since pulled all Welspun products – sold under labels Fieldcrest and Crowning Touch – from its stores and website.

“Neither Target nor Fieldcrest had any knowledge of this substitution,” the company said in a statement. “These sheets were produced by a number of vendors and only one of those vendors was substituting product.”

Falsely labeled products were sold for as much as $175 per set, Business Insider reports, amounting in $90 million in potential refunds for Target.

Target has terminated its partnership with the Mumbai-based supplier, which responded by saying it was investigating the claims.

“We have initiated immediate actions to investigate the root cause. We are appointing an external auditor (one of the Big Four) to audit our supply systems and processes,” Welspun wrote in the release. “This is an issue of highest priority for us and we will take all necessary steps to address it.”

By Sunday, Welspun’s shares had fallen 20 percent, the most in a decade, according to Bloomberg.

Welspun managing director Rajesh Mandawewala maintained to Bloomberg Monday that the “error” was about “fiber provenance” and not about quality.

Customers who purchased the products during the timeframe can request a refund in the form of a gift card on Target’s web form here.

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<![CDATA[FEMA Denton Leads Federal Relief Effort In Louisiana]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:34:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fema+response.jpg

Help for flood victims in Louisiana continues to pour in from North Texas.

"People who are out of their homes have the most immediate need. We need to get them sheltered," said Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman Kurt Pickering.

As many as 400 workers from FEMA's Region 6 Headquarters in Denton are in Louisiana to get federal assistance to the people there.

"We really want everybody to be back into safe sanitary housing," Pickering said. "We want everybody to have whatever benefits match up with what their need is and their loss is."

In Denton, 300 more are answering the phones at FEMA's National Processing Service Center.

"We're probably one of the first places that the survivor contacts after a disaster," said FEMA's Robert Gunter. "We can talk to them and make sure they understand that things are going to be OK and that we're going to work to get assistance for them where they're eligible."

Truckloads of supplies from FEMA's Fort Worth warehouse are also in Baton Rouge, delivering generators, tarps, food and water.

"Obviously our goal is to try and get people back on their feet, get people back into their homes, cause that's one of our priorities," said FEMA's Bullet Young, in Denton. "We want to try to move the individuals back into their homes as quickly as possible."

More than 115,000 families have already registered for federal assistance, and $127 million has already been distributed.

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<![CDATA[Back From Rio, Swimmer Jimmy Feigen Apologizes]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:58:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/feigen-lochte-conger-bentz.jpg

U.S. Olympic swimmer Jimmy Feigen on Tuesday made his first public comments about the incident in Rio de Janeiro last week that involved Feigen, Ryan Lochte and two of their teammates.

In a written statement provided to NBC News, Feigen admitted to initially leaving out details of an early morning incident at a Rio gas station, saying he omitted the facts to police in an attempt to help Lochte.

The Aug. 14 encounter was initially described by Lochte as an armed robbery by men posing as police officers, but the tale soon unraveled into an embarrassing controversy.

By the time a judge ordered Lochte and Feigen to remain in Brazil, Lochte had already left. Feigen eventually paid almost $11,000 to a sports foundation and was allowed to leave Brazil.

Feigen also said he was given an option to pay a fine rather than wait the month in Brazil for the investigation to conclude, but the amount first suggested was the equivalent of $31,250 and 15 days of community service.

When Feigen and his attorneys rejected that offer as unreasonable, the prosecutor increased the proposed fine to the equivalent of $46,875, he said. The smaller agreement was eventually reached.

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<![CDATA[Supporters Push for a DART Subway]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:11:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/D2+Can+you+Dig+it.jpg

Supporters of a more expensive, all underground subway path for the so called “D-2” downtown light rail transit expansion passed out hundreds of T-shirts in advance of Tuesday night’s DART board meeting.

They are campaigning to change courses from the mostly surface route currently favored by the transit agency.

D-2 would relieve traffic on the single existing light rail route which carries all transit trains through downtown Dallas now.

Subway support has grown through opposition to the proposed surface routes, according to Matt Tranchin, Executive Director of the Coalition for a New Dallas.

“What’s changed in the past year is those stakeholders have come together and realized any surface line is bad for the heart of Dallas,” Tranchin said.

DART says the cost could be twice as high for an all underground route.

At the same time, supporters of another new DART rail line fear a downtown subway would come at their expense.

The Cotton Belt line would link Plano with D/FW Airport. Last month, the Plano City Council agreed to pay an extra $12 million to speed completion of a Cotton Belt rail transit line.

The Cotton Belt route also crosses Carrollton.

“I think we need some sort of transit on the Cotton Belt line. I think that’s imperative,” Carrollton Mayor Matthew Marchant said.

But the Carrollton mayor said Bus Rapid Transit technology instead of light rail could cut the cost of the Cotton Belt by two-thirds. BRT uses rubber wheel buses on dedicated busway lanes removed from regular street traffic. It has been used in Los Angeles other U.S. cities.

“It is a much more affordable form of transit that in my opinion would allow both things to happen. I think you could have the Cotton Belt be developed as a BRT and also free up enough money for D-2 in Downtown to be a subway,” Marchant said.

Carrollton Mayor Marchant also serves on the North Texas Regional Transportation Council. He supports completion of the D-2 project as well as the Cotton Belt line.

“A strong downtown Dallas is really important for inner ring suburbs like Carrollton and I think for the entire region,” Marchant said. “If you choose BRT on the Cotton Belt, I don’t think there is a rivalry.”

The subway supporters hope to change DART plans before final decisions are made in the next few months.

“Right now D-2 is a need for the entire system and it think it’s a need for those of us who live work and play in the city of Dallas to have an alignment that doesn’t hinder future growth,” Tranchin said.

DART is also pursuing a downtown street car project to link the Oak Cliff line that currently ends at Houston Street with the Uptown McKinney Avenue Trolley.

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<![CDATA[Tarrant Co. Leaders Consider Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:11:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/184*120/Mosquito+Illnesses+Fort+Worth.jpg

Local leaders are preparing for a double punch of mosquito-borne illnesses.

This, as we're hitting the peak of West Nile season.

On Tuesday, Denton County reported two new cases, now totaling seven.

Collin County has eight; Dallas County has 27 and Tarrant has 16 cases.

Then there's that looming question about the Zika virus. That combination could potentially lead to a first in Tarrant County: aerial spraying.

It's the last option Fort Worth city leaders want to take. They're focused now on educating people about how to keep themselves safe and on killing off mosquito eggs. But they want to be ready in case those steps aren't enough.

“Hey bud, you’re good,” Whitley Siqueiros cooed to her three-month-old baby, while pushing a stroller through Sundance Square.

When you have a new baby, he's your world and anything that threatens that, especially during pregnancy, will keep you up at night.

"At what point are mosquitoes going to start carrying it and when am I going to be effected?" said Siqueiros.

It's a question local leaders are worried about, too.

On Tuesday, Tarrant County Commissioners said they're not ready to start aerial spraying yet. But they want city councils to decide if they want in, if it gets to that point.

"We want to make sure that we have all the resources available to us to combat the virus, so that we're not playing catch up," said Fort Worth Code Compliance Director Brandon Bennett.

He thinks Fort Worth should sign on, if the county decides aerial spraying is necessary, and if they pick up the city's $1.2 million cost.

The trigger point would be widespread cases of West Nile virus, or any local transmissions of Zika.

"It's critical in an epidemic, or Zika outbreak, to knock down as many, if not all, of the disease-carrying mosquitoes that you can," said Bennett.

He says that can't happen fast enough with ground spraying. But to parents like Siqueiros, spraying from the sky brings a whole new set of worries.

"For me, self-regulation would be my preferred way to attack it because that's something I have control over,” said Siqueiros. “I don't have any control over the chemicals that they put into the air. I have control over where I go, what I wear, what I put on my body to try to protect myself."

After Fort Worth’s Pre-Council meeting Tuesday afternoon, the council plans to follow Bennett’s advice and work with the county to allow aerial spraying, if necessary and if they pay for it. But right now, numbers of West Nile cases are well below the marks set in the outbreak of 2012. So prevention and control techniques will continue as they stand for now.

The cost of aerial spraying for all of Tarrant County would be more than $3 million.

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<![CDATA[Woman Finds Husband Dead at Terrell Business]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:29:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/reta-auto-sales.jpg

Authorities said a woman found her husband dead at his used car lot in Terrell Monday night.

The victim's wife had been trying to contact him for several hours Monday, according to Kaufman County Sheriff's Office's Capt. Fred Klingelberger.

The woman went to Reta Auto Sales in the 1500 block of County Road 236 at about 10 p.m. and found him dead.

No further details have been released.

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<![CDATA[Teen Survives 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:21:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sebastian-DeLeon-AP_16236727958455.jpg

A South Florida teen beat the odds to survive a brain-eating amoeba thanks to some quick-working doctors in Orlando.

Every brain-eating amoeba patient Dr. Humberto Liriano has ever treated died. The cases are so rare that only four people have survived in the past 50 years.

One of the survivors is 16-year-old Sebastian DeLeon, and talking about him brings Liriano to tears.

"We woke him up, we decided to take the breathing tube out and within hours he spoke," Liriano said Tuesday. "Since then he’s done very well. He’s walking, he’s speaking. I saw him already this morning. He’s ready to go home."

DeLeon was infected by swimming in a private lake in Broward County. He and his family were visiting theme parks in Orlando when he suffered brain-crushing headaches and severe light sensitivity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says only four out of 138 people have survived being infected with the amoeba in the past 50 years, including DeLeon, according to the hospital's doctors.

Emergency room doctors at Orlando's Florida Hospital for Children first thought he had meningitis, but gut instinct pushed doctors to perform a spinal puncture test.

DeLeon tested positive for the amoeba and the race against the clock to save his life was on. Luck was on their side as amoeba-fighting drugs happened to be local.

"By 4:00, he was already cooled, intubated, in a coma and received all five medications," Liriano said.

For 10 days DeLeon has been recovering and getting stronger. He beat grim odds to a deadly reality that claims 97 percent of its victims.

"We are so thankful that God has given us the miracle through this medical team and this hospital for having our son back and having him full of life," mother Brunilda Gonzalez said. "He's a very energetic, adventurous, wonderful teen, and we are so thankful for the gift of life."

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<![CDATA[Fact Check: Clinton Campaign’s 'Kremlin' Deception]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:53:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mookGettyImages-584258326.jpg

FactCheck.org is a non-partisan non-profit organization that will hold candidates and key figures accountable during the 2016 presidential campaign. FactCheck.org will check facts of speeches, advertisements and more for NBC.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, made the baseless insinuation that Donald Trump compromised national security by inviting a man with Russian ties to his intelligence briefing.

Appearing on ABC News’ “This Week,” Mook said Trump was accompanied to his first intelligence briefing on Aug. 17 by “someone who’s on the payroll of the Russia Times, which is a basically a propaganda arm of the Kremlin.” Mook claimed this “gentleman” — whom he did not name — “was sitting two seats away from Vladimir Putin” at RT’s 10th anniversary gala in December, and he demanded that Trump disclose “whether his advisers are having meetings with the Kremlin.”

Who is this mysterious, unnamed gentleman? The Clinton campaign told us Mook was referring to retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who until two years ago was director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama.

Flynn is not “on the payroll of the Russia Times.” He was merely one of many speakers at RT’s anniversary conference on Dec. 10, 2015, in Moscow. RT is a Russian government-funded TV station once known as Russia Today.

Mook made his misleading assertion about Flynn shortly after he claimed that “real questions being raised about whether Donald Trump himself is just a puppet for the Kremlin.” Host George Stephanopoulos questioned Mook about that claim — which has been part of the Clinton campaign’s attacks on Trump ever since it was reported that Russia was likely behind the successful attacks on computer servers at the Democratic National Committee and the release of DNC emails.

Stephanopoulos: You’re saying he’s a puppet for the Kremlin?

Mook: Well, real questions are being raised about that. We — again, there’s a web of financial ties to the Russians that he refuses to disclose. We’ve seen over the last few week, him parroted Vladimir Putin in his own remarks. We saw the Republican Party platform changed. She saw Donald Trump talk about leaving NATO and leaving our Eastern European allies vulnerable to a Russian attack. The gentleman he brought with him to his security briefing just last week is someone who’s on the payroll of the Russia Times, which is a basically a propaganda arm of the Kremlin. He was sitting two seats away from Vladimir Putin at their 10th anniversary gala.

There are a lot of questions here. And we need Donald Trump to disclose all of his financial ties and whether his advisers are having meetings with the Kremlin.

Trump has praised Putin and has called for improved relations with Russia, but he has denied that he has had any financial ties with Russia beyond holding the Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow in 2013. Also, Trump’s personal financial disclosure report required of all presidential candidates does not show any investments in Russia.

However, Paul Manafort, who until last week was Trump’s campaign chairman, did have business dealings with Russian-aligned leaders in Ukraine, as uncovered by the New York Times. With Manafort gone, Mook redirected the campaign’s guilt-by-association attack on Trump by questioning Flynn’s associations with the Kremlin.

Trump was joined at his first intelligence briefing on Aug. 17 at FBI headquarters in New York City by Flynn and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. As Huffington Post wrote, Flynn “was paid by a Russian state-funded television network to speak at its 10th-anniversary gala,” and Putin attended that conference. Reuters reported that Flynn “was pictured sitting at the head table with Putin” at the conference.

In an Aug. 15 article, Flynn told the Washington Post that his speaking engagement was arranged by his speaker’s bureau and that he was paid for it. He said he was introduced to Putin, but did not speak to him.

Flynn was one of many speakers at the conference. Others included former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and liberal U.S. media commentator Thom Hartmann.

Flynn sat for a one-on-one Q&A with RT correspondent Sophie Shevardnadze on the Islamic State terrorist group and the crisis in the Middle East. His conference topic coincided with the announcement that he is writing a book with Michael Ledeen on the Middle East called “The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies.”

The Clinton campaign provided no evidence that Flynn is “on the payroll” of RT or that he is “having meetings with the Kremlin,” as Mook alleged. It forwarded us a Politico story from May that said Flynn “makes semi-regular appearances on RT as an analyst.” Politico wrote that Flynn is “presumably” paid for those TV appearances, but the retired lieutenant general told the Post that he is not paid by RT or any other TV stations, because “I want to be able to speak freely about what I believe.”

Steve Sestanovich, a senior fellow for Russian and Eurasian studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, told us that Flynn’s appearance at the conference certainly raises a question about Flynn’s “judgment and good sense,” but it probably doesn’t make him a security risk.

Flynn served for more than three decades in the military, including in Afghanistan and Iraq. He became the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under Obama in July 2012. He was asked to resign after two years and quickly became one of the Obama administration’s most vocal critics on foreign policy. “I was asked to step down,” Flynn admitted in an interview with Foreign Policy. “It wasn’t necessarily the timing that I wanted, but I understand.”

Trump reportedly considered Flynn during his search for a vice presidential candidate, but ultimately picked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

The Clinton campaign certainly has legitimate questions it can raise about Trump’s foreign policy positions, such as his comments that he would “certainly look at” pulling the United States out of NATO, because it is “obsolete” and “is costing us a fortune.” But Mook goes too far in falsely claiming that Flynn is “on the payroll” of the government-funded Russia TV station and insinuating without evidence that the retired United States Army lieutenant general is a security risk.

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<![CDATA[Nazi-Looted Paintings Stay in SoCal]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:20:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/knbc-lucas-cranach-the-elder-adam-and-even-paintings-2.jpg

A judge has ruled in favor of a Southern California museum in its 10-year legal battle over the ownership of two German Renaissance masterpieces that were seized by the Nazis in World War II.

U.S. District Court Judge John F. Walter ruled last week that Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum, where the paintings "Adam" and "Eve" have been for more than 30 years, is the rightful owner of the two life-size oil-on-panel paintings.

The museum called the decision mindful of "the facts and law at the heart of the dispute," the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

Marei von Saher alleged that the paintings were seized from her father-in-law, Dutch Jewish art dealer Jacques Goudstikker, after his family fled Holland during the Holocaust.

The Norton Simon countered that it legally acquired the works in the 1970s from the descendant of Russian aristocrats who had them wrongly taken by the Soviet Union in the 1920s.

Lucas Cranach the Elder painted the works in around 1530. In 1971, they were acquired by the museum for $800,000, the equivalent of about $4.8 million today. They were appraised at $24 million in 2006.

Depicting mankind in the ominous moment before the biblical Fall, the painting's ownership battle, too, points to a period in human history fraught with uncertainty: a 20th-century Europe ravaged by war.

The dispute is one of many to emerge in recent years involving precious art looted by the Nazis.

The judge said that because Goudstikker's art dealership decided not to seek restitution for the works after the war, his family thereby abandoned their claim to the art.

"Obviously, Ms. von Saher is disappointed with the court's decision," representatives from her legal firm, who plan to appeal the decision, said in a statement to the Times.

They also criticized a legal motion exchanged with them by the museum's legal team, presenting evidence that von Saher's father was a member of the Nazi Party.

"Using this information in an attempt to discredit Ms. von Saher is nothing more than a distasteful device to evade responsibility for refusing to restitute artworks that were indisputably stolen from her husband's family," the attorneys said.

A statement from the Norton Simon Art Foundation said in part, "We take seriously the fiduciary responsibility to the public that our ownership of such important artworks confers. We have placed the panels on near-constant public display since 1971 and will continue to ensure they remain accessible to the public for years to come."

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<![CDATA[Fact Check: Trump Twists Facts on Clinton's Immigration Plan]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:44:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TRUMP_GettyImages-576599694.jpg

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Donald Trump’s new TV ad on immigration creates a misleading comparison, saying that under Hillary Clinton, “illegal immigrants convicted of committing crimes get to stay” but under Trump, “terrorists and dangerous criminals” are “kept out.” In fact, Clinton has said she would deport “violent criminals, terrorists, and anyone who threatens our safety.”

The Trump campaign did not respond to our questions about the ad. However, Clinton has supported measures, including the 2013 bipartisan Senate immigration bill, that would have allowed those living in the U.S. illegally who committed fewer than three misdemeanors, not including minor traffic violations, to stay — provided they met other requirements. This could be what the ad means by criminals “get to stay.”

If so, the ad, titled “Two Americas: Immigration,” misleads the viewer by contrasting Clinton’s plan with Trump’s proposal to keep “terrorists and dangerous criminals” out. That’s no different from what Clinton has proposed on illegal immigration. There are certainly different definitions of the word “dangerous,” but Clinton has used the same language in talking about whom she would deport. And the bill she supported barred convicted felons from becoming legal residents or citizens.

The Republican presidential nominee’s ad began airing Aug. 19 on a $4.8 million ad buy over 10 days in Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida, the campaign has said.

The ad begins with the narrator describing immigration “in Hillary Clinton’s America: The system stays rigged against Americans. Syrian refugees flood in. Illegal immigrants convicted of committing crimes get to stay. Collecting Social Security benefits, skipping the line. Our border open.”

In contrast, the narrator gives this description of “Donald Trump’s America”: “Terrorists and dangerous criminals: kept out. The border: secured. Our families: safe.”

We’ve written about a few of these claims before. Clinton hasn’t supported “open” borders, as the ad falsely implies. The 2013 Senate immigration bill — the most recent comprehensive immigration legislation, which Clinton has said she backed — would have made large investments in border security, including additional border fencing, and Clinton said during a Democratic debate in November, “Border security has always been a part of that [immigration] debate.” As we’ll explain later, the immigration plan on her website talks about deporting some individuals. That’s not an “open” border.

The ad also uses a deceptive image of people crowded on top of train cars when it says “our border open,” as if anyone and everyone could stream in legally. That’s not what Clinton has proposed or supported. The 2013 Senate bill would have set up a path to citizenship for those who had entered the country prior to Dec. 31, 2011.

The ad also leaves the impression that “illegal immigrants” would be “collecting Social Security benefits” under Clinton’s presidency, but that would only happen if those immigrants became citizens or had legal status. And that’s the case under current law. As we’ve explained before back in 2009 and 2006, those in the country illegally are barred from collecting Social Security. Once an immigrant gains legal status, then that person can get credit for the Social Security taxes he or she paid when working illegally.

As for whether Clinton would allow a “flood” of Syrian refugees, that’s a matter of opinion. Obama has authorized the acceptance of 10,000 Syrian refugees for fiscal year 2016, while Clinton has said the number should be as many as 65,000. For context, there are nearly 5 million Syrian refugees displaced by the country’s civil war, which began in 2011. And the U.S. is set to accept a total of 85,000 refugees from around the world in fiscal 2016.

Trump has said that no Syrian refugees should be admitted to the U.S., because terrorists may be among them, and Clinton has said the refugees should be admitted “only if we have as careful a screening and vetting process as we can imagine.”

The claim that piqued our fact-checking interest, though, was the assertion that under Clinton “illegal immigrants convicted of committing crimes get to stay.”

‘Criminals Stay’?

The ad includes a graphic that says “criminals stay” and a citation of “NBC News 7/9/16.” We tried internet and Lexis Nexis searches to find a relevant NBC News article on that day, but we came up empty. We asked the Trump campaign to point us to the article in question, and spokeswoman Hope Hicks told us over the phone that she would take a look at our emailed request. We have not received a response, but we will update this article if we do.

However, Clinton has talked about deporting criminals as part of her illegal immigration plan.

Clinton’s proposal says that she will send a plan to Congress that will include “a path to full and equal citizenship” within her first 100 days in office. That plan “will treat every person with dignity, fix the family visa backlog, uphold the rule of law, protect our borders and national security, and bring millions of hardworking people into the formal economy.”

The plan goes on to say that she would defend Obama’s executive orders to delay deportation for so-called DREAMers and the parents of citizens and lawful residents. But she specifically talks about deporting other immigrants, saying, she would “focus resources on detaining and deporting those individuals who pose a violent threat to public safety.”

During a March Democratic debate, Clinton was asked about allowing immigrants to stay if they lacked a criminal record. She said: “But if you are asking about everyone who is already here, undocumented immigrants, the 11-12 million who are living here, my priorities are to deport violent criminals, terrorists, and anyone who threatens our safety.”

In a speech to the National Immigrant Integration Conference in December 2015, Clinton also talked about “prioritiz[ing] whom to deport.” She said: “Dangerous criminals? Yes. DREAMers and their families? No.”

As for Trump, he initially talked about deporting all immigrants living in the country illegally, but his stance has recently softened. At a February debate, he said that all immigrants with illegal status “will go out,” adding that some will “come back legally.” Last November, he talked about using a “deportation force” to deport all of the estimated 11 million immigrants living here illegally.

But in an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly on Aug. 22, Trump said that “we’re going to get rid of all of the bad ones,” mentioning “gang members” and “killers,” and talked about using the existing deportation process for others. “As far as the rest, we’re going to go through the process, like they are now, perhaps with a lot more energy, and we’re going to do it only through the system of laws,” Trump said.

Trump described his deportation approach as similar to past administrations, including the current one. “What people don’t know is that Obama got tremendous numbers of people out of the country. Bush the same thing. Lots of people were brought out of the country with the existing laws. Well, I’m going to do the same thing and I just said that,” he told O’Reilly.

The candidates obviously differ on what to do about noncriminals who are illegally living in the United States: Clinton would create a path to citizenship, while Trump says he would keep existing laws and deportation processes. But as far as prioritizing whom to deport, both have said they’d focus on criminals and dangerous individuals.

What about the measures Clinton has supported in the past? The 2013 Senate immigration bill included a years-long path to citizenship, but that path would not have been available to those convicted of a felony, three misdemeanor crimes (not counting “minor traffic offenses”), a foreign crime or unlawful voting. Also, an individual would have been ineligible if there were “reasonable grounds to believe” that the person “is engaged in or is likely to engage after entry in any terrorist activity.”

That would mean that an immigrant in the country illegally who was convicted of two misdemeanors could have stayed under the bill — provided that person met other requirements including paying a $500 fine and back taxes. Becoming a citizen then required other measures, such as having a steady work history, knowing English, passing background checks and more.

The bipartisan legislation, also known as the “Gang of Eight” bill, said that it would be possible for the secretary of homeland security to waive the barring of those convicted of three misdemeanors for “humanitarian” or “public interest” reasons. Under federal immigration laws, a misdemeanor is an offense punishable by up to a year in prison.

There are similar exclusions for felons and other criminals in Obama’s executive order on deferring deportation for so-called DREAMers, those who came to the United States at a young age and are attending or have graduated from high school or have served in the U.S. military. Among the requirements to apply for a two-year deferral of deportation proceedings: “Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety,” according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Such language leaves open the possibility that some convicted criminals — if their offenses were misdemeanors and fewer than three — would be allowed to stay under the types of proposals Clinton has supported. But contrasting that with a Trump plan to keep out “terrorists and dangerous criminals” is a misleading comparison. Clinton, too, has said she would deport “dangerous” and “violent” criminals, “terrorists” and “anyone who threatens our safety.”

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<![CDATA[Standing Desks Can Lower BMI in Students: Study]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:24:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/classroom+generic1.jpg

Researchers at the Texas A&M University Health Science Center say standing desks in classrooms can slow or lower a child's body mass index (BMI).

The study showed the increase an elementary-aged child's BMI, a key indicator of obesity, could be slowed by an average of 5.24 percent.

In their study, university researchers outfitted twelve classrooms in three schools with desks that allowed students to stand or sit on a stool. Researchers then used twelve other classrooms at the same schools using standard desks as a control.

The researchers then followed the 193 students during their entire third and fourth grade school years and charted the results.

"The researchers found that the students who had the stand-biased desks for both years averaged a three percent drop in BMI while those in traditional desks showed the two percent increase typically associated with getting older," the university said in a news release. "However, even those who spent just one year in classrooms with stand-biased desks had lower mean BMIs than those students in traditional seated classrooms for their third and fourth grade years."

The study noted there were not significant differences between genders or races.

The research was published Tuesday in the American Journal of Public Health. Read more on the A&M study here.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Returns to Texas]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:36:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Trump+in+Austin.jpg Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump returned to Texas Tuesday for two reasons: to raise money in Fort Worth and rally supporters in Austin.

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<![CDATA[Justin Timberlake Hosts HRC in LA]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:56:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/205*120/08-23-2016-timberlake-clinton.jpg

On the narrow street leading to the home of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, there are orders for no parking and no stopping.

Unless you're invited, there is no way to reach the house serving as backdrop for the third Hillary Clinton campaign fundraiser in SoCal in just two days.

The Democratic presidential nominee will wrap her a two-day visit to Los Angeles and Orange counties Tuesday with a star-studded fundraiser at the Timberlake-Biel Hollywood Hills abode before heading on to two fundraisers in Laguna Beach.

It's at the home of the iconic pop singer where a luncheon running at $33,400 per person will be held.

Everyone from actors Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Aniston to TV producer Shonda Rhimes are expected. 

The event was punctuated by a tweet from the super-star couple with Clinton sandwiched in the middle, featuring the hashtag "I'm with her."

The event was originally scheduled to be hosted by actor Leonardo DiCaprio. A change in the production schedule for DiCaprio's upcoming climate change documentary meant the Oscar winner could not attend, according to People magazine, which cited a source close to the event. 

Clinton will then hold another $33,400 per person lunch fundraiser in Laguna Beach, which includes a photo with Clinton. Couples paying $100,000 are also admitted to a host reception with Clinton, according to an invitation obtained by City News Service.

Clinton will conclude her Southland visit with another Laguna Beach fundraiser, with tickets priced at $2,700, the maximum individual contribution to a presidential candidate in the general election under federal law. Guests raising $27,000 are admitted to a host reception with Clinton.

The $33,400 figure is the maximum amount an individual can contribute to a national party committee in a year.

Clinton began the visit Monday by taping an appearance on the ABC late- night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and holding two fundraisers. In her appearance with Kimmel, Clinton made light of both the revelation that the FBI collected nearly 15,000 new emails in its investigation of her and Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani questioning her health.

Clinton told Kimmel "my emails are so boring and I'm embarrassed about that."

When Kimmel asked 68-year-old Clinton about the questions about her health, she offered up her hand and said "take my pulse," explaining "to make sure I'm still alive."

Kimmel then took her hand and gasped, telling the audience, "Oh my god, there's nothing there."

Clinton implied that the stories are baseless, saying sarcastically, "With every breath I take, I feel like it's a new lease on life."

Much of the speculation stems from a concussion Clinton sustained in December 2012 after fainting, an episode her doctor has attributed to a stomach virus and dehydration. Giuliani urged voters to "go online and put down `Hillary Clinton illness,"' in an interview with Fox News on Sunday, saying the next morning that she "looks sick." Trump has questioned her stamina at campaign rallies and speeches, saying in a foreign policy address earlier this month that she "lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS".

When Kimmel asked about her preparations for the three debates with Trump, Clinton said she's taking the match-up seriously but is getting ready for "wacky stuff."

Her first fundraiser Monday was at the home of Basketball Hall of Fame member Earvin "Magic" Johnson near Beverly Hills, with co-hosts including actors Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. The second fundraiser at the Beverly Hills home of Haim Saban, the chairman and CEO of the Saban Capital Group, Inc., whose assets include the Spanish-language television network Univision.

Tickets began at $2,700 per person, according to an invitation obtained by City News Service.

Like nearly all fundraisers for presidential candidates, the events were closed to reporters.

Clinton's visit began one day after the Republican National Committee released a 19-second paid web ad critical of "Hillary Clinton's liberal elite summer tour with frequent stops in Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Cape Cod."

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<![CDATA[Authorities Respond to Possible Drowning on Lake Lewisville]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:12:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lewisville-near-drowning.jpg

Authorities said they responded to a possible drowning on Lake Lewisville Tuesday morning.

Denton County firefighters said they responded to the call on Lake Lewisville near the Interstate 35 bridge just after 9 a.m.

Responders pulled a body out of the water at about 10 a.m.

No further details have been released.

Check back and refresh this page for the latest update. As this story is developing, elements may change.

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<![CDATA[Boy With Double-Hand Transplant 'Excited' 1 Year Later ]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:28:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/handAP_16236722740436.jpg

In July 2015, at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Zion Harvey became the first child ever to undergo a double hand transplant.

When he was just 2 years old, Zion lost both his hands and his legs below the knees to a life-threatening infection.  

Now, a year after the transplant surgery, NBC News returned to visit him to see   what life is like for 9-year-old Zion.

"I'm very excited. Because now I can do more than I imagined. Like throw a football. Play baseball. Or, I don't know, do a handstand," he said. "So when I got my hands, it's like, here's the piece of my life that was missing. Now it's here. Now my life is complete."

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<![CDATA['Final Five' Set to Tour US]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:20:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_16236682575231.jpg

The Final Five are taking New York City by storm. 

The gold medal-winning U.S. women's gymnastics team visited the Empire State Building Tuesday morning as they begin a whirlwind media tour after their incredible accomplishments in Rio. 

Their Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions will officially start on Sept.15, in Spokane, Washington and end on Nov. 13 in Boston. They will visit 36 U.S. cities and showcase gymnasts from 2012 and 2016, according to Kellogg's.

Hometown hero and breakout star Laurie Hernandez, along with Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian took in the view of the city from 86 floors above the ground. And it provided another first for Old Bridge, New Jersey resident Hernandez: being able to take in the view from the observatory of the Empire State Building. It's all making for a surreal experience, she said. 

"I used to have someone pinch me beforehand just to make sure it wasn't a dream," Hernandez told NBC 4 New York. 

Biles called Hernandez a "perfect fit to the team" in Rio.

"She's always making all of us laugh," she told NBC 4. "I think she has a very similar personality to me. We roomed the whole time to Rio. We just love her to death." 

Since getting back Monday, Hernandez has been able to see her parents for a bit, and she's now looking forward to reuniting with her siblings.

In the meantime, the team is hoping to "rest and eat and chill," said Douglas, who was also on the 2012 Fierce Five.  

Raisman, also a two-time Olympian, said "it's been a blur" since the team arrived in New York and that the intense public focus and being followed by papparrazzi has been "crazy" and "surreal." 

"There's just so much, you just never expect it," she said. "Laurie lives like 45 minutes from here, I don't know if she's ever experienced the craziness of New York like this. I don't think any of the girls have right after the Olympics, except me and Gabby." 

"Everything has been go, go, go, we haven't had time to sit down and think about it," added Biles. 

One thing on top of the women's New York agenda? Finding some great pizza. 

"Gabby will probably find us the best pizza because she's gotten pizza multiple times here, so she's probably our best best," said Raisman. 

As for the native Hernandez's pick? 

"It's all pretty good!" she said diplomatically. 

The team will later appear Tuesday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. 

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<![CDATA[Dallas County Confirms Seven More Cases of West Nile]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:00:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mosquito+bite.jpg

Dallas County health officials have confirmed several more cases of West Nile virus -- bringing the 2016 total to 29.

The most recent patients live in the following ZIP codes: 75219, 75211, 75205, 75229 and 75217.

The patients in the 75219, 75211 and 75217 ZIP codes have the more serious neuroinvasive form of the disease, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services.

The county is not releasing any more details, in order to protect that identities of the patients.

“Our mosquito surveillance program and the county and municipal abatement teams are taking appropriate actions to ensure the safety of our residents. However, it is important for residents to take the necessary precautions,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director.

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<![CDATA[DISD Opens 3 New Single-Gender Schools]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:53:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/disd-steam.jpg

The Dallas Independent School District opened three more single-gender schools this year, bringing the district's total to five.

The Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School opened in 2004 and has earned national recognition.

Its success led the way for the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy to open in 2011.

And now in 2016, the district opens Young Women's STEAM Academy at Balch Springs Middle School, Young Men's Leadership Academy at Fred T. Florence Middle School and Solar Prepartory School for Girls at James B. Bonham Elementary School.

"The minute I saw these girl's faces, it was pure joy," said Principal Nancy Bernardino. "This is the moment we've been waiting for for a year and a half."

Solar Prep is the dream of a principal determined to give girls a solid foundation in math, science and leadership.

Bernardino proudly welcomed the first 198 kindergarteners, first and second-graders to the school on Monday.

The school will add a grade level every year and eventually educate 750 to 1,000. It is open to all girls who live within the Dallas ISD boundaries.

The district, through funding from a bond program, will expand the old James B. Bonham School where Solar Prep is housed to accomodate for the expected growth.

A news release from the district said, "the building itself, constructed in 1924 as James B. Bonham Elementary School, stopped being a school after the 2011-2012 school year. A dwindling student population meant the school wasn’t financially feasible to keep open as a comprehensive school. The district occupied Bonham by using it as office space until the Solar Prep concept was approved. Work began in earnest the past few months to convert the facility back to a school, not only returning it to its normal function but modifying the spaces for a more modern style of teaching."

"I have four boys," said Bernardino."My boys are 9, 10, 11 and 14, and I get the question, 'Mom, why did you open an all-girls' school?' I had to explain to my boys, this is a need."

The need, said Mike Koprowski, the district's chief of transformation and innovation, is rooted in several reasons.

"The fact that it's single gender. It's STEAM, but also a diverse enrollment. It's the first time in the district we've run an income-based admission lottery," said Koprowski.

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The challenging curriculum, a socio-economic diversity model and social emotional learning are Solar Prep's three priorities.  

Bernardino and a team of three other veteran educators wrote the proposal for Solar Prep as part of the Public School Choice Initiative in Dallas ISD. The district approved the plan and tapped Bernardino as the first principal.

As for the income-based admission lottery, half the girls who attend are eligible for reduced or free lunch; the other half is not.

"Right now, we have girls from Seagoville to Addison and everything in between," said Bernardino. "We want to extend so girls are truly representative of the whole district."

"If we're surrounded by people like us, it's harder to develop empathy, hard to understand different perspectives," said Koprowski.

Empathy, curiousity, self-awareness, humility, leadership and grit are the Solar Six, qualities Solar Prep hopes to instill in its scholars as they are taught and shown how to lead with confidence and purpose.

"Humility and grit," said parent Amelia Giddens. "They want girls to be humble but they want them to take charge, to be fierce. So, when I heard about it, I jumped on it."

Giddens has a first-grader and a kindergartener now attending Solar Prep.  She is excited about the possibilites for her daughters.

"I love the dual language program," said Giddens. "Kylie, my kindergartener, got chosen for it and they said by fifth grade she'll be fluently speaking Spanish."

Solar Prep also hopes to get girls fluent in the languages of science, technology, engineering, art and math. Through hands-on learning, the girls, or future trailblazers as Bernardino said, will be exposed to possible careers in fields where women are traditionally underrepresented.

"Every day they will go to the maker space, a space where they can use their creativity to make whatever they like," said Bernardino. "Computer design, coding, robotics, draw, paint. We want to provide an enviroment where these girls can be themselves and the sky's the limit."

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<![CDATA[Rangers Put Hamilton on Unconditional Release Waivers]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:38:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Josh+Hamilton+crutches.jpg

Josh Hamilton's most recent run with the Texas Rangers may be over. The team activated the one-time slugger from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday and placed him on unconditional release waivers.

According to MLB.com, "waivers are granted only after all the other Major League Clubs have been given an opportunity to claim the player and none has done so. With unconditional release waivers, once permission is granted the player is a free agent."

Hamilton started the year on the 15-day DL rehabbing an off-season surgery to his left knee. During his first rehab assignment in Frisco Hamilton continued to feel pain. He was moved to the 60-day DL and underwent another surgery to repair a torn ACL and cartilage damage.

Hamilton is now rehabbing that most recent knee operation.

“We plan to monitor Josh’s progress as he continues his rehab process and is medically cleared this winter,” said President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels.  “Given the rules in place, releasing him before the end of this month allows us to keep the door open to extending the relationship in the future.”

By releasing Hamilton before the end of the month, the Rangers can re-sign him to a minor league contract and have him with the major league club before May 15 of next season. If they had waited longer, Hamilton would not be eligible to return to the Rangers until after May 15.

Hamilton is still owed $28.4 million for next season. The Los Angeles Angels are responsible for $26.4 million with the Rangers on the hook for $2 million. If the Rangers do re-sign Hamilton to a minor league contract for the major league minimum, they still won't owe him anything more that it's current financial commitment.

The Rangers also announced that LHP Derek Holland (shoulder inflammation) has been activated from the 60-day disabled list and will make his first major league start since June 20 Tuesday night in Cincinnati.

RHP Shawn Tolleson has been recalled from Triple-A Round Rock and placed on the 60-day disabled list. That move will accommodate Holland on the 40-man roster. RHP Nick Martinez was optioned to Round Rock on Monday to accommodate Holland on the active roster.

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<![CDATA[Scientists Study Fruit Flies for Secret to Good Sleep]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:24:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fruit+flies1.jpg

Researchers are studying the impact of sleep on insomniac fruit flies to see how they can help humans.

Neurobiologist Paul Shaw, Ph.D., from Washington University in St. Louis, says of all animals, Shaw says fruit fly genes are easy to manipulate.

"I can take a human gene that's involved in patterning your hand, I can take that human gene and put it in a fly and I get a wing," explained Shaw.

Shaw takes flies that are missing the gene responsible for memory and puts them to sleep for two days, either with drugs or by using light to activate brain neurons. When they wake up, the flies behave normally.

"These animals are still broken, the gene is still missing, the brain structure is gone. Somehow sleep has allowed the brain to adapt and do interesting things," Shaw said.

The research from the Washington University School of Medicine has shown that getting more sleep can help the brain withstand severe neurological defects that may block the formation of memories.

The study was published in the journal Current Biology.

Although scientists have yet to figure out a way to induce this specific type of sleep in humans, they are hopeful that in the future it could have therapeutic potential.

The cost of insufficient sleep is much higher than most people recognize.

Sleep loss and poor sleep quality can lead to an increase in errors at the workplace, decreased productivity and accidents that cost both lives and resources, according to experts at Harvard.

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<![CDATA[Graduate Students Working at Private Universities Can Unionize]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:38:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/Columbia4.jpg

The National Labor Relations Board ruled on Tuesday that graduate students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities are entitled to unionize.

The Board said the decision reverses a 2004 ruling that concluded workers were not entitled to collective bargaining because they were students at the universities, according to Inside Higher Ed.

The ruling came from a case involving a bid by the United Auto Workers to organize graduate students at Columbia University.

"The board has the statutory authority to treat student assistants as statutory employees, where they perform work, at the direction of the university, for which they are compensated. Statutory coverage is permitted by virtue of an employment relationship; it is not foreclosed by the existence of some other, additional relationship that the [National Labor Relations] Act does not reach," says the decision.

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<![CDATA[Theater is a Family Affair a Dallas Native]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:04:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Williams+and+Father+01.JPG

The Dallas stop of the national tour of 'A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder' at the AT&T Performing Arts Center is a homecoming for Kristen Beth Williams.

When she steps onstage to play Sibella Hallward, she is aware of the many Dallas theater friends, college professors, and family members sitting in the audience, anticipating her performance.

One of her biggest fans in the audience is a fellow actor: her father, James W. Williams IV.

The elder Williams is a licensed financial adviser with Raymond James Financial Service in Rowlett who stumbled into his acting career accidentally.

After performing in a Christmas program at church, someone encouraged him to look into auditioning for a summer show in Garland.

Since 1991, he has performed in approximately sixty musicals and plays in the Dallas area, appearing at Lyric Stage, Uptown Players, Theatre Three, WaterTower Theatre, MainStage Irving-Las Colinas, Garland Summer Musicals, and Garland Civic Theatre.

"He is still my favorite Daddy Warbucks and Captain von Trapp," his daughter said.

He recognized his daughter’s talent as she performed in Garland Civic Theatre’s Children On Stage summer shows.

Seeing 'Cats' at the Dallas Summer Musicals confirmed Kristen Beth Williams’ desire to perform professionally.

She began performing in regional theaters at age 13 and her father was always impressed with the high quality production teams of her shows.

When it was time for her to select her college, her stepfather, a University of Oklahoma alumnus, encouraged her to look at his alma mater’s musical theater program.

At that time, the school offered fall auditions. "Many students now apply to 10 or 15 programs and wait to find out where they will go. I only applied and auditioned for one program. I knew where I was going to school by December of my senior year," she said.

Her father did not have any anxieties about her pursuing an acting career.

"She has always been a phenomenal student. She could have been anything. I just had to get out of her way and let her follow her dream," he said.

While she was in college, Williams spent her summers performing at Music Theatre Wichita, earning her Equity card during her third summer with the company.

With that credential in hand, she moved to New York only months after her college graduation in 2003. He provided more financial advice and encouragement than acting tips, acting as a guarantor on the lease for a New York apartment.

Her father credits his daughter’s focus for her success in New York. She has worked consistently, appearing in 'Top Hat' in London’s West End and 'Pippin,' 'Nice Work If You Can Get It', 'Anything Goes,' and 'Promises, Promises' on Broadway.

He is particularly proud of her performance as Marge in 'Promises, Promises.'

"She got exit applause after her number and only Sean Hayes got a better ovation at the end of the show," he boasts with tears in his eyes. "Exit applause!"

She often performs in tours and her father is more than happy to travel anywhere to see her perform. "It’s a great excuse for vacation," he said with a laugh.

Meanwhile, his daughter attempts to keep up with his acting appearances. "I can't keep track his opening night schedule! He has performed in more shows than I have in the last few years." He is quick to point out an important difference in their schedule. "My runs are shorter than yours," he said.

A break in 'A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder' tour schedule almost perfectly aligns with a rare opportunity for father and daughter to perform together.

Both will appear in 'Camelot' at Lyric Stage in September, with Kristen Beth Williams playing Guinevere.

As best they can recall, they last performed together in 'The Merchant of Venice' in 1999. Of course, they played the roles of father and daughter.

'A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder' is now playing through August 28.

CLICK HERE To read The Dallas Morning News’ review.

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[Mylan Execs Got Raises and Hiked EpiPen Prices]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:00:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_302359722512.jpg

EpiPen prices aren't the only thing to jump at Mylan. Executive salaries have also seen a stratospheric uptick, NBC News reported.

Proxy filings show that from 2007 to 2015, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch's total compensation went from $2,453,456 to $18,931,068, a 671 percent increase. During the same period, the company raised EpiPen prices, with the average wholesale price going from $56.64 to $317.82, a 461 percent increase, according to data provided by Connecture.

In 2007 the company bought the rights to EpiPen, a device used to provide emergency epinephrine to stop a potentially fatal allergic reaction and began raising its price. In 2008 and 2009, Mylan raised the price by 5 percent. At the end of 2009 it tried out a 19 percent hike. The years 2010-2013 saw a succession of 10 percent price hikes.

And from the fourth quarter of 2013 to the second quarter of 2016, Mylan steadily raised EpiPen prices 15 percent every other quarter.

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<![CDATA[Five New Cases of Zika Found in Florida, Miami Reduces Affected Zone]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:15:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/080516+zika+wynwood.jpg

Five new non-travel related cases of Zika were found in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott announced on Tuesday, even as most of the Wynwood section of Miami was removed from the area in which officials say the virus is being transmitted.

Scott said that, following testing from the Department of Health, just a half square mile remains in the Wynwood zone. Four of the new cases were in Wynwood and one in Pinellas County, the first in the state outside Miami-Dade. 

"While this investigation is ongoing, DOH still believes that ongoing active transmissions are only occurring in the two previously identified areas in Wynwood and Miami Beach," Scott said at a meeting in Clearwater. "As we've seen in Wynwood, our aggressive mosquito control and public education efforts are working which is why DOH was able to clear a significant area in Wynwood today."

In all, the Department of Health has cleared about 76 blocks of Wynwood, a neighborhood that draws arts lovers from across the world to its galleries and large outdoor murals. 

The five new findings bring the total number of locally transmitted cases in Florida to 42 since the outbreak began earlier this summer.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said that one more scheduled spraying is planned in the area this Saturday.

Zika can cause microcephaly and other severe birth defects and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to warn pregnant women not to travel to the affected areas. Pregnant women who live in the affected areas should be tested for the virus. 

On Tuesday, the CDC added a travel notice for the Bahamas. Other countries on the list include Cape Verde, Mexico, and ones in Central and South America, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands. 

Scott said that Florida was committed to ensuring that every county had the resources it needed to fight the virus and was ready to assist residents and visitors.

Miami-Dade and Pinellas counties sprayed and took other abatement steps against the mosquitos responsible for transmitting Zika, Aedes aegypti.

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<![CDATA[Ken Doll in a Dress Spurs Debate for Bakery]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:10:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/KenCake0823_MP4-147197135383900001.jpg A Sacramento bakery is getting a lot of buzz over a specialty cake. A customer ordered a Ken doll cake, and Freeport Bakery delivered, putting a twist on its popular Barbie doll cake. Co-owner Marlene Goetzeler posted an image of the cake on the Freeport Bakery Facebook page, which generated a lot of attention, both sweet and sour. She said initially, they even lost some followers. ]]> <![CDATA[Realtor's Romantic Rendezvous Interrupted by Cops]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:07:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_realtorsexa0823_1920x1080.jpg Police in Friendswood, Texas, say it was a late-night realtor rendezvous that landed real estate agent Kayla Marisa Seloff and Joshua Gene Leal behind bars on Saturday. When neighbors called police after they spotted suspicious activity at a vacant home, officers showed up to find the pair lying on the floor inside. Investigators say Seloff initially claimed the two were married and had just bought the home a day prior. Then, police asked for ID and the two led them to their car, where officers found a glass pipe and marijuana. Officers said shortly after talking with police, Selofff admitted she was actually the realtor, and not the new homeowner who had just closed on the house a day before.]]>