<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:43:01 -0500 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:43:01 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Perry to Speak at Israel Rally in Dallas Wednesday]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:17:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/492031195.jpg

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will address the Mideast crisis in a visit to Dallas Wednesday.

Perry will speak in support of Israel at an Israel Solidarity Rally sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas.

The rally takes place at 4 p.m. at Dallas City Hall Plaza on Marilla Street.

"Join with us to show our communal support of Israel's right to self-defense and in solidarity with our Israeli brothers and sisters living under daily threats of missiles fired by Hamas," the Jewish Federation said in a statement on their website.

The rally is expected to last about an hour.

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<![CDATA[Last Day to Register For Dallas Mayor's Back to School Fair]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:11:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/173154052.jpg

Parents of Dallas school children can save money at the Mayor's 18th Annual Back to School Fair. Today, July 30, is the last day to pre-register for the event.

The fair is free and open to the public, but pre-registration guarantees free school supplies at the fair.

Free school supplies are made available to families with school-aged children who reside in the City of Dallas or attend Dallas Independent School District schools and who meet eligibility requirements.

Parents can sign up between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at the H&R Block location at 655 West Illinois Avenue.

The fair is held Aug. 1 at Fair Park's Automobile and Centennial Building from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"The Mayor's Back to School Fair is a collaborative effort between the City of Dallas, Dallas area schools, public health departments, state agencies, non-profit organizations, corporations and hundreds of volunteers," according to a statement on their website.

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<![CDATA[UCLA in "Drying Phase" After Water Main Break]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:20:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/193*120/ucla+flood+water+main+20140730_082724_resized+%286%29.jpg

Hundreds of vehicles are stranded in flooded parking structures and historic Pauley Pavilion's court shows signs of damage after a water main break Tuesday that sent up to 10 million gallons of water gushing onto Sunset Boulevard and the UCLA campus for more than three hours.

At a mid-day news conference, school officials said they are waiting for areas to "dry out" before they can provide detailed damage estimates. Campus officials characterized the campus as in a "drying phase" Wednesday after the water removal process continued overnight.

Large blower machines were being used in the historic Pauley Pavilion, Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center, JD Morgan Center and John Wooden Center. School officials said Wednesday morning the Pauley Pavilion court showed signs of "expansion and buckling."

The break occurred at the Y-shaped meeting point of a 30-inch pipe installed in 1921 and a 36-inch pipe installed in 1956. Both pipes ruptured and blew open a 20-foot wide, 10-foot deep sinkhole at about 3:30 p.m. in the 10600 block of West Sunset Boulevard, officials said.

"I can't speculate on what caused the leak at this point," said Jeff Bray, of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. "This repair is at the Y where the 30-inch main comes in at an extreme angle to the 36-inch main. The top of the pipe just lifted up and created an opening in the pipe."

As for repairs and detailed damage assessments, crews must wait until after the closure of two leaks discovered along the pipes. The pipes deliver water to the area at a high velocity from Upper Stone Canyon Reservoir, a body of water about eight miles north of Westwood near the Sepulveda Pass.

"We cannot begin repairs until we get the water completely down," Bray said. "We're looking at an extended period of time."

Repairs are likely to cause traffic problems in the heavily traveled area through Thursday because Sunset Boulevard between Veteran Avenue and Hilgard Avenue will be closed for road work.

Two parking structures and six facilities on the UCLA campus were damaged. UCLA had crews working throughout the night to remove water from those buildings.

"Unfortunately, UCLA was the sink for this water source," said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said.

Approximately 700 cars were inside Parking Lot 4 and Parking Lot 7, the two parking structures affected by the flooding. Officials say because the water may be mixed with toxic chemicals such as oil and gas, the water has to be safely removed and cannot just be pumped out into the street. UCLA is working with private companies to remove the water from the structure, Moore said.

Officials say the cars in the structure will not be accessible until Friday.

"A little less than half are totally submerged," said Kelly Schmader, assistant vice chancellor for UCLA.

Motorists traveling in the area should use Santa Monica Boulevard, Wilshire Boulevard or Olympic Boulevard to avoid the road closure.

All UCLA summer camp programming, including recreational activities, were suspended Wednesday, according to campus officials.

NBC4's Samia Khan contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[Mystery of Ship Buried Under World Trade Center Revealed ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:18:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/191*120/ground+zero+buried+ship2.jpg

Remnants of an 18th-century ship found buried in soil 20 feet under the World Trade Center site four years ago have been traced to Colonial-Era Philadelphia, according to a new study.

The 32-foot piece of the vessel was found in July 2010 as bulldozers excavated a parking garage for the future building. At the time, historians said the ship likely dated back to the 1700s, and that it was defunct by the time lower Manhattan's western shoreline covered it up around 1818.

But the mystery of its origins persisted -- until now.

Scientists at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory analyzed the skeletal remains of the ship using dendrochronology, which relies on tree rings to determine dates and chronological order.

In a study published in the journal Tree Ring Research, the scientists say they traced the white oak used in the ship's frame to an old growth forest in the Philadelphia era. The article says the trees were probably cut around 1773, shortly before the Revolutionary War.

Wood sampled from Independence Hall in Philadelphia 20 years ago had growth rings that matched those from the World Trade Center ship, suggesting the wood used in both constructions came from the same area.

Scientists say they believe the ship is a Hudson River Sloop, designed by the Dutch to carry passengers and cargo over shallow, rocky water. The article says it was likely built in Philadelphia, a shipbuilding hub during the Colonial era, and used for 20 to 30 years before sailing to what would become its final stop in lower Manhattan.

Workers and archaeologists had also found a 100-pound anchor in the same area as the ship, but it wasn't clear at the time if it belonged to the ship.

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<![CDATA[Cavs, Mavs Top NBA Free Agency Winners]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:55:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Knicks-Lose-Grizzlies-Tyson-Chandler-0218.jpg

When you add LeBron James, you’re the automatic winner in NBA’s free agency. But after the Cleveland Cavaliers come your Dallas Mavericks.

The Cavs obviously improved their team this summer, while the Rockets suffered the most damage. Houston targeted Chris Bosh, traded Jeremy Lin and a 1st-round pick plus Omer Asik to make room for him. Then whiffed. Then they allowed Chandler Parsons to become a restricted free agent, and he was gobbled up by the rivals to the north, Dallas.

It could only have been a better summer for the Mavs had Tim Duncan retired and Kevin Durant been traded to the East.

Nonetheless, the Mavs significantly improved their rotation with the additions of Parsons, center Tyson Chandler and Jameer Nelson. They also added high-upside forwards in Eric Griffin and Al-Farouq Aminu.

I don’t think Dallas did enough to upend the Spurs or Thunder from the top of the West, but they certainly did enough to get us excited about training camp commencing in October.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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<![CDATA[CA Has 1st Openly Gay Governor - For Part of Day]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:33:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/toni+atkins+swearing+in.jpg

For eight or nine hours on Wednesday, California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins will be acting as the state's top chief executive— the first openly gay governor in state history.

That's because this week, the three above her on the state org chart are not in town.

Gov. Jerry Brown is on a trade mission in Mexico this week. As the Washington Post noted, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom filled in for a bit, but is on the East Coast for a Special Olympics event. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg then took over for a while, but he had plans to be in Chicago on Wednesday.

"I feel so grateful," Atkins said in an email on Wednesday forwarded by her spokesman. "I wish my parents could see this. Now I know that may sound hokey to many. But honestly, this is what is going through my mind. If Governor Brown wants a few more days away I'm here for him!"

Atkins spokesman Will Shuck confirmed Atkins will "hold the role of acting governor for approximately one business day, ending this evening on the return of governor." 

Atkins, D-San Diego, is the first openly lesbian leader of either California chamber, succeeding the first openly gay Assembly speaker, John Pérez, a Democrat from Los Angeles.

She shared on her Facebook page that filling in is nothing new: during her time on the San Diego city council, the now 51-year-old Atkins served as acting mayor after other city officials stepped down. She was the first lesbian to hold that position, too.

But Atkins was not focusing on making history due to her sexual orientation on Wednesday. She took the opportunity to highlight her roots -- growing up "in poverty in Virginia" -- and her journey to becoming acting governor for a day.

Atkins, who has focused on funding state universities and advocating for victims of violence and abuse during her time at the Capitol, had a full calendar ahead of her.

But the first act, she tweeted out, was to make sure the temporary first dogs of California - Haley and Joey -  got their morning walk. She shares her pooches with wife, Jennifer LeSar, in the South Park/Golden Hill community of San Diego.


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<![CDATA[McRaven Lone Finalist for UT Chancellor]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:34:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Admiral+McRaven.jpg The man who led the operation to kill Osama Bin Laden could soon be the man leading the University of Texas. Admiral William McRaven has been named the lone finalist for the position of chancellor for all 15 campuses in the UT System. He's a graduate of the university - who delivered the commencement address back in May. McRaven must wait 21 days before he can be formally hired.

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<![CDATA[Pauley Pavilion Court Shows Signs of "Buckling"]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:26:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/ucla+pauley+pavilion+court+water+flood.jpg

The historic Pauley Pavilion at the University of California, Los Angeles sustained some of the most serious damage after up to 10 million gallons of water gushed onto Sunset Boulevard and the UCLA campus Tuesday afternoon, just two years after the indoor arena underwent a multi-million dollar renovation.

"The court is showing signs of buckling and expansion," Kelly Schmader, assistant vice chancellor for UCLA, said Wednesday morning. "Whether we'll be able to get that saved, I don't know."

The break occurred at the Y-shaped meeting point of a 30-inch pipe installed in 1921 and a 36-inch pipe installed in 1956. Both pipes ruptured and blew open a 20-foot wide, 10-foot deep sinkhole in the 10600 block of West Sunset Boulevard, officials said.

Water gushed at a rate of 75,000 gallons a minute, damaging UCLA parking structures, buildings and flooding parts of campus. About eight inches of water covered the famed Pauley Pavilion court at one point, but crews had removed most of the water by Wednesday morning.

Ankle-deep water could be seen covering the court’s wooden floorboards Tuesday night. Crews were drying the court Wednesday morning and officials planned to have a better damage estimate later in the day.

"Unfortunately, Pauley Pavilion took quite a bit of water," Chancellor Gene Block said "It's painful."

The locker rooms also sustained significant flooding, according to the school's athletic department. Water also entered Wooden Center, which houses recreation facilities, and the J.D. Morgan Center, which houses athletic staff and administration offices and UCLA's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Pauley Pavilion opened 49 years ago and is home to many of UCLA’s athletic teams, including the men’s and women’s basketball teams, men’s and women’s volleyball teams and women’s gymnastics. The arena recently underwent a two-year, $136-million dollar renovation and opened the renovated facility in November 2012.

"I'm just wondering how UCLA is going to pay for it, I mean, Pauley looked in really bad shape and they just remodeled it," UCLA student Peter Nauka said.

It is unclear how the flooding will affect the upcoming schedule. The Teen Choice Awards are scheduled for Aug. 10 and the US Volleyball Cup Aug. 16.

Pauley Pavilion can seat approximately 13,800 people.

NBC4's Jonathan Lloyd contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Dallas ISD Gets New Athletic Director]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:32:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/disd-administration-building.jpg

Student athletes in Dallas have a new leader.

Gil Garza is the new athletic director for the Dallas Independent School District.  He comes to Dallas after spending 12 years as athletic director for the San Antonio Independent School District.

Garza officially starts work on Aug. 11, and was originally scheduled to outline his vision for the district's athletic programs on Wednesday to members of the media.  That meeting has been postponed until after his start date.

The DISD released the following information on Garza earlier this week.

"He currently sits on the University Interscholastic League State Executive Committee, an 11-member committee that interprets the rules, settles disputes between different UIL districts and disputes that arise past the district level, conducts investigations and hearings of alleged violations and hears appeals. He is also a former president of the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association. Garza was awarded the 2010 THSADA Athletic Director of the Year and was inducted into the THSADA Hall of Honor in 2012. A former head football and baseball coach, Garza has also held athletic director titles for both Edcouch-Elsa ISD and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD."


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<![CDATA[ESPN GameDay Returns for Cowboys Classic]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:57:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/123698234.jpg

In just a few weeks Sundance Square in Fort Worth will turn orange -- that's because ESPN College GameDay is coming back to town.

The show will broadcast live from Sundance Square for the 2014 Cowboys Classic, which kicks off the opening weekend of the college football season.

In this year's classic, the Florida State Seminoles take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

The game will be played Aug. 30 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

In 2012, ESPN and the Cowboys reached an extension that will keep a top college game at the stadium through 2024.

Below is the schedule so far.

Sept. 5, 2009 - BYU 14, OU 13
Sept. 4, 2010 - TCU 30, Oregon State 21
Sept. 3, 2011 - LSU 40, Oregon 27
Sept. 1, 2012 - Alabama 41, Michigan 14
Aug. 31, 2013 - LSU 37, TCU 27
Aug. 30, 2014 - Florida State, Oklahoma State
Sept. 5, 2015 - Alabama, Wisconsin
Sept. 3, 2016 - USC, Alabama
Sept. 2, 2017 - Michigan, Florida

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<![CDATA[Deion's Prime Prep Reaches Wednesday Deadline]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:32:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/prime-prep-academy2.jpg

Deion Sanders' Prime Prep Academy has until the end of the day to appeal the school's closure.

The Texas Education Agency wants to revoke the school's charter for financial problems and mismanagement.  The charter school, co-founded by the former Dallas Cowboys player, had until Wednesday to file the appeal.

The Dallas Morning News reports if the academy does not appeal, the TEA will take the next steps and begin an internal review process.

That process should take about a month.

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

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<![CDATA[Newhouse to Have Public Viewing, Reception This Week]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:54:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP449208758918.jpg

Memorial services for former Dallas Cowboys great Robert Newhouse have been scheduled for Thursday.

Newhouse died last week at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota after a battle with heart disease.  He was 64.

He was a member of three Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl teams, including the winning team in 1977.

The public is invited to a visitation for Newhouse at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home at 7405 W. Northwest Highway in Dallas between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

A private funeral service will be held Friday at Prestonwood Baptist Church at 11 a.m. A public reception will follow the service. The church is located at 6801 W. Park Boulevard in Plano.

Newhouse is survived by his wife, Nancy, daughters, Dawnyel and Shawntel, and sons Rodd and Reggie, who played for the Arizona Cardinals in 2004-05.

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<![CDATA[Lawrence May Miss Opener With Broken Ankle]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:52:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/demarcus-lawrence-injury.jpg

There's more bad news for the Dallas Cowboys.

Overnight, NBC 5 learned that defensive end DeMarcus Lawence broke his ankle during Tuesday's practice in Oxnard, California.

NBC 5 Sports was there when the injury occurred.

Lawrence, a second-round draft pick, was able to walk off the field on his own after the injury but then had to be carted off when he reached the sideline.

Our media partners at The Dallas Morning News learned Lawrence could be out as long as 12 weeks recovering.

The 2014 football season starts Sept. 7, which is a little more than five weeks away.

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<![CDATA[10 Incredible Images of the UCLA Flood]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:40:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/edt-AP731937757829_2.jpg

UCLA's campus became a swimming pool Tuesday after a water main break spilled up to 10 million gallons of water into roads, buildings and parking garages in the area.

Students posted photos and video to social media sites showing chest-high water, flooded cars and water cascading down stairs.

"I was knee-deep in water, I had to take my shoes off even though they still got soaked," student Aaliyah Ricks told NBCLA. "I almost slipped a couple of times."

Check out the most incredible photos of the gyser that punched a 15-foot hole into a street and caused subsequent flooding.


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<![CDATA[6 Narcotics Officers Stole Half a Million Dollars From Suspects: Feds]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:53:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/police+badge+philly1.jpg

Federal agents arrested six Philadelphia Police narcotics officers as part of an ongoing corruption probe and accused the group of swiping more than half a million dollars' worth of money, drugs and other items over a period of years.

“Unfortunately a very small percentage minority of police officers continue to toss their oath aside and act like the very criminals they sworn to bring to justice,” said U.S Attorney Zane David Memeger.

The U.S. Attorney's Office unsealed the 26-count indictment Wednesday of the two-year joint investigation between the police department, FBI and U.S. Attorney's office. The officers, who have served anywhere from five to 13 years in the narcotics unit, face allegations of multiple acts of robbery, extortion, kidnapping and drug dealing from February 2006 to November 2012.

The officers under arrest are Perry Betts, 46; Thomas Liciardello, 38; Linwood Norman, 46; Brian Reynolds, 43; John Speiser, 42; and Michael Spicer, 46. The officers were taken into custody without incident early Wednesday morning. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said that each officer will be suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.

"Conduct like this is simply unacceptable, cannot be tolerated and is inexcusable," said Ramsey who noted the shame these allegations bring the officers and entire department.

Prosecutors say that the defendants would routinely rob the occupants of suspected dealers' cars or homes.

"The defendants used their positions of authority to target suspected drug dealers for purposes of stealing cash, personal property and drugs," said Memeger.

The indictment details about 22 separate incidents where the officers broke the law.  In total, prosecutors estimate the officers took more than $500,000 worth of cash, drugs and goods including fancy watches.

Some of the incidents outlined in the indictment includes one where Liciardello, Reynolds and Walker allegedly took $30,000 from an illegally detained suspect then took another $80,000 from the suspect’s home; an incident where Norman allegedly held a man over an 18-story balcony; an incident where Spicer allegedly dangled a man off a 35th-floor balcony in an attempt to swipe $79,000 and a designer suit; and an incident where Norman and Walker allegedly stole and distributed multi-kilogram quantity of cocaine.

Other incidents weren't as violent.

"They literally filed false police reports," Memeger said.

The allegations include declaring they collected less money than they would report.

Ramsey said that the officers tarnished their badges and that the badge numbers will be destroyed.

"I have been a police officer for more than 40 years and this is one of the worst cases of corruption that I have ever heard," Ramsey said.

Sources say agents were led to the officers after they nabbed former narcotics unit veteran Jeffrey Walker in a sting last May.

In that sting, authorities said Walker, while in uniform, planted cocaine in an alleged drug dealer's car, pulled over the man and stole his house keys. He then went to the man's home and stole $15,000, officials said.

Following that investigation, Walker was arrested and six other narcotics officers were pulled from the street. They were eventually moved into different roles in the department as the investigation continued.

Walker pleaded guilty to federal robbery charges and weapons offenses in February.

Memeger wouldn't divulge how much Walker helped in the investigation against his fellow former officers.

The probe has resulted in the overturning of more than 80 drug convictions and the dismissal of hundreds of open cases.

Ramsey said in no way are all narcotic officers dirty but he said the investigation continues into other alleged acts of corruption.

"It was a malignancy that's there and if you don't cut it out it won't go away on its own," said Ramsey.

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<![CDATA[Comatose Md. Man Dies in Liberia]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:56:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/0729-nathaniel-dennis.jpg

A comatose Maryland man who was stuck in Liberia during the ongoing Ebola quarantine has died, according to a webpage set up by his family.

Nathaniel Dennis, 24, was visiting family in Monrovia, Liberia this month when he suffered multiple seizures July 24. He was hospitalized and had been comatose since then, despite the efforts of his family to bring him to home for treatment.

Dennis died Wednesday morning in Sinkor, Liberia, according to an update on his family's fundraising webpage.

In an effort to control the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, Liberia's president has closed the majority of the country's borders, meaning Dennis' family was unable to transport him to a hospital in Ghana via medical evacuation -- although he had tested negative for Ebola

At the time of Dennis' death, his family had been attempting to bring him to the U.S.

"Despite his family's efforts to have his comatose body transported by [medevac] outside of the country to a medical facility with adequate equipment and [knowledge of] how to treat him; he was unable to receive the treatment that was necessary for his survival," said an update on the "Bring Nathaniel Home" page on GoFundMe.com.

The post said that as Dennis grew sicker, he began to need dialysis and a ventilator -- but the equipment wasn't available at the facility where he was.

"...[S]o Nathaniel continued to lie comatose and untreated until his untimely passing," the post read.

On the night before Dennis' death, his cousin Vannette Tolbert, a D.C. resident, expressed her worries and frustration to News4.

"I'm angry that we've been unable to override the hold they have put on all of the borders," she said Tuesday night. "We've been unable to get him out of the country and into another country where he can receive proper medical care."

Tolbert said many airlines were not even flying out of Liberia, limiting their options even more.

A fundraiser had been scheduled in his honor Wednesday night at Lima Lounge on K Street NW in D.C. starting at 6 p.m. His family had hoped to raise $30,000 to help transport him with a doctor and the necessary medical equipment.

"I believe he will be OK if we can get him the treatment he needs on time," Tolbert had said Tuesday night.

Dennis' mother had traveled to Liberia to be with her son, but was unable to see him due to the quarantine.

Dennis graduated from Howard High School and studied at Howard Community College.

<![CDATA[1 Injured in Critical Crash; Loop 820 Reopens]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:26:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/820-crowley-road-crash.jpg

One person was critically injured in a crash that closed three lanes of Southwest Loop 820 in Fort Worth Wednesday morning.

MedStar confirmed to NBC 5 that three people were injured when two vehicles collided on the highway near Crowley Road.

MedStar said one person was transported to an area hospital with critical injuries.  The other two patients suffered only minor injuries in the crash.

Cleanup of the crash impacted three lanes of westbound 820, which was backed up past Interstate 35W with only one lane of traffic getting through until the highway reopened at about 8:15 a.m.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

NBC 5's Josh Ault contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Shootout Cop to Leave Hospital]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:26:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/detective+released.jpg

The NYPD detective who went into a Greenwich Village smoke shop on a tip that an accused child molester on the run for two years was working there and was shot, along with two U.S. Marshals, when gunfire erupted as the officers tried to apprehend the suspect, was released from the hospital Wednesday.

Flanked by uniformed officers, detective Mario Muniz left Bellevue Hospital in a wheelchair around noon, about a day after the two marshals injured in the gunfight were released.

The fugitive suspect, Charles Mozdir, was killed in the Monday afternoon shootout in Smoking Culture on West Fourth Street. Muniz went in to visually confirm the suspect was there and alone, and when he returned with the marshals to make an arrest, Mozdir opened fire with a .32-caliber revolver, police say.  

Muniz was shot twice in the stomach below his bulletproof vest. One marshal was shot in the leg and the other was hit in the elbow.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Muniz's vest may have saved his life.

Mozdir had been accused of sexually assaulting a boy he babysat in Coronado, California, near San Diego. The 32-year-old was recently profiled on "The Hunt with John Walsh," a CNN show similar to "America's Most Wanted."

Mozdir was wanted on a $1 million warrant. He was charged with multiple counts of committing forcible lewd acts on a child and attempting to dissuade a witness. He skipped an April court appearance in California and his car was found in Georgia two months later.

The trail went cold after that until officers got a phone call from a woman in Florida who is part owner of Mozdir's black Labrador retriever, law enforcement sources told NBC 4 New York. 

His weapon was recovered at the scene. Mozdir had 20 more rounds in his pockets, police said.

A neighbor in the Alphabet City area where Mozdir resided said she sometimes ran into him while walking her dogs with her daughter.

He "never made eye contact," said Natasha Callapally, and was "really creepy, really weird."

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<![CDATA[Maryland Woman to Become U.S. Citizen on Her 100th Birthday]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:57:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Maria+Ward+and+Leticia+Munoz.jpg

Four generations of family will join Donatila Leticia Munoz Orantes at the Baltimore office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Wednesday, celebrating not only her citizenship, but also her 100th birthday.

“I can’t have a better blessing than having my mother live a hundred years,” said her daughter, Maria Ward.

Munoz will become the oldest Maryland resident to naturalize since the former Immigration and Naturalization’s immigration services were placed with USCIS in 2003. Why now, after almost three decades in the United States? Munoz told News4’s Kristin Wright she wants to vote.

The seamstress was born in Nicaragua in 1914 and spent most of her life in El Salvador before joining her daughter in the U.S. in 1987, Wright reported. She helped care for the grandchildren and made clothes for family, including for occasions like first communion, weddings and graduations.

In 1987, naturalization wasn’t an option for Munoz because she doesn’t speak English, a requirement that drops at age 80.

Now, the Germantown resident looks forward to casting her first ballot in November.

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<![CDATA[UCLA Flooded After Water Main Break]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:52:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/224*120/UCLA+flood+july+29+gadi.JPG

Crews were working through the night to repair a massive water main break that sent up to 10 million gallons of water gushing for nearly four hours onto Sunset Boulevard and the University of California, Los Angeles campus Tuesday afternoon.

A 93-year-old, 30-inch diameter water main ruptured and blew open a 15-foot sinkhole about 3:30 p.m. in the 10600 block of West Sunset Boulevard, officials said. The cause of the break was being investigated.

"Unfortunately, UCLA was the sink for this water source," said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block.

The gusher stranded cars, a bus and drivers in several feet of swiftly rising water and mud. While there were no injuries, a Los Angeles Fire Department swift-water team rescued five people who were stranded in the flooding, including one who was swept under his car.

"They were able to keep his head above water and be able get him out," LA Fire Capt. Jaime Moore said.

Officials said Sunset Boulevard near the campus would remain closed between Veteran and Beverly Glen all of Wednesday.

"There's almost no chance that any portion of Sunset Boulevard around UCLA will be open," said Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz, during an evening news conference Tuesday. "Do what you can to avoid it. Find some other route."

Officials said 10 million gallons of water was lost in the gusher, equivalent to about 200,000 baths, according to the US Geological Survey. The utility serves more than 500 million gallons a day to its customers throughout LA.

Water flow through the pipe when it was in proper working order was about 75,000 gallons per minute, LADWP officials said.

The riveted-steel water main carries water to the area from the Upper Stone Canyon Reservoir.

Getting the water shut off completely took approximately three and half hours.

"We were just scrambling, we were trying to get our crews here. It's not the easiest place to get to at rush hour," said Jim McDaniel, the senior assistant general manager for the LADWP's Water System.

Most of the damages Tuesday occurred at UCLA.

Two parking structures and two buildings were damaged, including UCLA's recently renovated Pauley Pavilion, the site for UCLA men's and women's basketball, volleyball and women's gymnastics. Water covered the basketball court. The John Wooden recreation center was also damaged.

Hundreds of people were stranded Tuesday night, unable to access their cars trapped in the damaged parking structures. Firefighters searched 200 cars and deployed two swift water rescue teams looking for trapped motorists. Cars on the lower level of Parking Lot 7 were submerged in three-and-a-half feet of water.

Mud and water also covered the university's Drake Stadium -- a track-and-field facility -- along with the nearby intramural athletic field.

UCLA officials were expected to assess the total damages after they finish pumping water out of the buildings, Block said.

"We have a lot of damage assessment to do in the next couple of days but, we’ll do it and we're Bruins and we’ll get back on our feet," UCLA representative Tod Tamberg said.

Even as firefighters urged people to stay away from the area on Tuesday, the spectacle drew students, attending fall orientation, to the water. Some skimboarded and swam in it. Two students sat in water up to their chests on a stairwell as if it was a hot tub.

Water cascaded down steps into an underground parking structure and pooled as high as five feet.

Students trudged through knee-deep water as they walked across campus.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is out of state on vacation, said he was "closely monitoring the situation" and in contact with DWP, police and fire officials, along with UCLA, "to make sure we are leading a closely coordinated response."

Water service was briefly interrupted for some residents near the break, but it was restored quickly, DWP officials said.

The flood comes in the wake of a statewide ban on public water waste as California officials approved fines of up to $500 a day for violators earlier this month.

Jane Yamamoto contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Kennedy Cousin to Return to Court]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:42:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/michael+skakel+released+bond.jpg

Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel appeared in Stamford Superior Court on Wednesday to face the state's appeal of a ruling nearly a year ago that allowed his release from prison, pending a new trial in the case of the 1975 murder of Greenwich neighbor Martha Moxley.

Skakel said he's been spending as much time with his family as he can. Asked if he was enjoying his time out of prison, he said, "I wouldn't say enjoying."

Last October, after serving more than 11 years in jail for his 2002 conviction in Moxley's murder, a judge ruled that Skakel's former trial attorney failed to adequately represent him in 2002 and granted him a new trial. After posting bail, he walked free from prison last November.

The state is hoping a judge will reverse that decision. If the judge doesn't rule in their favor, Skakel will be granted a new trial. His attorneys are fighting to keep him a free man.

The Greenwich Time reported that Skakel's defense is also filing motions to bar audio tapes Skakel made for a memoir from being used in future court proceedings. The audio tapes were meant as a resource for ghost writer Richard Hoffman to pen Skakel's book, "Dead Man Talking: A Kennedy Cousin Comes Clean," the newspaper reported.

Skakel's attorneys told NBC's Today Show they plan to argue that the tapes, used as evidence in the previous trial, should be inadmissible this time, claiming police illegally seized the tapes from Skakel's ghostwriter and that the audio files have been selectively edited out of context.

Gary Galanis, a family friend of Skakel's, told NBC News that "the implication is that Michael was there confessing to to the crime on this tape. That's not the case at all." The tapes do contain an admission by Skakel to engaging in sexual activity in a tree outside of Moxley's home the night she was murdered. Skakel was 15 years old at the time of the murder.

Skakel's criminal defense attorney, Stephan Seeger told NBC's Ron Mott that he's ready to prove his client is innocent.

"And that's something that the public needs to know. And I think that if the public learns more about the evidence we have especially more approximate evidence that people will start to change their mind about what happened in this case," he said.

During a 10-minute court proceeding Wednesday, the judge ordered the prosecution and defense to compile a list of Skakel's belongings to be returned and ordered all evidence preserved.

Skakel declined to comment on his way out of court.

Moxley's family released a statement about Skakel's appearance on Wednesday.

"It's our hope that the judge's decision will be overturned and the conviction will be reinstated and that Michael Skakel will go back to jail where he belongs," the statement read.

<![CDATA[Frisco Begins Accelerated Collection of Old Recycling Carts]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:21:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cwd-recycling.jpg

Frustrated homeowners in Frisco will see their curbs cleaned up Wednesday.

The city is starting accelerated collections of old recycling carts.

For months, the bins have been overflowing while the city switched recycling contractors.  The switch delayed service for some residents.

All old carts should be removed within the next two weeks.

The new contractor starts service on Friday, Aug. 1.

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<![CDATA[Teen Accused of Stabbing Classmate Hours Before Prom Due in Court]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:46:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/chris+plaskon+in+court+2.jpg

A Connecticut teen accused of stabbing his classmate to death at a Milford high school hours before the prom is due in court on Wednesday.

Christopher Plaskon, 17, is accused of stabbing and killing Maren Sanchez, also 16, inside Jonathan Law High School in April in an attack some students said might have been motivated by anger that she would not go to the prom with him. He pleaded not guilty in June.

Plaskon, who has been charged as an adult with murder, waived a trial by jury and his case will insted go before a three-judge panel.

His defense team said has said it is considering a mental health defense and believe that a three-judge panel might handle that better.

Plaskon is being held at Manson Youth Training Institute, a correctional facility in Cheshire for boys and young men between the ages of 12 and 19.

Police have said Plaskon was spotted just moments after the April 25 stabbing with blood on his hands and clothing. "I did it. Just arrest me," he told authorities, according to police paperwork released. Police said they recovered a knife in the hallway, not far from where Sanchez was attacked.

The medical examiner concluded that Sanchez died of stab wounds to the torso and neck. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Defense attorney Richard Meehan said in an e-mail that Plaskon will be in court with his uncle, who has been appointed his guardian. He said did not offer further comment on the defense efforts.


<![CDATA[FC Dallas Trades Jacobson to Expansion New York]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:24:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/492807565.jpg

FC Dallas has traded midfielder Andrew Jacobson to expansion New York City FC for a third-round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.

The deal was announced Tuesday, about eight months before New York's newest team starts play in Yankee Stadium next March. Jacobson becomes the fifth player on the expansion team's roster.

Jacobson, 28, started 85 of his 98 matches with Dallas since being acquired in a trade from Philadelphia on Feb. 18, 2011. He has five goals and seven assists in 140 career games.

For the rest of this year, Jacobson will be on loan to Stabaek in Norway, a team coached by former U.S. National team coach Bob Bradley.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Rally Falls Short to Yankees 12-11]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:18:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/rangers072914.jpg

Brett Gardner had four hits to go with a tremendous sliding catch and the New York Yankees held on for a 12-11 victory at Texas on Tuesday night in spite of J.P. Arencibia's seven RBIs.

Gardner had a leadoff homer and two doubles, and he reached base twice in a seven-run sixth that put the Yankees ahead to stay.

He started the inning with a double and scored on Carlos Beltran's two run-single, then reached on a three-base error that deflected off two outfielders and sent home the rally's final run.

Arencibia homered twice and drove in seven runs for Texas, including a grand slam. He also had two doubles to be the first Rangers player with four extra-base hits since Josh Hamilton's four-homer game at Baltimore on May 8, 2012.

The last player with at least seven RBIs in a loss was Jonathan Lucroy in 2012, when Milwaukee fell to the Cubs, STATS said.

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<![CDATA[Online Robbery Suspect Shot By Fort Worth Police]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:15:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/236*120/ftworth1.JPG

A Fort Worth police officer shot a serial robbery suspect Tuesday afternoon during an undercover sting operation in south Fort Worth.

The suspect would lure his victims through advertisements posted on Internet sites like Craigslist and Facebook, according to police.

A police report on Wednesday identified the suspect as Joshua Jaramillo, 18, of Fort Worth. He has been arrested for aggravated assault on a public servant and aggravated robbery. He is listed as being at the Mansfield Jail where he's being held on $60,000 bond.

"According to the ad, they were selling shoes, but what they were really doing is robbing the people that came to meet them," said Cpl. Tracey Knight.

Knight said the suspect, Jaramillo, pulled a gun when officers tried to arrest him, so they shot him while in the parking lot of an electronics store in the 6300 block of South McCart Avenue around 3:30 p.m.

No officers were wounded. Jaramillo was taken to a local hospital and later booked into jail.

Another person was also taken into custody at an apartment on Finbro Drive near the scene of the shooting, police said.

One of the suspects lives in the apartment with his girlfriend, 22-year-old Marissa Falter, who spoke with NBC 5 as police officers were executing a search warrant and removing bags of evidence from her home.

"I mean, it's shocking, but I still love him," Falter said. "I'm trying to find out more information, why they did it. But, other than that, I have no idea."

Minutes after speaking with reporters, Falter was arrested by police on an unrelated warrant and taken into police headquarters for questioning.

"It's all because of him. If she wasn't with him, none of this would have happened," Falter's sister, Miranda Tijerina, told NBC 5. "She wouldn't be involved in any of this."

The shoes in question during the sting operation Tuesday were a pair of Nike Air Jordan 11s, posted for sale on a Facebook group site called "DFW Jordan Shoes SIZE 8-15." But, according to police, the suspects would also use Criagslist to lure unsuspecting victims.

"This suspect is suspected of several robberies from Craigslist from Fort Worth, throughout the Mid-Cities area. He posts items on Craigslist, usually tennis shoes, and when he meets his victims he robs them at gunpoint," Knight said.

Knight said the wounded suspect showed a distinctive firearm that was reported in past crimes which helped confirm he was the right man.

Knight said it is wise to arrange a meeting for an online purchase in a public place, but would-be robbers can still take advantage of potential buyers because the robber expects the buyer to be carrying cash.

So, Knight suggested buyers offer only to look at an expensive item on an initial visit and arrange payment separately.

And Knight said robbers should be aware the buyer could be an undercover police officer like the ones who were waiting for this deal Tuesday.

NBC 5's Chris Van Horne and Ben Russell contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Arlington Flood Plain Transformed Into Park]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:54:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Clarence+Foster+Park+arlington.jpg

As Eric Ogle watches his son run around on the playground at the new Clarence Foster Park, he says he can’t believe this was an area devastated by flooding just a few years ago.

“It took something that was kind of a disaster and not such a nice thing, then turned it into, hopefully, a great gift back to the city of Arlington,” said Ogle.

In 2010, nearby Rush Creek flooded, leaving homes and cars underwater and people trapped. Wanting to avoid those problems in the future, city leaders felt they should try to get houses out of that flood plain and turn the space into a park.

“They organized a voluntary buyout and 49 homeowners chose to participate,” said Kurt Beilharz, Parks Project Manager for the City of Arlington. “So, 49 homes were purchased and they were knocked down.”

Now that work on the project is nearly complete, Ogle said he’s glad the city made that decision.

“It’s great,” said Ogle. “It’s a beautiful park. It’s a great investment. They did a really, really good job.”

In addition to the extra green space, the park has a brand-new playground with built-in coverings, new wide, concrete running and biking trails and outdoor exercise equipment.

Crews are finishing up work on a new parking lot and lighting system for the park. They hope to be completely done within the next two weeks.

“I think it’s been a great transformation,” said Beilharz. “I think this is one of the nicest parks Arlington has now.”

Jake Ogle agrees.

“I like the new swings,” said Ogle.

Both he and his dad said they look forward to spending many more days there.

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<![CDATA[Tarleton State Dedicates Season to Team 'Momma']]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:15:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Momma+Cheryl.jpg

The Tarleton State Texans are mourning the loss of the team's director of operations for the past 14 years.

Cheryl Spellmeier died this past weekend in a car crash involving a tractor trailer, and at the Lone Star Conference media day on Tuesday, the players who thought of her as a second mother said they will dedicate the season to her.

"I have known her for five years now. She raised great men," said senior Clifton Rhodes.

"I came in eyes red, watery. I came in and she said, 'Well, you have allergies.' I never had allergies before and she said, 'In Stephenville you do.' She knew which medicine to get," said senior Charles Moore.

Spellmeier was the first face some of the players ever saw in the football program and held the title of director of operations

But to many of them, she was simply "Momma," there to remind them about academics and to teach the lessons of life.

"Just her talking to me and I'm like, 'Wow.' I could be having a bad day and she could come over and show me a picture of something, like, 'Your life isn't that bad.' And I start smiling. She always brought a smile to my face," added Rhodes.

Rhodes' face still lights up when he talks about her

Coach Cary Fowler said he has never seen anyone so ingrained in her job with passion for people and students.

"If they have to come see the head coach, it is not always good. But the worst thing for them is they had to sit in my office before they made it to her office. And she would get onto them. And they were shameful of anything happening because they never wanted to let her down," said Fowler.

Now, the players will return the favor.

"Without a doubt we will dedicate the season to her. I know we have a guardian angel watching over us now," Fowler said.

A memorial service for Spellmeier is set for Friday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. at Saint Mary's Catholic Church.

The school has started a scholarship in her memory, and you can contact the development office to donate.

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<![CDATA[Cities Skip Spraying Despite Positive West Nile Tests]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:04:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mosquito+Spraying+03.jpg

When mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in some North Texas cities you may not see spray trucks on city streets.

Colleyville had four different mosquito pools that tested positive for the virus, but city officials said they won't spray until there's a human case.

Three of the positive test results came from the Windview Estates near Cheek-Sparger Road. Henry Camperlengo lives in the neighborhood and said he puts on bug spray when he goes out.

"Yes, it concerns me, but I don't know what, other than to protect myself with the insect repellent, I can do," said Camperlengo.

Despite guidelines from the Tarrant County Public Health Department regarding when to spray when there's a West Nile-positive mosquito, Colleyville and a handful of other cities don't.

Many wait until there's a human case, and a Colleyville spokesperson said that's how many residents want it.

Dr. Joon Lee, with the University of North Texas Health Science Center, said spraying "helps."

"We just don't know how much it helps," he said. "The question is always when to spray"

Colleyville uses a larvicide program that involves placing larvicide briquettes in standing pools of water.  The larvicide has the same result as spraying, and that's eliminating mosquitoes.

Camperlengo prefers that method over seeing spraying trucks in his neighborhood.

"I think that the spraying probably kills just as many beneficial insects as it does dangerous insects," he said.

<![CDATA[UCLA Students Deal With "Knee-Deep" Water on Campus]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:38:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/ucla-flooding-10.jpg

A carnivalesque atmosphere took place at UCLA on Tuesday afternoon as a 30-inch water main busted a 15-foot hole in a street, sending millions of gallons of water rushing onto campus and nearby roads and stranding hundreds of people whose cars were parked in water-damaged parking structures.

Photos on social media showed students sitting in chest-high water in a flooded stairwell as if it was a hot tub, playing in ankle-deep water and walking with their pants rolled up as crews worked to cap the 93-year-old water pipe.

"It was crazy, cars are flooded, people are stuck here," said one student, who left a campus book store to go skimboarding on a flooded field.

The rising water prevented some students from getting to their dorms, cars and classes. Firefighters provided escorts in some of the more heavily flooded areas.

"I was knee-deep in water, I had to take my shoes off even though they still got soaked," said another student, Aaliyah Ricks."I almost slipped a couple of times."

Firefighters performed five rescue operations, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. No injuries were reported.

"Trying to get the cars out was very hectic, it took a long time," said Doug Waters, a third-year economics student. "It was not like a flash flood and it rose immediately, it was more...slowly rising."

The ruptured water main released 9 million gallons of fresh water in the first two hours, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said.

UCLA student Natalie Bautista and her family were unable to get to their family minivan parked in Parking Structure 7 Tuesday night. Her mother Lidia drover from San Bernardino to see her daughter and normally parks in a different structure, but wanted to be close to Pauley Pavilion Tuesday.

"Oh my gosh I just want to go home now," Lidia said.

Bautista's family is staying with her in her Westwood apartment Tuesday night.

The water main was shut down slowly and gradually to prevent shock to the system and further damage.

The surrounding neighborhood was also affected.

"I have no water, and nor do my neighbors. I called a few of them to see what's going on," said Barbara Dobkin, who lives in a neighborhood just west of UCLA.

Water was restored to nearby residents by Tuesday evening.

Details about what caused the water main break were not immediately clear.

<![CDATA[LA Water Main Break Floods Twitter]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:26:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/167*120/kenny+holmes+water+rush+ucla.JPG

UCLA students took to social media to share their horror, amazement and even humor as a massive water main break left their campus underwater Tuesday.

"Damn it, L.A. Don't you know California is in a drought?" Kristen Shilton tweeted.

"At least UCLA has a waterfront view?" Mike Roe joked.

"Not worried about the water still flooding out of the sinkhole. I'm worried about what everything's gonna look like after the water clears," Twitter user UCLA_Nation wrote.

"We're practically underwater right now. You can hardly even recognize parts of Campus," they added.

One athlete tweeted that the flood had provided a welcome break from a workout, tweeting, "UCLA flooding saved us from doing 300s."

Scroll down to see more of the tweets, and some of the amazing images users shared.




Live Blog Sunset Blvd. Water Main Break

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<![CDATA[Cyclospora Cases Continue to Rise in North Texas]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:12:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cyclospora1.jpg

The number of cyclospora cases continues to rise in North Texas and across the state.

The Texas Department of Health Services now reports 110 confirmed cyclospora cases in the state.

Dallas County is reporting a quarter of the cases in the entire state. It now has 27, after 10 more were confirmed Tuesday. Tarrant County continues to have 13 cases, but health officials there expect to see more.

While the cases continue to climb, the search for the cause goes on as well. Tarrant County Public Health said the exact cause of this summer's outbreak is far from being determined, but it's still likely from an imported food that was contaminated in the field or in a factory.

"A lot of these are complex foods. It may be an item that gets associated and put in with other items and you can't tease it out, which one is it?" said Russell Jones, TCPH's chief epidemiologist. "But as we get more cases, we'll get closer to getting an idea as to what the problem is."

Jones told the Tarrant County Commissioners Court on Tuesday that, like last year, North Texas is once again the center of the outbreak.

"That's probably due to distribution channels that we don't understand at this point," Jones said.

Last year, the state saw 351 total cases and, as of Tuesday, had 110 cases in 2014. In previous years, there may have only been single or double digits.

While health departments continue to track the spread and the source, they also say the best way to prevent the parasite is to simply wash everything before eating it, even if you think it's already been cleaned.

And while only 13 cases are listed in Tarrant County, it's likely far more people have actually gotten sick.

"You figure there's quite a few more for every case we get," Jones said.

Jones said people either don't go to doctors or get treated clinically and are never tested for the parasite.

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<![CDATA[NYC Elevator Attack Caught on Video]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:03:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/elevator+robbery+bk.jpg

Police are looking for two men they say followed an 18-year-old woman into a Brooklyn apartment building elevator, then punched and kicked her before running away with her purse.

The robbers followed the woman into her Midwood building after 9:30 p.m. Sunday, video shows, and then into the elevator. The woman appears to try to get off the elevator, only to be stopped by the men, who drag her out by her hair, throw her to the floor, then punch and kick her repeatedly. 

They then run out of the building with her purse, and one of the suspects tosses the bag as they flee.

The victim was treated for bruising around the eyes at Coney Island Hospital. 

Records show felony assaults are up year over year in the 70th Precinct, where the assault took place: there were 160 reports of assaults in the last year, compared to 141 at this time last year.

Robberies, however, are down: there were 157 reported in the last year compared to 178 at this time last year.

Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. 

-- Gus Rosendale contributed to this report