<![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, 27 Jul 2016 05:08:08 -0500Wed, 27 Jul 2016 05:08:08 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Push Underway for DPD Pay Increase]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:51:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas+police+car.jpg

A growing push for improved police pay and manpower is underway after the July 7 ambush that killed five police officers in Dallas.

"I think there's renewed commitment to making that happen," said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.

The push could be helped by the 10-percent increase in certified Dallas city and county tax values released Tuesday.

The increases put many taxpayers in line for higher tax bills depending on the rates local government leaders set in the next two months.

"I think it's great news that this city is growing," said Rawlings. "It says that we're doing something right. Now we have to keep doing those things right in the future."

Some elected leaders are pushing for rate cuts to offset rising values for taxpayers while other leaders want the extra tax money used to improve services.

"We've seen very clearly what police do for us, and it is definitely time to figure out what we do for police," said Dallas Councilman Phil Kingston. "I think that that translates politically into increasing rookie and young officer pay."

Last week eight of the nine Fort Worth officers to graduate from a transferring officer class were former Dallas police officers.

"We do need more officers. We also have a lot of baby boomers who are retiring, so it's kind of a perfect storm," Councilman Erik Wilson said.

Police must compete with other Dallas citizen service demands including neglected streets, the No. 1 resident complaint, according to Dallas leaders.

"We've fallen behind on our street maintenance and unfortunately we have to pay the price for that," Wilson said.

The Dallas city manager is working on a budget plan to present for City Council debate next month. Several members have said they want tax rate reduction included.

"I think we're going to try to be as responsible as we can with the money that comes in," Kingston said.

Taxpayers and local government leaders across North Texas are facing the same debate over property value increases.

The overall certified tax value increase posted Tuesday for Collin County was 12.34 percent. Tarrant County reported a preliminary value increase of 19 percent earlier this year before appraisal protests were completed.

<![CDATA[North TX Family Reunited with Pet After Nearly Seven Years]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:09:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/montez+family+corky.jpg

A North Texas family has a reunion story that is a testament to the power of microchips.

In mid-2009 the Montez family's dog, Corky, left home and never came back.

They searched for Corky for six months but then had to move from the Decatur area to Fort Worth, thinking they would never see Corky again.

But on Saturday, they got a call from the Humane Society of North Texas, where they originally adopted Corky. A good Samaritan found three dogs on a major highway and although one had been tragically injured and did not survive, the other two did, and one of the survivors was Corky, the same terrier the Montez family had adopted from the same shelter nearly seven years earlier.

The family was soon reunited.

"We looked for Corky for about six months before we moved, and we knew he was microchipped and he had a collar, so we were just waiting for one day he would come home. So we were very excited," Kimberly Montez said.

The family decided to also adopt the surviving dog found with Corky, named Captain. They now join two other dogs, along with a total of four children – two more than the Montezes when Corky disappeared.

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<![CDATA[DNC Day 2: Clinton's Historic Nomination and Other Top Moments]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:08:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-583550834-dnc.jpg

Ninety-six years after women won the right to vote, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic Party's nominee for president on Tuesday, the first woman to represent a major political party.

"When women succeed, America succeeds," said U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi became the first woman to serve as speaker of the House of Representatives in 2007 and served in that role until 2011. 

Here was that historical moment and others on the second day of the Democratic National Convention.

History Is Made

Democrats formally nominated Hillary Clinton for the presidency Tuesday evening, the first major political party to choose a woman as its candidate.

Her nomination ends two hard-fought primaries for her, the first of which she lost to President Barack Obama eight years ago.

The former secretary of state, New York senator and first lady sparks intense loyalty among her backers but also intense dislike, a legacy of the scandals that have plagued her long career.

Her name was placed in nomination in the afternoon by civil rights icon John Lewis, the congressman from Georgia, and Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest-serving woman in Congress.

"Eight years ago, our party, the Democratic Party, nominated and elected the first person of color to ever serve in the White House not just for one term, but two terms," Lewis said. "Tonight, tonight, on this night, we will shatter that glass ceiling again."

Mikulski, who will retire this year, said, "On behalf of all the women who've broken down barriers for others, and with an eye toward the barriers ahead, I proudly place Hillary Clinton's name in nomination to be the next president."

South Dakota put her over the top in votes.

The last state to cast its votes was Vermont, the home of her rival this year, Sen. Bernie Sanders. He said: "I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States."

"The Best Darn Change-Maker"

Former President Bill Clinton described his wife to the Democratic National Convention as the "best darn change-maker I have even known," a woman uniquely qualified to be president. But first he started with the story of how they met as students at Yale Law school.

"She walked the whole length of the library, came up to me and said, 'If you're going to keep staring at me' — and now I'm staring back — 'we at least ought to now each other's name. I'm Hillary Rodham. Who are you?'"

He said he later asked her to walk with him to an art museum.

"We've been walking and talking and laughing together ever since," he said. "And we've done it in good times and bad, through joy and heartbreak. … We've built up a lifetime of memories."

Clinton's speech re-introduced his wife to Americans, detailing her legacy of work on behalf of civil rights, children and families. He talked of her starting a legal aid clinic in Arkansas, getting expanded health care for children after the first attempt at health reform failed, registering voters in Texas and serving as U.S. senator from New York and then secretary of state.

"Hillary will make us stronger together," he said. "You know it because she spent a lifetime doing it."

He said that Hillary Clinton worked with people with disabilities, helping to ensure they had equal access to education.

"She never made fun of people with disabilities," he said, a reference to the Republican nominee Donald Trump, who has been accused of mocking a reporter who is disabled. "She tried to empower them."

Bill Clinton asked: How does the woman he talked about square with the one described by the Republicans?

"One is real, the other is made up," he said.

If you're a hard working immigrant who obeys the law and loves the United States, choose immigration reform over a candidate who wants to send you back, he said. If you're a Muslim who loves the country and freedom and hates terrorism, stay here and help the United States win, he said.

"If you're a young African-American disillusioned and afraid, we saw in Dallas how great our police officers can be, help us build a future where nobody's afraid to walk outside," he said.

At the end of the day's session, Hillary Clinton appeared by satellite and told the audience, "I can't believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet."

"And if there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, let me just say: 'I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next.'"

Bernie or Bust? Bust, says Bernie

Earlier, Sanders worked to rein in his backers. A day after they jeered Clinton and protested the leaked emails that showed party officials working to torpedo his candidacy, the senator from Vermont worked to tamp down his die-hard fans’ determination to keep fighting for him. On the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, he made the rounds of the state delegations and urged support for his former rival. Donald Trump needs to be stopped, he said.

"It's easy to boo," he told delegates from California. "But it is harder to look your kids in the face who will be living under a Donald Trump presidency."

Not all of his backers listened. Dozens of his delegates walked out of the convention, held a sit-in and pledged to leave the Democratic party in protest. They claimed that their votes had been stolen by the Democratic National Committee.  

Black Lives Matter

A half-dozen women whose children were killed by violence, Mothers of the Movement, endorsed Clinton as a leader who would bring about change and who would support needed gun legislation.

Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, pulled over in a traffic stop in Texas and later found hanging in a jail cell, said Clinton would lead the country to restoration and change.

"She knows that when a young, black life is cut short, it's not just a loss, it's a personal loss," said Reed-Veal, who has said she does not believe her daughter killed herself. "It is a national loss. It is a loss that diminishes all of us. What a blessing tonight to be standing here, so that Sandy can still speak through her mama."

The Texas trooper who stopped Bland was fired earlier this year.

Lucia McBath, whose son Jordan Davis was shot to death in Florida in a dispute over loud music, called the majority of police officers good people doing a good job. She urged building a future where police officers and communities worked together to keep children like her son safe.

"Hillary Clinton isn't afraid to say that black lives matter," McBath said. "She isn't afraid to sit at a table with grieving mothers and bear the full force of our anguish. She doesn't build walls around her heart."

The man who killed her son, Michael Dunn, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Joining them was Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood volunteer. Zimmerman was found not guilty of Martin's death.

"Hillary Clinton has the compassion and understanding to support grieving mothers," Fulton said. "She has the courage to lead the fight for common-sense gun legislation."

Love Trumps Hate

Actresses Lena Dunham and America Ferrera had some pointed jokes for Trump.

Dunham: "According to Donald Trump my body is probably like a '2.'"

Ferrera: "And according to Donald Trump I’m probably a rapist."

Dunham: "But America you're not Mexican."

Ferrera: "And President Obama isn't Kenyan, Lena. But that doesn't stop Donald."

"Love Trumps Hate," they concluded at the end their speech.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 1 Wounded in Shooting in Mansfield: Police]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:56:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mansfield-shooting.jpg

Police said one man was killed and another wounded in a shooting in Mansfield Thursday night.

Mansfield Police Department spokeswoman Sonia Brannen said the two men were shot in the 1500 block of Aspen Court at about 10:30 p.m.

The victims were transported to John Peter Smith Hospital where one of them was pronounced dead, according to Brannen. The other victim was released.

No further details were released.

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<![CDATA[Man Sells Fake Cancer Cure]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:13:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/2016-07-26_2312.png

A Virginia man is accused of selling fake cancer drugs to patients for thousands of dollars, according to Manassas, Virginia, police.

Investigators said Peter Adeniji, 67, was posing as a medical professional and operating a fraudulent business out of a building on Forest Pine Circle. They said he charged cancer patients $1,200 for one dose of an herbal mixture Adeniji promised would cure them from cancer.

Adeniji was arrested at his home in Manassas on Monday. Police believe there are more victims in the community, across the country and internationally.

Anyone with information about this case should contact the Manassas City police.

<![CDATA[Fact Check: Democrat Convention Day 2]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 03:29:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/583559136-hillary-clinton-dnc-video-glass-ceiling.jpg

PHILADELPHIA — On a night headlined by President Bill Clinton’s admiration for his wife — the now official Democratic nominee — there was a less-than-glowing treatment of some facts.

  • Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean claimed that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s “whole” health care plan was to replace the Affordable Care Act with “quote, ‘Something so much better.'” In fact, Trump has released a seven-point health care plan
  • Bill Clinton said that the United States’ approval rating soared 20 percentage points during the time that Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. But analyses of the U.S.’s global ratings don’t support such a claim.
  • Former Attorney General Eric Holder said “1 in 3 black men will be incarcerated in their lifetimes,” an outdated projection based on the incarceration rate for black males as of 2001. That rate has declined since then.
  • Bill Clinton said that Arkansas schools went from “worst” when he started as governor to one of two “most improved,” and he gave Hillary Clinton much of the credit. The record is mixed: An expert did say in 1992 that the state had made progress, but the New York Times reported then that the state was “still near the bottom in most national ratings.”
  • Sen. Barbara Boxer repeated a convention talking point, claiming that Trump said that “wages are too high.” He was talking about a $15 minimum wage being too high.
  • Dean said that GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence “voted to end Medicare as we know it.” Pence did vote for a budget plan that called for a major change to Medicare, but it would have retained a health insurance system for seniors.

Note to Readers

This story was written with the help of the entire staff, including some of those based in Philadelphia who are at the convention site. As we did for the Republican National Convention, we intend to vet the major speeches at the Democratic National Convention for factual accuracy, applying the same standards to both.


Trump’s Health Care Plan

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean said Donald Trump’s “whole plan” for health care was to replace Obamacare with “quote, ‘Something so much better.'” Dean added: “Six-word plan for health care.” In fact, Trump has more than 1,000 words on his plans for health care on his campaign website.

Dean: Now, Donald Trump has a plan, too. He would rip up Obamacare and throw 20 million people off their health insurance; Donald Trump will take us back to a time when insurance companies could deny you coverage if you have a preexisting condition, or he will take you back to the time where insurance companies could charge you more just because you are a woman. And what is he going to replace this with? Quote: “Something so much better.” “Yuge,” no doubt. That’s it. That’s the whole plan right there. Six-word plan for health care.

Dean was referring to comments from Trump at a debate in February, when he said, “We are going to replace Obamacare with something so much better.” Even then, he went on to say the replacement should rely on private insurance and do something to help low-income Americans. And in March, he released a seven-point plan.

It calls for: repealing the Affordable Care Act, allowing the sale of insurance across state lines, allowing individuals who buy their own health insurance to take a tax deduction for the cost of premiums, enabling health savings accounts that could be used by other family members or inherited by heirs, changing Medicaid to a block-grant program, instituting price transparency, and allowing the sale of imported drugs.

Trump’s plan calls these ideas “simply a place to start,” but it’s far from a “six-word plan.”

The list of proposals doesn’t include subsidies or other aid to low-income Americans. It doesn’t say anything about keeping the ACA provisions that Dean mentions — requiring insurance companies to cover those with preexisting conditions and not charge higher premiums based on gender. And an analysis by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget supports Dean’s claim that Trump’s repeal-and-replace plan would “throw 20 million people off their health insurance.”

CRFB said that the two aspects of the plan that would increase insurance coverage — selling insurance across state lines and allowing a tax deduction for premiums — would “only cover 5 percent of the 22 million individuals who would lose coverage upon the repeal of Obamacare.” That estimate relies on past figures from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on the impact of similar proposals.

So far, the number of uninsured has dropped by 15.2 million people since 2008, before President Obama took office, through 2015, according to the most recent data from the National Health Interview Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Obama administration puts the total who have gained coverage under the ACA at 20 million through early 2016.

U.S. Approval Ratings

Bill Clinton said that the United States’ approval rating soared 20 percentage points during the time that Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. But analyses of the U.S.’s global ratings don’t support such a claim.

Bill Clinton: That’s why the approval of the United States was 20 points higher when she left the Secretary of State’s office than when she took it.

Hillary Clinton served as the United States secretary of state from January 21, 2009, to February 1, 2013.

We asked the Clinton campaign to support this claim, but got no response.

But three different international polls show the country’s approval ratings went up during Clinton’s tenure, but then dipped again before the end of her term, according to an analysis by Bloomberg Politics.

Weighting the poll data from several different countries by their populations, Bloomberg found mixed results.

The Toronto-based GlobeScan poll, which asks whether the U.S. is “having a mainly positive or mainly negative influence in the world,” found that sentiment improved during the first two years of Clinton’s tenure, but fell to nearly the point where it was when she took office.

The Pew Research Center, which asks, “Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of the U.S.?” found the favorability rating of the U.S. rose steeply in 2009 and continued to improve through April 2010. But then “net favorability fell steeply, and continued to decline until just after her departure,” Bloomberg stated.

Gallup’s U.S.-Global Leadership Project, which asks, “Do you approve or disapprove of the job performance of the leadership of the United States?” didn’t start polling until August 2009, seven months after Secretary Clinton’s start date. Bloomberg found that from August 2009 until the summer of 2011, the Gallup measure declined — and then essentially remained flat for the next two years.

None of this supports former President Clinton’s claim of a 20-point boost in U.S. approval. Furthermore, none of the polls asked specifically about the role of the secretary of State, as opposed to that of her boss, President Obama.

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<![CDATA[Tarrant Co. Employee Victim of DUI Crash May Lose Settlement]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:27:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tarco+law+hit.jpg

A Tarrant County Sheriff's Department employee will go before the County Commissioners Court next week to ask them not to follow the letter of the law, but the spirit of a newer law.

Michelle Charles, who works at the Tarrant County Jail, was on her way to work Feb. 14, 2012, when she was hit by a drunk driver.

"When the fire department showed up," Charles explained through tears, "they thought it was a rollover because the vehicle was so bad."

Charles' car was wrecked, and her back was injured. She paid about $20,000 out of pocket for a newer used car and to cover her insurance deductibles. The county paid about $83,000 of her medical bills. Charles got a $100,000 settlement from the DUI driver's insurance company, but may never see any of that money.

"It's not fair," lamented Charles. "I love my job and I love the county I work for, but I feel like I did everything I'm supposed to do, and for nothing."

Legally, an insurance settlement entitles Tarrant County to 100-percent reimbursement for the medical bills it paid. That's what the law said when the crash and most of Charles' medical expenses were incurred. State legislators realized there was an issue when they passed a new law that took effect in January 2014 that allows just 30-percent reimbursement. Charles' attorney, Tim Brandenburg, is hoping the spirit of the newer law will help his client.

"It's unusual for me as an attorney," explained Brandenburg. "I'm actually going to ask them to do the fair thing."

Brandenburg is bringing his case before the Tarrant County Commissioners Court on Aug. 2. Commissioners have the discretion to change the amount of reimbursement.

"If we don't win an appeal to the commissioners, I think it's very likely that Michelle is not going to make any recovery at all," Brandenburg said.

He is suggesting 30-percent reimbursement.

"I'm the one that was the victim," Charles said. "It seems now I'm the victim again."

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<![CDATA[Worker Denied Service to Cop]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:04:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Noodles+and+Company+072616.jpg

A cook at a Virginia restaurant refused to serve an Alexandria police officer in uniform Monday night, according to the police union.

The female officer went to Noodles & Company on Duke Street in Alexandria for dinner. While standing in line, a cook came out of the kitchen, approached the cashier, pointed at the officer and allegedly told the employee "You’re going to have to take me off the line, I ain’t serving that," according to Alexandria Committee of Police Vice President Peter Feltham.

“The officer realized what was happening and rather than making an incident of it, the officer just left the business,” Feltham said.

A representative with the Alexandria Police Union and Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook met with restaurant management Tuesday.

“These are very difficult times right now in our relations with everyone, and to have one of my officers treated in that manner unnecessarily, your first response is anger,” Cook said. “Then you calm down a bit and say let’s just find out what happened.”

Noodles & Company told News4 it does not “tolerate any form of discrimination.” The restaurant said management reached out to the officer but hasn’t spoken to her yet.

The restaurant said it is interviewing the employees involved.

“We will continue to look into the situation and will take the appropriate actions at the conclusion of this review,” the restaurant said in a statement.

The police union said the restaurant is already taking steps to amend the matter, and has agreed to post signs on their door that they support blue lives,” Feltham said.

Cook said this type of incident is extremely rare for his officers, and praised the female officer’s response.

“I must say we have tremendous support from the Alexandria business community, so this is an anomaly for one of my officers to walk into a business and run into this type of attitude,” Cook said.

In a statement sent Tuesday afternoon, Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg emphasized that the officer didn't publicize the incident herself and asked that the news media and the public respect her privacy.

"We thank the company for reaching out to the Alexandria Police Department about this unfortunate situation, and we believe that our officer’s experience was not representative of the company’s values or policies," Silberberg added. "At this point, further investigation is an internal matter for the company. We are grateful to her and to all who serve with honor every day so that we may live in safety and peace."

Noodles & Company issued a statement:

"Noodles & Company expects the highest ethical and personal behavior from its team members. We value each of our guests and are committed to treating every one with dignity and respect. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination.

"We are working with the appropriate authorities and local police association representatives to get to the bottom of, and resolve this matter as quickly as possible. We have made efforts to reach out to the police officer involved, but have not yet spoken with her. We will continue to look into the situation and will take the appropriate actions at the conclusion of this review."

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<![CDATA[Concerns Over Protest Planned in Downtown Dallas]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:56:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/main+street++garden+dallas.jpg

People who live in downtown Dallas are preparing for another protest this Friday.

It is being planned by the Next Generation Action Network, the same organization behind the July 7 rally, after which five police officers were shot and killed.

Blue ribbons and a pro-police banner are still hanging at Main Street Garden, where the protest is being planned.

Organizers say it will begin with a set of speeches at the park followed by a silent march down Dallas streets.

"I'll try to stay indoors and keep track of social media and the news and try to make sure everything's okay," said Adriana Trevino, who lives near the park.

At a community meeting at Friendship West Baptist Church in Oak Cliff on Tuesday, organizer David Villalobos said the protest will be peaceful.

"Unity and peace," he said. "That's exactly what you can expect this Friday."

Villalobos said the march will be silent out of respect for the fallen officers.

He says the organization has been working with Dallas police, making sure safety measures are in place so that history won't repeat itself.

"We must continue our mission. We have to stand strong for justice here not only in Dallas but in America," Villalobos said.

In an email, a spokesperson for the Dallas Police Department said it is fully aware of the rally adding it is "preparing to have the necessary resources in place to provide the safest environment possible for our officers and the demonstrators."

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<![CDATA[Hoping Randy Gregory Gets the Help He Needs]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:42:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/081715+Vic+Cowboys+19.JPG

It was a preseason game that had just been played between the Cowboys and Chargers, but the parking lot outside Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego felt NFL regular season-esque.  Even almost two hours after the game had concluded traffic was still ridiculous.

As NBC 5 sports photographer Noah Bullard and I (more him than me, but who’s keeping score?) carried and rolled our television equipment away from the stadium and toward our rented SUV, we almost ran over two men wearing navy blue jackets leaning against a fence.  One of them, the larger of the two, was holding a pizza and flashed a big smile.

It was Cowboys rookie defensive end Randy Gregory.

The night had been an exciting one for Randy – his first-ever NFL game, in which he recorded what everyone believed to be the first of many sacks in his professional football career. He was a combination of excited and exhausted, and I asked why he was just hanging around in the parking lot on such a big night. He and his friend were waiting for their ride to arrive, he told me. But the awful traffic had delayed everything.

After a few more minutes of conversation, I pointed out that we could cram the two of them in the backseat of our SUV, as long as they didn’t mind TV gear sticking out in every direction.  They looked at each other and shrugged, and decided to take us up on the offer.

As we drove our way to their stop for the next twenty minutes, I found myself extremely impressed with Randy. I knew the stories of drugs and suspensions during his playing days at Nebraska. But the way he seamlessly transitioned the conversation from his excitement about playing in his first game, to making fun of Noah’s driving, back to telling hilarious stories about Cowboys rookies, had me convinced his life had to be on the right track. The guy was just really fun to hang around.

Unfortunately, like many who struggle with substance abuse, Randy evidently possesses the skill of making everything seem like life is just fine when it’s anything but ok. News broke Tuesday that Gregory has checked himself into a rehabilitation center and is now likely to face a ten-game suspension from the NFL after a fifth-failed drug test. One person who used to be close to him stressed to me that Randy desperately needs prayer.

There are those who will use this story to take their latest swing at Jerry Jones and the Cowboys’ personnel decisions. And that criticism, to an extent, is justified. But I’m choosing to focus my attention on hoping an individual who made an impression on me gets the help he desperately needs.

It’s not too late for Randy Gregory.  He isn’t a bad guy, but clearly has a problem. I’m still hopeful the bright personality he showed as we shared a car ride a year ago can shine through the darkness of these struggles, and he can turn his life around.

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<![CDATA[FDA Reconsiders Gay Blood Ban]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 03:25:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Blood+donation-539869134.jpg

Facing increased pressure from Democrats in Congress, the Food and Drug Administration began to officially reconsider its policy limiting blood donations from gay and bisexual men on Tuesday, NBC News reported.

The current policy forbids blood donations from men who have had sex with other men within the past year.

The ban was originally put in place with the intention of limiting the risk of getting the AIDS virus in blood, but activists say it's unfair and discriminatory.

The issue came to greater prominence after a June shooting killed 49 people at an Orlando, Florida, club favored by the LGBT community in June. LGBT groups complained that the restrictions made it difficult for friends and loved ones to give their blood.

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<![CDATA[Garland Police Name Suspect in Reporter's Murder]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:02:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jay+torres.jpg

Garland police named a suspect in the murder of reporter Jay Torres Tuesday and said the crime had to do with a threatened lawsuit over a house sale – not Torres’ journalism work as some had speculated.

Homicide investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Anibal Edilfredo Chirino Mejia, 23, of Garland.

Mejia has not been arrested and police are looking for him.

Torres, who worked for the Star-Telegram’s Spanish-language publication, was also a realtor and involved in house sales.

Police said a search of Torres’ phone revealed that Mejia had threatened to file a lawsuit against Torres.

Torres, 57, was found in the backyard of a home in Garland June 13.

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<![CDATA[Pantego Police Trying to Prevent Child Hot Car Deaths]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:26:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pantego+hot+car+sign.jpg

It's a story we have to tell you about all too often, children dying after they're left in a hot car.

Across the country there have been four more deaths in just the last few days, including one in Dallas.

That's raised the total to 23 deaths this year and that matches the number from all of last year.

The news is especially tough here in Texas because we lead the country in the number of these heat-related deaths.

Now, one local police department is doing what it can proactively to prevent another tragedy.

Walk into just about any business in the town of Pantego right now, and you'll see a sign asking "Where's baby? Look before you lock."

Public Safety Chief Tom Griffith recently had to break a window himself to save a child and he hopes the message will catch on before the next case turns deadly.

It happens every summer, sure as the Texas sun, children left in a hot car.

It's easy to ask, ‘How could that happen?’

"We're hearing about this more often and it's surprising to me," said Pantego mother Kimberly See.

Instead, Chief Griffith asked, ‘What can I do?’

"I got to thinking, you know, you really don't see a lot of proactive steps to stop this," said Griffith.

So Pantego police started their own steps. With a logo borrowed from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a few pieces of tape, the message is spreading, posted on more than 100 local businesses.

"Put it right in front of their face, so that when they come and go right to the door, there's that poster," said Griffith.

It's a simple idea, in a small department.

"To raise awareness and pretty much bring attention to the fact that people leave their children in the car," said one Pantego officer as she hung one of the signs from a business.

"You have to start somewhere," added Griffith and he hopes others will follow.

"If we can be the first to try to get a ball rolling and have others follow suit with this same campaign, we can have everybody involved," said Griffith.

Because he knows the stakes are high.

"Who knows what that child could have been and you're devastating a family," said Griffith.

Pantego's looking ahead, by asking people for one more look back.

"Maybe what we just need to do is train people into a new way of thinking and form a new habit," said Griffith.

Griffith said even in a town that small, they respond to a couple of these calls every month in the summer. Fortunately they've never had a death and Griffith hopes the campaign will keep it that way.

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<![CDATA[Red Cross Issues Critical Blood Shortage]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:09:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/196*120/red+cross1.jpg

The Red Cross has issued a critical blood shortage, as blood donations are lower than what is needed right now in hospitals.

The Red Cross said in a press release that blood donations have fallen short of demands, especially over the past few months.

“Right now, Red Cross blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in,” the release said.

Some of the reason behind the limited supply of blood is the amount of people vacationing during the summer, especially during the Fourth of July weekend. But the Red Cross said that the need for blood never stops despite the season.

“Patients do not get a summer holiday from needing blood,” the Red Cross said.

The Red Cross urges anybody who is at least 17 years old and weighs 110 pounds or more to donate blood. You can make a donation by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys' Gregory Headed for Drug Treatment Instead of Camp]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:25:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-484519458.jpg

NFL Insider Adam Schefter says Cowboys pass rusher Randy Gregory is headed to a drug treatment facility after another violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Schefter tweeted the news Tuesday afternoon, saying Gregory is facing a longer suspension and is not expected to report to training camp this week.

Head coach Jason Garrett told NBC 5 Tuesday he didn’t want to comment on the matter.

Gregory was to spend the first four games of the NFL season on the bench after violating the league's substance abuse policy. He was going to be allowed to participate in camp and during preseason games, but since he's headed to a treatment facility it's not clear how much work he'll get before the season begins Sept. 11.

Team owner Jerry Jones said earlier this month the Cowboys' defense was facing a big challenge with Gregory out for four games, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence out for four games and linebacker Rolando McClain out for 10 games -- all for substance abuse violations.

The Cowboys open camp in Oxnard, California July 30.  The season starts Sept. 11 against the New York Giants.

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<![CDATA[FW Man Surprises Friend with Kidney Donation in Viral Video]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:59:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Graham+McMillan+Danny+Kolzow.jpg

Born with a rare disease and just days away from kidney failure, Fort Worth nurse Danny Kolzow is getting a lifeline from a longtime friend.

Graham McMillan is donating one of his kidneys to Kolzow.

The operation is set for Wednesday morning at Baylor All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth – the same hospital where Kolzow works.

The two met while they were students at Texas Christian University and kept in touch.

McMillan, a youth pastor, agreed to get tested to see if one of his kidneys would be compatible.

It was a match.

McMillan wanted to do something special to let his friend know, so he arranged with other nurses to tell Kolzow at work.

He showed up with a sign that read, "Heard urine need of a kidney. Want mine?"

"Pretty funny, right?" McMillan said. "Let's do this."

He walked down a hallway and delivered the news to his shocked friend.

The two hugged as other nurses wept.

"My kidney's going inside that body right there," McMillan said as the two embraced.

The video, posted on Vimeo, has been viewed more than 800,000 times.

"Just to get the news, something I've been waiting for for so long," Kolzow said. "And it's incredible news, that I get to not have to worry, I am going to get this lifesaving organ that I need. It's incredible."

The two men credit their faith with making it happen.

"I'm getting a transplant literally the week before I would have to start dialysis," Kolzow said. "It's just perfect timing."

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<![CDATA[Garrett Reacts To Ezekiel Elliott]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:55:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/205*120/usa-ezekiel-elliott.jpg

Late last week, an ex-girlfriend accused Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott of domestic violence. 

The fourth overall pick denied the accusations and has not been charged with any crime. 

A police report shows that witnesses say they did not see an assault.  

Although Elliott has not been charged with a crime, the league is still reviewing the case.  

For the first time since that news broke, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is speaking out.  

He believes Elliott will still be on the field with the team for their first practice Saturday in Oxnard, California.

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<![CDATA[Mesquite Residents Shot After Leaving Check Cashing Store]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:05:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mesquite-police-generic.jpg

Two Mesquite residents who were shot Monday morning are seriously injured after leaving the same check cashing store at different times and allegedly being followed to their homes. 

On Monday morning, two Hispanic men were both shot after leaving the same check cashing establishment, which is leading Mesquite police to believe the two separate shootings may be connected.

Mesquite police said that the first victim was shot at around 7:40 a.m. at the 3600 block of Byrd Drive, where he lives. The other victim was shot at around 8:45 a.m. at the 4300 block of Gus Thomasson Road, also his home.

Because both victims left the same check cashing store within an hour (PLS Check Cashing at the 2100 block of N. Town East Blvd), police say that the suspect is possibly one person “targeting Hispanics who have recently visited check cashing establishments, perhaps for the purpose of robbery.”

Police said the suspect allegedly showed up at each residence as they were getting out of their cars. They said the suspect shot the victims with a handgun and ran from the scene.

The victims were both hospitalized in serious condition.

The suspect has been described by police as a thin black male in his late teens to early 20’s, around six feet tall, and wearing a dark-colored t-shirt and shorts. He was seen entering a dark-colored Sedan which police say is the vehicle shown to the right. It has damage to the right front headlight.

Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest and indictment of this man is urged to call Crime Stoppers for a reward of up to $5000.00. Call Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS, or contact Mesquite Police at 972-285-6336.

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<![CDATA[Sanders Delegate Causes Uproar Among TX Democrats]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:30:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/russell+lytle.jpg

Members of the Texas delegation to the Democratic National Convention invited Bernie Sanders supporters to be recognized during a meeting Tuesday morning as a show of unity.

But with eight words, one Sanders delegate created an uproar.

"We are currently condemning our current presumptive nominee," said Russell Lytle, a Denton County delegate.

Delegates yelled at him to get off the stage.

Sanders' Texas director, Jacob Limon, tried to get control, but it took some time.

"I understand their position. I was there in '08. My heart got ripped out too, but I did what my leader Hillary Clinton told us to do. We voted for Obama," said a Clinton delegate.

Other Sanders supporters were angry too, saying that Russell Lytle went rogue and did not represent their feelings.

"I am a diehard Bernie person. I stepped off the stage when I heard that. That is the kind of stuff that is unnecessary in politics," said Alec Mondello, a Clinton supporter.

Lytle quickly left the room after the chaos. Outside, he apologized to the delegation.

"I hope they forgive my word choice, my horrible word choice this morning," said Lytle.

Lytle said time will tell if his word choice was counterproductive.

"We can only tell that after discussions with our fellow democrats," he added.

Later in the day, Lytle issued a statement apologizing, and he voluntarily withdrew his convention credentials.

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<![CDATA[Jason Garrett Discusses Ezekiel Elliot Accusations]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:16:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JASON_GARRETT_REACTS_TO_ZEKE_ELLIOTT_DOMESTIC_VIOLENCE_ALLEGATIONS_1200x675_732664899516.jpg Ezekiel Elliott was recently accused of domestic violence. Jason Garrett gives his thoughts on the situation]]> <![CDATA[Obama on Russia-Linked DNC Hack: 'Anything is Possible']]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:57:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Obama+Russia+Hack+Today.png

President Barack Obama says it is "possible" that the Russian government would try to influence the U.S. elections by hacking into the Democratic National Committee systems and leaking the party's emails.

In an interview with "Today" show co-host Savannah Guthrie, Obama noted that while the FBI is still investigating what happened, "what we do know is that the Russians hack our systems," government and private.

"But, what the motives were in terms of the leaks, I can't say directly. What I do know is that Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed admiration for Vladimir Putin," Obama said.

Pressed on if he's suggesting that Russian president Putin might be motivated to prefer Trump in the White House, Obama said, "I am basing this on what Mr. Trump himself has said. And I think that Trump's gotten pretty favorable coverage back in Russia."

The full interview with the president will air Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. on the "Today" show.

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<![CDATA[Parts of Dallas Without Power After Oncor Fire]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:45:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/power-out1.jpg

Authorities said parts of Dallas are without power after a fire at an Oncor facility Tuesday morning.

Dallas firefighters said they extinguished the fire at an Oncor substation in the 8100 block of Walnut Hill Lane just before 10 a.m.

Oncor officials said 3,200 customers lost power after the incident that started as an "equipment issue."

As of 11:30 a.m., Oncor officials said power had been restored to all but five customers.

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

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<![CDATA[Newy's Take: Jerry Jones Ignored Randy Gregory's Negatives ]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:25:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/081715+Vic+Cowboys+19.JPG

Let’s not act surprised.

Cowboys second year defensive end Randy Gregory has checked himself in a drug treatment facility.  He will not be at Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, California when the club reports this weekend.

The Dallas Morning News reports the Cowboys aren’t sure if Gregory will even take part in training camp.

Let’s just be honest and call Gregory what he is:  undependable.

Dallas can’t win a championship with a roster of undependable players and unfortunately owner Jerry Jones has collected too many of them.  

Gregory’s four game suspension may be increased to ten or more regular season games because he’s failed a fourth test as a Cowboy.  Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence has been suspended four games to start the 2016 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.  Same goes for linebacker Rolando McClain, except he’s suspended for ten games.

Tell me another NFL team that is winning Super Bowl rings with this philosophy?

Jerry Jones has to stop drafting and signing players with issues.  He was so desperate for a pass rusher he ignored all the previous drug problems Gregory had in college. The Greg Hardy experiment blew up in Jones' face his face last year. McClain missed four games for substance issues last year as the Cowboys went 4-12 and the defense was truly abysmal on the field.

The 2015 draft scouting report on Gregory’s negatives was pretty accurate.  Dude tested positive for marijuana at the combine. When a guy shows up to his job interview and can’t pass a drug test he knows he’ll have to take and FAILS it....I call that a red flag. 

These are some of the scouting report negatives that were written about Gregory before the Cowboys used the 60th overall pick to draft him out of Nebraska. 

The MMQB.com:

The Nebraska product’s athletic traits and relentlessness make him the most tantalizing prospect in this draft class. Gregory will be a great… if he takes

well to coaching and, more importantly, keeps himself in line off the field.


Issues with positive drug tests are a significant concern.  

Mike Mayock NFL.com:

We've talked all along that there's no denying the talent. I hope that the Dallas Cowboys have a plan in place, an infrastructure in place, to help this young man deal with what he's about to experience." 

I do hope Gregory can get his life in order. Maybe rehab will help him but as far as football goes, Jones would be wise to just move on and admit his mistake. Gregory was undependable at Nebraska and has been the same since being drafted by the Cowboys. 

Next time, Jones should read the entire scouting report. Not just the part he likes. 

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<![CDATA[Cheers on Twitter for Hillary Clinton's Historic Nomination]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:31:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-579365810.jpg

Democrat Hillary Clinton made history Tuesday night when she became the first woman to be nominated for president by a major party.

Other women, including Democrat Shirley Chisholm, have sought a major party nomination. And others have made third-party runs.

But after defeating U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton shattered a glass ceiling.

Supporters took to social media to applaud Clinton for her achievement.

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<![CDATA[Historic Cemetery Fed Up with Pokemon Go Players]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:35:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pecan+grove+cemetery+mckinney.jpg

Pecan Grove Cemetery, a designated historical site in McKinney, has posted signs warning Pokemon Go gamers to stay out.

For the past three weeks, the cemetery has been inundated with gamers.

"These monuments are real. The lives they represent are real," said Pecan Grove Cemetery Association President Jeff Hull. "This is not a place for an imaginary game on a cell phone."

Despite the warning, NBC 5 witnessed more than dozen gamers inside cemetery property on Tuesday.

"When I first came to this cemetery, I was like, 'They have 25, 30 Pokestops in here. You can re-up all of the items you need.' If people are being loud, obnoxious and trashing the place, I can understand (the need to keep gamers out), but I don't see that," said Carl Johnson.

Pecan Grove Cemetery has more than 200 Civil War veterans buried on the 70-acre property, said Hull. The first burial occurred in 1853.

"The gamers will get out of their cars, sometimes as many as 10 or 12 in a group, and they'll trample over grave sites," Hull said. "One Sunday morning, four grown men got into a fist fight over an imaginary creature."

Hull has requested Pokemon Go to remove Pecan Grove Cemetery from the game. He has not heard back yet.

Hull is relying on the McKinney Police Department to patrol the cemetery. He's also considered hiring a security guard, but the cemetery doesn't have the money.

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<![CDATA[Weiner, Trump Jr. Spat Over Possible NYC Mayoral Run]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:05:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/weiner+trump+jr.jpg

Amid speculation over whether Donald Trump Jr. may be mulling a run for New York City mayor, failed candidate Anthony Weiner offered an opinion that sparked a snarky response from the younger Trump.

Asked by a TV news reporter Tuesday about the possibility of a Trump Jr. run for mayor, Weiner said, "I'd come out of retirement just to beat him like a rented mule." 

Trump Jr. tweeted in response: "Too soon Anthony!!! You probably shouldn't be talking about beating anything ever again. Go back to your cave."

The scandal-scarred Weiner badly lost the Democratic primary of the New York City's mayoral race in 2013. By that time, he'd been caught in two sexting scandals, once in 2011, when he used Twitter to send provocative photos of himself while in Congress, and again in April of 2013, shortly after he announced he was entering the mayoral race. That's when revelations of an online relationship with a woman named Sydney Leathers surfaced. 

Weiner, 51, appeared on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" Monday night after The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where his wife Huma Abedin -- longtime top aide to Hillary Clinton -- was working.

He told Politico in 2014 his political career was "probably over" and that he planned to stay busy with business, media appearances and his son with Abedin, Jordan. 

Trump Jr., 38, meanwhile, has refused to rule out a run for mayor after his appearance at the Republican National Convention last week. He said on CNN's "State of the Union" show: "As my father has always said, I want to -- we always like to keep our options open." 

Mayor de Blasio said he welcomes the challenge.

"In terms of Donald Trump Jr., I will predict something right here and now," he told Politico. "That his father and his values will be rejected soundly by the people of New York City in November. So, if after that he thinks that it’s a great idea to run against me, be my guest."

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<![CDATA[Hometown Hopefuls: Tamika Catchings Seeks Fourth Gold Medal]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:58:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-514545530.jpg Duncanville's Tamika Catchings heads to the Rio Olympics with her eye on a fourth gold medal. She helped lead Team USA to the top of the podium in Athens, Beijing and London. Catchings plays for the WNBA’s Indiana Fever and is one of the league’s biggest stars. But Catchings is known as much for her moves off the court as on it. She is passionate about helping young people through her Catch the Stars Foundation. Rio will be the last Olympics for Catchings, who is 37. She will also retire from the WNBA at the end of the season.

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<![CDATA[Jones Speaks Out on Suspended Players]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:16:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-454306262.jpg

Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory just can't seem to get it right, the Cowboys 2015 second round pick was already facing a four game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy and now there are reports that he failed another test.

This failed drug test could result in a ten game suspension for the 23 year old out of Nebraska.  Reports say he has already checked into a treatment facility and there's a chance that he will not join the team when they report for camp in Oxnard, California Thursday.  

Starting linebacker Rolando McClain is already missing the first ten games of the season for violating the league's susbstance abuse policy, he missed the first four games last season for the same offense.  2014 second round pick, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will miss the first four games of the season, he also violated the league's substance abuse policy.

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett refused to comment on Gregory when he was asked about this latest news during the Cowboys Coaches Clinic at AT&T Stadium on Tuesday.  Cowboys Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones gave his two cents last week and says he's not happy about three of his guys on defense being suspended.

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<![CDATA[A List of Trump's Rapidly Changing Policy Positions]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:24:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Trump-Unity.jpg

Donald Trump once offered up three different views on abortion in eight hours, and after a year of campaigning, the Republican nominee has continued to expound powerfully incoherent rhetoric and constantly evolving views.

According to NBC News, Trump and the Republican Party are putting forward the most elusive presidential platform in modern history, and many of Trump's policies conflict with the party's own platform.

 To better understand what the Republican Party nominee believes today — and yesterday — NBC News compiled a list of Trump's views since he announced his candidacy a year ago.

"You have to have a certain degree of flexibility," the nominee said in a March debate when confronted on his evolving policy platform, taking a stance on immigration he'd reverse hours later. "You can't say, it's OK, and then you find out it's not OK and you don't want to do anything. You have to be flexible, because you learn."

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<![CDATA[Dallas Cowboys Make Several Additions to the Offensive Line]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:13:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/176*120/459662476.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys released the following information in a statement released about the teams transactions heading into training camp:

The Dallas Cowboys waived T David Hedelin (Purdue) and placed T Charles Brown (Southern California) on Reserve/Retired on Tuesday. The club replaced those two by signing tackles Darryl Baldwin (Ohio State) and Cameron Bradfield (Grand Valley State).

Baldwin signed with the Baltimore Ravens as a rookie free agent following the 2015 NFL Draft, but was released before the regular season started. He was out of football before signing with the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2016 offseason. Baldwin played in 48 games with 15 starts at right tackle while at Ohio State. All 15 of his starts game as a senior in 2014 when the Buckeyes claimed the National Championship.

Bradfield originally signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a rookie free agent in July 2011, and in four seasons with the team, started 27 of the 41 games he played (out of a possible 64).

He started the first two games at right tackle for Jacksonville in 2014 before his release on Sept. 16. Bradfield then signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 30, was inactive for seven games then released on Nov. 28. He signed a future contract with the Arizona Cardinals on Jan. 1, 2015, was cut before the first game of the 2015 season and was out of football. Bradfield was a three-year starter at Grand Valley State.

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<![CDATA[2 Soldiers Killed Defending Woman at SC Bar]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:12:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SFC+Jonathon+Prins.jpg

Two soldiers were fatally shot Sunday while trying to protect a woman from a gun-toting man in a South Carolina bar, NBC News reported.

Staff Sgt. Charles Allen Judge Jr., 40, and Sgt. First Class Jonathan Michael Prins, 29, were at the Frayed Knot Bar & Grill in Lake Murray, west of Columbia, when Jospeh Elijah Mills "physically assaulted a female companion and was physically separated from her by several bar patrons," according to arrest warrants obtained by NBC News.

Among those who stepped in to help the woman were Judge and Prins, the warrants state. "Mills then presented a handgun" and allegedly fired the fatal shots.

The 25-year-old suspect was arrested shortly after Sunday's double killing charged with two counts of murder.

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<![CDATA[Virtual Reality Therapy For PTSD]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:47:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/PTSD+virtual+reality+treatment.jpg

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that causes people to feel unexpectedly anxious or threatened even though they are safe and out of danger.

Members of the military, first-responders and police officers may be more likely than most to struggle with PTSD.

Now researchers are testing a new therapy designed to speed recovery.

In 2004, during a deployment to Iraq, U.S. Marine Jimmy Castellanos came under fire.

"It wasn’t until hours later that we learned that our platoon was hit and that my roommate had been killed," Castellanos said.

It wasn’t until a decade later that Castellanos began to process the trauma as a medical student in New York City.

“When I got up in the morning to get ready and I would put on my back pack to go to class, it would always remind me of putting on a pack. As ridiculous as it would sound for one millionth of a second I would always wonder 'where’s my rifle?'” says Castellanos.

JoAnn Difede, Ph.D., director of the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian is developing a type of exposure therapy using virtual reality.

Participants navigate through a number of computer-generated environments. Each scenario is personalized to fit a stressful situation from the past.

"You and I might see an overpass and think oh there’s an overpass and not think twice about it," said Difede. "If you’re in that convoy, that’s a location for snipers.”

The scenario is repeated during a ninety minute session once a week for nine weeks.

“The idea of the treatment is to teach the person, their brain, if you will, that those cues aren’t scary anymore. Nothing bad is going to happen,” explained Difede.

Castellanos said the simulations were tough to watch at first, but he knows there are countless veterans who could eventually benefit.

“If they had access to this level of therapy, this kind of technology, I think their lives would be changed,” said Castellanos.

In addition to the virtual reality scenarios, Difede’s trial is also testing how adding a drug that enhances learning impacts the recovery.

The virtual reality trial is being conducted at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, at Walter Reed in D.C. and at the VA hospital in Long Beach, California.

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<![CDATA[FDA Strengthens Warning on Powerful Antibiotics]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:46:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-1170747.jpg

The Food and Drug Administration strengthened warnings on a class of antibiotics, calling it too strong to be used for sinus infections, bronchitis and simple urinary tract infections.

Fluoroquinolones, which include levofloxacin (as known as Levaquin) and ciprofloxacin (Cipro), can cause serious and sometimes permanent side-effects, NBC News reported.

"While these drugs are effective in treating serious bacterial infections, an FDA safety review found that both oral and injectable fluoroquinolones are associated with disabling side effects involving tendons, muscles, joints, nerves and the central nervous system," the agency said in a statement.

The drugs are worthwhile to use for potentially fatal infections such as plague, anthrax and some types of bacterial pneumonia but not for the more minor stuff, FDA added.

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<![CDATA[DNT and Multiple Lanes of I-30 and I-35 Undergoing Changes]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:00:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-horseshoe-project.jpg

Dallas road closures over the next few days might be taking a toll on your commute.

The Dallas North Tollway will be closed overnight on Tuesday on some direct connector ramps. Another project, the Horseshoe project, will be closing lanes of I-30 and I-35E in downtown Dallas, according to NTTA.

First, here is what you need to know about closures of the Dallas North Tollway taking place overnight on Tuesday, July 26, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Lane Closures 

• Southbound DNT to the President George Bush Turnpike direct-connector ramps closed

• East- and westbound Plano Parkway between north- and southbound Dallas Parkway (the DNT frontage road) closed

• All lanes of southbound Dallas Parkway (the DNT frontage road) from Park Boulevard to Plano Parkway closed

And here are possible detours:

• Detour to east- and westbound PGBT from southbound DNT: Motorists will continue south on the DNT and exit at Frankford Road, where they will take the U-turn and enter northbound DNT. Motorists can then enter PGBT from the northbound DNT to PGBT direct-connector ramp.

• Detour for southbound Dallas Parkway traffic: Motorists will take a right onto Park Boulevard then take a left onto Plano Parkway. Motorists will be able to continue on Plano Parkway back to Dallas Parkway, where they will turn right.

• Detour for eastbound Plano Parkway traffic: Motorists wishing to continue eastbound on Plano Parkway should turn onto W. Park Boulevard heading east and turn right onto Parkwood Boulevard back to Plano Parkway.

• Detour for westbound Plano Parkway traffic: Motorists wishing to continue westbound on Plano Parkway will turn right onto northbound Dallas Parkway and take a left onto W. Park Boulevard. Motorists will continue on Park Boulevard to Plano Parkway.

This construction is aimed to add an additional lane to connector ramps and DNT main lines between the President George Bush Turnpike and the Sam Rayburn Tollway. 

Horseshoe Project Closures: 

Here are the lanes closing due to the Horseshoe Project, which is taking place downtown. All information is from a Dallas Horseshoe Project press release.

Continuing Closures & Traffic Changes:

• The southbound I-35E Jefferson Boulevard exit is closed until fall 2016.  

• The Reunion Boulevard on-ramp now provides access to eastbound I-30 ONLY. To access southbound I-35E, detour to Riverfront Boulevard.

• Eastbound I-30 traffic coming from Arlington needs to remain in the right lanes to continue along eastbound I-30 through the Mixmaster. 

• The southbound I-35E exit to eastbound I-30 (Exit 428A toward Texarkana) has been shifted to the right, switching places with traffic continuing along southbound I-35E. The southbound I-35E Riverfront Boulevard exit is now labeled the "eastbound I-30 Riverfront Exit." 

• The eastbound I-30 exit to Lamar Street (Exit (45B) will be closed until fall 2016. All traffic may take the exit to Cadiz/Griffin streets (next available exit) to access Lamar. 

• The new southbound I-35E exit to westbound I-30 is now open on the right side of the main lanes. The old left exit is permanently closed. Traffic is advised to remain in the right lane along southbound I-35E after Woodall Rodgers, following new signage to westbound I-30. 

• The westbound I-30 Riverfront Boulevard on-ramp is now open.

• From westbound I-30, traffic will use Exit 46A (on the right-hand side) to access both northbound and southbound I-35E. Traffic should remain in the two right lanes prior to Ervay Street and follow posted signs. 

• New right exits to Reunion Boulevard from both northbound I-35E and westbound I-30 are now open.

• The Sylvan Avenue off-ramp is now open and exit 43B "Frontage Road" ramp is closed on the westbound I-30 frontage road. 

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<![CDATA[DNC Day 1: 'I'm With Her' and Other Top Moments]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:54:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MichelleBernie.jpg

The Clinton campaign's call to unite to defeat Donald Trump ran headlong into angry supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders as the Democrats opened their convention in Philadelphia on Monday to protests inside and outside the Wells Fargo Center. Even as the camps worked together to bring the convention under control, Sanders' backers remained enraged after leaked emails seemed to show the Democratic National Committee working against Sanders during the primaries.

The opening night of the convention featured Sanders, first lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.

"An Outstanding President"
Sanders' endorsement was unequivocal: "Based on her ideas and her leadership Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States," he told the convention.

The election for president was not about any of the candidates, he said, but about the needs of the American people and the kind of future that is created.

"This election is about which candidate understands the real problems facing this country and has offered real solutions – not just bombast, not just fear-mongering, not just name-calling and divisiveness," he said.

The country needs leadership that will improve the lives of working families, the children, the elderly, the sick and the poor, leadership that brings people together and makes the country stronger, he said.

"If you don't believe that this election is important, if you think you can sit it out, take a moment to think about the Supreme Court justices that Donald Trump would nominate -  and what that would mean to civil liberties, equal rights and the future of our country," he told his supporters.

The last speaker of the night, he began only after a long ovation. The election is about the threat of climate change, moving the United States toward universal health care, passing comprehensive immigration reform and repairing a broken criminal justice system, he said.

"Our job now is to see that strong Democratic platform implemented by a Democratic-controlled Senate, by a Democratic House and a Hillary Clinton presidency," he said. "And I am going to do all that I can to make that happen."

"In this Election, I’m With Her"
First lady Michelle Obama told the convention that she trusted Clinton to lead the country because she had seen Clinton's lifelong devotion to the country's children. Clinton, she said, has spent decades trying to make a difference in their lives.

The election is not about Democrats or Republicans, she said. It is about "who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives."

Eight years ago, when Clinton did not win the nomination, she did not get angry or disillusioned, Obama said. She did not pack up but became the secretary of state.

"She never buckles under pressure," Obama said of Clinton. "She never takes the easy way out and Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life."

Obama said she wanted someone as president who had proved she would preserve, not someone with a thin skin or a tendency to lash out.

It was one of several time she took on Trump without using his name.

She said she wanted in the White House "someone who understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters." 

Addressing Trump's past insinuations that her husband wasn't born in the country, Obama said she urged her daughters "to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith." 

"Our motto is: When they go low, we go high."

Obama also riffed on Trump's slogan "Make America Great Again." 

"Don't let anyone ever tell you that this country isn't great, that somehow we need to make it great again," she said. "Because this right now is the greatest country on earth."

"Because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters, and all our sons and daughters, take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States," she said.

Obama told the crowd: "In this election I’m with her."

The Keynote Speaker
Warren, the Democrat from Massachusetts and a darling of the left, has memorably called Trump a "small, insecure money grubber."

Monday's keynote speaker, she went after Trump again with fervor — calling Trump University, the real-estate training program founded by Trump and now the subject of two class-action lawsuits, a "fake." His bankruptcies allowed him to protect his own money while his investors lost theirs, she said.

"What kind of man would do that," she asked.

"I'll tell you what kind of man, a man who must never be a president of the United States," said Warren, who remained neutral during the primaries and who endorsed Clinton in June.

She said that Trump thought that he could win votes by fanning the flames of fear and hatred, by persuading the country that its problem was other Americans who look different or talk or worship differently.

"That’s Donald Trump's America," she said. "An America of fear and hate. An America where we all break apart. Whites against Blacks and Latinos. Christians against Muslims and Jews.  Straight against gay.  Everyone against immigrants.  Race, religion, heritage, gender – the more factions the better."

But when white workers in Ohio are pitted against black workers in North Carolina or Latino workers in Florida, who benefits? she asked.

"When we turn on each other, bankers can run our economy for Wall Street, oil companies can fight off clean energy, and giant corporations can ship the last good jobs overseas," she said.

"When we turn on each other, we can't unite to fight back against a rigged system," she said.

"You're Being Ridiculous"
Comedian and actress Sarah Silverman, a well-known supporter of Sanders, offered one of the most memorable lines of the evening.

"To the Bernie or bust people, you're being ridiculous," she said to his die-hard backers.

Sanders showed the country what was possible and what it deserved but Clinton was now the Democratic nominee "and I will proudly vote for her," she said.

Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken, a former writer and performer for "Saturday Night Live," showed his comedy chops Monday night as he attacked Trump's business record, particularly Trump University.

Franken joked that he had gotten a doctorate in megalomania studies from Trump University, paying for it by emptying his 401K and taking out a reverse mortgage on his house.

"Sure he scammed a lot of people," Franken said of Trump. "But did you know that Trump's school of ripping people off is ranked second in the nation right behind Bernie Madoff University. That is no mean feat."

Franken mocked the Trump business school’s bankruptcy program, a reference to Trump’s bankruptcies, and what he called its most popular course, Bankruptcy 101: How to Leave Your Partners Holding the Bag.

At the end, Silverman and Franken waited awkwardly for Paul Simon to take the stage to sing "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

Turmoil at the Democratic National Committee
Debbie Wasserman Schultz's fall was complete on Monday, first as the Democratic national chairwoman and then as a speaker at the party's convention in Philadelphia.

Wasserman Schultz was booed at the breakfast for Florida delegates, her home state, in the morning, and greeted with signs reading "E-MAILS" and "Thanks for the Help Debbie!:)." By the afternoon she had told the Florida newspaper, the Sun Sentinel, that she would step aside for the convention's opening.

"I have decided that in the interest of making sure that we can start the Democratic convention on a high note that I am not going to gavel in the convention," she said.

Sanders' supporters are furious about leaked Democratic emails that appear to show that the party had tried to undermine him — a charge the Sanders camp made throughout the primary season. In one email, Wasserman Schultz said of Sanders' statement that he would oust her: "He isn't going to be president."

Wasserman Schultz agreed on Sunday to step down as chairwoman at the end of the convention. On Monday, the Democratic National Committee apologized to Sanders and his supporters for what it called "inexcusable remarks made over email."

The emails went counter to the committee's "steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process," it said.

During the day on Monday, Sanders told his supporters: "Her resignation opens up the possibility of new leadership at the top of a Democratic Party that will stand with working people."

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<![CDATA[Firefighter Battling Wildfire in San Diego Loses Home in Sand Fire]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:32:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/207*120/07-25-2016-sand-fire-5.jpg

Senior firefighter Sergio Toscano with the Little Tujunga Hotshots was on an assignment when he learned his house had been destroyed Saturday by the Sand Fire in the Angeles National Forest.

Toscano was fighting a fire in the Cleveland National Forest near San Diego at the time his home was destroyed.

Toscano's friend and colleague, Brandon Opliger, set up a Go Fund Me page for Toscano and his family. In the one day the site has been up over $16,000 of $30,000 goal has been raised, with over 260 unique donors.

Toscano discovered the Go Fund Me page and wishes to split funds with the family of two other firefighters that lost their homes in the same fire. Toscano has a young son who was with his mother during the fire.

The Sand fire has burned more than 58 square miles and at least 18 homes in the Santa Clarita Valley north of Los Angeles. It was 25 percent contained Monday morning.

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