<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcdfw.com/the-scene/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth https://www.nbcdfw.comen-usTue, 12 Dec 2017 00:40:33 -0600Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:40:33 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Dallas Zoo Packed, Prepared for the Heat on Dollar Day]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:00:15 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Zoo+Dollar+Day.jpg

Dallas Zoo officials estimate more than 20,000 people showed up for dollar entry Thursday, braving the nearly 100-degree weather for lots of fun.

Gates opened before 9 a.m. as scheduled, to let the crowd start coming in. Most seemed to be prepared to beat the heat on what was expected to be the first triple-digit temperature day of the year.

Many zoo visitors rolled coolers behind them, some carrying umbrellas or wearing large hats to stay out of the sun.

Staff at the zoo also had their mist stations and splash areas pumping out water in full force for folks to get a little relief, though many seemed to cluster in the shade as much as possible as they explored the exhibits.

As part of Dollar Day, vendors at the zoo also offered $1 snacks and water to help keep people hydrated and fueled in the heat.

Staff reported few heat related issues, though they did have extra team members on hand to make sure everyone stayed safe in the weather.

Last year, the zoo said 41,422 guests went through the gates on Dollar Day, setting a new single-day attendance record.

Photo Credit: Brian Scott, NBC 5]]>
<![CDATA[Maren Morris on Journey from Arlington Girl to Country Star]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 03:55:47 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/maren+morris.jpg

Maren Morris has been called "the next big thing" in country music. Her hit song, My Church, has critics and country music fans alike singing "Hallelujah." And her first major album "Hero" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard country music charts.

But long before she took Nashville by storm, Morris was a girl from Arlington chasing a dream.

Her parents, Scott and Kellie Morris, who describe themselves as "great lovers of music," exposed her to all kinds of sounds, genres and artists at an early age. But claiming to have little musical talent themselves, they were taken aback when they heard their daughter sing.

"I would say around the age of 9, we realized that she had something more," said Kellie Morris.

Looking to provide her with some kind of outlet, they turned to Johnnie High's Country Music Revue at the Arlington Music Hall – just feet away from the hair salon they own in Downtown Arlington.

"We had this opportunity right across the street here," said Kellie Morris. "She auditioned for that and that was the first time she was in front of a band. I think that's when she got bit by the bug."

From then on, when she wasn't busy going to school or working behind the desk at the salon (which is called "Maren Karsen" – named for her and her sister), Maren Morris was making music.

She got her first guitar at age 12 and began writing songs. On weekends, her dad would drive her across Texas to any venue that would let her perform. Some of her first gigs took place a few doors down from the salon at Grease Monkey.

"I think it just started at such an early age, that that's just kind of the way things went," said Scott Morris. "We helped her do what she wanted to do and we were all in with it."

So when she told them she wanted to move to Nashville to pursue a music career, they were behind her.

"She basically said she was going to give it a year and if it didn't work out, she would come home," said Scott Morris.

She never had to come home. Within months of arriving in Nashville, Maren Morris scored a publishing deal and penned songs that were later picked up by well-established artists like Tim McGraw and Kelly Clarkson.

After focusing on songwriting for a few years, she got back to performing her own music – and caught the attention of several record labels. She ultimately signed with Columbia Nashville.

"I think we were the first ones she called," said Kellie Morris. "It was straight up – happy, joy, jumping up and down."

There's been a lot of jumping up and down since then.

"The first time I heard My Church on the radio, I had to pull over," said Kellie Morris. "And I video Instagrammed the song on the radio and posted it immediately. I was like 'yes!'"

"It's surreal at times," said Scott Morris. "But it's a lot of fun."

These days, the parents take turns running the salon and flying out to see their daughter on the road – watching her play the Grand Ole Opry for the first time and perform on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

"We go to as many events as we can," said Kellie Morris. "We have like half of Arlington going on a bus with us in October and catching her at the American Airlines Center."

They hope this is just the beginning, and they encourage everyone to give their daughter's music a listen.

"There's something on the record for everybody," said Kellie Morris.

Maren Morris is currently on Keith Urban's "RipCORD World Tour," which comes to the American Airlines Center on Oct. 14.

You can also catch her Monday, July 18, on NBC 5, when she performs on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Photo Credit: Morris Family]]>
<![CDATA[Gary Cogill Reviews 'Finding Dory']]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 16:23:38 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/finding-dory-screenshot.jpg

In 2003 Finding Nemo became a well-known fixture in the minds of parents and children, and I'm happy to say Finding Dory is a beautiful, wonderful sequel.

In the difficult world of sequels, Finding Dory is a smart, emotional surprise. Dory, the blue tang fish, suffers from short-term memory loss, and despite good parenting, gets caught in a current and separated from her parents.

This is an enlightened film about "special needs" that says if you put your mind to it, even if your mind doesn't always work, you can accomplish great things.

Ellen DeGeneres is just about perfect as the often confused but instinctive, Dory, and so is Ed O'Neill as, Hank, the helpful octopus. This is also a film about a community that willingly helps others during a time of personal crisis.

Finding Dory is written and directed by Oscar-winner Andrew Stanton, who created the original Finding Nemo, wrote the original Toy Story, and created Wall-E. His latest resonates from beginning to end, using laughter when needed, and finding just the right balance of adventure and kindness.

Finding Dory is rated PG and runs just over 90 minutes. A work of cinematic art that speaks volumes about compassion and acceptance in a world sadly lacking both. Run to the theater to see

Finding Dory, a remarkable sequel and a wonderful film.

Photo Credit: Disney-Pixar]]>
<![CDATA[St. Patrick's Day Recipes to Add Irish Flavor]]> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 05:40:04 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stpattysfoodtoday-food-al-roker-150313-04.jpg

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day is the perfect excuse to throw an Irish-themed party full of traditional foods and drinks. 

Simple and authentic flavors are the way to go, experts say, but adding some modern spin will keep your guests asking for more. Take a look at these food and drink recipes that will help you add flavor to your St. Patrick's Day festivities:

Chef Matt Murphy shows "Today" show's Al Roker how to whip up an easy meal of corned beef and cabbage. He also suggests serving a classic Irish dessert, Gur cake, which is a tasty, fig-based pastry. 

A hearty stew is another great choice for a dinner party. Chef Conrad Gallagher shows Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager how to prepare a lamb variation that combines authentic taste with modern flavors, like butternut squash and pearl onions. Gallagher says it goes perfectly with a flavorful Irish stout bread.

Martha Stewart suggests switching out the typical celebratory green beer or Guinness for this scotch and whiskey-based Irish cocktail. Combining the liquors with lemon and bitters, Stewart gives you a simple Celtic mix cocktail that's full of flavors. 

The more dessert the better! Stewart shows how to make a simple yet authentic recipe for buttery Irish Oatmeal cookies. 

On celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's YouTube channel DrinksTube, you can can find the perfect recipe to wind down your party. Coffee expert Mike Cooper shows how to make a warm cup of traditional Irish coffee. 

Photo Credit: Samantha Okazaki/TODAY
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<![CDATA['10 Cloverfield Lane' Plays Wonderful Tricks on Your Mind]]> Fri, 11 Mar 2016 19:39:56 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/10CloverfieldLane-paramount-pictures.jpg

"10 Cloverfield Lane" is a cross between "Room" and "The Twilight Zone," with a dash of Steven King.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is convincing as Michelle, who wakes up after a car wreck chained to a bed in an underground Louisiana bunker.

It's all terribly creepy, and she wants out of there right now, but Howard the Bunker-man, played by John Goodman, says, "NO," because the air outside has been poisoned by something not of this Earth.

There is another human inside the bunker, Emmett, played by John Gallagher Jr.; but based on Howard’s survivalist research, the three are likely to spend the next few years together until the air clears.

Is he telling the truth? Just when you think you have it figured out, you don't, and it's only a matter of time before Michelle breaks for the surface.

What she sees on the surface, I won't tell you, but I can say, "10 Cloverfield Lane," is directed with just the right amount of fright and wonder by first-time film-maker, Dan Trachtenberg, and produced by one of the best, J.J. Abrams.

Their film has nothing to do with the 2008 original, but it does play wonderful tricks on your mind. Are there monsters outside or is the monster from within?

“10 Cloverfield Lane,” is rated an intense PG-13 and offers Goodman his most unpredictable performance in years. My advice is to play along and enjoy the ride because by the end of this scary little movie, all your questions will be answered.

Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures]]>
<![CDATA[Six Flags Celebrates Opening of Justice League Ride]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 17:58:18 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/six-flags-ride.jpg

Think you have what it takes to be a superhero? Six Flags Over Texas' newest ride will give you a chance to prove yourself.

The highly anticipated "Justice League: Battle for Metropolis" uses state-of-the-art technology to immerse riders in an action packed fight between good and evil.

"This is a world class dark ride," said Jim Hall, a theme park enthusiast and ride expert. "It's one of a kind."

Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and The Green Lantern joined park staff, the media and other VIP guests Tuesday to cut the ribbon on the ride, which opens to the general public on Saturday.

"We wanted to bring a high quality ride to Six Flags Over Texas that would be able to bring families together," said Steve Martindale, president of Six Flags Over Texas. "Roller coasters are great. But not everybody loves roller coasters. There are people that would rather do something else that's fun and thrilling but doesn't go way up in the air. This ride certainly delivers that."

As riders enter the Hall of Justice, they learn supervillains Lex Luthor and The Joker have kidnapped several members of the Justice League as part of an evil plan to take over the city.

Equipped with 3D glasses and laser guns, riders then team up with Batman and Superman to save the day.

The ride vehicles twist and turn 360 degrees, as they carry riders to more than a dozen interactive, 3D screens where they earn points by hitting the bad guys. Riders also encounter life-size animatronics and special effects.

"You even get the fire elements and the fog," said Hall. "Six Flags really pulled out all the stops on this one."

The ride was designed by Sally Manufacturing, which has created attractions for theme parks across the world, including Universal Studios Orlando. They partnered with Oceaneering and Alterface to bring the ride to life.

A popular blog called Theme Park Insider named Justice League: Battle for Metropolis the most anticipated new attraction of 2015. The Travel Channel also highlighted the ride on its list of the best amusement park rides in 2015.

"Based on everything I'm hearing from every single person that gets off [the ride], we're going to meet that expectation," said Martindale.

Riders with whom NBC 5 spoke Tuesday had good things to say.

"I don't like roller coasters, but that ride is amazing," said Kay Webb, who lives in Arlington. "It was very fun."

Six Flags Over Texas Gold Pass Holders will be able to check out the ride on Thursday, and all season pass holders can experience it on Friday before the ride officially opens Saturday.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[2014 Holiday Trail of Lights]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:52:43 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/HTOL+2014.jpg

Join NBC 5 and the Heard Natural Science & Wildlife Sanctuary for the 6th annual Holiday Trail of Lights on December 13, 19 and 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This is one of the most unique holiday lighting displays in all of North Texas where visitors can support the Heard Museum at this holiday fundraiser and have fun with the whole family.

This family-friendly event includes thousands of lights synchronized to holiday music, holiday décor along the half-mile Heard nature trail and live music by local performers in the outdoor Heard amphitheater.

Children have the opportunity to take a photograph with Father Christmas and Mother Nature in a festive setting. Meanwhile, strolling carolers will entertain guests as they walk through the museum grounds. Hot treats and beverages will be available for purchase.

Tickets are available to the public starting on November 17th. At the door tickets are $9 for adults and seniors and $5 for children 3-12. Children under 2 are free. Guests who purchase their tickets online before the event will save $2 per ticket.

Holiday Trail of Lights
December 13, 19 and 20
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Heard Museum
1 Nature Place
McKinney, TX 75069

Photo Credit: Heard Natural Science & Wildlife Sanctuary]]>
<![CDATA[2014 Dream Home Tour]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:18:07 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dream+Home+2014.jpg

Join NBC 5 and Fort Worth,Texas magazine and tour the Fort Worth,Texas magazine's 2014 Dream Home located in the prestigious Montserrat neighborhood of Fort Worth every Wednesday through Sunday now through October 19.
Tour admission is only $10, or you can purchase a new subscription to Fort Worth, Texas magazine for $20 and receive a free tour. Proceeds from the Dream Home tour benefit a Wish with Wings, a non-profit that grants wishes to children dealing with life-threatening conditions.
The Dream Home is available for tours every Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m.  This year's home is located on an elegant corner lot at 4800 Estonia Court in Montserrat, off Team Ranch Road, in southwest Fort Worth. The mission-influenced Spanish colonial home was designed and built by HGC Real Estate Services. It has 7,265 square feet under roof and 5,640 square feet under air conditioning.
Please purchase your tickets online now!
Fort Worth, Texas Magazine Dream Home
in the beautiful Montserrat neighborhood
Every Wednesday - Sunday
Now – October 19
4800 Estonia Court
Fort Worth, TX 76126
For tickets and more information: http://dreamhome.fwtx.com/dream-home/2014/home

Photo Credit: Fort Worth, Texas Magazine]]>
<![CDATA[Dallas Travel & Adventure Show]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:05:14 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DFWTAA2014.jpg

Join NBC 5 and discover new places at the Dallas Travel & Adventure Show on October 25 and 26 at the Dallas Convention Center. The Dallas Travel & Adventure Show is the largest series of travel shows in the United States.
The Dallas Travel & Adventure Show starts on Saturday, October 25, at 10:00 a.m. for the public and at 9:30 a.m. for travel trade only. Sunday’s show, October 26, starts at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.
The expo includes numerous experts with knowledge on all of your favorite travel spots. Speak to these travel experts and let them help plan your next dream vacation. See Samantha Brown, Cowboys legend, Roger Staubach. Meet travel celebrities. Get show-only specials. Win sponsored door prizes and trip giveaways. Make the first stop of your next vacation the Travel & Adventure Show – a travel lover’s paradise and information hub.
For over 11 years and 54 shows, the Travel & Adventure Shows have helped hundreds of thousands of travel enthusiasts find, plan and book their dream vacation. Their main focus is connecting travelers with travel providers. With over $2.2 billion in bookings, it’s easy to see why the Travel & Adventure Show attracts the world’s top travel brands and travel enthusiasts of the highest quality.   
Dream it. Plan it. Book it. Purchase your tickets at www.travelshows.com/dallasplan.
Use the promo code, FEED, when you purchase your ticket and one dollar will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank.   
Dallas Travel & Adventure Show
Saturday, October 25: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.      
(Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for Travel Trade)
Sunday, October 26: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Dallas Convention Center (Hall A)
650 South Griffin St. Dallas, TX 75202
Use the promo code, FEED, when you purchase your ticket and one dollar will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank.
Children, 16 and younger, are free with a paid adult.

Photo Credit: Travel & Adventure Show]]>
<![CDATA[Dallas Teen Starts Online Fashion Webisodes]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:08:05 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sam+Horowitz.jpg

Millions have watched Sam Horowitz's bar mitzvah dance moves from two years ago.

The video of his choreographed number was posted online last year and it went viral, landing Horowitz on national television shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

It turns out the viral video last year was a spring board into Sam's true passion: fashion. Now, the 14-year-old Dallas native is starting a new venture as online fashion show host.

"Everything has changed. My life has totally flipped upside down and it was for the better, 100 percent," said Horowitz.

He is launching the webisode on Aug. 24 at 4 p.m. called "Sam Says."

It's a weekly style and fashion web series in which Sam will deliver the latest fashion news and trends from all over the world and show us firsthand how to make fashion fun, fabulous and unforgettable.

"Ever since I was 4-years-old I loved fashion, because of, just looking at the colors and touching the fabrics. And then, as I've grown older, I've started to learn the names of the designers and, of course, love shopping," said Horowitz.

His webisodes will air weekly on his YouTube channel: MeetSamHorowitz.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Sausage Gravy Recipe From Chef Scott Jones]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:36:52 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/chef-scott-jones.jpg

As the Taste of Dallas hits North Texas this weekend, NBC 5 invites guests to sample a dish whipped up by Chef Scott Jones of Jack's Modern Southern Kitchen in Dallas.

Jack's Modern Southern Kitchen features meals that combine Louisiana Cajun-style flavor with Texas family recipes. The family business uses locally owned products to create its dishes.

Chef Jones shared a classic recipe for Jimmy's Italian Sausage Gravy on Buttermilk Biscuits with NBC 5 as he prepares for the Taste of Dallas at Fair Park.

First, you'll need the necessary ingredients:

I pound hot Italian Sausage
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced yellow bell pepper
1/2 cup diced red onion
8 oz cremini mushrooms (sliced)
2 TBS Olive Oil
4 TBS Flour
4 Cups Half and Half

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium high heat add olive oil – when olive oil is hot, add mushrooms, saute mushrooms until brown and caramelized. Add colored peppers and onions. Saute until tender.
  2. Remove vegetables from pan. Reserve for later.
  3. Place pan back on burner.
  4. Add Italian Sausage. With the back of a spoon (preferably wooden) break up sausage and separate. When sausage is brown – add flour and stir to combine and cook for one minute. Slowly add Half and Half while stirring to sausage.
  5. Add vegetables back to sausage and simmer until gravy has thickened. Garnish with basil and parsley.
  6. Finally, serve over buttermilk biscuits. 

NBC 5 is proud sponsor of the Taste of Dallas. This year's event will feature more than 50 restaurants and more than 70 vendors July 11-13 at Fair Park Dallas. Admission is $12 for an individual ticket. Chidren aged five and under are free.

<![CDATA[Summer Season Ignites Laziness Feeling]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:11:29 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/summerlaziness-11a.jpg Studies have shown that when the weather is nice, people tend to focus more on what they'd rather be doing and not the task at hand.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Six Flags Over Texas' Newest Attraction]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:05:04 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kevin-williams-on-batman-ride.jpg

NBC 5 got a sneak peek at Six Flags Over Texas' newest attraction, which doesn't open to the public until the Fourth of July.

The Batman roller coaster is a stable at the theme park, but later this week everyone will have the chance to ride it backwards.

For a limited-time, Six Flags is switching gears and running the Batman coaster backwards. It's the same ride, but a completely different experience.

Riders won't be able to see the twists, turns and loops coming.

NBC 5's Jeff Smith admitted he was too scared to check it out since he is not a coaster fan, but his photographer Kevin Williams did it, and gave the experience rave reviews.

The ride has a top speed of 50mph and has a top height of 110 feet, with 2,700 feet of roller coaster track.

But some of rides can be a little less amusing when some bugs fly by. In fact, keeping bugs away from the coasters is a daily fight for Six Flags employees.

Park employees showed NBC 5 what they do to keep the wasps, bees and gnats away from visitors as the summer months heat up.

Getting hit in the face by a bug or a wasp is a concern for everyone who likes coasters, since there's nothing you can do about it when you're strapped in hundreds of feet in the air.

Six Flags Over Texas has five full-time employees on its Landscape Team. They usually deal with two wasp nests a week, most of them are small and can be batted down.

"There's a lot of us out here that are behind the scenes that do a lot of work, that people don't know about," said landscape foreman Lowell McKenzie.

The team uses bug spray and broom handles to remove the nets, and occasionally have to stop a ride until a swarm dissipates.

Experts say getting hit by bugs is a roller coaster rite of passage.

"It's going to happen," McKenzie said. "There's no predicting where a bug is going to be flying. Usually you just have to let them dissipate on their own. You can't do much about them when they're swarming."

The landscape team did advise that to help keep bugs away, park visitors should not dump leftover drinks in the bushes near the rides when in line, because that draws the bugs.  

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Big Tex Voted Best Quirky Landmark]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:56:39 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/big-tex.jpg The State Fair of Texas icon has been named "Best Quirky Landmark" by USA Today.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Cowboys Security Guard Evolves Into Art Ambassador]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:47:08 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/art-curator-cowboys-stadium.jpg

One passionate Dallas Cowboys fan helped curate 58 pieces of world-class contemporary art housed at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

But, what Jerry Jones and his family really want you to know is that the man who made it all happen, Phil Whitfield, is now the toast of the art world.

Whitfield is the stadium's art ambassador. Anyone who visits the stadium remembers his name.

"I bleed silver and blue," Whitfield said with a smile.

Whitfield, who says he was born a Cowboys fan, became a stadium security guard in the early 90s and quickly caught the eye of the Jones family.

"The Joneses knew I was a caring person. Once you care about people, the rest is easy," Whitfield said.

Gene Jones, Jerry Jones's wife, said Whitfield has been there from the beginning. From Super Bowls to family firsts.

"He's part of our family. We feel blessed that we have his energy and enthusiasm about what we're doing," Gene Jones said.

When 58 world-class artists flew in to install their works at the stadium, the Joneses turned to Whitfield.

"I said, 'Art? Me do art?' I thought I was the most unlikely person to do art but come to realize it ended up being a blessing in disguise," Whitfield said.

Whitfield was each artist's right-hand man while their works were installed at the stadium.

"Some nights were all night. I did whatever it took to satisfy them," Whitfield said.

As a result, Whitfield can tell you how each artist installed their piece, what they liked for dinner and just about everything related to their history.

"I've heard he even became like a counselor. They'd be working on a big piece of art and would say, 'This isn't working just right' and he'd say 'Oh, it's looking great. You're doing a super job," Gene Jones said of Whitfield.

Whitfield said the experience helped foster a passion for art.

"Artists are a different group," Whitfield said. "I am just going to say that. They really don't care if you have a blue shoe or a green shoe on. They really don't. They don't care if you're tall, handsome or not handsome. They care about the passion you have for art."

Whitfield now gives stadium tours to school children, celebrities and even former presidents. 

Gene Jones said they now receive calls from galleries who have heard about Whitfield's curating talent.

Whitfield believes that life lead him to this artistic point, but passion ties him to the art of AT&T Stadium.

"I kind of pinch myself when I walk in the door. Life has not changed. Life is real simple. You care about people, it comes from the heart, people are going to know it came from the heart," Whitfield said.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[North Texans Cheer on Team USA at World Cup]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:32:33 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/North-Texas-Londoner.jpg North Texans gathered at The Londoner in Dallas to watch fellow Texan Clint Dempsey and Team USA at the World Cup.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Crowds Excited for George Strait's Last Concert]]> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 22:15:36 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/483158367.jpg George Strait will perform in front of nearly 100,000 people at AT&T Stadium for the last concert on his farewell tour.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Hall of Fame Horse Trainer Shares Triple Crown Insight]]> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 05:57:45 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/horses-grand-prairie.jpg As California Chrome approaches the race that could give him a Triple Crown win, a North Texas trainer shares his feedback on what could happen on Saturday. Jack Van Berg almost had his Triple Crown win back in 1987 with one of his horses named Alysheba. They won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, but failed to dominate the Belmont Stakes. He said it doesn't matter how prepared you and your horse could be, luck has to be on your side in order to win.

Photo Credit: Christine Lee, NBC 5 Grand Prairie Reporter]]>
<![CDATA[Dallas Student Achieves Valedictorian Dream]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 05:27:05 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/high-school-valedictorian.jpg

A young man who immigrated to the United States when he was 12 is graduating from a Dallas high school at the top of his class.

Jorge Rodriguez Santana didn’t know a word of English when he was forced to start a new life after his mother moved he and his sister from their home in Mexico.

“I didn’t know any English," Sandana said. "I didn't know how to communicate. It was really difficult to begin a new life in the United States."

He’s able to continue his studies as an undocumented student through the Federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The program allows temporary visas to undocumented students who arrived in the United States as children.

Santana graduates from Emmett J. Conrad High School as valedictorian — his dream. His good grades and determination also earned him a $11,500 scholarship from Carter Financial Management.

Santana will be the first in his family to attend Texas A&M University next year and plans to become an architect. 

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Twins Graduate as High School Valedictorian, Salutatorian]]> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:36:16 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/twins-graduate-high-school.jpg

Twin brothers received the highest recognition from a Dallas high school Monday night as they graduated as valedictorian and salutatorian.

James and Matthew Madison graduated this spring with top honors from James Madison High School in South Dallas.

Menique Hopkins Madison saw her twin boys in the cap and gown for the first time, minutes before the graduation ceremony.

“The expectation was not val and sal, but it was the expectation of always doing your best and not competing with anyone else,” Madison said.

That’s the lesson she taught them long before she and her husband William decided to pull them from their schools in the suburbs and enroll them in Madison High School.

They wanted the boys to learn in an urban and diverse environment.

“I said that's exactly what two young African-American males need and they need a strong black male teacher and they received that,“ said Madison.

Even though the boys excelled together, they have their differences.

Matthew Madison, salutatorian, is outgoing while James Madison, valedictorian, is more of the quiet type. However, they’re both equally proud of each other.

“He's right behind me and I feel like we are a team so we are just gonna do this together,“ said James Madison.

"It’s great to have someone alongside me to, yeah, share in this big night and the big honor,” Matthew Madison said.

After graduation, the two plan to continue their studies at different universities. James Madison plans to attend the University of Texas in Austin while Matthew Madison will attend the University of Texas at Arlington.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Colonial Greets Golf Guests With New Entrance]]> Fri, 23 May 2014 05:22:42 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/parking11.jpg

A big change this weekend for golf fans arriving via shuttle bus at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth.

This is something golfers have been looking forward to all year, the chance to play for a $6.4 million purse at the 68th annual event at the Colonial Country Club.

"It's just a great tournament to come to, it's the old school," said Walter Maynard of Sumervil County.
This old school event, serves as the longest-running PGA event to take place on the same golf course, but has made some changes and tweaks.

Fans walking in or taking shuttle busses from remote parking lots will find themselves arriving at a new main entrance. The entrance is positioned closer to University Drive and has fans entering the course in the middle of the hole four fairway.

"We sit down, we look at our event and we say how can we blow it up, how can we make it better," said Michael Tothe, the tournament director.

Tothe said they were starting to outgrow their space, but by taking over the nearby city park they hope to gain even more fans with new experiences.
"There's always, 'Well, what can I do at a golf tournament? I'm not a golf fan'," Tothe said. "Now there's activities, young and old, men and women, children of all ages to come and enjoy and I think that was really the driving factor behind Frost Park."
Frost Park is free to the public, including nightly concerts after the action on the links wraps up. But for most of the crowd at Colonial on Wednesday's pro-am tournament day, it was about the golf.
"It's always enjoyable for me to come out and watch them play," said Ernie Jackson, of Fort Worth.
"All the pros, I enjoy watching their swings and I try to mimic it myself sometime," Jackson said.
The Colonial wraps up Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Largest Water Slide in the World Opening in North Texas]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 12:16:37 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wahoo-racer-image.jpg

The largest multi-lane water slide in the world resides in North Texas, adding fuel to the saying "everything is bigger in Texas." Six Flags Hurricane Harbor has built a two-tiered slide that stands nearly 60 feet high.

The Wahoo Racer sends riders through a winding stretch inside colorful tubes that shoot them into six race track-styled lanes. The riders splash into the water head-first on aerodynamic water toboggans, diving into the water at speeds of up to 40 feet per second.

Time will be tracked during each water course, challenging contestants and motivating them to reach the red flag to make a win.

“No other water park in North Texas offers this much thrilling variety," Six Flags Hurricane Harbor's president Steve Martindale said. "We are committed to delivering a bigger, better and wetter experience to guests of all ages."

Wahoo Racer is one of the many additions that will be included in Hurricane Harbor's multi-year enhancement project.

The park added a new retail location, season pass processing area and remodeled restrooms.

The brand new water slide will open on Memorial Day weekend, May 24 to 26.

On the Web: Wahoo Racer at Hurricane Harbor

NBC 5's Tim Ciesco also contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Comic Con Starts in Dallas]]> Fri, 16 May 2014 22:27:03 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-comic-con-2014.jpg

Don't be surprised if you are downtown and see people dressed as characters right out of movies and comic books. Dallas Comic Con kicked off on Friday at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center.

There are events for the comic , sci-fi and horror enthusiasts. Celebrities like William Shatner will be present signing autographs. Michael Rooker, of Walking Dead Fame, had a big line in front of him this afternoon.

"I like Dallas and i like comic-con ,so the two make a really good one," said Rooker.

"It is awesome. Dallas is my favorite one in Texas from all of the ones I have been too," added Tate Koch, who came dressed as Emma Frost from X-Men."

The convention ends on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Fans Line Up to See "The Fault in Our Stars" Actors]]> Sat, 10 May 2014 00:05:16 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fault-in-our-stars.jpg

Thousands of people waited outside of Gilley's in Dallas to see the stars and author of the book "The Fault in Our Stars," which is now a movie.

Dallas was one of four cities that won a Tumblr contest, "Demand Our Stars,"  where the actors and book author will travel to meet fans.

Many North Texas teens were touched by the plot of the book, which centers around the love story between two cancer patients.

In the film, Shailene Woodley plays the main character, Hazel Grace Lancaster, and Ansel Elgort plays her love interest, Augustus Waters.

“I am such a fan of the book, and it is so exciting to finally share it with people, because I know how many lives it has touched,” Woodley said.

And because of the theme, nurses from North Texas were invited to walk the red carpet as well.

“It is amazing. I would never have thought. It is nice that a book like this is popular,” said Kristen Berry, a nurse from Children’s Hospital.

The stars and the author walked the red carpet while fans screamed.

“I am grateful that people have responded to the book so generously,” said author of the book, John Green.

Fans got books and posters signed, then got to head inside to see a clip of the movie, and chat with the actors and author. 

<![CDATA[Plano's Suburbia Music Festival This Weekend]]> Mon, 05 May 2014 08:13:28 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/suburbia-music-festival.jpg

This weekend an estimated 20,000 people per day will flood Plano for the first-ever Suburbia Music Festival.

Live Nation Entertainment is hosting the two-day event at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve.

Anthony Nicolaidis, a Live Nation employee, said the idea for the festival came to him 18 months ago when he was going for a jog in the park.

“This is a beautiful spot. This is an oasis in the middle of Dallas-Fort Worth,” Nicolaidis said.

He began to work with Live Nation Chief Operating Officer Danny Eaton to collaborate on creating the event.

Nicholadis even asked local high school students what bands they would want to see perform.

“I just asked them what kind of music they like. They put together a list and we booked about three to four of them,” he explained.

The line-up includes major acts, such as Grammy-nominated Alabama Shakes, house music producer David Guetta and hip-hop artist J. Cole.

Within the park, crews have spent a week building three stages. They also teamed up with AT&T Stadium's catering company, Legends, and brought in several local food trucks and vendors.

“I think the main thing for us is we’re going to be outside and you’re going to experience the freedom of being outside, but we are going to provide all the creature comforts you could possibly have in a setting like this,” said Eaton. “It’s like a festival where you can get out here and feel like you’re in the middle of the country, but you can go home and sleep in your own bed at night. And there’s a lot to be said for that.”

Safety is a concern with 20,000 people expected per day for the festival. Organizers said they’re prepared. They have teamed up with the Plano Police Department, fire department and medical services who will be onsite the entire weekend.

Alcohol will be sold at the event.

Overall, Eaton said he hopes the festival will turn into a major event known throughout the country over the next few years.

“This is going to be way fun, which is what this is all about by the way. The reason we’re doing this is for fun,” Eaton said.

For further rules on what patrons can and cannot bring, along with road closures for the weekend, click here. 

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<![CDATA[Two Arlington Teams Earn National Titles]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:41:56 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Goodman-Step-Team-041514.jpg

Not many people can say they’re national champions -- and even fewer can say they won that title by the time they were in fifth grade. The step team at Goodman Elementary School in Arlington can though.

They won the U-12 division at the National Step Show Alliance Championships this past weekend in Chicago. They beat out five other teams who qualified for the prestigious competition.

“It was really exciting,” said Paola Maqueda, a fifth-grader and co-captain of the GES Steppers. “And we liked it a lot.”

Their routine combines dancing, an intricate series of stomping and clapping in rhythm, even jumping on each other’s shoulders at one point. And the judges and teams in Chicago almost didn’t get to see it.

“At first we had the heavy shoulders of how are we going to get there?” said Christy Heath, one of the team’s coaches.

The GES Steppers qualified for nationals but didn’t have the money to get to Chicago. They turned to the community for help, which stepped up in a big way. The team received more than $11,000 in donations.

“It means a lot because they took the time to donate,” said Maqueda.

The team said that support is what pushed them to work hard and ultimately come out on top.

“It’s still kind of surreal,” said Heath. “It hasn’t set in yet. The effort they put in is tremendous.”

The team arrived back at school Tuesday with a big trophy.

“It means that we tried our best and we had fun,” said Tearra Seal, a fifth-grader and co-captain of the GES Steppers.

But just to make sure everyone knows how appreciative they are, they’re spending the next few days writing thank you notes to everyone who donated.

They weren’t the only step team from Arlington that went to Chicago and brought back a national title. The Bowie High School “Souljahs” won their division as well.

After not placing during last year’s competition, the team said they came back this year ready to work harder. To prepare for the competition, the team practiced upwards of four hours, six days a week. They said they’re glad the hard work paid off.

“It was the happiest moment of my life,” said Trey Boston, a senior on the team. “I never cried so hard. I’ve never been so happy. It was just worship and good feelings.”

<![CDATA[Free Music Festival During Final Four Weekend]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:46:22 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/music-fest1.jpg NBC 5's Kristi Nelson provides you with everything you need to know before heading out to the weekend-long music festival at Dallas' Reunion Park.

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<![CDATA[Five Booker T. Washington Students Headed to Julliard]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 23:25:38 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Julliard.jpg Four dancers and one theater student chosen to attend the prestigious school for the arts in New York in the fall.

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<![CDATA[How to Prepare for St. Patrick's Parade]]> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:10:18 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GreenvilleParade031612_722x406_2211010417.jpg Check out how to prepare for the 35th annual Dallas St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday, March 15, 2014.]]> <![CDATA[New Year's Eve Events for 2013]]> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:40:36 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-fireworks-12.jpg
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<![CDATA[Are These the 5 Worst Christmas Songs?]]> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:30:06 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kid-yelling-with-headphones.jpg

It's a holiday tradition to turn on tunes while trimming the tree, but after hearing just one of these awful excuses for "holiday classics," we're more likely to trim off our ears to keep from hearing them again. Here are five of the terrible tunes we hope to avoid this year.

Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer - Elmo and Patsy

It might have been funny when we were six, but this "comic" salute to octogenarian homicide via arctic mammal seems idiotic now. We're all for having fun during the holiday season, but this piece of hokey sonic sludge irks every time a DJ thinks it's time for "something lighter" after a four minute version of the sluggish Bob Seger version of "Little Drummer Boy."

 Last Christmas - Wham!

We'd imagine the conversation went something like this: "Hey guys, it's your manager. Holiday season is coming up and the label really thinks a Christmas song will be a big hit. I know you're working on that broken heart song, do you think you could just insert the word Christmas into it? Like, instead of, 'Last year, I gave you my heart,' it could be, 'Last Christmas, I gave you my heart?' Would mean huge sales for the holidays! Thanks, guys!"

Seriously, listen to this song; the lyrics could change with all the holidays -- "Last Halloween," "Last Valentine's Day," "Last Veteran's Day," etc. -- and it wouldn't change the fact that it's a whiny love song about being dumped. Where's the love, togetherness, or family in this Holiday song? Get over it, guys.

The Christmas Shoes - NewSong

We originally read the story of "The Christmas Shoes" in a chain e-mail. It didn't touch our stony hearts then, and the NewSong adaptation into this schmaltzy piece of sickening trash actually made us turn against this tale of a kid that begs for shoes in order to get his mom well-dressed for the afterlife. Yes, we know Jesus is the reason for the season, and we don't dispute the fact that if we'd read it in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book, we'd be a little more likely to be emotionally effected -- still, it's a strange thought that the kid is more worried about how his mom will look when she's dead than spending time with her on their last Christmas together.

Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid

Is it really a good idea to remind everyone feasting on fruitcake and Christmas ham that African children are dying of starvation and won't see snow? This product of the '80s not only gives us the guilty Debbie Downer feeling after we hear it, the video provides photographic evidence of the largest gathering of mullets ever. With the amount of money these pop stars spent on their hair, we'd bet they could have fed Africa three times over. Thanks for killing our Christmas cheer, Bob Geldof -- go spray your hair with the guys from Duran Duran.

Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime - Paul McCartney

Absolutely the worst holiday song ever, this massive pile of nonsense isn't just the worst thing ever written by a Beatle (yes, we're including Ringo's solo stuff), it's the only song we've ever heard that can use just two notes to raise our blood pressure to near heart attack levels. The lyrics are useless, the synth line sounds like a kid playing on a new Casio keyboard they just got for their seventh birthday, and it's mixed all together with some ridiculous choral portions that serve only to remind us that Paul was able to convince others to join in on this affront to all good musical sense.

We've heard urban legends that the song was written to win a bet against someone who challenged Paul to write a holiday song in just five minutes, but as much as we'd like to excuse the song for rushed composing, it's still a terrible song that shouldn't have been released. We just don't understand why people like this horrific holiday tune that makes us simply have a terrible Christmastime.

You think these are bad? Check out Five Terrible Animal-Theme Holiday Songs here and share your least favorites.

<![CDATA[Two North Texas Schools Finalists in "Smash" Contest]]> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 17:58:33 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SmashHS032513.jpg


Two North Texas schools are finalists in the "Make a Musical" contest to have their performance space renovated.  

Jasper High School and J.L. Long Middle School are among the 30 finalists in the contest that is a partnership between NBC’s show "Smash", Lowe's and iTheatrics, assisting schools across the nation to improve their theaters. 

The five schools who get the top votes will receive gift cards of up to $3,000 from Lowe's.

Students and teachers at J.L. Long Middle School in Dallas and Jasper High School in Plano say money is needed to make big repairs to succeed in their craft.

"With all the budgets cuts that have happened over the years, every little bit counts," Renee Harris, the theater arts teacher at Jasper High School said.

"The stage is constantly used and so we need help revitalizing it," Russ Sims Teacher, the drama teacher at J.L. Long Middle School said.

Sims and his students have had to deal with ripped stage curtains, water damage and a precarious screen overhead.

"It's live action and you're on the stage and you're moving from place to place and you don't want to trip over it," Emery Weis, a student said.

Students at Jasper High School performed their production of "Oliver" on the stage located in the school's cafeteria. 

If Jasper High School wins, its first priority is to cover the overhead windows to create blackout conditions during the shows and to include more indoor lighting.

The overall improvements will benefit the audience, too.

“We want to make our show the best we possibly can so we can reach our audience and that's what we're here to do and love doing that," Katelyn Deibert, a student said.

If you want to vote visit makeamusical.org, voting ends April 10.

<![CDATA[Dallas Blooms Returns to the Arboretum]]> Sat, 02 Mar 2013 14:41:13 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DallasBlooms030113.jpg


The blooming buds of spring will be showcased at the 29th anniversary of Dallas Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum.

The floral festival kicks off this weekend featuring half-a-million blossoms including tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and thousands of other annuals and perennials. The festival even blooms more than 100 Cherry Blossom trees for a 10-day period.

"Having these tulips in place this time of year is really special because it's not something you commonly see in this part of the country," said Dallas Arboretum Vice President Dave Forehand.

The botanical team includes more than two dozen workers that get the colorful efflorescence planted within two weeks; and much of the flora was shipped to North Texas all the way from Holland.

"I just like coming out and seeing the colors,” said Jenny Livergood, a Dallas Arboretum visitor. “It's just the freshness and the beginning of the spring."

Dallas Blooms runs through April 7.

Admission to the festival is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for kids aged 3 to12 years old.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Museum of Art Free Admission, Membership]]> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 04:16:48 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-museum-of-art-2012-722.jpg

The Dallas Museum of Art is now free to visitors.

Both the admission and membership prices for the DMA are free starting January 21, 2013.

The change was announced in December during a special news event.

Maxwell L. Anderson, the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, published a video message addressing the change.

Anderson said current museum members will be transitioned to a new "Partners" status, which will give them special benefits including free admission to special exhibitions, free parking, and exclusive programs.

“Visitors literally bring life to the Dallas Museum of Art. Their participation in our galleries, exhibitions, education initiatives, and public programs activates the DMA and is the cornerstone of a vibrant cultural community,” Anderson said in a press release. “Through a return to free general admission and the new Friends & Partners program, we can open the doors of the Museum and show appreciation to our visitors for the many ways their participation matters to the DMA. We believe that by increasing access to the Museum and by finding new ways to say ‘thank you,’ we can fundamentally change the role museums play in a global society.”  

The free general admission will also offer visitors to become "Friends" of the museum and earn credits based on their participation with the museum. Those credits could allow "Friends" to become "Partners" as well.

“New technologies and online participation are already an integral part of many visitors’ daily lives,” said Rob Stein, the DMA’s Deputy Director, who, along with Anderson, is spearheading technology initiatives at the Museum. “As part of our new approach to visitor engagement, we want to provide our audiences with enhanced ways to feel connected to the Museum and to share their opinions with us and each other. In doing so, we hope to build a virtual community that is as strong as our physical one. The DMA Friends program uses technology to demonstrate to our visitors that the DMA recognizes the value they bring to the Museum when they engage deeply in sharing their creativity and ideas with us.”

The DMA previously was free to visitors until 2001. The 2013 change is being called a "reinstatement of the policy."

More information on the changes is posted to the museum's official site.

<![CDATA[Mothers Inspire Hathaway in Les Misérables]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:35:25 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap2012121709h14m19s210.jpg Bobbie Wygant talks with Anne Hathaway, who is playing Fantine in the big-screen adaptation of Les Misérables.]]> <![CDATA[Kimbell Exhibit Blends Past and Present]]> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 16:28:10 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kimbell40thanniversary.jpg

For the last 40 years, The Kimbell Art Museum has been collecting and displaying pieces of art in Fort Worth, with an emphasis on conservation.

In the new exhibit, "The Kimbell at 40: An Evolving Masterpiece," the museum is putting on the largest display ever of its permanent collection from Oct. 7 to Dec. 30.

More than 220 pieces from the collection will be on display throughout the museum -- and it's all free.

Going further, the Kimbell has produced a brand-new app for iPad that allows visitors to get additional information about 32 selected works from the collection.

"Conservation is one of the most important and fascinating things we do here at the Kimbell, and it's so rare that we have the opportunity to share this type of behind-the-scenes information with our visitors," Museum director Eric M Lee said. "With the iPad app, we're able to deliver in-depth research, descriptive images and intriguing discoveries too extensive to be included on the gallery wall labels, in an innovative format that allows for personalized exploration of the collection."

The app is a significant update to the labels, audio tours, or other interactive informational options as it allows visitors to access background text, zoomable images, and more for works by Caravaggio, Monet, Picasso, Michelangelo and others at their own pace.

The free app will be available for public use on 20 iPads available for public use at the museum.

NBC 5 is a media sponsor of "The Kimbell at 40" exhibit.

<![CDATA[Time To Help Angels Running Out]]> Sat, 08 Dec 2012 23:56:20 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/northparkangeltree.jpg NBC 5 Salvation Army Angel Tree gifts must be returned by December 10.]]> <![CDATA[Plano Christmas Parade Draws Thousands]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:02:44 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/girl+plano+2012+parade.jpg

Tens of thousands of people attended Plano's annual Christmas Parade.

The Early Lions Club puts on the annual event.

"It's a tradition in Plano we think is very special that we enjoy doing every year," resident Mark Sims said. "The kids look forward to it. We get doughnuts and hot chocolate."

The marching bands of all nine Plano high schools performed in the parade, which had dozens of floats from civic groups and churches. Boy Scouts and other groups handed out candy to children.

The Lions say 4,200 people were in the parade.

Before the parade, which NBC 5 sponsors, the Lions held a pancake breakfast with Santa Clause where people donated canned goods to the Plano Food Pantries.

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<![CDATA[23,000+ Runners Take Part In 2012 Dallas Marathon]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 00:30:22 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/2012dallasmarathon.jpg More than 23,000 runners took part in the 2012 Metro PCS Dallas Marathon. The winner was Vladmir Saronov of Russia.]]> <![CDATA[Marathon Is Opportunity for W. Dallas Businesses]]> Sat, 08 Dec 2012 10:53:54 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallasskyline120712.jpg

A previous version of this story had the incorrect start time for the Dallas Marathon. The marathon starts at 8 a.m. NBC 5 regrets the error.

The Dallas Marathon may be taking its cues from one of James Brown's signature lines.

Brown used to say "let's take it to the bridge" during his songs -- and the marathon's new route crosses the Trinity River into the West Dallas loop and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

The change means a big single-day marketing opportunity for West Dallas businesses.

"It's the Super Bowl for all of us in this area," said Mike Babb, owner of Babb Bros BBQ. "Right now, it's a big deal."

About 25,000 runners are expected participate in the Dallas Marathon, formerly the Dallas White Rock Lake Marathon. Thousands more will line the streets as spectators.

West Dallas Loop organizers say the visitors will see the new hot spot for growth in Dallas.

"It's really just been in the last six months, if you will, that there's been an enormous amount of activity in terms of openings," said Jeff Herrington of West Dallas Loop. "They're going to be passing through and seeing a West Dallas that's transforming."

New businesses such as restaurants, health spas, and retail stores are along the west loop. There are plans to highlight them with micro-parties featuring food, live music, entertainment and children's activities.

Businesses plan to put their best foot forward during the marathon to build a lasting new customer base.

"For a long time it's been Kessler Park, Bishop Arts, the Methodist hospital and, now, it's another brand new community," said Dustin Thibodeaux of the Clairevista Vitality Club.

The marathon starts at 8 a.m. Sunday.

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