Five stories that have North Texas talking: Window washers survive scaffold scare; Trump signs immigration actions to build the wall; why astronauts’ eyesight changes in space; and more.
Emergency responders rescued two window washers Wednesday afternoon after one side of their scaffold gave way about 12 stories up along a skyscraper in North Dallas.
Both men were saved by Dallas Fire-Rescue, who received the initial call around 2 p.m., the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The scaffold was still dangling from the 15-story Abrams Centre building as the rescue ended around 2:45 p.m. during cloudy conditions with wind gusts topping 15 mph, The Associated Press and The Dallas Morning News reports.
Authorities are trying to determine what caused the scaffold to give way. Dallas Fire-Rescue teams were able to reach one of the stranded workers and pull him to the roof. Live coverage showed an emergency responder reaching the other man, who was lowered to the ground with the help of a harness. Medical personnel were examining both men, and no injuries were reported. [The Associated Press, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Dallas Morning News]
CBSDFW.com streamed the rescue on Facebook Live:
- The president put pen to paper on the construction of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. When Donald Trump signed the executive action Wednesday, he said “We’ve been talking about this right from the beginning.” NPR reports: “Construction on the wall will begin ‘in months,’ Trump said in an interview with ABC News, adding that planning for the wall is starting immediately. The president also said the U.S. will be ‘reimbursed at a later date’ by Mexico for the costs of building the wall — an idea that Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto flatly rejected earlier this month.” The border wall is included in an executive action titled Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements. [NPR]
- Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that voter fraud cost him the popular vote may have originated in Texas. Trump tweeted Wednesday that he’ll be asking for a “major investigation” of voter fraud during the 2016 election. It’s not the first time Trump has made this unsupported claim, and it could have ties to Texas. The Texas Tribune reports: “Gregg Phillips, a former Health and Human Services Commission executive, said on Twitter that he has discovered that more than 3 million people who voted were not citizens. Phillips claim was later highlighted in InfoWars, a conspiracy theory website run by Alex Jones, a Trump ally.” [The Texas Tribune]
- Spending time in space changes people — not just their outlook on life, but also their eyesight in general. While flying hundreds of miles above Earth in 2009, NASA astronaut Michael Barratt noticed his vision was changing. He was struggling to read manuals and checklists. For years, Dr. Benjamin Levine with UT Southwestern Medical Center has been trying to find out what is causing this vision change among astronauts. His latest research provides some clues — and connects astronauts on the International Space Station, cancer patients on a roller coaster plane flight and high-tech sleeping sacks. Learn more about the results. [KERA News]
- Meet the man behind the voice of the Fort Worth Stock Show for the last 50 years. Roy Eaton, 79, of Decatur took the microphone for the first time during the Stock Show’s parade in 1967. He was working at now-defunct radio station, KXOL. “They decided that they needed somebody to announce so that [parade] judges would know who in the heck was coming. And that’s how I got started with the Stock Show,” he tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Growing up on a farm, Eaton could have easily become a competitor in the stock show, but a passion for journalism that led him to TCU with classmate and longtime North Texas newsman Bob Schieffer. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]