Five stories that have North Texas talking: Rahr & Sons isn’t shutting down; a Denton teacher’s video about testing goes viral; a North Texas mom tells her daughter to hide in a trash bin while she visits a spa; and more.
April Fools’ Day came a bit early for Facebook fans of a popular North Texas brewery. Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. in Fort Worth recently announced on its Facebook page that it would soon be shutting down and holding its final Tour & Tasting -- and getting rid of its inventory. “Grab a commemorative ‘Going Out Of Business’ pint glass and celebrate with us as we say goodbye to a decade-long run of brewing award-winning craft beer,” Rahr & Sons said. The so-long event was scheduled for … wait for it … April 1. Several people fell for it: “Hate to hear this!” one said on Facebook. “Even though I don’t drink anymore, this is sad,” another wrote. “Noooo! I need my ugly pug!” said another, referring to one of the brewery’s beers. But hundreds of people sensed an early April Fools’ Day joke: “Yall take my money all the time. No way you’re shutting down.” And: “Good god people, you just gave me a heart attack. Geez.” Then there was this: “I guess I will have to switch to Budweiser on April 1.” The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that "Rahr will have a commemorative going-out-of-business pint glass at the event, but it won’t be their last." So, there’s no need to boo-hoo in your craft brew.
- Richard Sheridan, a write-in Dallas mayoral candidate arrested last week for vandalizing LGBT landmarks, won’t be allowed to participate in a debate. Today’s candidate forum is at the Belo Mansion. The Dallas Morning News reports: “Rob Crain, the Dallas attorney who put the panel together for the Dallas Bar Association, says he actually called Sheridan Friday morning to rescind the invitation — before Dallas police announced that he’d been arrested for spray-painting a ‘666’ on the Legacy of Love Monument at Cedar Springs and Oak Lawn and in the driveway of the Cathedral of Hope near Dallas Love Field in June.” Sheridan told the Dallas Observer that he plans to show up and pass out fliers. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and challenger Marcos Ronquillo have been invited to the forum.
- Dallas police say a woman was arrested after telling her 7-year-old daughter to hide in a trash bin outside a spa and then leaving her. The girl was found nearby 10 hours later. Alicia Carroll of Garland faces a charge of abandoning and endangering a child. The 28-year-old remained in Dallas County Jail Monday on $25,000 bond. A person listed as her attorney did not immediately return a call. Police say Carroll called police Sunday morning saying the person she left her daughter with on Saturday night would not return the child. But according to police documents, the girl said her mother told her to hide in the trash bin after the two exited the spa. Officers found the girl Sunday after being flagged down by citizens who saw her. [Associated Press]
- Today marks the 20th anniversary of Selena’s death. KERA’s Krystina Martinez reports: “Twenty years ago today, Selena Quintanilla-Perez was gunned at a Days Inn in Corpus Christi. The Tejano music star was only 23, and she was just about to release her first album in English. She had an All-American story that still resonates two decades later.” Read more here.
- How can a video about school testing go viral? When it’s performed to Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.” Kelli Hauser aka “Lady Hauza” is a sixth-grade reading teacher at McMath Middle School in Denton ISD. Her music video about the Texas STAAR test -- "STAAR Test Funk" -- is designed to motivate kids on the exams. But it’s gotten lots of attention online, too. The video has received more than 390,000 views on YouTube. Read more here.