Five stories that have North Texas talking: A Fort Worth zookeeper found an unharmed kitten inexplicably inside the Komodo dragon exhibit; catch up with Ahmed Mohamed, also known as “clock boy”; an Oak Cliff taqueria has “all of the tacos, none of the ambience”; and more.
A first for Humane Society of North Texas: A feral kitten was brought in after a brief stay in the Komodo dragon exhibit at the Fort Worth Zoo.
A zookeeper retrieved the tiny orange and black kitten from the cage of the largest living species of lizard in the world on Saturday. In nearby Forest Park, there are feral cat populations, which accounts for the kitten’s appearance at the zoo, The Dallas Morning News reported. But inexplicably, the kitten got into the cage and was found unharmed, considering Komodo dragons have a powerful sense of smell using their forked tongues.
The humane society said the “feisty little girl” will safely reside at the shelter until she is old enough for adoption. Also, as a tribute of sorts to her scaly roommate, the kitten was named “Komodo.” [The Dallas Morning News]
- Ahmed Mohamed, also known as “Clock Boy” is back in Texas for the summer. Ahmed was just a regular 14-year-old until last September when he was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school. An avid inventor, Ahmed wanted to show the clock to his teacher, but school officials called the police, who then asked if it was a bomb. The image of Ahmed in a NASA t-shirt and handcuffs went viral, and he received support on social media from President Obama, Mark Zuckerberg and others using the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed. He withdrew from Irving ISD and moved to Qatar with his family last fall, but has been in Texas for the summer. The Washington Post recently caught up with Ahmed to see how his life has changed in a year. [The Washington Post]
- Major players in the finance industry are moving from The Big Apple to The Big D, a report says. Thousands of finance jobs in New York have been lost to cities where it’s cheaper to conduct business, like Dallas and San Antonio. Jill Cowan, an economy reporter for Dallas Morning News told Texas Standard: “There are definitely questions about whether New York can hang on to its status as kind of the unparalleled or unrivaled capital of the financial world. I think more than all of those jobs coming to Texas, more than that, they’re just sort of spreading out in major metro areas that maybe aren’t quite so big and so expensive as New York.” Listen to her full interview. [Texas Standard]
- In Fort Worth, you’re never far away from public art. Yes, the city is home to premier museums and a bustling cultural district, but there’s even more art to appreciate outside those circles. Take the Fort Worth Convention Center. The facade of the parking garage transforms into a Technicolor canvas every night. Inside, 400 donated cowboy hats form a star-shaped tribute to “Cowtown.” Curious about Fort Worth’s not-so-hidden treasures? Art&Seek was, too. [Art&Seek]
- Bon Appétit magazine named a North Texas taco joint as one of the 50 best new restaurants in America. Trompo resides between a tire shop and Mr. Phil's Bar-B-Que & Catfish on Singleton Boulevard in Oak Cliff. The tiny taqueria serves “three simple but surreal” tacos: “deep-pink al pastor, which reaches its crispy-juicy peak thanks to the trompo (the rotating vertical spit); bistek (beef); and surprisingly good vegetarian paneer-poblano, all set on house-made corn tortillas and sprinkled with onions and cilantro.” If that doesn’t have you salivating, the magazine says Trompo’s quesadilla is nothing to sleep on either. [Bon Appétit]