Five stories that have North Texas talking: Cowboys kneel before national anthem in demonstration of “unity”; parts of SB 4 can take effect; how to avoid buying a flood-damaged car; and more.
The entire Dallas Cowboys team including Coach Jason Garrett and owner Jerry Jones locked arms and took a knee at midfield before the national anthem played Monday night.
There was speculation ahead of the game that the Cowboys would protest at the televised game against the Arizona Cardinals. Announcers explained the move was “a statement of equality and representation of unity,” but the Cowboys wanted to keep that message separate from the national anthem. Cardinals and Cowboys players stood and locked arms during the anthem.
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NFL players from teams across the country Sunday knelt, stood arm in arm, sat or refused to take the field for the national anthem. The protests came in response to President Donald Trump’s harsh criticism at a Friday night speech in Alabama of NFL players, like Colin Kaepernick, who make such silent demonstrations.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback started kneeling during the anthem last year to protest police violence against African-Americans. It’s been controversial ever since, but he’s not the first athlete to use his platform to speak out against social and racial injustices. [KERA News, NPR]
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- Portions of Senate Bill 4, Texas’ so-called “sanctuary cities” law can go into effect, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Monday. Dallas was one of a handful of major Texas cities that sued to stop SB 4, criticized as a “show me your papers” law. [KUT]
- As many as 500,000 cars were flooded in Hurricane Harvey. But some of those vehicles will be cleaned up and placed on the market anyway. The longer you wait on buying a car, the harder it could be to detect flood damage. Check out these tips. [Texas Monthly]
- The nation came to know Dr. Brian Williams in the days after July 7, 2016. The Parkland Hospital trauma surgeon treated three of the five officers who eventually died from their wounds. A year later, Williams has left that job, without another one lined up. [KERA News]
- Deborah Crombie has deep roots in North Texas — born in Dallas, raised in Richardson and schooled in Sherman. In 1976, she visited England and fell head over heels. That’s why her 17 mystery novels are all set in England and written from McKinney home. [Art&Seek]