Five stories that have North Texas talking: A .40 caliber rifle is found at D/FW Airport; Southwest Airlines unveils a new look; June Jones resigns from SMU; and more.
The Transportation Security Administration found a loaded rifle in a passenger’s carry-on bag at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Friday. A .40 caliber Kel-Tec Sub 2000 Folding Rifle was spotted during security screening at the C21 checkpoint, KXAS-TV (Channel 5) reports. “Officials said the gun was loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition and accompanied by additional magazine loaded with 22 rounds," KXAS reported. TSA alerted law enforcement and the passenger was arrested. Firearms, along with ammunition and firearm parts, are prohibited at TSA security checkpoints, a TSA official told the TV station. Each week, TSA lists the latest weapons discovered at airports across the country. Last week, 42 firearms were discovered across the U.S., 35 of which were loaded. Four inert or replica grenades were spotted. And 13 stun guns were found, including one at Dallas Love Field.
- Southwest Airlines has unveiled a new look for its planes. The Dallas-based airline is adding a splash of bright color as it enters middle age and faces many changes. The airline introduced its new livery Monday during an event in a hangar at its headquarters next to Dallas Love Field. Blue is still the dominant color, but the planes will also have red, yellow and blue swooshes on the tail and wing tips. Southwest calls it “Heart One.” Southwest wasn't able to keep it a surprise. Pictures of a Boeing 737 in the new livery leaked on the Internet over the weekend. The change comes as the Wright Amendment expires in October, allowing Southwest to fly nonstop across the country. Read more here. [Associated Press]
- SMU coach June Jones has resigned. Defensive coordinator Tom Mason will take over for now. USA Today reports: “Jones' resignation comes two games into his seventh season at SMU — a 45-0 loss to Baylor and 43-6 loss to North Texas. Jones, who pulled off one of the all-time great coaching feats by getting Hawaii to the Sugar Bowl in 2007, also had a hand in building SMU back to respectability, going from 1-11 in his first season to bowl games each of the next four years. But Jones' tenure had stagnated, and last year's 5-7 record combined with low attendance led to significant fan dissatisfaction.”
- It sounds like a winning combination: a barbecue biscuit. The Dallas Observer reports that the super-popular Pecan Lodge and Hypnotic Donuts have teamed up to create the Lurlene. “The biscuit is slightly more crumbly than the plain-jane iteration, but the additional sweetness makes it worth a little mess,” the Observer says. “Thankfully, there's plenty of juicy, greasy pulled pork to hold the whole thing all together. … There's enough pork here to fully prepare you for a nap once you've finished eating. A few generous slices of Pecan Lodge's house-twisted smoked sausage drive home the coma-inducing goodness.”
- Join KERA at Baylor’s Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at 6 p.m. Tuesday for a live panel discussion on The Broken Hip. For the past several months, KERA has explored hip fractures in The Broken Hip series. Join KERA Tuesday evening at Baylor’s Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center and learn about the latest research, ask questions and share your story. Falls are the leading cause of death for older Americans. One of every five people who breaks a hip after age 50 dies within a year. For those who survive, it means a big life change. RSVPs are required. Learn more here. And register here. You can submit your questions in advance via Baylor's Scrubbing In site.