Five stories that have North Texas talking: A teen hid in a Corsicana Walmart for two days; the founder of the popular Wild About Harry's has died; Dallas restaurants get national honors; and more.
A teen called a Corsicana Walmart home for two days. The 14-year-old lived undetected at a 24-hour Walmart after running away from his aunt's home. Store employees in Corsicana eventually discovered the boy and two living quarters he had carved out behind boxes along the aisles of the store. KTVT (Channel 11) reports the boy pilfered food and drinks from the store. He reportedly changed clothes periodically to avoid detection. Corsicana police say the boy was visiting his aunt in Corsicana when he ran away July 28. He was found two days later at the store. Police say the teen, from nearby Rice, has a history of running away, tending to hide in abandoned homes and businesses. [Associated Press/KTVT]
- The founder of Wild About Harry’s, the popular custard shop on Knox Street, died Wednesday. Harry Mead Coley Jr. was 75. He used to meet customers each Thursday night, his daughter told The Dallas Morning News. So it’s fitting that the public is invited to Wild About Harry’s from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday to honor him. “The Coleys opened Wild About Harry’s in 1996,” The News reports. “In the beginning, the shop sold two flavors of custard (using his mother’s recipe) and four styles of gourmet hot dogs. Today, the store has more than 50 custard flavors and 10 kinds of hot dogs.” Coley died of complications from lung cancer, The News reports.
- A federal judge presiding over a lawsuit against new Texas abortion restrictions says he has a problem with anyone traveling 150 miles for medical care if the procedure could be done closer. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel on Wednesday didn't issue a ruling following closing arguments in a trial challenging a Texas law that would ban abortions at more than dozen clinics starting Sept. 1. But Yeakel honed in on the question of how far is too far for a woman to obtain the constitutional right of ending a pregnancy. The law requires all Texas abortion facilities to meet more stringent hospital-style operational standards. That would eliminate all abortion providers in the western half of the state. A ruling is expected in the coming weeks. [The Associated Press]
- Gov. Rick Perry visited some of the 1,000 National Guard troops he's ordered to the Texas-Mexico border but says he doesn’t know how long they'll be deployed. Perry on Wednesday stopped at Camp Swift Army National Guard training center in Bastrop, 30 miles east of Austin. The Texas Tribune reports: Perry “portrayed the deployment of the Texas National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border as a critical national security measure, telling troops in training here that they ‘now are the tip of the spear protecting Americans from these cartels and gangs.’ …Perry thanked the Guard members — some of the more than 2,200 who have volunteered to take part in the operation — and said people around the country in recent weeks have told him they are grateful for the surge.” [Texas Tribune/Associated Press]
- Some Dallas restaurants are getting honored by national publications. CultureMap Dallas reports that four Dallas restaurants made Southern Living’s list of the 100 best restaurants in the South: CBD Provisions, Casa Rubia,San Salvaje and Fearing's. And CBD Provisions has been nominated as one of the country’s 50 best new restaurants by Bon Appetit. Here’s what Bon Appetit has to say about CBD: “CBD Provisions filters big flavors through a local/seasonal lens to create a modern Texas brasserie that has us seriously questioning our devotion to Austin's better-hyped food scene. The menu nods to the local bounty, featuring regional meat and produce—you're just as likely to find yourself snacking on zippy house-fermented okra as you are ultra-porky pig's tails.”