Five stories that have North Texas talking: Temperatures officially hit 100 degrees for the first time this year, educators begin training for a school marshal license, North Texans spotted a double meteor, and more.
We felt the heat coming, but now it’s official: North Texas had its first 100-degree day of the year yesterday. According to the National Weather Service, the temperature hit double-digits at DFW Airport at 3:54 p.m. This is the latest in the season that North Texas has reached 100 degrees since 2007. The average date is June 30th. Today will be much of the same heat, but thankfully, the forecast is expected to be cool off as the week goes on, with some precipitation.
- Educators will begin training for a school marshal license starting today. Twenty school staff members from various school districts will go through 80 hours of law-enforcement type training. They will also be able to have a concealed weapon on campus if they pass the course. State Rep. Jason Villalba authored the school marshal bill, and tells CBS 11 he believes most school districts in the state may adopt some sort of the program in the next five years. Dallas ISD Police Chief Craig Miller helped write the curriculum for the program, and he says it’s intended for large school districts with police departments. Dallas school districts will not participate in the program.
- There were some celestial surprises for sky-gazers Saturday night. Many people were out to catch the first “supermoon” of the year, where the moon appears larger and brighter in the sky thanks to its orbit of Earth. But according to eyewitness accounts, a double meteor followed less than 10 minutes after the Supermoon appeared. If you missed the double meteor, watch this video:
- Western author Larry McMurtry says meth-heads are the worst part about being a bookseller. His bookstore in Archer City is home to an impressive 290,000 books, but McMurtry tells the New York Times “anyone can walk into our bookstore in the age of meth – it’s a constant worry.” Also, one book he couldn’t finish reading? “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
- The daughter of Bernie director Richard Linklater will be spending part of the summer in Dallas to film Occupy, Texas. Along with Lorelai Linklater, the project boasts some of homegrown talent: Peri Gilpin of Frasier fame and Janine Turner (Northern Exposure, Friday Night Lights) will co-star in the film. Occupy, Texas will be about an Occupy Street protester who leaves his tent in Zucotti Park and returns to Texas when he hears of his parent’s death.