Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ted Cruz is “100 percent American;” a man lands his drone on top of AT&T Stadium; does Dallas have a chance of landing the 2016 Republican National Convention?; and more.
A man flew a drone over AT&T Stadium in Arlington – and then lost it somewhere on the roof. Oops. He used a second drone to try to find the first one, a DJI Phantom Vision. “This wasn’t a good day for me,” the man says in a YouTube video. He called himself a bad name. “I let the building get between me and the transmitter and it lost the control signal and the video feed all at once; it did give me any warning. I tried to return to home but the stadium si between the copter and the home point.” The Dallas Cowboys found the drone and says it will return the camera to its owner. The Federal Aviation Administration told WFAA-TV that it’s looking into the matter: “The FAA may pursue enforcement action against model aircraft operators who endanger the safety of the national airspace system." The video over Arlington and other parts of North Texas is pretty cool:
- No, Canada! Sen. Ted Cruz has renounced his Canadian citizenship. The senator’s office released a Canadian government document showing he’s no longer a citizen. Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, filed papers to renounce his Canadian citizenship. His parents were living in Canada when he was born. Cruz is now “100 percent American,” as The Washington Post put it. “The tea party favorite announced last summer that he would takes steps to renounce his Canadian citizenship after The Dallas Morning News pointed out that he probably remained a citizen there by virtue of his birth,” The Post reported. Cruz attended the Texas Republican Convention last week and won the presidential straw poll, KERA’s Shelley Kofler reports.
- Dallas officials are hosting Republican National Convention leaders as they figure out which city will host the 2016 GOP Convention. KERA’s Sam Baker reports: “After visits this month to the other three finalist cities, Denver, Cleveland and Kansas City, the RNC Site Selection Committee arrives in Dallas Wednesday for a three-day visit. Phillip Jones, CEO of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, thinks Denver is the city to beat because of its recent experience hosting the Democrats in 2008. Dallas last hosted a convention in 1984 when the GOP nominated Ronald Reagan. But Jones says Dallas today has all the requirements needed for the ‘good delegate experience’ the site selection committee wants.” But if the convention comes to Dallas, there won't be events at AT&T Stadium. The Dallas Morning News reports that while there's "lots of potential," there are "huge logistical problems" with having events at the Arlington stadium, said Enid Mickelsen, chairman of the Republican Party’s site selection committee. It's also too far from downtown Dallas hotels.
- Repairing a broken hip has come a long way in the last century -- from ivory and rubber to precision titanium implants. Plates and pins, screws and rods – you could call them hip-fracture hardware. The era of modern hip replacements started in the 1960s – and surgery techniques and biomaterial designs have evolved. Today, about 2.5 million Americans live with an artificial hip. The evolution of hip surgery is the focus of Chapter 6 of The Broken Hip, a two-month KERA News Breakthroughs series that explores the issues surrounding this serious medical issue.
- Drama! Intrigue! Passion! Ahh, the telenovela. So entertaining even if you don’t speak or understand Spanish. Learn about the telenovela at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Latino Cultural Center. Let’s let the center explain: “There are some stories that constitute a narrative deluge transmitted daily via the television screens of more than 130 countries. These serialized dramas are called telenovelas, and the simplicity of their codes belies the complicated nature of their production and consumption. This presentation will focus on that complexity, teasing out how telenovelas are more than just melodramatic love stories.” Carolina Acosta-Alzuru, a University of Georgia professor, will speak. While you’re there, look at the pictures of soap operas shot in Mexico’s Televisa studios by Stefan Ruiz.