Five stories that have North Texas talking: Donald Trump and Donald Trump, Jr. are coming to D-FW; recap Saturday’s rally in Dallas; your guide to the solar eclipse; and more.
President Donald Trump is slated to raise money in Dallas next month, and his eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr. is scheduled to speak as part of a University of North Texas series in October.
Trump will headline a fundraiser Sept. 27 in Dallas, according to an invitation obtained by The Texas Tribune, who reported: “The fundraiser will benefit Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee that goes toward Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee. Tickets to the event range from $2,700 per person to $100,000 per couple.”
Indivisible DFW has planned a protest at 5 p.m. on Sept. 27. Further details are not available.
The following month, Donald Trump, Jr. will participate as one of two speakers in the Kuehne Speaker Series scheduled for this academic year at UNT.
A venue has not yet been secured for the Oct. 24 engagement. The other speaker in this year's series, Melissa Francis of Fox News and Fox Business Network, will speak at the Anatole on March 29, 2018. The series is funded by private donors and was founded in 2013.
The Denton Record-Chronicle reported: “Once Trump Jr.'s appearance was announced, comments and criticism spread online. Some community members, faculty and students shared on Facebook and Twitter that they didn't think it was appropriate for the university to host Trump, Jr.”
A spokesman for the university didn’t know how much Trump, Jr. was being paid for the event. Individual tickets are not available. Attendance will come through table sponsorships, which start at $5,000 for a table of eight. [The Texas Tribune, Denton Record-Chronicle]
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- About 2,500 protesters denounced white supremacy and called for the removal of Confederate monuments at a rally in downtown Dallas Saturday evening. Later, a separate, smaller demonstration at nearby Pioneer Plaza extended into the night. [KERA News]
- Dallas police officers have been training in de-escalation and sharing use-of-force data with the public for years. Post-July 7, the department’s newest recruits are stepping “into an uneasy moment in American policing.” [The New York Times]
- It’s finally here: the total solar eclipse. It’ll make its way across the continental United States Monday, giving people from coast to coast a stellar show. It’s the first of its kind in 99 years. We have all the details you’ll need to watch the eclipse (safely) in North Texas. [KERA News]
- Monday is the first day of school for public schools across North Texas. To get in the spirit, some of us at KERA are sharing our vintage school pictures. [KERA News]