Five stories that have North Texas talking: Geese are disappearing from White Rock Lake; Arlington native chosen first by Cleveland Browns; here’s a guide to a pair of Dallas festivals; and more.
Some patrons of White Rock Lake are concerned about the recent disappearance of several geese from the flock that resides at Sunset Bay. More than 10 domesticated geese have reportedly been taken from the area, according to a post on the Save White Rock Lake Facebook. Charles Fussell, one of several people who meet regularly at Sunset Bay, tells CBS DFW that earlier this month he saw a man violently grab a goose and throw it in his truck.
The Dallas Park and Recreation Department has been made aware of the issue, and officials encourage citizens to call 911 if they witness the theft or abuse of an animal on park property. Oscar Carmona, assistant director for the department, released a statement: “Dallas Park and Recreation proactively engages in conserving our city’s native wildlife and flora, green spaces, and ecosystems. The Department continually asks the community’s help in protecting the city’s ecological systems and the health of the flora and fauna on park property.” According to The Dallas Morning News, this isn’t the first time the flock at Sunset Bay has been messed with. [The Dallas Morning News, CBS DFW, KERA News]
- The Cleveland Browns selected Arlington native Myles Garrett with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. The former Arlington Martin and Texas A&M defensive end is the only player from Tarrant County that has been chosen first. Martin coach Bob Wager can rattle off stories about Garrett on and off the field — like his affinity for '70s music, dinosaurs and poetry or his recent visit to Arlington. “When Myles comes home, around here, he’s just Myles. He just blends right in. Not, 'I’m a first round draft pick,' but 'I’m Myles from down the street.' It’s been that way ever since I met him.” [KERA News]
- Here’s a guide to Saturday’s double dose of Dallas festivals — of books and ideas. The Dallas Festival of Ideas and The Dallas Book Festival will come together providing a wealth of diverse programming focused on literacy, creativity and community across the city. Throughout the day, speakers and events hosted by the two festivals will take across the street at two main downtown venues: the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library and Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center, Section A. The day's events run from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. [KERA News]
- In West Dallas, new development and tougher city housing standards have forced 300 families living in HMK Ltd. homes to move out by June 3. These families pay as little as $300 a month in rental homes. The company says it it can’t afford to fix up the houses to meet city code with rent that low. Ashton Elder, 30, has been a resident of West Dallas her whole life. Before moving into a HMK-owned home, Elder and her kids were staying on couches. Now, they face an uncertain housing situation again. Listen to her story. [KERA News]
- How do you know summer is around the corner? The KXT Sun Sets lineup is out. The concert series kicks off May 16 with performances by Matisyahu and Dallas native Garrett Owen. Single-day passes go on sale at 10 a.m. today, but there are season passes still available that would secure your spot on the Dallas Arboretum’s lawn through July. You just have to make a one-time contribution of $225 to our sister station, which is the most cost-effective way to see all eight shows. [KXT]
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