Five stories that have North Texas talking: Cole Hamels will be off the mound for about two months; Romo goes to the Capitol; Dallas woman recounts harrowing Fyre Festival experience; and more.
Cole Hamels, starting pitcher for the Texas Rangers, will be out for about eight weeks due to oblique strain, the team says. It will be the longest stretch of time Hamels has missed due to an injury in his career, according to SportsDay.
The 33-year-old pitcher started feeling tightness on his right side Tuesday night while warming up for a game against the Houston Astros. According to ESPN, “the national anthem was just about to play when the Rangers shut him down for the game. Alex Claudio made his first career start in his place.” He was diagnosed Wednesday with oblique strain, after an MRI.
According to SportsDay, the injury “robs the Rangers of what was expected to be their top asset going into the season: A dynamic 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation with Yu Darvish and Hamels.” A.J. Griffin will replace Hamels in the rotation, which includes Yu Darvish, Martin Perez, Andrew Cashner and Nick Martinez. The Rangers face the Astros in Houston at 1:10 p.m. [ESPN, SportsDay]
- If a bill in the legislature passes, Texas students would require students to pass a citizenship test. In a voice vote Wednesday, the Texas House passed a bill "that would eliminate the required U.S. history end-of-course for public high schoolers and replace that with a version of the civics test that immigrants must take to become U.S. citizens,” The Texas Tribune reports. Fifteen states have passed similar legislation. Take the Tribune’s quiz to see if you’d pass. [The Texas Tribune]
- Tuesday, it was Pudge at the state Capitol; Wednesday, it was Romo. The recently retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback was honored by the Texas Legislature for his accomplishments. The Associated Press reports: “State Rep. Richard Raymond, a Laredo Democrat, wore a Romo jersey and state Rep. Jeff Leach, a Plano Republican, donned a Cowboys helmet.” Romo, who played from 2003 to 2016, is moving on to become a CBS game analyst. [The Associated Press]
- A Dallas woman survived Fyre Festival 2017. In short, the luxury music festival held on an island in the Bahamas did not live up to expectations. In fact, Fyre Media Inc., rapper Ja Rule's company that organized the festival, has been hit with a $100 million lawsuit. Attendees promised gourmet meals were subjected to sandwiches. Instead of promised villas and lodges, they fought over tents. They paid thousands of dollars and swam among feral pigs. And Blink-182 didn’t even play. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram, NPR]
- Dallas Theater Center has won the 2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award. The award recognizes a professional company that displays a “continuous level of artistic achievement contributing to the growth of theatre nationally,” according to a release from the local theater. The winner is selected by recommendation of the American Theater Critics Association, according to Art&Seek. The center will pick up its first Tony on June 11 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. [Art&Seek]