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Top Stories: Arlington's MLK Day Parade Controversy; Forest Theater's Planned Makeover

Jan 8, 2018

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

What was billed as a region-wide celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has drawn fire from civil rights groups and community activists. As KERA’s Christopher Connelly reports, they’re angry over the inclusion of Gov. Greg Abbott as an honorary grand marshal of the North Texas MLK Parade in Arlington.

Other stories this evening:

  • Companies from Apple to Amazon market their products to get people to buy them. And ISIS uses some of the same tactics to recruit new members. That's according to Haroon K. Ullah, a former advisor to three secretaries of state who has studied violent extremism in the Middle East. Today on Think, he talked with Krys Boyd about how ISIS uses targeted messaging to attract defectors. 
  • The Forest Theater in the Fair Park neighborhood of Dallas will get another chance at life. A team comprised of CitySquare, St. Phillips School and Cornerstone Baptist Church will use a million-dollar grant from The Real Estate Council to renovate the former movie and performing arts venue, along with nearby retail space and exteriors to Cornerstone. After several past failed attempts, KERA’s Sam Baker asked the project leader, Elizabeth Wattley, why try the Forest again.

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