Five stories that have North Texas talking: remembering JFK expert Gary Mack; it’s very hot in Dallas-Fort Worth this week; an Ennis police officer’s dance goes viral; and more.
A traveler at a New York airport accosted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott over his opposition to gay marriage as Abbott was waiting with his family to board a flight to Austin. Abbott spokesman Matt Hirsch told the Austin American-Statesman that the unidentified 32-year-old man first shook the governor's hand Tuesday night before loudly telling him to "go to hell." Hirsch says Texas troopers traveling with Abbott told the man to step away and as he departed said, "I'm going to see you on the plane." The man, however, was banned from the Jet Blue flight at Kennedy International Airport. He was placed on a flight Wednesday. Abbott was in New York meeting with corporate leaders in an effort to lure jobs to Texas. [Associated Press]
- Gary Mack, the longtime curator of the Sixth Floor Museum and an expert on the President Kennedy assassination, died Wednesday. He was 68. He had a rare form of cancer, friends say. In a statement on its website, the Sixth Floor Museum said: "Aside from Gary serving as an invaluable research resource to press and researchers locally, nationally and internationally, Gary was a unique individual. No one knew this complicated historic material better than Gary.” Learn more about Mack here from KERA News. And KERA's Courtney Collins talked with people who knew Mack well -- read her story here.
- North Texas is flirting with 100 degrees this week. So far this year, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport hasn’t recorded 100 degrees – at least not yet. We’ve been getting close this week. Expect highs in the upper 90s for the next several days. Typically North Texas sees its first 100-degree day June 30. The last time we saw 100 degrees? Sept. 10. This week’s hot weather brings a good reminder: watch out for your animals, especially your dogs. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports: “Mostly, experts say, be smart. Walk your dogs or take them to dog parks during the early morning or late evening hours, when it’s cooler. If the pavement is hot to your touch, it’s probably too hot for your dog’s paws. And never leave them in inside a vehicle.”
- Taco Bell is delivering its food to your door in Dallas and selected other cities across the country. USA Today reports: “Customers near the test outlets will be able to order via the delivery service DoorDash. After punching in your order on the Palo Alto, Calif.-based tech company's app or website, DoorDash will put in the order at your Taco Bell, pick it up and drive it to your home or office. The app will also notify Taco Bell customers when the DoorDash driver is nearing their home or office. There's no minimum order, but a $3.99 flat fee is added. (You're also encouraged to tip your driver.)” Looking for DoorDash? Here’s a link. [USA Today]
- An Ennis police officer is getting a lot of buzz for dancing the nae nae with some kids. WFAA-TV reports on the video captured July 4: Sgt. Alan Eddins was driving around a neighborhood when he saw some kids dancing. He stopped and chatted. They invited him to dance. “I reluctantly agreed,” Eddins told WFAA. The video was uploaded to Facebook. “It’s been fun, quite comical actually,” Eddins said about the reaction. “With a lot of the negative press that police have gotten lately, it’s just a good thing to get out and interact with the community,” he said. What is the nae nae? BuzzFeed explains. And here’s video of Eddins:
Watch the original video here.