Five stories that have North Texas talking: An update on the Waco Twin Peaks trials; Greg Abbott wants to win more Latino votes in 2018; ketchup plus corny dog equals heresy; and more.
In May 2015, two rival motorcycle groups — the Cossacks and the Bandidos — fought in the parking lot of a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. The shootout left nine dead, 18 wounded and 177 arrested.
Almost two and a half years later, Jacob Carrizal, the president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos, is set to stand trial this week, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports. He’ll be the first of 154 bikers indicted to go to trial — if there are no last-minute delays.
Since the shootout, there have been several impediments in the legal process. Just last month, Carrizal’s Houston attorney Casie Gotro successfully had 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother recused from hearing Carrizal’s case.
According to the Tribune, 36-year-old Carrizal is charged with “one count of directing activities of a criminal street gang, one count of engaging in organized criminal activity with the underlying offense of murder and one count of engaging in organized criminal activity with the underlying offense of aggravated assault.”
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- Abbott’s quest: In his re-election bid, Greg Abbott hopes to gain a bigger share of the Hispanic vote than the 44 percent that helped elect him in 2014. A new president and policies make it an uncertain time for Latinos. But Abbott believes Texans view him independently. [The Texas Tribune]
- #TakeAKnee: Kneeling during the national anthem has become a popular form of protest in the NFL this season. The Dallas Cowboys did things their own way before their game two weeks ago. This week, owner Jerry Jones said he would bench any player that disrespected the American flag, drawing criticism from the NFL players’ union. [The Associated Press]
- Artist spotlight: As a kid, Arthur Peña didn’t know much about the world beyond Oak Cliff — until he started painting. Now, at 35, he’s one of the most productive artists in Dallas, teaching at SMU and UNT and getting tapped on the shoulder by luxury brands. [Art&Seek]
- State Fair debate: Is it truly wrong to put ketchup on a Fletcher’s Corny Dog? [GuideLive]