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Actor James Franco is in Dallas, shooting the miniseries “11/22/63,” which is based off a Stephen King novel of the same name. It’s about a time traveler who tries to stop President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. To keep the series authentic, the crew is filming in Dealey Plaza. And that means potential star sightings -- and traffic.

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The KERA News team was at Dealey Plaza and around downtown Dallas, capturing the sights and sounds of the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. A ceremony was held at midday featuring prayers, patriotic music and remarks from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and historian David McCullough. Although the ceremony is over, we'll provide updates throughout the afternoon on this live blog. (Tonight at 9, KERA 90.1 FM will air a re-broadcast of the midday ceremony.)

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A special JFK edition. Today, both Dallas and Fort Worth honor President John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Boston will, too.

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Roads are already being closed in preparation for Friday’s Dealey Plaza ceremony that marks the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination.

Both Dallas police and city officials remain tight-lipped about security plans. Expect a heavy police presence before, during and after Friday’s ceremony.

Here’s what you need to know:

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Crowds have filled Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas throughout the day. They include media members, conspiracy theorists and tourists. Spotted in the crowd: a man playing bagpipes.

And Elvis has entered the plaza. A man impersonating Elvis Presley is playing his guitar -- and taking donations.

The plaza will be shut down soon as organizers prepare for Friday's midday ceremony that commemorates the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: No more 'X' in Dealey Plaza, architect Renzo Piano is in town, the Dallas Museum of Art gets two African works, and more:

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: John Connally's clothes will soon be displayed, some Oswald documents are released for the first time, restoring the grand Baker Hotel, and more.

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From now until July 31st, you can request free tickets online to "The 50th." The ceremony will honor the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy.

Anyone who requests a ticket will be placed into a random database. About 5,000 people will be chosen at random and a waiting list will form the same way.