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JFK assassination

Stunned. That's how Bob Schieffer, the retired CBS newsman with deep Texas roots, reacted on Election Night. He, like much of America, didn't think Donald Trump had much of a chance against Hillary Clinton. He, like much of America, was wrong.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas is facing a threat of bankruptcy: Rick Perry met with Donald Trump; UT’s Charlie Strong hopes to stay with the Longhorns; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A judge refused to disqualify an attorney who's prosecuting more than 150 bikers indicted in last year's Waco shootout; Deep Ellum artists are banding together to prevent suicide; make a bid on Willie Nelson’s tour bus; and more.

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Fort Worth Opera’s JFK gets its world premiere Saturday. It recounts President Kennedy’s last night on earth, which many may not know was in Fort Worth. The opera blends other forgotten facts with fantasy in a story that some are calling the most anticipated new opera of the American season.

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Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding ring is now on display at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

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Dallas has lost its leading expert on the Kennedy assassination. The longtime curator of the Sixth Floor Museum, Gary Mack, died Wednesday at the age of 68. Friends say he suffered from an aggressive cancer.

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Gary Mack, the longtime curator of the Sixth Floor Museum and an expert on the President Kennedy assassination, died this morning. He was 68.

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Bert Shipp, a longtime North Texas broadcaster who covered President Kennedy's assassination, has died at age 85.

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Two photographers who covered the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, have donated collections to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The special prosecutor on Rick Perry’s obstruction of justice case has some sharp words, Dallas Fed president and CEO will step down next year, a Dallas City Tour bus has questionable art, and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: revisit JFK’s visit to North Texas in 1960; Texas’ voter ID trial is underway; Jerry Jones gets a big profile in ESPN’s magazine; and more.

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The fist bump heard around the Twittersphere has quite the story and something of a legacy behind it.

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One hundred years ago, Dallas was selected to be one of 12 locations to host a Federal Reserve Bank. It not only beat out other Texas cities, but also New Orleans, which at the time had a population three times larger. So how did "Little D" get a Reserve Bank? Texas bravado, in part.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: the Sixth Floor Museum is 25 years old; longtime WFAA-TV anchor Gloria Campos is retiring; Dallas is interested in hosting the 2016 GOP convention, and more:

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The 50th: Remembering John F. Kennedy was KERA's live, two-hour special covering the official commemoration event at Dealey Plaza in Dallas on Nov. 22, 2013.

Hosted by Krys Boyd and Shelley Kofler, the special includes reports from KERA reporters before the ceremony begins.

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Dallas audiences heard two music premieres over the weekend, both commissioned to celebrate the legacy of  John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of the president's assassination. Listeners of the symphonic work and chamber piece found the music moving and effective, whether they lived through trauma half a century ago or not. 

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It was 37 degrees and a canopy of dense, gray clouds hung low over Dealey Plaza. Still, most of the 5,000 ticketed guests showed up, some covering their dark suits with clear plastic ponchos that ceremony organizers handed out.

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Friday's memorial on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination reached more than local and national audiences. Reporters from Rome to Morocco covered the story for their global audiences.

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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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Earlier this month, hundreds of people gathered to discuss the impact of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination on Dallas. "Understanding Tragedy" brought together writers, politicians, journalists, religious leaders, scholars and others. C-SPAN3 is airing a portion of the symposium at 2:15 p.m. Saturday.

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Fifty years ago today an assassin’s bullet ended the life of President John F. Kennedy as his limousine passed admiring crowds in Dallas.

For the first time, Dallas officially marked that moment today with a midday ceremony at Dealey Plaza.

But what was the commemoration meant to achieve?

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings' office has released the text of the speech he gave early this afternoon at Dealey Plaza at the ceremony that marked the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination:

A new era dawned and another waned a half century ago when hope and hatred collided right here in Dallas.

We watched the nightmarish reality that in our front yard our President had been taken from us, taken from his family, taken from the world.

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North Texans reflect on where they were 50 years ago when President Kennedy was assassinated in downtown Dallas.

It was supposed to be a five-city tour of Texas.

Over the course of two days in November 1963, President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline were scheduled to visit San Antonio, Houston, Fort Worth and Dallas – ending with a stop in Austin. 

The Kennedys arrived in San Antonio Thursday, Nov. 21. From there, they traveled to Houston and before packing it in at the Texas Hotel in Fort Worth.

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. Those of us of a certain age can remember exactly what we were doing on a Friday this hour 50 years ago when we heard the news. President Kennedy's assassination horrified and transfixed the nation. It was murder in plain sight, seemingly the easiest kind of crime to solve. But 50 years later the basic facts of the case are still debated.

Fresh Air's Dave Davies discusses John F. Kennedy's abbreviated term in office with presidential historian Robert Dallek, who finds that while you can make an argument that Kennedy accomplished little, he represents something special in the American experience. Dallek's latest book is Camelot's Court: Inside The Kennedy White House.

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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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Doctors Robert McClelland and Charles Baxter were part of the Parkland Hospital team that tried to save President John Kennedy. Earlier this year, McClelland talked at a conference about how the two witnessed the president’s last rites.

The two doctors were with the body in Trauma Room 1 when a priest arrived.  The position of the gurney made it impossible to leave without disturbing the priest. So, McClelland says, they stood "frozen" by the wall.

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On Nov. 22, 1963, Dan Rather was far down the journalism totem pole, but he was in Dallas for President Kennedy’s visit. He was near Dealey Plaza when the president’s motorcade arrived. KERA recently talked with the legendary Texas newsman to get his impressions of what happened 50 years ago. He’s taking a look back at the assassination in a special on the AXS cable channel on Friday night.

Very few of us need to be reminded about what happened 50 years ago today in Dallas.

And with all the remembrances of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in the news media this week, there's no need for us to post yet another.

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