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A $7.75 million gift from Darwin Deason will launch the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security and support the Deason Innovation Gym in Southern Methodist University’s Lyle School of Engineering.

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Mourners filled Dallas' Latino Cultural Center and talked about Adelfa Botello Callejo for hours.

Each ended the same way…

“Adelante con Adelfa … Adelante con Adelfa … Adelante con Adelfa.”

That’s "moving forward with Adelfa."

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Adelfa Botello Callejo, a longtime civil rights leader and attorney in Dallas, died early Saturday from a brain tumor. She was 90.

Callejo endured three bouts with cancer, including colon and breast cancer. In an email to friends, her nephew John David Gonzales described her as a “giant among giants who became a Texas legal legend and philanthropist who dedicated her life to the promotion of education.”

Hear what others had to say about her decades-long legacy:

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About 20 earthquakes jolted North Texas in November 2013 -- and they kept hitting Parker County and parts of Tarrant County in December 2013.

This follows dozens of small earthquakes that have hit parts of North Texas in recent years.

What’s causing all of the quakes?

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Throughout November, KERA will mark the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination by taking a closer look at that fateful day, what it meant to the country, how it changed Dallas, and more.

Today, we take a look at hate letters sent to Dallas following the assassination.

After John F. Kennedy was shot 50 years ago, hundreds of folks mailed letters to Dallas, many of them furious at the city.

The letters wound up at Southern Methodist University.

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So who’s on healthcare.gov? Turns out it’s not just people searching for health care. The site is also attracting hackers — a Department of Homeland Security official told lawmakers there’s been “a handful” of attempts so far. National cyber security expert Fred Chang, who’s now a professor at SMU in Dallas, has been called to examine concerns about lack of privacy of users of the website.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The U.N. isn't taking over the Alamo, Denton invites Sriaracha to town, the Texas photo ID law continues to generate controversy, and more:

Maria Richards, a researcher at Southern Methodist University's Geothermal Laboratory, talks with StateImpact Texas about geothermal power and why it's gotten a cold shoulder in the Lone Star state.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A former Detroit mayor could serve his prison sentence in Texas, Dallas’ mayor apologizes to the mother of Santos Rodriguez, and Houston, we have a new problem: dengue fever.

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Two former US defense secretaries talk to SMU students about Monday’s shootings at the Navy Yard, security clearances and background checks. Robert Gates and Leon Panetta appeared at SMU as part of the Tate Lecture Series.   

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It may be the middle of summer, but it’s graduation day for dozens of teens in science camp. A six-week summer school at SMU ends today. It was built for teenage science superstars from across the country.

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Phony falls in basketball just got serious. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has teamed up with biomechanics experts at Southern Methodist University to study "flopping" -- when a player deliberately falls to deceive referees into thinking there's been a foul. 

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Southern Methodist University says it will follow new task force recommendations calling for the school to ramp up education and outreach on sexual assault. The task force released recommendations today following a string of sexual assaults last year.

George W. Bush Presidential Center

A steady crowd is expected as the doors of the new George W. Bush Presidential Center swing open to the public at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday.    Officials there are urging visitors to do a little planning so they aren't inconvenienced.  

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The live stream of the George W. Bush Presidential Center dedication has ended. We'll post archival video as soon as it is available.

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Two potential presidential candidates are in Dallas today. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will talk about immigration to one organization. Then in the evening, past Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will address a group of apartment executives.  

                                  

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Security for Thursday's George W. Bush Presidential Center dedication ceremonies at SMU, and appearances by the five living presidents, will see street closures around campus, in downtown Dallas, and North Oak Cliff. 

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It’s not every day you see thousands of plastic bottles floating in Fair Park’s fountain. But that’s exactly what you’ll find this weekend – in the form of a boat. It’s the main attraction at Southern Methodist University’s Engineering & Humanity Week -- a program that brings together students engineers, architects and academics from around the world at Fair Park and on SMU’s campus.

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After lengthy legal battles over voting district lines, the Texas primaries have finally come.

Among the most-closely watched races will be the contest between long-serving Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and tea party favorite Ted Cruz. They’re considered the leading candidates for the Republican nomination to replace retiring U-S Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.

The contest headlines 170 major competitive races statewide., including one for the newly created Congressional District 33. It covers portions of Dallas and Tarrant counties.

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Late Monday afternoon a man claiming to have a weapon remained barricaded in the cab of a construction crane about 100 feet above the Southern Methodist University campus.

Dallas police Corporal Melinda Gutierrez says an eyewitness saw the man near the crane site around 11:30 in the morning and contacted SMU campus police.

Scientists say there’s enough wasted energy in Texas to power our lights for centuries. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports on SMU researchers and a business who are turning waste heat from oil and gas wells into electricity.

SMU Experts Look At AMR

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The North Texas economy will take a hit from AMR's bankruptcy, even if it's not evident yet. That's according to Southern Methodist University business experts. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more on the school's annual economic review.

When American Airlines filed for bankruptcy November 29th, it told customers to expect business as usual. But economist Michael Davis, with SMU's Cox School of Business, says that cannot last long. The carrier will have to cut costs, even if most local workers keep their jobs.

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