Coppell Middle Schooler Advances To Semifinals of Scripps National Spelling Bee. Seventh-grader Smrithi Upadhyayula will face off against 48 others this morning.
Man Posing As Doctor Arrested After Crashing Stolen Ambulance. Whenever I see a story like this, I wonder if we have just bitten off a tiny piece of a larger story, like this guy is the main character in a version of The Transporter or Crank or really any Jason Statham vehicle. But then I read to the end and see he’s been arrested for posing as a firefighter and think I probably just need to get more sleep.
Josh Hamilton Gets First Hit Since Returning To Rangers. And then gets thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Antlers!
Dallas City Council Approves Body Camera Purchase For Dallas PD. It will provide funds for 1,000 cameras — or one for less than a third of the officers — over the next five years.
Monte Anderson Sells Belmont Hotel. The area around Sylvan and Fort Worth is booming now, but there wasn’t much of anything when Anderson opened the Belmont more than a decade ago. The hotel was essentially a flop house. I remember going by there looking for a couple of dope fiends when I was working on a story for the Observer. It sounds like the new owners will build on what Anderson started. It also sounds like Anderson — rightly, I might add — is still pretty ticked that the city let Sylvan Thirty block the Belmont’s view of downtown.
SNAKES! All this rain is driving snakes out into the open and into people’s homes. True story: My dad is deathly afraid of snakes. Once, when I was about 9 or 10, we spotted a little garter snake in the foyer of our house. A foot long, at the most. My dad freaked out, went out the back door, came back with a garden hoe, chopped that garter snake into about 20 pieces, and then handed me the hoe and told me to clean it up. Then he went and laid down in the dark for, like, an hour. My point is, my dad can be kind of a jerk.Full Story