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  • Driver indicted in fatal wreckDriver indicted in fatal wreck

    A driver involved in a deadly crash near Cottondale in July has been indicted by a Wise County grand jury.According to records that were unsealed this week, Christoval Reynal Villarreal, 32, of Decatur was indicted for criminal negligent homicide stemming from a wreck July 12 at the intersection of Farm Roads 51 and 2123.According to investigators, ... (more)

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  • Deduction targeted by GOP used by tax filers in most statesDeduction targeted by GOP used by tax filers in most states

    ATLANTA (AP) — A popular deduction targeted in the GOP's overhaul of the tax code is used by more than a quarter of all filers in a majority of states, including many led by Republicans where some residents eventually could…

    FortWorthBusiness.com / 54 min. ago
  • 2 men charged in shooting deaths of 2 North Texas teens2 men charged in shooting deaths of 2 North Texas teens

    CROWLEY, Texas (AP) — Crowley police announced Thursday that two Fort Worth men have been charged in the August shooting deaths of two teenagers whose bodies were found near a North Texas road.

    FortWorthBusiness.com / 1 h. 26 min. ago
  • Cowboys Fans Gear up for Sunday Night GameCowboys Fans Gear up for Sunday Night Game

    Dallas Cowboys fans spend Saturday at AT&T Stadium gearing up for the big game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

    NBC 5 / 1 h. 32 min. ago
  • Trains at Northpark Opens for 2017 SeasonTrains at Northpark Opens for 2017 Season

    The Trains at Northpark is now officially open for the 2017 season. This is the 30th year for the holiday tradition.

    NBC 5 / 1 h. 36 min. ago
  • Trader Joe's Chicken & Turkey Salads RecalledTrader Joe's Chicken & Turkey Salads Recalled

    Green Cuisine is recalling more than 36,000 pounds of chicken and turkey salad that may be contaminated with hard silica or even glass fragments. The chicken and turkey salad was sold by Trader Joe's in...Photo Credit: USDA News Release

    NBC 5 / 1 h. 40 min. ago
  • Arlington Teen Injured in Crash One Week Ago Dies Arlington Teen Injured in Crash One Week Ago Dies

    The death of a young woman is raising questions and concerns in Arlington. Alexis Butler, 18, died Friday of injuries she sustained in a two car crash one week ago. Police say the driver who caused the...Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

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  • Texas Republicans spar with White House over latest disaster aid requestTexas Republicans spar with White House over latest disaster aid request

    November 17, 2017

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  • Navy grounds air crew that made vulgar drawing in skyNavy grounds air crew that made vulgar drawing in sky

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The air crew who used their U.S. Navy warplane to create a vulgar sky writing above the town of Okanogan, Washington, this week have been grounded, the U.S. Navy said Friday.

    FortWorthBusiness.com / 2 h. 16 min. ago
  • Cowboys' Jerry Jones apologizes for racial remark in videoCowboys' Jerry Jones apologizes for racial remark in video

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has apologized after a gossip website posted a 4-year-old video of him making a racially insensitive comment.

    FortWorthBusiness.com / 2 h. 21 min. ago
  • Ehlinger leads Texas over No. 24 WVU 28-14; Grier injuredEhlinger leads Texas over No. 24 WVU 28-14; Grier injured

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Sam Ehlinger helped Texas get that elusive win over a ranked opponent.

    FortWorthBusiness.com / 2 h. 23 min. ago
  • Memphis defeats SMU 66-45 to claim AAC West Division titleMemphis defeats SMU 66-45 to claim AAC West Division title

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Neither wind, nor rain or even a 57-minute delay for lightning was going to keep the No. 18 Memphis Tigers from hoisting the West Division trophy for the American Athletic Conference.

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  • Freshman QB 1st start in No. 11 TCU's 27-3 win at Texas TechFreshman QB 1st start in No. 11 TCU's 27-3 win at Texas Tech

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Shawn Robinson became the first true freshman quarterback to start a game for No. 11 TCU in coach Gary Patterson's 17 seasons as head coach.

    FortWorthBusiness.com / 2 h. 26 min. ago
  • Iowa State ends 2-game skid with 23-13 victory at BaylorIowa State ends 2-game skid with 23-13 victory at Baylor

    WACO, Texas (AP) — Hakeem Butler made an over-the-shoulder catch and then broke away from two defenders for an Iowa State touchdown.

    FortWorthBusiness.com / 2 h. 27 min. ago
  • Texas A&M rallies to top Mississippi 31-24Texas A&M rallies to top Mississippi 31-24

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Nick Starkel threw for 272 yards and a touchdown to lead Texas A&M past Mississippi 31-24 on Saturday night.

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  • Debate Over JFK Assassination Continues In Dallas After Release Of DocumentsDebate Over JFK Assassination Continues In Dallas After Release Of Documents

    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – As Dallas prepares to remember the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, there is still much debate about what happened. This also comes after thousands of federal documents were released about the assassination. Experts gathered in downtown Dallas to weigh in on the subject. About 160 people – from amateur historians to curious citizens – packed the Sixth Floor Museum on Saturday. After the release of thousands of federal documents related to the death of Kennedy, they still have questions. “It was the crime of the century. It really was. And a large portion of the American public was alive at the time. We’re still around… we still wonder,” said author Dr. Larry Sabato. Dr. Sabato was one of the two best-selling authors who talked about JFK. “There is a tremendous fascination with President and Mrs. Kennedy. There’s a belief that things in America and the world would’ve been a lot better had he not been assassinated. Despite the release of those government files, hundreds more are still classified out of concern for U.S. national security. “In trying to reassure people, they actually withheld information, deceived people and then created speculation and conspiracy theories,” said moderator Dave Davies. Event moderator Davies said there are groups of people who want to know if there was a conspiracy to kill the president and if his killer Lee Harvey Oswald had help. Davies believes the government should be more transparent. “I think it’s important that people believe the government is telling them the whole story. I think for decades that wasn’t the case. So I think releasing these documents now, completely un-redacted, would be a step towards restoring some confidence that the government’s willing to get the answers out,” said Davies. President Donald Trump did decide at the last minute to hold some documents back at the request of the CIA and FBI. Those documents will be reviewed over the next 180 days.

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  • Winners and losers under the Senate tax overhaul proposalWinners and losers under the Senate tax overhaul proposal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The ultra-wealthy, especially those with dynastic businesses — like President Donald Trump and his family — do very well under a major Republican tax bill moving in the Senate, as they do under legislation passed this week…

    FortWorthBusiness.com / 2 h. 31 min. ago
  • Family sues after child, 5, killed in rotating restaurantFamily sues after child, 5, killed in rotating restaurant

    ATLANTA (AP) — The family of a 5-year-old boy killed when he became caught in a rotating Atlanta restaurant is suing the company, saying it failed to prevent a "longstanding safety hazard."

    FortWorthBusiness.com / 2 h. 32 min. ago
  • AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dead at 64AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dead at 64

    NEW YORK (AP) — Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the bawdy hard rock band AC/DC who helped create such head-banging anthems as "Highway to Hell," ''Hells Bells" and "Back in Black," has died. He was 64.

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  • Spokeswoman: David Cassidy in hospital with organ failureSpokeswoman: David Cassidy in hospital with organ failure

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — "Partridge Family" star David Cassidy has been hospitalized in Florida with multiple organ failure.

    FortWorthBusiness.com / 2 h. 37 min. ago
  • Person Shot To Death During Altercation At Dallas Strip MallPerson Shot To Death During Altercation At Dallas Strip Mall

    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Police in Dallas say a person was shot to death at a strip mall on Webb Chapel Road on Saturday during an altercation. Officers responded to the shooting call in the 9600 block of Webb Chapel Road where they found the victim dead from a gunshot wound. Police say the shooting happened in a crowded strip mall parking lot where there were several people standing near the scene. As two people were being separated during an altercation, police say the suspect walked back over and shot the victim. The victim’s identity has not been released. Police haven’t released details about the suspect but are asking anyone who may have information on the homicide to call detectives at 214.671.3702.

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  • Drivers Beware! Road Closures Continue on I-635Drivers Beware! Road Closures Continue on I-635

    Beginning Friday Nov. 17 at 9 p.m. through Monday Nov. 20 at 5 a.m. closures on I-635 will be taking place.Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images

    NBC 5 / 2 h. 54 min. ago
  • Sundance Square Christmas Tree Shining BrightSundance Square Christmas Tree Shining Bright

    The largest Christmas tree in Fort Worth history is now shining bright after a light ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night.Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

    NBC 5 / 3 h. 3 min. ago
  • Team USA Showed Off Olympic Spirit in Dallas SaturdayTeam USA Showed Off Olympic Spirit in Dallas Saturday

    In less than 100 days, the 2018 Winter Olympics will be in full swing. Team USA says it's never too early to start building excitement for the games, which is why they brought the Olympic spirit to Downtown...

    NBC 5 / 3 h. 36 min. ago
  • Officials Investigating Fire At Luxury Hotel Landmark In DallasOfficials Investigating Fire At Luxury Hotel Landmark In Dallas

    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Investigators are looking into what caused a fire at the century-old landmark Ambassador Hotel building in downtown Dallas Saturday evening. Dallas Fire-Rescue says firefighters responded to the structure fire call in the 1300 block of S. Ervay Street. First responders arrived at the vacant high-rise hotel and saw flames coming from the second-floor window. After a second-alarm response was called, firefighters quickly extinguished the fire. Officials say the building was vacant, but there was one person, known as the building’s caretaker, who resided in the lower floor of the hotel. He made it out safely after a nearby business called 911 about the fire coming from the building. According to officials, the fire caused minor damage to the building. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The landmark Ambassador Hotel is the oldest remaining luxury hotel in Dallas that was constructed in 1904, according to Dallas City Hall. Officials say the building was undergoing renovations.

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  • National Adoption Day Celebrated in North TexasNational Adoption Day Celebrated in North Texas

    Saturday November 18th is National Adoption Day and close to 100 North Texas children are now with their forever families after a big adoption ceremony Saturday morning.

    NBC 5 / 4 h. 21 min. ago
  • JFK Records Topic of Discussion at Sixth Floor MuseumJFK Records Topic of Discussion at Sixth Floor Museum

    Revelations from the recent release of the "JFK records" was the topic of discussion at the Sixth Floor Museum on Saturday.

    NBC 5 / 4 h. 25 min. ago
  • Vehicle Struck by DART TrainVehicle Struck by DART Train

    Both sides of Houston Street were closed off late Friday night after an accident involving a vehicle and a DART train.Photo Credit: Metro

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  • Fort Worth Hits Las Vegas Trail Apartment Complex With LawsuitFort Worth Hits Las Vegas Trail Apartment Complex With Lawsuit

    The future of one of the largest apartment complexes along Fort Worth’s troubled Las Vegas Trail is uncertain after the city filed suit against it Friday.Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

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  • LaDainian Tomlinson Gives Back to the Fort Worth CommunityLaDainian Tomlinson Gives Back to the Fort Worth Community

    2100 families in the Fort Worth area will now be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.Photo Credit: Metro

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  • Investigation Underway After Fort Worth Police Vehicle Hits, Kills PedestrianInvestigation Underway After Fort Worth Police Vehicle Hits, Kills Pedestrian

    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Fort Worth police are investigating a crash involving one of their vehicles that struck and killed a pedestrian Friday evening. Police confirmed Friday evening that one of their units traveling southbound on Hemphill Street hit and killed a man walking across the street. Neighbors near the crash scene say their area is a bigger safety concern. The pedestrian’s body ended up on Fernado Florez’s yard. The victim, who hasn’t been formally identified by the medical examiner, died at the scene. A cross has been planted on Florez’s yard. He says he is sad about what happened but is not shocked. Florez claims the street lights will be on and then suddenly turn off in the middle of the night. “If I had to go to the store, even just a couple of blocks, I’d call a cab. I’m not crossing the street here because a lot of times these vehicles don’t have their lights on. A public information officer for Fort Worth police confirmed there is an investigation, but he indicates the officer involved in the crash has not been taken off the streets.  

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  • Fort Worth, Texas police investigate two fatal collisions | Fort Worth ... - Fort Worth Star TelegramFort Worth, Texas police investigate two fatal collisions | Fort Worth ... - Fort Worth Star Telegram

    Fort Worth Star TelegramFort Worth, Texas police investigate two fatal collisions | Fort Worth ...Fort Worth Star TelegramPolice are investigating a fatal collision that involved a Fort Worth police vehicle and another fatal collision that happened about the same time on Friday where ...and more »

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  • Police investigating two fatal collisions that took place FridayPolice investigating two fatal collisions that took place Friday

    Police are investigating a fatal collision that involved a Fort Worth police vehicle and another fatal collision that happened about the same time on Friday where the vehicle fled the … Click to Continue »

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  • Documents: FBI Informant Told Officials Jack Ruby Said To “Watch The Fireworks” Day JFK DiedDocuments: FBI Informant Told Officials Jack Ruby Said To “Watch The Fireworks” Day JFK Died

    (CBSDFW.COM/CBSNEWS) – An FBI informant told officials that Jack Ruby, the man who eventually shot Lee Harvey Oswald, said to “watch the fireworks” on the day President John F. Kennedy was killed, according to new records the National Archives released Friday. New records – first highlighted by University of Virginia political analyst Larry Sabato — describe what an FBI informant later told officials about Ruby. Oswald shot and killed JFK on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas. The interaction on the morning of the JFK assassination wasn’t officially relayed to the FBI until March 1977, and the informant was eventually revealed to be Bob Vanderslice of Dallas. “The informant stated that on the morning of the assassination, Ruby contacted him and asked if he would ‘like to watch the fireworks,'” an FBI record dated April 6, 1977, says. “He was with Jack Ruby and standing at the corner of the Postal Annex Building facing the Texas School Book Depository Building at the time of the shooting. Immediately after the shooting, Ruby left and headed toward the area of the Dallas Morning News Building.” Vanderslice told the FBI in 1977 that Ruby said nothing to him immediately after the assassination. But the informant said that after Ruby was arrested for killing Oswald, he was also arrested on an unrelated charge, and Vanderslice got to know Ruby better in the Dallas County Jail. *READ MORE AT CBSNEWS.COM*

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  • Texas qualifies for first bowl in 3 years with 28-14 win at West Virginia - Fort Worth Star TelegramTexas qualifies for first bowl in 3 years with 28-14 win at West Virginia - Fort Worth Star Telegram

    Fort Worth Star TelegramTexas qualifies for first bowl in 3 years with 28-14 win at West VirginiaFort Worth Star TelegramSam Ehlinger threw two touchdown passes and Texas became bowl eligible under first-year coach Tom Herman with a 28-14 win over No. 24 West Virginia on Saturday in a game in which the Mountaineers lost quarterback Will Grier to injury. The Longhorns ...and more »

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  • Ambulance Struck by VehicleAmbulance Struck by Vehicle

    A Dallas Fire Rescue ambulance was involved in an accident early morning of Nov. 18, officials say.Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

    NBC 5 / 12 h. 18 min. ago
  • Say goodbye to a Amp,a hello to a Alta as KVIL goes alternativeSay goodbye to a Amp,a hello to a Alta as KVIL goes alternative

    Almost a year to the day after Dallas-Fort Worth lost an alternative-rock radio station, it has one again. At 10 a.m. Friday, KVIL/103.7 FM switched from its Top 40 "Amp 103.7" format that it had been running for less than a year to "Alt 103.7" - "DFW's New Alternative."

    Fort Worth News / 23 h. 29 min. ago
  • Sini Mathews Arraigned on Child Endangerment ChargeSini Mathews Arraigned on Child Endangerment Charge

    Sini Mathews surrendered to Richardson police Thursday and was arrested on a charge of child endangerment after police say she and her husband left their adopted daughter home alone while they went to dinner.Photo Credit: NBC 5 / Dallas Co. Jail

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  • Fort Worth Police Officer Fatally Strikes Pedestrian South of Downtown: PD - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort WorthFort Worth Police Officer Fatally Strikes Pedestrian South of Downtown: PD - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    NBC 5 Dallas-Fort WorthFort Worth Police Officer Fatally Strikes Pedestrian South of Downtown: PDNBC 5 Dallas-Fort WorthFort Worth police are investigating a deadly collision Friday evening in which one of their own was behind the wheel. Police said two officers were in a vehicle traveling south on the 2700 block of Hemphill Street, south of downtown Fort Worth, when ...Man arrested in fatal stabbings of two dogs in north Fort WorthFort Worth Star TelegramFort Worth Officer Involved In Deadly Auto-Pedestrian CrashCBS DFWFort Worth man accused of stabbing neighbor's dog to deathFOX 4 Newsall 10 news articles »

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  • Marked Fort Worth police vehicle kills pedestrianMarked Fort Worth police vehicle kills pedestrian

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  • Fort Worth Officer Involved In Deadly Auto-Pedestrian CrashFort Worth Officer Involved In Deadly Auto-Pedestrian Crash

    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A Fort Worth Police officer was involved in a deadly auto-pedestrian accident Friday night. The officer was in a patrol car when the officer hit the man in the 2800 block of Hemphill Street near Berry Street around 7:30 p.m. Police say the officer stopped and tried to help but the victim died at the scene. FW officer deadly auto pedestrian accident (CBS11) Police have not released any details on the victim. The Fort Worth Police Traffic Investigations Unit is working the case. As of 10:15 p.m. Friday, traffic was blocked in both directions on Hemphill between West Capps and West Lowden.

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  • I-Team: Dallas Co. Seized Land Two Years Ago, Won’t Say How Owner Can Get It BackI-Team: Dallas Co. Seized Land Two Years Ago, Won’t Say How Owner Can Get It Back

    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Looking through a chain link fence along Dowdy Ferry Road in South Dallas, all Joel Potasznik can do is stare at his 51 acres. The 71-year-old retired physician owns the property and is required to pay taxes on it but for the past two years, he has been forbidden by the Dallas County Fire Marshal to step foot on his land. Drone footage of Joel Potasznik’s 51 acres of land. (CBS 11) On September 4, 2015, the county fire marshal’s office served a search warrant at his property. According to court records, investigators found evidence of “illegal dumping” on the property including steel rebar, plastic pipes, batteries, discarded tires and other hazardous materials. That day the fire marshal placed his own locks on the gate of Potasznik’s property and posted a “no trespassing” sign. (CBS 11) He ordered everyone off the property. The order remains in effect more than two years later. However, Dallas County has not charged Potasznik nor anyone else associated with the property with a crime. When Potasznik asked Fire Marshal Robert De Los Santos how he can get his property back, he said the fire marshal’s office did not give him an answer. Dallas County Fire Marshal Robert De Los Santos. (CBS 11) “They don’t say,” Potasznik explained. “That was the reason I had to file a lawsuit against them.” De Los Santos told the CBS 11 I-Team he could not comment on the situation because of the pending litigation. The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office told the I-Team the same thing that it could not comment on the matter. “Innocent until proven guilty is out the window,” Potasznik said. “The whole constitutional process is upside down.” Potasznik rented out his land to four businesses, including one that fills in the old gravel pits on the property with clean-fill. All four businesses closed or relocated after the county seized the property. Potasznik purchased the property twenty years ago as an investment for retirement but with no access, he said the county has taken away his source of income and destroyed his property’s value. (CBS 11) “Unfortunately, it remains to me an unbelievable story that I am a reluctant part,” Potasznik said. The I-Team discovered what happened to Potasznik was set into motion at a December 2014 Dallas County Commissioners Court meeting. At the meeting, county commissioners voted to update the county’s fire code. This gave the fire marshal, for the first time, the authority to inspect businesses. Eight months later, on August 13, 2015, the Dallas County Fire Marshal’s Office inspected Potasznik’s 51-acre property along Dowdy Ferry Road. The inspection report that day showed no violations, but at the bottom the report notes “permits are needed to continue filling.” Two days later, Potasznik filed for a permit. He said he never heard back from the county and assumed everything was okay. Three weeks after the inspection, De Los Santos showed up at Potasznik’s property with a search warrant. In an interview that day with a local Spanish TV station, De Los Santos said his office was cracking down on illegal businesses. No one has been allowed back on the property since. Potasznik denies any organized illegal dumping activity taking place on his property but said if one of his tenants was doing something illegal, without his knowledge, he wants to fix it. Joel Potasznik (CBS 11) The landowner, however, said he cannot do that as long as he’s locked out of his own property. Jonathan Bridges, a law professor at UNT Dallas College of Law, said what has happened to Potasznik may seem unfair but is likely legal. “I tell my students every semester when it comes to property law, the government can take your stuff,” Bridges explained. The law professor said law enforcement agencies can seize property if it is suspected to be involved in a crime, even if the crime is a misdemeanor like illegal dumping. There’s also few limitations on long the government can hold one’s property as long as the investigation is pending. Bridges said, “This area of law does seem like one that is pretty unregulated and one that creates a lot of unfairness to the property owner.” “This is wrong,” Potasznik said. “If they are doing it to me, they are doing it to someone else or are going to do it to someone else and I’m not going to give it up easy as long as I’m alive.”

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  • Jerry Jones Apologizes For ‘Inappropriate’ Comment Amid Growing Tension With GoodellJerry Jones Apologizes For ‘Inappropriate’ Comment Amid Growing Tension With Goodell

    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The rift between Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appears to be growing. In an interview with 105.3 The Fan on Friday, Jones stood by his threat to sue over any extension of the NFL Commissioner’s contract. “Everything I am doing is in the best short and long term interest of the NFL. I love this league and I love this game,” said Jones. All 32 owners, Jones included, voted in May to allow a committee to cut a deal with Goodell. ESPN is now reporting, when Jones learned in August that the league intended to suspend running back Ezekiel Elliott, he warned Goodell, “I’m gonna come after you with everything I have.” Referencing the New England Patriots owner who also feuded publicly with Goodell, Jones reportedly said, “Bob Kraft is a p***y compared to what I’m going to do with you.” In his radio interview, Jones said the owners hold the single most influence during times of contract negotiation. “Because we give our commissioner such power, the one great time that the owners have the biggest input is when you are either first time hiring or extending it,” said Jones While he’s not backing down in his feud with Goodell, Jones is apologizing after video surfaced Friday of him in 2013 congratulating a newly-engaged bride with a racially insensitive remark. “Jennifer, congratulations on the wedding. Now, you know he’s with a black girl tonight, don’t you?” said Jones in the video released by theblast.com. In a statement, he said, “That comment was inappropriate. It’s not who I am, and I’m sorry. Sunday could provide added drama if fans follow through with plans for a protest circulating on social media. It’s calling for those attending the Cowboys’ game to wear black and join with the NFL players who kneel during the anthem to protest against “police brutality and injustice.”

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  • Exhibit Opens Saturday Honoring Dallas Officer Who Was Killed The Day Of JFK’s AssassinationExhibit Opens Saturday Honoring Dallas Officer Who Was Killed The Day Of JFK’s Assassination

    DALLAS (CBS11) – City of Dallas archivist John Slate does not want anyone to forget Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit. J.D. Tippit (Dallas Municipal Archives) “Every time, Kennedy comes up. But too often do we forget about the single officer who was killed in the line of duty,” said Slate. Days before the city nears 54 years since the JFK assassination, Slate is trying to honor the fallen officer. “We like to let people know that these were flesh and blood people,” said Slate. He is hosting an exhibit inside Top Ten Records in North Oak Cliff. It is the store Tippit rushed into back in 1963 to make his final phone call. “All we know is that he let the phone ring 7 or 8 times, didn’t get an answer, put the receiver down and left,” said Slate. While the mystery surrounding who Tippit called has sparked conspiracies, the exact phone still sits at the end of the counter. “He just come in and nobody answered and took off,” said Michael Polk, the former owner of Top Ten Records. Polk did not own the record store back in 1963, but has for the last 38 years. “It’s just part of history you know? So you have to respect that and honor it,” said Polk. Through photos, old time cards, documents and letters, Slate hopes to give life to a man who selflessly risked his, like the many officer who’ve served after him. “They put their lives on the line every day doing the kinds of things J.D. Tippit was doing,” said Slate. The exhibit opens Saturday, November 18 at Top Ten Records at 338 W. Jefferson Boulevard. It runs from Noon to 9:00 p.m. The exhibit will remain up until the end of November. More information can be found on Dallas Archives website  and Facebook page

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  • 2 Fatal Dog Stabbings Likely Related: Fort Worth Police2 Fatal Dog Stabbings Likely Related: Fort Worth Police

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  • Woman Says Botched ‘Brazilian Butt Lift’ Left Her In WheelchairWoman Says Botched ‘Brazilian Butt Lift’ Left Her In Wheelchair

    Rolanda Hutton says a botched “Brazilian Butt Lift” in Dallas left her paralyzed. (CBS 11) DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – An Oklahoma nurse filed a lawsuit Thursday after she says a Dallas plastic surgeon botched her “Brazilian Butt Lift,” leaving her paralyzed. She is seeking millions of dollars in damages after she says her life was changed forever. It’s a cosmetic enhancement known as a “Brazilian Butt Lift,” made popular by the likes and looks of some Hollywood celebrities. But for 44-year-old Rolanda Hutton, it was supposed to be a minor makeover. “I didn’t do this to be a video vixen or anything like that. I just went in for something, just a slight enhancement,” said Hutton. She left in a wheelchair after her January procedure at Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute and Dallas Day Surgery Center. Her attorney said Dr. Sameer Jejurikar injected too much fat into the muscles above her sciatic nerve. She awoke after the surgery and couldn’t feel her feet or legs. Rolanda Hutton (CBS 11) “I kept on feeling like something is wrong, something is wrong. So I thought, ‘I need to go to the hospital,'” said Hutton. Attorney Les Weisbrod said, instead, they kept her at the Cloister at Park Lane, a luxury post-operative hotel, far too long. “She needed to be transferred to capable people at a hospital, and that wasn’t done,” said Weisbrod. Hutton said she may never walk or work again, and while she hopes to receive damages, she said she spoke out primarily to spare others from her pain. “A lot of younger people or people my age are doing things that may cause more complications, and their lives are going to change forever,” said Hutton. “I want other women to see what can happen.” Rolanda Hutton (CBS 11) Her attorney is seeking more than five million dollars for her long-term care and lost wages. CBS 11 reached out to all parties involved for commend but did not receive a response.

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  • Sherin Mathews’ Adoptive Mother Moved To Dallas County JailSherin Mathews’ Adoptive Mother Moved To Dallas County Jail

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  • Toyota’s Generous Donation Helps Save Dallas Holiday ParadeToyota’s Generous Donation Helps Save Dallas Holiday Parade

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  • Fort Worth drops 1st legal hammer on Las Vegas Trail apartment; motel is likely nextFort Worth drops 1st legal hammer on Las Vegas Trail apartment; motel is likely next

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  • Holiday shopping online? How to make sure your packages aren't stolenHoliday shopping online? How to make sure your packages aren't stolen

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  • Expansion plans: Trinity Trails could stretch to 219 milesExpansion plans: Trinity Trails could stretch to 219 miles

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  • Haltom City police arrest knife-wielding woman for robberyHaltom City police arrest knife-wielding woman for robbery

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  • 637 Pound Green Bean Casserole Sets Guinness Record637 Pound Green Bean Casserole Sets Guinness Record

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  • Grapevine teen was sold for sex in 20 states. Here’s her storyGrapevine teen was sold for sex in 20 states. Here’s her story

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  • Top 5 Shows 11/17-11/18: “Boy in the Plastic Bubble and Benefit for Troll Edition”Top 5 Shows 11/17-11/18: “Boy in the Plastic Bubble and Benefit for Troll Edition”

    1) Tonight is the last Wondercrust Movie Watchers Club at the Grotto (517 University), as the Grotto’s days are numbered, and that number grows increasingly few. The local comedy troupe will be poking holes in the 1976 TV movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble starring John “Face Off” Travolta. The show starts at 7, it’s 21+, and there’s no cover. Want a glimpse at what you’ll be laughing at? Here’s the trailer: 2) Also on Friday: Urban Pioneers, Luke McGlathery, and Squeezebox Bandits at MASS (1002 S Main). This is a folk punk, zydeco-spiced, Tex Mex-flavored, countrified party. 18+, $5 cover, doors at 9, show at 9. Drink some beers with the Urban Pioneers! Here’s a song about Waffle House: 3) I don’t know who Daylight Industries are, but they have an album release at the Tin Panther (937 Woodward) along with psychedelic garage parties Huffer (I know them!) and Those Damn Eyes, a band from Austin that has no music up on their Soundcloud page, but assures us that their sound “exudes powerful, sexy aggression through its sonic display of heavy, alternative pop-rock.” Their singer’s first name is Meredith. What else would you like to know? Go to the show and ask her. Those Damn Eyes start the gig at 10 PM; it’s 21+, and the cover is unspecified. Here’s a Those Damn Eyes video: 4) Ever been to the Blackhorse Saloon (2671 28th St)? It claims to be the “only place in Fort Worth where you can headbang and honkytonk,” though I bet Lola’s would dispute that. But arguments aside, Blackhorse does have a heavy metal bill on Saturday that pays tribute to Tool, Dokken, and Led Zeppelin with three tribute bands: Schism, Without Warning (“DFW’s only tribute to Dokken,” which is the greatest claim that any local band has made or likely will ever make), and Coda (which is one of several DFW tributes to Led Zeppelin). Pertinent show facts: it’s a cash-only bar (though there’s an ATM), it’s 21+, the show starts at 9:30, and the cover is $5. Why post a Tool video when YouTube makes it possible to be rockin’ with Dokken? 5) Speaking of Lola’s, there’s a show there on Saturday to benefit Fort Worth tattoo scene legend Troy “Troll” Farmer who is in the midst of battling cancer. Troll has inked a hell of a lot of people around here on both sides of the stage (and bar), and his friends (many of who have been his clientele) are raising money for his fight with a lineup of Holy Moly, Mullet Malicia (playing a ten-year reunion show, as it happens), and Frank y Los Frijoles, and Fuzz King Radio. FKR starts the show at 8:30, there’s a raffle, and all proceeds go to help Troll with his bills. Here’s Holy Moly at Billy Bob’s from 2012: FULL DISCLOSURE/WRITER BIO ALERT: per editorial suggestion, in addition to writing about music and other shit for the FW Weekly, I am an investor in a venue/bar called Main at Southside, colloquially known as MASS. I also bartend at the Boiled Owl Tavern, a bar that also hosts shows a few times a month. And, since we’re on the subject of warning you against what may be perceived as my own icky, unseemly self-promotion and/or conflicts of interest, I play bass in the following bands: Oil Boom, Son of Stan, Darth Vato. Sometimes I talk about one or more of those entities in this space, but I assure you that it has very little to do with my own vested interests; it just happens that the aforementioned venues and bands are part of the Fort Worth music scene, and this music scene is something I care very passionately about, as I have been part of it since 2002. The post Top 5 Shows 11/17-11/18: “Boy in the Plastic Bubble and Benefit for Troll Edition” appeared first on Fort Worth Weekly.

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  • Texas’ Abbott Decries Storm Aid Bill; White House BristlesTexas’ Abbott Decries Storm Aid Bill; White House Bristles

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  • Fort Worth drops first legal hammer on Las Vegas Trail apartment; motel is likely nextFort Worth drops first legal hammer on Las Vegas Trail apartment; motel is likely next

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  • Demoted Fort Worth police officials sue city, allege chief was hostileDemoted Fort Worth police officials sue city, allege chief was hostile

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  • Texas high school football playoffs Grapevine YMLA Nov 16, 2017 ... - Fort Worth Star TelegramTexas high school football playoffs Grapevine YMLA Nov 16, 2017 ... - Fort Worth Star Telegram

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  • Texas had two Thanksgivings? Yes, we were stubborn turkeysTexas had two Thanksgivings? Yes, we were stubborn turkeys

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  • Toast & Jam with Leon RauschToast & Jam with Leon Rausch

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  • Two arrested in summer shotgun slaying of teens near Crowley parkTwo arrested in summer shotgun slaying of teens near Crowley park

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  • Fort Worthology: Modernism on MagnoliaFort Worthology: Modernism on Magnolia

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  • The Best Players Who Won’t Be at World Cup 2018The Best Players Who Won’t Be at World Cup 2018

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  • Tarrant County Freeze OutTarrant County Freeze Out

    This summer, a five-member majority of the Fort Worth City Council refused to join every other large Texas city in challenging SB 4. The state’s “sanctuary cities” law that went into effect on Sep 1 requires police at every level to ask people their immigration status if they appear to be suspiciously non-Texan. Still, Mayor Betsy Price reminded everyone that Fort Worth is a compassionate city and won’t be using the law to get away with profiling and racial discrimination. Chill out, in other words. Everything will be fine. While everyone was bickering over SB 4, an equally insidious agreement between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and several counties around the state had already gone into effect. In July, ICE officials announced the signing of 18 so-called 287(g) agreements with 18 Texas counties — in a huge expansion of an already existing national program — with Tarrant being the largest. The 287(g) program allows local law enforcement agencies to request to enter into partnerships with ICE to enforce federal immigration rules. The agreements call for a limited number of jail officers to be trained by ICE to interrogate people who have been arrested to ascertain their immigration status. The trainees will also learn how to access the Department of Homeland Security’s database to identify undocumented immigrants and detain them until ICE can pick them up and put them in the deportation pipeline. “The government bills this as something that promotes public safety,” said Jennifer Deharo, the managing attorney for Fort Worth Refugee and Immigrant Center for Immigration Legal Services (RAICES), a nonprofit that offers free and low-cost legal services to the immigrant community in Texas. “The government makes that claim because these ‘criminals’ are not being released back into the public. But the reality is that individuals whose criminal charges are dropped or who have a warrant for an unpaid parking ticket or were erroneously arrested are being transferred to ICE for consideration of deportation.” Without a 287(g) agreement, Deharo said, it was up to the county or the cities to comply or not. David McClelland, public information officer for the Tarrant County sheriff’s department said that Tarrant decided to join the 287(g) agreement because it “puts control over who is being looked at in local hands, rather than in ICE’s hands.” Asked to explain, McClelland said that ICE has already been in Tarrant County’s primary correction center — the processing point for everyone arrested — for 10 years. “ICE was here from 8 to 6 Monday to Friday,” he said. “The new agreement allows us to expand that coverage to 24/7. And it is our officers who are now doing the background checks, which gives us some discretion as to whom ICE should look at. If someone has an ID from the State of Texas, for instance, they are presumed to be here legally.” McClelland added that the Tarrant officers involved in the program would be contacting ICE only in regard to arrestees who were charged with high misdemeanors or felonies. “That’s who ICE is concerned with,” he said. McClelland’s comments do not satisfy those who oppose the agreements.  “Many counties only complied with ICE detainers for aggravated felonies,” Deharo said. “But with this agreement, the police officers in the jails can issue a detainer for anyone without legal immigration status.” Nick Hernandez, community outreach rep for RAICES Dallas, said the agreements put tremendous fear into the community. “It’s just another policy that inflicts fear on immigrants, another tactic that makes people feel they will be discriminated against,” he said.  Those who get picked up under the detainers issued via 287(g) will get their days in court to try to plead their case and argue against their deportation –– unless they have a previous ICE removal order. But winning those cases is difficult, Deharo said. “That’s why this creates fear in the community,” she said. The post Tarrant County Freeze Out appeared first on Fort Worth Weekly.

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  • Rebound BarsRebound Bars

    If you’ve heard a high, mournful sound coming from the average Fort Worth drinker lately, you would swear some of his bars are taking him to divorce court instead of closing. Add to that the collective tendency around here to lash out against the recent spate of unauthentic and/or non-local chain bars, a condition I call ADHD, -“Don’t Austin/Dallas/Houston/Denton my Fort Worth, bro.” All of this is a recipe for some emotional weepiness.  Over the past few years, we have seen a lot of closings of bars oft considered part of the established drinking culture of Fort Worth: 7th Haven, 8.0 Restaurant & Bar, Capital Bar, The Cellar, The Mule, Paddy Reds, Pour House, Rainbow Lounge, Rick O’Sheas, and as of Dec 4, The Grotto.  All of these longstanding watering holes have spoiled us, but the truth is bars don’t usually hang around for a decade or more. For every longtime local saloon owner like Brad Hensarling, Brian Forella, or Glen Keely, there are 27 who cashed out at year three and rode off into the Tequila Sunrise. But take heart, as there’s another batch hopping in the saddle right now that is vying for your heart and drinking dollars. When Paddy Red’s shuttered last year, I was bummed. But the old bar was in serious need of some cosmetic surgery, and it has gotten exactly that in the form of the recently opened The Winchester (903 Throckmorton St). Shaun of the Dead references aside, the subterranean space could be used to hole up during a zombie attack, but far more likely it will serve as a legit English-style pub for a pint after work. Speaking of updates that get a thumbs up from me, the old J&J Blues Bar passed through a few hands and is now open as The Tin Panther (937 Woodward St), a decidedly sweet new spot for lovers of dive bars staffed with folks who have serious street cred.  With Capital Bar leaving the West 7th nightlife rotation, there are new options for going out to get undergrad-level blitzed. What was once a very odd hybrid of hair salon and nightclub in Esoterica has now been re-imagined as the Texas Republic Bar (945 Foch St). This new place is owned by the same group as Landmark Bar & Kitchen (3008 Bledsoe St), and they’re embracing the bigger-is-better thing, including 32-ounce “personal” pitchers of beer and “large-format drinks,” which is an adorable way of describing punch bowls of potentially poor decisions. Texas Republic also offers bottle service with sparklers, which I support because the combo of pyrotechnics and alcohol never fails to yield good people-watching opportunities. ATX export Kung Fu Saloon (2818 Morton St) will also open just down the street. If the Fort Worth outpost is anything like its southern and eastern sisters (there’s also a Dallas location), just know going in that it’s about 2-to-1 odds on that you’ll witness or engage in sloppy public make-out sessions after copious Lemon Drop shots. Over on the South Side, where I generally slink about because it’s better suited to my settled-down years, there’s a couple of soon-to-be-open joints worth noting. The original Twilite Lounge in Deep Ellum is a damn delightful amalgam of great live music and drinks with a Louisiana vibe. The Fort Worth location (212 Lipscomb St) is slated to be the same Sunday Saints-fan mecca with double the square footage. But if you like your music trapped in some vinyl grooves, upcoming Off the Record West (715 W Magnolia Av) is what would happen if Dallas’ Good Records hooked up with a bar. The Magnolia Avenue space will feature craft brews and cocktails and should, along with the other new hotspots around town, make up for the sudden loss of the old standbys. The post Rebound Bars appeared first on Fort Worth Weekly.

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  • Justice League: Come TogetherJustice League: Come Together

    By now, you’ve probably heard that in the comic-book world, it was DC Comics who first got the idea to put their superheroes together into a joint adventure, calling it the Justice League. Marvel Comics’ The Avengers, on the other hand, were late arrivals trailing in their wake. However, in the movie world, it’s been reversed, with Justice League hitting theaters a full five years after Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. The parallels are unavoidable because DC and Warner Brothers brought in Whedon to rewrite the script and reshoot some scenes after the death of Zack Snyder’s daughter forced the director to step back late in the filmmaking process. From the corporate logo depicting the iconic superheroes to the supervillain’s flying robot army to the post-credits sequence, Justice League takes its lead from The Avengers, and the comparison does not flatter the current film. The story picks up after the events of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, as the world reels from the death of Superman (Henry Cavill) and crime threatens to engulf the world. In this environment, Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) approaches Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) to inform him about Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds), an overlord from another dimension who wants to take over the Earth and turn it into a volcanic wasteland. Sensing that repelling a full-scale alien invasion is too much for them, Bruce turns to some superpeople he’s been keeping tabs on from afar: Arthur “Aqua-Man” Curry (Jason Momoa), Barry “The Flash” Allen (Ezra Miller), and Victor “Cyborg” Stone (Ray Fisher). The previous DC films have been almost entirely devoid of comic relief, so the introduction of snark master Whedon is as jarring as it is welcome. We get a fun gag when the taciturn loner Aqua-Man starts uncharacteristically spilling his guts to the group, but most of the laughs come from The Flash, whether he’s idly wondering why people go to brunch or widening his eyes in terror at the sight of the metal giant Cyborg. Miller has been cast effectively as creepy teens in We Need to Talk About Kevin and Fantastic Beasts, but he’s better suited to comedy, and his awestruck demeanor at the world of superheroes that he’s plunged into is something the series badly needs. That said, Snyder doesn’t have Whedon’s comic sense (or indeed, anybody else’s), so the movie’s weighty and portentous parts don’t mesh with the lighter moments. Nor do they work on their own. The action takes detours to Themyscira and the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and neither of those makes us want to linger in those fantasy worlds. Barry’s relationship with his convict dad (Billy Crudup) comes off like filler, as does Victor’s with his scientist dad (Joe Morton). This movie uses its actors inefficiently, and most Marvel films wouldn’t waste Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams, and J.K. Simmons (stepping in as Commissioner Gordon) like this movie does. Bruce also gets the desperate idea to bring back Superman from the dead to combat the deadly dull Steppenwolf, when it would have been nicer to have a movie where our heroes prove that they can cope without their strongest teammate. We can’t miss the Man of Steel if he doesn’t leave. Justice League is a definite improvement from the previous DC Comics films, and if it leads to these superheroes lightening up every once in a while from now on, I’m all for it. It still doesn’t ameliorate the fact that Marvel not only staked out this territory first but also did it better. Until they rethink their approach from the bottom up, DC will always be a distant second. Justice League Starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, and Henry Cavill. Directed by Zack Snyder. Written by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon. Rated PG-13. The post Justice League: Come Together appeared first on Fort Worth Weekly.

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  • Leon Rausch  BoogieLeon Rausch Boogie

    His 90th birthday party attracted a rather interesting crowd. The people milling around in a backyard on an October afternoon exhibited telltale signs of moving to their own distinctive beats. Sunglasses. Vampire tans. Cowboy hats. Gold chains. Pearl snaps. Raspy voices earned from living smoky lifetimes in honkytonks and dance halls scattered across Texas and beyond. “There is a shitload of Fort Worth music history here,” said local music fan Roger Muckey. He and I were sitting at a table underneath a car shed in the Ridglea neighborhood. Willie Nelson drummer Billy English yukked it up with Robert Gallagher, the former entertainment director at Billy Bob’s Texas. Steel guitarist Tommy Spurlock, who has recorded studio sessions with the likes of Roseanne Cash and The Band, bantered with guitarist James Faver, who played for years with Hank Thompson and Jerry Max Lane. Other musicians hanging out included fiddler Brady Bowen, pianist Johnny Case, drummer Danny Cochran, guitarist Larry Funchess, pianist Wayne Glasson, steel guitarist Buddie Hrabal, guitarist Freddie McDonald, and bassist Jim Pack. “A lot of these people played with big names –– Delbert McClinton, George Jones,” Muckey said. “And they’re all here to celebrate Leon Rausch.” The official “state music of Texas” is Western swing, and Rausch was the voice of the greatest Western swing band ever –– Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Rausch was the group’s primary vocalist during the latter part of Wills’ career and carried on the Texas Playboys’ tradition for years after Wills died. Rausch continues to sing with bands such as Austin’s extremely popular Asleep at the Wheel as he enters his ninth decade. He recently completed his first solo album in many years. The guests at Rauch’s party were among the first to hear the finished result of Time Changes Everything, which will be released soon. A desire to open his mouth and belt out songs came to Rausch early. The only child of musical couple Fred and Ida Jane,  Rausch was born in 1927. A few years later, the family trio performed around their hometown of Billings, Missouri, with little Leon at the mic. “I was eat up with it,” Rausch said. “I thought I was going to be Gene Autry.” Rausch never reached Autry’s level of fame and fortune, but he forged a long career, successful marriage, and a happy life that he looks back on with way more pride than regret. Sitting at the birthday/CD-release party table with Muckey and me was Bill Hearne, who owns Texas Starway Song Publishers and operates Cowtown Studio in northwestern Fort Worth. Hearne is a longtime songwriter but not a professional picker. Hearne “plays the radio,” McDonald said. “Sometimes he gets static on it.” Good-natured ribbing was applied in thick and frequent coats among these old timers, along with plenty of “that’s what she said” and “this ain’t rocket surgery” kind of dad humor. Fashionably late but sharply dressed, the man of the hour arrived with wife Vonda standing beside him just as she has done physically and spiritually for 67 years. Friends wished Rausch well and sang him “Happy Birthday.” English handed him a drumhead with “Happy Birthday, We Love You!” written on it and signed by English, his drummer brother Paul “The Devil” English, and ol’ Willie himself. (Rausch and Nelson performed a duet, “Truck Driver’s Blues,” on the Asleep at the Wheel’s It’s a Good Day album in 2010). Music was being piped into the backyard over speakers, and the Floyd Rose-penned classic “Rose of Old Pawnee” began playing. Not the original version recorded in 1946 by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. And not the 1957 remake by Marty Robbins. This was a new version. “Who is that old guy singing?” Rausch asked with a smile.  “Eddy Arnold?” someone suggested. “No, he’s dead,” Rausch replied. The old guy singing, as everyone knew, was Rausch.  “I had to beg him to do this album for 15 years,” said Spurlock, who produced it and played steel guitar on it. Add in the three years Spurlock spent recording and mixing Time Changes Everything in between other gigs, and this project was almost 20 years in the making –– and worth the wait. Rausch has appeared on Asleep at the Wheel albums over the years but hadn’t done a solo project since his Cindy Walker tribute Close to You (1998). Asleep at the Wheel frontman Ray Benson met Rausch in 1973 at a Dallas recording studio and became friends with him. Rausch has been sitting in with the Wheel off-and-on ever since. Rausch would “come and play with us at the Armadillo [World Headquarters in Austin] and hang out,” Benson said. “We hung out a lot back then. He was drinking, too, so we were having a real good time.” (Rausch gave up tobacco and alcohol at 55.) Benson wanted Rausch in the band because “he had one of those classic Western swing voices … somewhere in between Hank Williams and Frank Sinatra. You got to have the chops to sing that kind of music.” And it wasn’t just the vocal talent that drew Benson to Rausch. “Leon has always got a smile on his face unless you cross him, which I never have,” Benson said. “He’s got an incredible appreciation for great music, not just Bob Wills music. And he has many talents. Back in the day he played guitar and bass or whatever was needed. ” Spurlock’s goal in producing Time Changes Everything was to earn Rausch a Grammy Award  “I want him to get his due,” Spurlock said. “I’ve been working with him for 40-plus years, and I know what he can do.” A week after the birthday party, Rausch settled into an easy chair in his living room in southern Fort Worth and recalled his long and storied music career. Vonda was out running errands. Perched in the corner was an oxygen machine –– a bad sign for a singer. During the birthday party, Rausch had performed with a live band and sang four songs. He handled the vocals well but became winded toward the end of “Milk Cow Blues” and asked the band to play an instrumental while he caught his breath. “My old body’s beginning to shut down,” he said. “It’s not anything real serious as far as everyday living, but singing really takes it out of you.” Later, we would walk down a hallway to his office to look at mementos from his long career. He quickly lost his breath. Old fans remember Rausch as being a tall, big-bellied guy with a wide-faced smile. He is still tall and smiling but slender and slightly stooped now. We looked at an old Texas Playboys concert poster hanging on the wall. “I used to stand up and sing three hours straight with that big band,” he said. Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys helped pioneer Western swing music in the 1930s. Wills served as bandleader and fiddler, steering his improvisational members through a hybrid form of blues, pop, country, and New Orleans jazz. Wills peppered the songs with “Aaa-ha” and “play it, boys” and other half-spoken, half-sung asides. The band’s goal was to get listeners off their butts and onto the dance floor. Robert Gallagher was among the many guests celebrating Leon Rausch’s 90th birthday. Wills was born in Kosse, about two hours south of Fort Worth. He moved to Cowtown in 1929, formed a band that would eventually be called the Light Crust Doughboys, and performed on local radio station KFJZ. Wills founded the Texas Playboys a few years later and made Tulsa, Oklahoma, his home base. The band gained acclaim in 1940 with the million-selling “New San Antonio Rose.” Wills’ music appeared in many films during the 1940s, making him a national draw. The band included more than 20 members at its peak, including twin fiddles and horns. Rausch was busy growing up in Billings back then. After graduating from high school, he served in the U.S. Navy before returning home to marry his first love, Vonda. In the 1950s, they moved to Tulsa, where Rausch sang with club bands and appeared on a radio show with a band led by John Lee Wills –– Bob’s younger brother. Bob Wills hired Rausch as a Texas Playboy in 1958. The vocalist was thrilled –– he revered Wills’ music. Wills liked to introduce Rausch on stage by saying he’d found him working barefooted in a field when he stepped on a grass burr and let out a yell. “When I heard Leon holler,” Wills would tell audiences, “I said, ‘That boy’s got a good voice. We ought to put him to work.’ ” The good times didn’t last long. Rock ’n’ roll was beginning to shake the record and radio industry. “My timing couldn’t have been worse,” Rausch said. “We couldn’t make a dance band work in that period. The money kept going down.” They went from playing coliseums and large dance halls for several thousand people to playing clubs for a few hundred. Wills dissolved the band in 1962. Rausch had quit the year before and returned to Tulsa to spend more time with Vonda and their two children, working day jobs and singing in clubs at night. By 1965, Wills, who had moved back to Fort Worth, was in poor health. An investor in the band recruited Rausch to move to Cowtown and serve as manager and singer for a new version of the Texas Playboys. Wills would sit in on performances when his health allowed. “Counting Bob, we had seven pieces,” Rausch said. But 1950s three-chord rock was evolving into 1960s flower power and experimental music. Western swing, while brilliant, sounded old-fashioned to a new generation. “We shut down in 1968 because we didn’t have enough work with or without Bob,” Rausch said. Rausch was asked to keep his musicians together and serve as the house band at Panther Hall, a large club that had opened in 1963 at an old bowling alley near East Lancaster Avenue. The Texas Playboys had played many shows there over the years. The biggest stars of that era –– both country and rock –– performed there. Rausch’s band was renamed the Texas Panthers, and they played their own sets as well as backing other musicians. “We backed up some of the stars that came through without bands, which is an awful tough job,” Rausch said. “These guys expected everything to sound just like the records. We weren’t fixed like that. We were a dance band. A fiddle band. We played the old-time way. We played waltzes and polkas. It wasn’t a good fit.” Rausch recalled the band struggling one night to recreate the sophisticated arrangements that Glen Campbell used on his records. Rausch and his wife Vonda have been married 67 years. Rausch became a singer for hire again, performing with a variety of bands locally and on tours. He recorded an album –– Doing it Bob’s Way –– at Delta Studios in Fort Worth and several singles and another album, She’s the Trip that I’ve Been On, at various studios in Dallas and Nashville. Mostly, though, Rausch was doing the beer joint shuffle six nights a week. Despite his Missouri upbringing, Rausch would eventually be considered a Cowtown homeboy over the years. Former Fort Worth Mayor Kay Granger issued a proclamation declaring it Leon Rausch Day on Oct. 5, 1993. Rausch loved to make records but never helmed a huge seller. “People in Nashville liked me and had some recordings they wanted me to do,” he said. “I tried that, but I guess I’m not that unique. All these guys had a little gimmick of some kind. I was more or less vanilla. I was just a band singer and a pretty fair dance band singer.” Rausch doesn’t like to brag, but his “pretty fair” voice carried him to a wide assortment of venues over the years, including the Smithsonian Institute, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Knotts Berry Farm theme park, and the Golden Nugget casino for extended bookings. In 1973, an ailing Wills called together some of his best musician buddies and recorded For the Last Time, produced by Merle Haggard and made in Dallas. Wills returned to Fort Worth after a long session one evening, went into a coma, and never woke up. He died in 1975. Bill Hearne (left) helped Rausch record his new album. The album sparked fresh interest in Wills and Western swing. Waylon Jennings’ hit song “Bob Wills Is Still the King” revived the interest further in 1975 during the burgeoning Outlaw movement. A new version of the band, The Original Texas Playboys, was formed with Leon McAuliffe as director and Rausch on vocals. They played Austin City Limits in 1976, earned a couple of Academy of County Music awards in the late 1970s, toured throughout the country for 11 years, and recorded several albums with Delta and Capitol Records. A picture of that band hangs in Rausch’s office. He is the only member still living. “Man, that spooks me,” he said. I ask him if he worries about mortality. “It bothers me sometimes, but the good Lord makes that decision,” he said. “Who knows? I might be around a long time. I still enjoy the music, and when I’m able to do that stuff, I still like to try it.” While Rausch told me about the old days, Vonda walked into the house from her errands, looking lovely. She stopped in front of Rausch’s chair, leaned over, and gave him a quick kiss on the lips. Rausch smiled at her. “How ya doing, sweetie?” he said. “You all right?” I asked Vonda what she thought about those years when her husband was off touring the country with Wills for months at a time. “I didn’t like it,” she said. “But I knew he wanted to do music, and he wouldn’t be happy until he got it out of his system.” It’s still in his system. A couple of days after we spoke, Rausch sang with the Jason Roberts Band at the Tommy Alverson Family Gathering and the following weekend at a fiddle festival in Greenville. “Them boys play good,” Rausch said of the Roberts band. “To think they want me to play with them, that’s really good for me.” Rausch sings a handful of gigs a month, sometimes fewer, he said. “I used to do every weekend, but I had to slow down a little,” he said. “My age took care of that.” For the new album, Spurlock envisioned Rausch singing classic cover tunes such as “Bubbles in My Beer” and “Ida Red.” Also included are clips of Wills speaking from stages at live performances from yesteryear. A handful of singers had worked with Wills during his reign with the Texas Playboys. Spurlock considers Rausch the best of the bunch. “These are the songs that would immediately fill up the dance floors,” he said. The songs were recorded at Hearne’s studio in Fort Worth in addition to studios in Austin and Nashville. Spurlock is still deciding on an album release date, although these days a “release” doesn’t always mean much. Rausch said he is too old to do what he once did when he released an album –– play gigs and drive across Texas, stopping at every radio station to promote his product. “I used to do it on my own, but now I need Vonda’s help to get around, and she doesn’t like to travel,” he said. Spurlock would love for Rausch to get radio play. Mostly, though, the producer wants Rausch to win a little piece of gold-colored hardware. Spurlock has played on three Grammy-winning projects with other artists over the years, including Emmylou Harris and longtime Fort Worth bluesman Delbert McClinton. “My goal is to get several Grammys” for the Rausch album, Spurlock said. “We’re going to throw it in as many categories as we can. If anyone deserves one, it is Leon Rausch.” Billy English gives his longtime buddy a hug. Rausch bragged on all the musicians involved and downplayed his contribution to the album, although he clearly loves the result and hopes fans enjoy the songs. Rausch’s voice has grown deeper and rougher over the years, giving him an almost Louis Armstrong sound at times. That warm tone sounds just right draped around the stylish arrangements, traditional instrumentation, and upbeat renditions of these classic songs. Listening to the album makes it abundantly clear that some of the state’s best musicians were excited to be included. “The boys played so good,” Rausch said. “That type of a record takes a lot of good playing to go with it. You have to have something that sounds exciting to people nowadays because they are just entertained to death.” Will the album sell or find airplay? Rausch hopes so but won’t lose sleep regardless. He’s happy with how the songs turned out and hopes others feel the same. “If they accept it, fine,” he said. “I guess that’s what you do, throw out a line and see what comes in.”l The post Leon Rausch Boogie appeared first on Fort Worth Weekly.

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