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OVERTURNED SEMI SPILLS FROZEN CHICKEN ON I-20 WESTBOUND, CLOSES THREE LANES IN ARLINGTON

By WFAA Staff

imageCrews continue to clean up the scene Tuesday morning after an overturned semi spilled its cargo onto the westbound lanes of I-20 in Arlington. 

The semi was carrying a shipment of frozen chicken when it crashed shortly after 3:30 a.m. Officials have blocked off three lanes near New York Avenue and South Collins Street. As of 7:30 a.m., officials said it’s expected the cleanup could take several hours.

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Editor’s Corner – When unconditional love is suddenly gone: Coping with the loss of a beloved pet

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Izzy Boo

I’m sure I don’t have to point out that there have been many publicized deaths in the United States lately. From mass shootings to one-on-one occurrences, they all seem senseless to me. It may seem odd for a journalist to say this, but I honestly have not willingly watched one single news program on TV (sometimes I’m trapped in a doctor’s office with the news on, but I try to ignore it) for over 25 years. This “news fast” has helped with my mood over the years, and if something really big happens, I’ll hear about it from family or friends.

The one thing that I could never prepare for was the death of my 15 year-old dog, Izzy Boo.

I swear – sometimes it’s easier to lose a person than a pet. Dogs (and cats, when they feel like it) give you unconditional love and are always excited to see you when you come home. Sure, they may need to be walked every few hours or wake you up in the middle of the night to be fed, but, in the grand scheme of things, having a pet delivers many benefits the human owner.

There’s even a branch of therapy called “pet therapy” in which trained professionals bring well-trained dogs, cats, pot-bellied pigs and other sweet creatures to visit people in the hospital or even in hospice. Petting a dog or cat has been scientifically shown to lower blood pressure, slow down heart rates that are too high, lower respiration rates and generally help the person feel calmer. And if you’ve ever owned a pet that you were well bonded with, you know that they know if you don’t feel well and generally follow you around because they have an instinct to help.

Izzy Boo was a Japanese Chin, which is not a well-known breed in the U.S. I remember picking him up from the Japanese Chin Rescue Society. The lady that had been fostering him started crying when I took him, and over the years, I found out why.

Izzy Boo had “never met a stranger.” He loved people, other dogs, cats and even my pet turtles. I don’t think he had a mean bone in his body. Sometimes I wish he had been a jerk because maybe his passing wouldn’t hurt so bad.

Izzy Boo came to us when he was about three years old. He was a smarty pants, and learned all kinds of tricks, like “high five,” sit, shake and he’d also run in circles on command (“Chin Spins”).

He was with me through my daughter growing up and moving out, my own divorce and moving away and he spent his last few years as a companion to my mother, who moved with me.

One Friday, we took him to the vet for what we thought was allergies. It turned out that he was dealing with massive heart failure, and so we had to make the difficult decision to send him to Sweet Dog Heaven. I couldn’t stay in the room, but my mom did.

When a person passes away, it can be sad, tragic or even expected, but it is never easy. Funerals are for the living, as we like to think that our person has gone to a better place. But when a pet dies, even though we take them in knowing that we’ll probably outlive them, it can make the world seem silent and empty.

I hope you’re chasing squirrels in Dog Heaven, Izzy Boo, and that you know that you were loved.

If you have recently lost a pet and are having trouble coping, click HERE for some tips and compassion.

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It’s that time again: School’s in session

Many local ISDs are going back to school today, so please mind your speed and driving behaviors in and around school zones. Keep an eye out for students walking or riding bikes. 

Also, be aware of the rules in and around school buses, and if a bus stops in front of you…STOP!

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Courtesy of the Grapevine Police Dept.

Editor’s Corner: Toyota Music Factory brings big city entertainment to Irving, TX

By Stacey Doud

TixI was fortunate enough to score free tickets to see G. LoveBlues Traveler and moe. on August 10, 2019 at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving/Las Colinas. I had never been to this particular venue, so I was very curious about how such a large complex opened in a town with only 240,000 residents. Of course, with me being from Houston, I was used to the Toyota Center and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, both of which serve a population of close to 2.3 million people.

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G. Love with the keyboardist from Blues Traveler

It turns out that there was a bond election in 2007, in which Irving/Las Colinas voters said “yes” to finance an entertainment center right off of State Highway 114, almost adjacent to the existing Irving/Las Colinas Convention Center and Hotel. The complex consists of about 210,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, which includes an Alamo Draft House movie theater, several restaurants and retail shops and a bowling alley. Next to these retail facilties is a 65,000 square foot music venue called “The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory,” which can seat 4,000 people with its walls closed, and 8,000 people with everything open in “amphitheater [outdoor] mode.”

Originally scheduled to open as the “Irving Music Factory” on September 1, 2017, construction delays caused the opening to be postponed until September 9. The developers announced that the venue was being renamed the “Toyota Music Factory” and would feature Texas rockers ZZ Top as its inaugural concert.

The new venue has done extremely well, featuring mostly “classic rock” artists, such as Ringo StarrLindsey Buckingham and Lauryn Hill, to up-and-comers such as G. Love, to family-friendly shows such as Kidz Bop.

I found the facilities very easy to navigate, from the parking garage to the music venue. Once inside (the roof was closed due to extreme heat), there was plenty of room to walk around and peruse the booths that offered show merchandise, as well as food/drink areas, which offered the usual concert fare and beverages, along with some franchise outlets.

The venue itself offered excellent acoustics and plenty of leg room in the floor seats (I am 5’5″ and had no problems. My hubby is 6’6″ and only had minor difficulties). I don’t know how it sounds in amphitheater mode, but I’m looking forward to going back when the weather is a bit cooler.

There were plenty of helpful employees stationed about to direct us newbies when we got lost. The restrooms were placed at good intervals and there were several food and beverage stands placed conveniently around the rotunda.

All in all, we enjoyed the concert very much. We are looking forward to seeing other acts there, and would very much like to try out the amphitheater feature of the venue.

BT

Blues Traveler

To learn more about the Toyota Music Factory and the talent line-up, visit https://toyotamusicfactory.com/.

Texas Rangers ban fan who racially harassed family, made obscene gesture at game

By RJ MARQUEZ, RYAN PRIOR, CNN

fan pic splash image blurred_1565192601490.png_22157589_ver1.0_1280_720Texas Rangers baseball officials took action against a fan who racially harassed a members of a Hispanic family and made an obscene gesture in the background of their photo at a game.

Jessica Romero says she and her family were harassed at Globe Life Park in Arlington by a fan who made racist comments. That fan has now been banned from home games.

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Grapevine Police believe a loss prevention officer charged with sexual assault may have more victims

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Investigators arrested 29-year-old Alex Landry at an apartment in North Richland Hills on Thursday, August 8, 2019.  Landry is accused of sexually assaulting a woman inside the Burlington Coat Factory Loss Prevention Office, located at 3000 Grapevine Mills Mall, on May 6, 2019.  

The victim says Landry caught her stealing merchandise from a different store within the mall and took her back to his office inside Burlington Coat Factory.  Once the two were alone, the victim says Landry took her picture with his phone, then coerced her into sex to avoid arrest. 

The victim reported the assault to Grapevine Police on July 7, 2019, and officers launched an investigation.  A search warrant was later issued for Landry’s phone, and detectives found photographs of other women in Landry’s Loss Prevention Office.  Officers do not know the identities of these women, but believe they could be additional victims.  Grapevine Police urge any women who were confronted or assaulted by Landry to contact detectives during business hours at 817.410.3200 or after hours at 817.410.8127.

Alex Landry is charged with Sexual Assault, a Second Degree Felony.  His bond was set at $25,000.

Krispy Kreme releases new Reese’s Lovers peanut butter-filled doughnuts

By Hyeji Suh Gabrielle Moreira

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(Photo credit: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts)

 – Peanut butter lovers, doughnut lovers and chocolate lovers, unite! Krispy Kreme and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are joining forces for a sweet treat.

For a limited time, Krispy Kreme is offering two new doughnuts for chocolate lovers and peanut butter lovers alike. There is the Reese’s Original Filled Chocolate Lovers Doughnut, which is a chocolate-dipped chocolate doughnut filled with Reese’s Peanut Butter Kreme.

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Thousands of tarantulas expected to crawl through Colorado in mass migration

By Austin Williams

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(Photo by Sebastian Gollnow/Picture alliance via Getty Images)

 – Looking for the ultimate family getaway? Well now’s your chance to witness the great tarantula migration expected to kick off this month in Colorado.

According to the Gazette, thousands of tarantulas with a high libido can be seen crawling through the Colorado grasslands in search of a mate, beginning their exodus from August through early October.

Scientists say many of the spiders are 10-year-old males looking to mate with females that make their burrows in Colorado’s grasslands.

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‘Clear the Shelters’ event at Grapevine Animal Shelter August 17

We are just one week away from the annual Clear the Shelters event at Grapevine Animal Shelter and Adoption Center on Saturday, August 17. Adoption fees will be waived for all available dogs and cats in Grapevine. Whether you’re looking for your first pet, or just want an addition to your family, come check out the animals we have ready and waiting for adoption.

Our shelter will be open 9:30-5:00 on Saturday, August 17 for Clear the Shelters. The address is: 500 Shady Brook Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051. Hope to see you there!

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Road closures and detours in Grapevine this weekend 8/16 – 8/19

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  • From 8:00 Friday (8/16) to 6am Monday (8/19) Bass Pro Drive will be shut down between SH-26 and SH-121. SH-121 traffic will also be diverted onto the frontage roads.
  • Northbound SH-121/FM 2499 will be shut down at Bass Pro. Southbound SH-121 will be shut down at FM 2499/Grapevine Mills Parkway.
  • Off-ramps connecting SH-121 and I-635 will also be closed, so plan alternate routes.

The closures will allow crews to demolish the old Bass Pro Drive bridge. You can see a full list of closures (and detour maps) at: www.dfwconnector.com.