9 Taco Cabanas in Texas have closed

By Sarah Blaskovich

1545338340-Irwin-Thompson-_1491965392The parent company for Taco Cabana announced that it has closed nine restaurants in Texas, with five of those in Dallas-Fort Worth.

In addition, parent company Fiesta Restaurant Group closed all the Pollo Tropicals in Atlanta and several others in Florida. Dallas-Fort Worth was not affected, because the remaining 13 Pollo Tropicals in North Texas closed in 2017.

The company says it’s completing a “strategic renewal plan” for Taco Cabana and Pollo Tropical.

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Shutdown continues through Christmas as Trump stands firm on wall demand

BY KATHRYN WATSON, CAROLINE LINTON, CAMILO MONTOYA-GALVEZ

105645488-1545661399113rtx6jl6d.530x298The government will remain partially closed past Christmas as Washington remains deeply divided over budget negotiations and nowhere near a resolution to the shutdown that began early Saturday morning. All sides now anticipate the impasse will continue at least into the first week of January.

President Trump, who is spending the holidays in the White House after cancelling a trip to his Mar-a-Lago resort, said on Christmas morning that the shutdown will continue until lawmakers approve his $5 billion demand for border wall funds.

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A white Christmas in Hawaii? It could happen this year on Big Island summits!

By HNN Staff

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -Looks like it could be a white Christmas in Hawaii after all! Well, at least on Big Island summits.

The National Weather Service said on Monday an upper-level low southeast of the Big Island will slowly drift northward, bringing more clouds and showers to most of the state.

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See ‘Illuminate’ at Perot Museum through January 6

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See the Museum in a whole new light! Come be illuminated by breathtaking lights and beauty as well as inspiring, light-themed science throughout the Museum. 

Exhibits include:

  • Dinosaur Hall Illumination
  • Giant Kaleidoscope
  • Aurora Illumination Installation
  • And so much more!

Buy tickets and get more information HERE.

Peppa Pig World of Play to open January 2019

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unnamed-1-1The Peppa Pig World of Play will open at 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, in January. The attraction is designed to immerse pre-school children and their families into the world of the show “Peppa Pig.” The indoor play center will include 10 play areas and is the first to open in the United States. www.peppapigworldofplay.com.

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us to you!

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Grapevine council approves zoning variances for new Stand Rock water park

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Grapevine City Council approved attraction overlays for the new Stand Rock Resort and water park in Grapevine on Dec. 18, marking a step forward in the development initially approved in 2016.

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(Courtesy city of Grapevine)

Stand Rock will be Grapevine’s third water park, and it will be located within 3 miles of the city’s two other water parks and resorts, Great Wolf Lodge and the Gaylord Texan Resort, at 3509 N. Grapevine Mills Blvd., Grapevine.

The project is expected to cost approximately $330 million.

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Penny Marshall, sitcom star and hitmaking director of ‘A League of Their Own,’ dies at 75

By T. Rees Shapiro

Penny Marshall, who starred in the long-running sitcom “Laverne & Shirley” and parlayed her fame into a career directing crowd-pleasing movies such as “Big” and “A League of Their Own,” making her the first woman to helm movies that earned more than $100 million, died Dec. 17 at her home in Hollywood Hills, Calif. She was 75.

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Penny Marshall in 2002 (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Michelle Bega, a spokeswoman for Ms. Marshall’s family, said the cause was complications from diabetes.

During a career spanning four decades, Ms. Marshall rose up the ranks with help from her older brother, Garry Marshall, an established TV and film writer, producer and director. He worked her into featured parts in his sitcoms, including “Happy Days,” in which Ms. Marshall’s deadpan comic style and nasally Bronx accent made her an instantly recognizable television performer.

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Grapevine PD asks for help identifying car burglars

There were several car break-ins over the weekend in the Banyan/Caviness Drive area. The unlocked cars were mostly “rummaged through.” A homeowner shared this video that we believe shows the suspects. Call 817-410-8127 if you can identify them.

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Watch the full video HERE. Please remember to lock your vehicles!

Parrot uses Amazon Alexa to order items while owner is away

A parrot in the United Kingdom that was once kicked out of the National Animal Welfare Trust sanctuary for swearing too much is at it again. This time, he’s using Amazon Alexa to order items while his owner is away.

 

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Rocco, an African grey parrot, reportedly learned how to use Alexa to order watermelon and strawberries. He also attempted to order light bulbs, ice cream and a kite.

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