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Watch The Dallas Cowboys Read Mean Tweets About America's Team

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A Cleburne college student is getting lots of criticism for her African animal hunt; Dallas Cowboys read mean tweets; a recap of the New Cities summit; and more.

Lots of people can’t stand the Dallas Cowboys – or at least their losing ways – and they’re sharing their disappointment on Twitter. Last week, some of the Cowboys appeared on camera to read some of those mean Tweets. Tony Romo read this one: “I want the Dallas Cowboys to be the pallbearers at my funeral so they can let me down one last time.” Romo responded: “Well just give us your number!” Brandon Carr read this one: “Brandon Carr is OVERpaid and OVERrated!! He’s been getting burnt like toast all year. Smh (Shaking my head)!!!!” Carr responded by eating some bread. Watch the video below.

  • A Texas Tech student from Cleburne is generating controversy for posting Facebook pictures of animals she has shot and killed in Africa. In fact, she’s attracted international attention. Thousands of comments from people opposed to hunting have flooded Kendall Jones’ Facebook page. One man told her he hopes she gets eaten by a lion. Another called her a coward. She’s also been called “scum,” “bimbo” and “horrible.” A British tabloid called her the “Baby Faced Killer.” Jones has been in Zimbabwe and South Africa, hunting leopards, elephants, crocodiles and other animals with bows and guns, the Cleburne Times-Reviewreports. “I really am shocked at how rude many people are by name calling and swearing,” Jones told the newspaper. Read more about the controversy here.

  • A writer who visited Dallas for the New Cities Summit examines the state of the city. Aaron M. Renn writes on NewGeography that while not many urbanists are fans of Dallas-Fort Worth, it’s “unfair to judge the quality of a city without considering where it is at in its lifecycle.” North Texas is young compared to other metro areas.  “It’s not everyday when you can be part of building a new aspirational future for a city that’s already been a successful boomtown,” Renn wrote. “The locals I talked to were pretty pumped about their city and where it’s going.”

  • Credit the drought for a ring reunion. An 84-year-old Washington state woman will soon be reunited with her 1953 university class ring after someone found it in a dried-up West Texas lake. Elizabeth Clark lost her Howard Payne University class ring in 1954 in Lake Nasworthy near San Angelo when she and her future husband went for a picnic and to wade into the water. After years of drought, the ring revealed itself in the bed of the lake and was found by a Texas woman in March. Clark's daughter says the ring means the world to her mother because she worked so hard to become the lone child out of 16 to finish college. The ring will be returned to Clark at a family reunion Friday near Lubbock. [The Associated Press]

Eric Aasen is KERA’s managing editor. He helps lead the station's news department, including radio and digital reporters, producers and newscasters. He also oversees, the station’s news website, and manages the station's digital news projects. He reports and writes stories for the website and contributes pieces to KERA radio. He's discussed breaking news live on various public radio programs, including The Takeaway, Here & Now and Texas Standard, as well as radio and TV programs in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.