Ahmed Mohamed, Irving Teen Arrested For Making A Clock, Is Moving To Qatar
Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ahmed Mohamed is leaving Irving – and the U.S.; Oswald’s wedding ring is in Dallas; a Granbury driver says he swerved into a motorcycle because an insect bit him; and more.
The family of a 14-year-old Muslim student from Irving who was arrested after a homemade clock he brought to school was mistaken for a possible bomb has announced they're moving to the Middle East for him to attend school there. Ahmed Mohamed's family said in a statement Tuesday they've accepted a foundation's offer to pay for his high school and college in Doha, Qatar. He recently visited the country as part of a whirlwind month that included a visit to the White House on Monday. "We are going to move to a place where my kids can study and learn, and all of them being accepted by that country,” Ahmed's father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, told The Dallas Morning News before boarding a plane from Washington back home to Texas. [Associated Press]
- Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding ring is now on display at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. On the morning of President Kennedy’s assassination, Nov. 22, 1963, Oswald left the 14-karat gold Russian wedding band in a tea cup at his wife’s bedside. The ring is the first personal item that belonged to Oswald that the museum has acquired. Most of Oswald’s items are at the National Archives. “There are still many lingering questions about Lee Harvey Oswald and who he really was, and what motivated him,” Nicola Longford, executive director of The Sixth Floor Museum, said in a statement. “The display of his wedding band will help convey a more personal dimension to his story as a husband and father.” Learn more here.
- A North Texas driver accused of intentionally hitting a motorcycle and leaving two people hurt says he swerved after an insect bit him. William Crum of Granbury was being held Tuesday on two counts of aggravated assault over the videotaped wreck near Granbury. Another motorcyclist wearing a camera taped Saturday's accident that sent rider Eric Sanders and his girlfriend tumbling. The video shows Crum pulling over and the second cyclist yells: "What were you doing? You hit them." Crum responds: "I don't care." Crum later told reporters that he's sorry and there was no passing on that stretch. Learn more here. [Associated Press]
- Dallas County Commissioners are going to bankruptcy court to try to clean up North Texas air. KERA’s BJ Austin reports: “Commissioners on Tuesday passed a resolution calling on a bankruptcy judge in Delaware to make shutdown or retrofitting of the three Energy Future Holdings coal-fired power plants a condition of the company’s reorganization under Chapter 11. EFH owns three of the oldest and most polluting coal-fired power plants in Texas. The plants are located in East and Southeast Texas, and prevailing winds carry their emissions into North Texas, which has failed to meet federal clean air standards for the past 20 years. Clean air advocates presented commissioners with results of two new studies on dirty air in the 10-county region. A spokesman for EFH says air quality in North Texas has improved and that ‘activist groups’ are behind the two studies.”
- Architecture fans, take note: The Dallas Architecture Forum presents architect Randy Brown, who speaks tonight at 7 at the Magnolia Theatre in Dallas. He’s the founder of Randy Brown Architects in Omaha. Tickets, which can be bought at the door, are $20 for general admission and $5 for students with ID. A reception starts at 6:15 p.m.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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