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Dallas Police Charge Erykah Badu & Nightly Roundup


By KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX – Dallas police are ticketing singer Erykah Badu for disorderly conduct after she stripped naked in Dealey Plaza for a music video.

Police Sgt. Warren Mitchell says it's a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to 500 dollars.

Mitchell: After much discussion, we feel that these charges best represent her conduct when she disrobed in a public place without regard to individuals and small children who were close by.

Sgt. Mitchell says a witness came forward yesterday and filed a complaint. Her 9 year old daughter was with her that afternoon. He says without a citizen complaint, police could not have taken any action against Badu.

House explodes in Dallas suburb

One person is dead after a house explosion in the Dallas suburb of McKinney.

The explosion and resulting fire spread to an adjacent two-story home. Both were heavily damaged in the Friday incident.

McKinney police Lt. Scott Brewer says officers responded about 3:40 p.m. to the report of a suicidal person. Officers arrived and made telephone contact with Tab Brewer inside the house and persuaded him to let a woman and five children leave. He says an explosion then tore through the house, setting fire to it and the neighboring house.

Brewer's body was found inside. No other injuries have been reported

Museum of Biblical Art Reopens

The singer has a CD signing appearance on Lower Greenville tomorrow. Sgt. Mitchell says he is unaware of any extra police presence that may be planned.

On this Good Friday - and in the middle of Passover - Dallas's Museum of Biblical Art has officially reopened. Five years ago, it suffered a devastating fire that damaged many art works and destroyed it's best known painting, the huge Miracle at Pentecost. Scott Peck is the museum's co-director and curator.

Peck: Story of Passover is about redemption and protection. That's the way it felt, is that we've been in bondage and have been redeemed. It being Easter weekend too, its symbolic for Christians because we were dead and now we're back to life. It's been a lot of work, but if feels great.

The Museum, previously called the Biblical Art Center, stands across from North Park Center and is bigger than before. It now contains 11 galleries instead of 3. Peck says the museum displays art of the world's great faiths, with no emphasis on any one. He says there's always room for art of Judaism, Islam, Christianity and other religions.