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Gun Activists Are Still Fighting Arlington’s Proposed Sidewalk Ordinance

Rodger Mallison
The Star-Telegram
Members of Open Carry Tarrant County hold up copies of the U.S. Constitution during a discussion on the ordinance at the Arlington City Council meeting April 22.

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Open Carry Tarrant County may be suing Arlington again, Thomas Eric Duncan’s family is questioning the care he received, Phil Collins is donating his collection of Alamo artifacts, and more.

Open Carry Tarrant County is getting ready to sue the city of Arlington, again. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the group is taking the city back to court over proposed rules that regulate where pedestrians can distribute literature or collect donations from motorists at intersections. The new rules would allow pedestrians to hand out leaflets or collect money from the sidewalk or an unpaved shoulder, but not from the street or the median.

The changes are an amendment to an earlier sidewalk ordinance Open Carry Tarrant County fought -- a judge temporarily halted that ordinance in July.  However, an attorney for the gun rights group says the new proposed rules are unacceptable and infringes on First Amendment rights. City officials say the ordinance is meant to prevent road fatalities. Arlington’s city council will vote on the sidewalk ordinance tomorrow.  

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  • The family of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan is questioning why his care was different in some ways than other Ebola patients in the U.S. The Associated Press reports Duncan did not get all the help his family members wanted. "We requested everything we could think of to save Eric. They said no," Josephus Weeks, Duncan’s nephew, told the AP. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital spokesperson Wendell Watson says all treatment options were considered. Duncan died Oct. 8.

  • Will another member of the Bush family make a presidential run? George P. Bush, who is the Republican nominee for Texas land commissioner, told ABC News it was “more than likely” his father, Jeb Bush would make a 2016 run for president. “If you had asked me a few years back, I would've said it was less likely,” Bush said about his father. In an appearance in The Texas Tribune’s annual TribFest, he declined to answer if he or his father would make a White House run.

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  • British music legend Phil Collins has a fascination with Texas history, and he’s donating some of his private collection of Alamo artifacts back to San Antonio. The Texas Tribune reports the artist has collected more than 200 artifacts over two decades; items include Davy Crockett’s bullet pouch, Jim Bowie’s sword and Sam Houston’s snuff box. Collins told the Tribune when he heard the state was interested in acquiring his collection and displaying it at the Alamo, “you could have knocked me down with a feather.”

  • A program is turning Dallas parking meters into works of art. The Dallas Morning News reports the program is the brainchild of the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The initial program started with 60 parking meters, and expansion of that is in the works. Though the project has been met with positive feedback, there are some challenges. Some of the parking meters have been repeatedly vandalized. 
Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.