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The Dallas Morning News

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Past articles by Tom:

Before you try your luck on the $1B Mega Millions jackpot, consider these odds

The top prize for Wednesday's Powerball jackpot drawing is estimated at a jaw-dropping $750 million. → Read More

Man accused of abducting sleeping Dallas boy from his bed, killing him found incompetent for trial

A man accused of abducting a sleeping boy from his bed and stabbing him to death in southwestern Dallas last year is incompetent to stand trial, a judge ruled... → Read More

Dallas County reports 15 coronavirus deaths, 1,363 more cases in weekend totals

Dallas County reported 15 more COVID-19 deaths and 1,363 coronavirus cases Tuesday in weekend totals. Seven of the latest victims were younger than 60,... → Read More

Man told Dallas police that fatal Pleasant Grove shooting was an accident, affidavit says

A 20-year-old man is accused of fatally shooting another man last week in Pleasant Grove in an incident he reportedly told police was accidental. Stevonta... → Read More

Coronavirus infections, hospitalizations in Dallas-Fort Worth continue to fall after summer surge

Coronavirus infections and hospitalizations are continuing to drop after a spike in summer cases fueled by the highly contagious delta variant of the virus. ... → Read More

62-year-old man arrested in woman’s slaying at east Oak Cliff boarding house, Dallas police say

A 62-year-old man has been arrested after a woman was fatally shot at an east Oak Cliff boarding house. Robert Lee Grant Jr. faces a murder charge in... → Read More

Texas Seven escapee should get a new trial, judge says

Texas Seven prison escapee Randy Halprin should get a new trial because the judge in his 2003 capital murder trial harbored anti-Semitic views, a state... → Read More

Man fatally shot with airsoft rifle in northwest Dallas, police say

A man died after he was shot in the chest with an airsoft rifle Sunday night in northwest Dallas. Officers were dispatched about 10:45 p.m. to an apartment... → Read More

Sexual assault charges dismissed against ‘Girl in the Closet’ Lauren Kavanaugh, court records show

The charges of sexual assault against “Girl in the Closet” Lauren Kavanaugh — who as a child was subjected to years of abuse by her family — have been... → Read More

Band director at Keller ISD schools charged with exposing himself to children, police say

A Keller ISD band director is charged with exposing himself to multiple children, police say. Jedidiah William Maus, 35, was arrested Friday and charged... → Read More

3rd victim whose dismembered body was found in burning Fort Worth dumpster is identified

All three people whose dismembered bodies were found in a burning Fort Worth dumpster last month have now been identified. The Tarrant County medical... → Read More

17-year-old arrested after assault of deaf teenager during Parker County sleepover

A 17-year-old has been arrested after Parker County authorities say he beat up a deaf teenager during a sleepover last month. Austin Patrick Gonzalez was... → Read More

Woman fatally shot the father of her 5-month-old child in east Oak Cliff, Dallas police say

A Dallas woman is behind bars after authorities say she fatally shot the father of her infant daughter in east Oak Cliff. Madeline Marie Stanford, 23,... → Read More

18-year-old killed in east Oak Cliff by gunman who fled in car, Dallas police say

An 18-year-old man was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon by a gunman who fled in a car, Dallas police said. Police were called about 3:30 p.m. to the 400... → Read More

Man fatally shot in Far North Dallas apartment; police have not identified suspects

Police are looking for leads after man was fatally shot Wednesday morning in Far North Dallas. Officers were called about 11:45 a.m. to the 5000 block of... → Read More

Man jailed on arson charge after South Dallas blaze that killed dog, injured firefighter

A man is in custody after a late-night house fire that injured a firefighter and killed a dog. Dallas Fire-Rescue was called about 11:40 p.m. Monday to the... → Read More

COVID-19 vaccines saved lives of 3,600 Texas seniors, federal study finds

Getting vaccinated may have saved the lives of 3,600 Texas seniors, according to a new federal study. A report by the Department of Health and Human... → Read More

Man who beat Muhlaysia Booker jailed on charge of killing woman outside east Oak Cliff restaurant

The man found guilty of beating Muhlaysia Booker in 2019 now stands accused of fatally shooting a woman in east Oak Cliff this month. Edward Dominic Thomas, ... → Read More

Notable Dallas-area personal trainer arrested on charge of invasive recording

A popular North Texas personal trainer has been arrested over an accusation of invasive recording. John Nance Benton, 41, of Flower Mound was booked into... → Read More

Scores of residents remain displaced after explosion at southeast Oak Cliff apartments

Scores of residents of a southeast Oak Cliff apartment complex remained displaced Thursday, a day after an explosion blew apart one of the complex’s... → Read More