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Today's newsletter is 869 high-tech words — a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: DPD tries facial recognition

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

The Dallas Police Department plans to use facial recognition technology for some of its investigations.

Why it matters: New technology is changing how police operate, and DPD is updating its investigative tools.

  • Dallas recently launched a program that allows people to register and connect their at-home security cameras or business surveillance feeds to the police department's crime center.

The big picture: Arlington, Fort Worth and Plano are among the departments that have already used Clearview AI technology, despite privacy concerns.

How it works: Investigators would need to get permission from their supervisor to get video footage or photographs analyzed by the facial recognition software, which can scrape millions of publicly viewable images on the internet.

  • DPD plans to use the software to generate leads for solving violent crimes or when public safety is at risk. It can also be used to help identify bodies and incapacitated people.

Caveats: Department officials say they will make sure to follow all data security and privacy laws.

  • They don't plan to use the software to identify people on livestreams or engaging in activities protected by the First Amendment.
  • They also plan to corroborate any leads with the other aspects of their investigation, similar to how they would use fingerprint analysis.

What they're saying: "This is not a license plate reader for humans. This is strictly based on a criminal offense having occurred," Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia told the City Council's Public Safety Committee yesterday, adding that the technology will be a "game changer."

Threat level: Clearview AI is illegal in Australia, Canada and several European countries, per the New York Times.

  • The company has faced class action lawsuits alleging its software has violated privacy protections. Clearview has agreed to limit the sale of its database and primarily serves U.S. law enforcement agencies.

What's next: The Public Safety Committee voted yesterday to allow Dallas police to move forward with the software. The department plans to share its progress with the council after adopting the technology.

A misidentification in 2016

2. Pics du jour: Stars stay ahead, Mavericks series tied

What did you do on the eve of your 21st birthday? Wyatt Johnston was cooking the competition in Colorado. Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The Dallas Stars continued to show they're the best NHL road team during last night's win over the best home team, the Colorado Avalanche in Denver.

The latest: The Stars now lead their playoffs series against the Avs 3-1 and return home for Game 5 tomorrow.

  • Wyatt Johnston, who leads the team in goals, scored twice in the 5-1 win. Today is his 21st birthday. 🥳

Yes, but: Colorado was missing forward Valeri Nichushkin after he was suspended for six months before game start.

  • Nichushkin led the team in goals, with nine during the playoffs.
A basketball player in the air with fans behind him
Rookie Dereck Lively II has been a major hype man for the Mavericks, but he's also been grieving his mom's recent death. Photo: Tim Heitman/Getty Images

Meanwhile: The Mavs were doing really well last night, until they weren't.

  • Dallas was ahead most of the game, but Oklahoma City took over in the fourth quarter and stayed ahead through the final seconds. The Mavs' poor free throw record was a big factor in their 100-96 loss.
  • With the series tied 2-2, the teams head to Oklahoma City for Game 5 tomorrow.

What we're watching: PJ Washington, who's scored over 20 points in the last three games, and Dereck Lively II, who hypes up the team during games, are delightful to watch.

3. 🏙 Charted: Grads don't want Dallas

A bar chart showing the change in the share of new grads applying to jobs in select cities, 2023 to 2024. New York City saw the largest increase in applicant share, up 1.35 percentage points to a total of 9.1% in 2024. Other top gainers were Texas City, Salt Lake City, and Boise. The biggest loser was Atlanta, losing 0.46 percentage points.
Data: Handshake; Chart: Axios Visuals

The class of 2024 doesn't want to work in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Why it matters: More of this year's graduating college seniors are seeking the security of a government job, and fewer are applying to risky-seeming tech jobs, per campus recruitment website Handshake.

Where they're not going: Dallas was among the cities that experienced the largest declines in the share of job applications from 2023 to 2024.

  • Houston, Seattle, Denver and Atlanta were also on that list.

Zoom in: Texas City, near Galveston, saw one of the biggest jumps in interest. The port city is a petrochemical hub.

What they found: Job security, work-life balance, and the ability to live near family and friends are the top considerations for the class of 2024, Handshake's opinion survey and job applications data show.

Methodology: Opinion data was gleaned from 2,687 students from 616 schools who answered a voluntary online survey from Handshake between March 11-24.

4. 🗞 Burnt ends: Bite-sized news bits

This horse was up late last night, keeping up with the scores. Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

🧾 Fort Worth-based American Airlines and five other U.S. airlines are suing the Biden administration over a rule that requires air carriers to disclose all fees before passengers buy airfare. (DMN)

🌳 A beetle known to harm ash trees was confirmed in the Dallas city limits, including the Great Trinity Forest. (NBC5)

📬 The postal service is offering up to $150,000 for help arresting the people who robbed a mail carrier in Addison. (FOX4)

5. 🌮 One taco to go: Tejas

Hearty veggies are worthy meat substitute. Photo: Tasha "Photo Op" Tsiaperas/Axios

Our latest taco adventure takes us to a Bishop Arts restaurant that shows it's possible to be Instagrammable and still serve delicious food.

  • Tejas takes a foodie approach to traditional Tex-Mex, offering meals that feel a little lighter.

What to order: Taco plate — we ordered the veggie and Tejas taco. Served with cilantro rice and beans.

Where: Tejas, 250 N. Bishop Ave.

Cost: $16

Six-word review: Real tortillas, perfectly spiced, tender bites.

🤔 Know a great taco we should try? Hit reply and let us know.

This newsletter was edited by Bob Gee and copy edited by Chris Speckhard.

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