January 19, 2022
Happy Wednesday! It’s not too late to heal what hurts.
🌤 Today's weather: High near 59, but a cold front is coming.
🎵 Sounds like: "Such great heights"
🧪 Situational awareness: You can order four free at-home COVID tests now from the U.S. Postal Service.
Today’s newsletter is 890 words, not counting the subject line — a 3.5-minute read.
1 big thing: Colleyville gunman spent time in local homeless shelters
The man who held four people hostage at a Colleyville synagogue stayed in at least two Dallas homeless shelters before the standoff.
Why it matters: The FBI identified the suspect as Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British citizen, but the investigation into how he got to Texas and how he procured a gun is far from over.
What happened: On Jan. 2, Akram showed up at OurCalling, a shelter in the Cedars, escorted by another man, OurCalling CEO Wayne Walker told FOX4. Akram and the unidentified man spoke outside before that man walked Akram inside.
- After leaving OurCalling, Akram stayed three nights at Union Gospel Mission Dallas, per CBS DFW. According to Union Gospel’s records, Akram left there for the last time on Jan. 13, two days before the standoff in Colleyville.
What they’re saying: "He misrepresented himself, like a wolf in sheep’s clothing," Walker said in a statement. "Now more than ever, OurCalling needs the support of the community as we help individuals out of their vulnerable state and off the streets."
The other side: Akram’s family has said he was suffering from mental health issues. "He's known to police. Got a criminal record. How was he allowed to get a visa and acquire a gun?" Akram’s brother, Gulbar, told the Manchester Evening News.
- President Biden has said that Akram’s gun was purchased "on the street."
The intrigue: Akram reportedly landed in New York in late December. It’s not clear yet what he did between then and Jan. 2, when he showed up at OurCalling, or how he got from New York to Texas.
2. Boy Scouts sex abuse survivors in Texas eligible for less money
When the giant lawsuit against Irving-based Boy Scouts of America progresses through the court system, sex abuse survivors in Texas won’t be eligible to receive as much money as victims abused in other states.
Why it matters: While states like New York have adopted the Child Victims Act, which suspended the civil statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases, Texas does not have similar legislation.
Context: More than 80,000 men have joined a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts, alleging sexual abuse that goes back decades. As part of BSA’s bankruptcy reorganization, survivors voted on a $2.7 billion settlement, what amounts to about $30,000 per victim.
- Initial returns indicated that the settlement didn’t have the support of enough survivors, though a final tally is expected this week.
- The court is simultaneously attempting to vet the claimants.
Details: New York resident Tracy Peterson might have been eligible for more than $1 million had his abuse occurred in that state.
- But he alleges it happened in Texas, where was born and raised, so instead his lawyers have told him he will probably be eligible for no more than $30,000 — minus 40% in attorney fees — according to the Buffalo News.
- Peterson told the paper he still voted in favor of accepting the settlement.
3. 🎥 Watch film that scandalized Texas town
When the movie first came out, "The Last Picture Show" absolutely scandalized the small Texas town of Archer City, where it was filmed.
- Not just because Cybill Shepherd has a brief topless scene, or because the storyline focuses on the behind-closed-doors lives of both teenagers and adults inspired by real residents of Archer County.
- The set was apparently a den of iniquity, rife with illicit affairs and — gasp — marijuana.
Yes, but: Fifty years later, the film, directed by Peter Bogdanovich and based on the novel by Texas native Larry McMurtry, is considered a cinematic masterpiece.
Why it matters: Next month the Highland Park Literary Festival will host a screening of "The Last Picture Show," and you can judge for yourself.
- The event will feature a discussion moderated by Mayborn Conference founder George Getschow and Axios Dallas’ own Mike Mooney. 👋
Where: The Angelika Theater, 5321 East Mockingbird.
When: Feb. 2 at 7pm.
Cost: $35 gets you into the screening and discussion, plus you get popcorn.
- Buy advance tickets here.
4. 🗞 Burnt ends: Bite-sized news bits
💸 Democrat Beto O’Rourke has raised $7.2 million since he announced his gubernatorial campaign in November. Gov. Greg Abbott pulled in $18.9 million in the past six months. (Texas Tribune)
📶 Dallas-based AT&T and Verizon will limit 5G service near airports after executives of Southwest, American and other airlines warned of "catastrophic" disruption due to the wireless rollout. (NBC News)
✝️ Dallas police have referred a criminal case against evangelist Rickie Rush to Dallas County prosecutors. (DMN)
🐟 Fish City Grill at Preston Road and Royal Lane has reopened more than two years after it was badly damaged in the October 2019 tornado. (FOX4)
5. 🖼 Visit the Turner exhibit at the Kimbell
Turner’s Modern World at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth offers a glimpse into the expansion of the British empire, revolutions and the emergence of steam power.
Why it matters: J. M. W. Turner was part artist and part anthropologist, as seen in his decades of work displayed in the exhibit, which is open through Feb. 6.
- Turner kept notebooks with sketches and watercolor depictions of machinery, landscapes and military conflicts.
Of note: His most famous work, “Slave Ship,” is not on display in the Kimbell exhibition. The museum recently hosted a discussion on the controversial work.
If you go: While admission to the Kimbell is free, the special exhibition is $18 for adults.
Our thought bubble: If you’ve ever tried to paint with watercolor, you’ll be impressed with the examples of Turner’s precision in the medium.
🕵️ Mike is learning about the investigation into who betrayed Anne Frank’s family.
🧑🎨 Tasha is going to try watercolor painting again even though it won’t look like this.
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