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๐ŸŒจ Today's weather: Chance of more storms. High in the low-80s.

๐ŸŽต Sounds like: "Memory"

๐Ÿ•ฏ Situational awareness: Today marks one year since a gunman killed eight people at Allen Premium Outlets. The city is hosting a memorial at 6:30pm at the Credit Union of Texas Event Center.

  • The Allen Philharmonic Orchestra will perform "In Lumine," composed by SMU senior lecturer Lane Harder. The tribute will feature eight solos โ€”ย flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola and cello โ€” to memorialize each victim.
  • There will also be a citywide moment of silence at 3:36pm.

Today's newsletter is 872 justice-oriented words โ€” a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: Another shot for the Jonathan Crews case

The Crews family participates in a prayer circle with its legal team and supporters after the 2022 civil jury verdict in their favor. Pool photo: Shafkat Anowar/Dallas Morning News

The mother of a Coppell man whose 2014 death remains unresolved is in Washington, D.C., this week to ask North Texas lawmakers for help with the case.

Why it matters: Pamela Crews is joining three other families who believe local authorities bungled investigations into the deaths of their loved ones.

  • They're seeking help from their representatives in Congress to get special prosecutors appointed and a liaison between the families and the government agencies.

The big picture: The group is led by Nashville-based private investigator Sheila Wysocki, who has been featured in several national crime stories.

A photo of Jonathan Crews
Jonathan Crews was working as an operation director at a health care company before he died. Photo: Courtesy of the Crews family

Catch up quick: Jonathan Crews' girlfriend, Brenda Lazaro, was in his Coppell apartment the night he was fatally shot in the chest.

  • Initial police documents refer to the case as a homicide but the manner of death remains undetermined by the Dallas County medical examiner's office 10 years later.
  • No one was charged in the case.

Friction point: Lazaro told police Crews shot himself to prove his love for her. His family says that doesn't make sense because he was planning to break up with her.

  • The Crews family sued Lazaro, and a civil jury found in 2022 that she was responsible for the death, saying the family should get $206 million in damages from her.

What's happening: Like the other families traveling to Washington, Pamela Crews is footing the bill for the trip. Her family has already sought help from the Dallas County district attorney and Coppell police.

  • Pam Crews and Wysocki have meetings scheduled with the offices of Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Reps. Beth Van Duyne (R-Irving) and Colin Allred (D-Dallas).

The bottom line: The point of the meetings is "to put a face behind the stories" and show what they've already done to seek justice for their loved ones, Wysocki says.

The other families

2. ๐ŸŽ‰ Stars, Mavs advance to second round of playoffs

Wyatt Johnston high fives Jamie Benn last night at the AAC. Photo: Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Both the Dallas Stars and the Dallas Mavericks have advanced to the second round of the playoffs after winning at home over the weekend.

Why it matters: The teams advanced from the first round of their playoffs against tough opponents.

  • It's the most excitement for North Texas sports fans since the Texas Rangers won the World Series in November.

The latest: The Stars won 2-1 in Game 7 last night against the Vegas Golden Knights, the reigning Stanley Cup champions. Dallas advances to the Western Conference semifinals to face the Colorado Avalanche.

  • The Mavs won 114-101 in Game 6 Friday against the L.A. Clippers. They advance to the Western Conference semifinals to play the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving high five
Kyrie Irving high fives Luka Donฤiฤ‡ during Friday's Game 6. Photo: Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

Fun fact: The Thunder beat the Mavs three times during the regular season but lost their fourth matchup when both Kyrie Irving and Luka Donฤiฤ‡ were playing, per SI.

Yes, but: Mavericks center Maxi Kleber is out with a separated right shoulder after L.A.'s Amir Coffey collided with him in Friday's game.

What's next: The Mavs face top-seeded OKC in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series tomorrow night in Oklahoma.

  • The Stars get just today to rest before facing the Avs tomorrow in Dallas.

3. ๐Ÿ—ณ Dallas-Fort Worth voters approve millions in bonds

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Dallas voters approved all 10 propositions in the city's $1.25 billion bond proposal.

The big picture: Several local municipalities asked residents to approve millions of dollars in bond packages for new parks, school campus upgrades, new court buildings, and other school and city projects.

  • Most of the proposals passed.

What happened: The Dallas propositions โ€” which included funding for new parks, improved streets and updated arts facilities โ€” had little opposition.

School districts: Grapevine-Colleyville ISD voters approved $150 million in bond propositions for school renovations and swim center upgrades.

Yes, but: Anna residents voted against a $100 million Anna ISD bond package to build a 12,000-seat stadium with a turf field. It was the second time for Anna voters to reject plans to build a new stadium.

4. ๐Ÿ—ž Burnt ends: Bite-sized news bits

This news is a gas. Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

๐Ÿ€ The Dallas Wings won their preseason game against Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever in front of a sold out crowd. (AP)

๐Ÿฅ‡ The "grandmother of Juneteenth" and Fort Worth native, Opal Lee, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Friday. (CBS11)

โ›ณ๏ธ Canadian Taylor Pendrith won the CJ Cup Byron Nelson, his first PGA win, after Dallas native Ben Kohles bogeyed the 18th hole Sunday. (Yahoo)

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This newsletter was edited by Bob Gee and copy edited by Carolyn DiPaolo.

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