The Catch Up: Today’s news briefing, so far

What we’ve been watching since yesterday at this time …


Ian Brooks—a young, popular bartender at Deep Ellum’s Brick & Bones—died in a hit and run accident over the weekend. Friends are grappling with his death, adorning the restaurant’s façade with remembrances and raising more than $12,000 for funeral expenses. The restaurant closed down for the week to allow employees to grieve. Owner Cliff Edgar says Ian was the face of the restaurant. And police are searching for the driver responsible for knocking the 25-year-old from his motorcycle as he traveled Central Expressway on his way home from work, reports WFAA.

Another tragic death happened Monday afternoon when an out of control pickup truck struck and killed a 26-year-old man leaving an Oak Cliff convenience store on his skateboard. The vehicle continued to plow through the Valero before stopping. The driver has been arrested on vehicular manslaughter charges.

The sheriff’s office is looking for a prison inmate who escaped a van in Dallas, near Garland. Justin Gonzalez, 25, managed to free himself from attachment to another inmate and “took off running toward an industrial area near Forest Lane and Shiloh Road,” reportedly.

Dallas’ district attorney will pursue the death penalty for 30-year-old Armando Luis Juarez, who police believe shot and killed an officer outside Home Depot a few weeks ago, NBC reports.

All 8,000-plus Starbucks locations will close for the day on May 29 for racial bias training, Guide Live reports.

The primary runoff election is today, though few Texans are expected to vote, reports Fox 4. There is only one statewide vote as Democrats choose between two candidates for governor – former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Houston businessman Andrew White. The winner faces Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in November…

Dallas commissioner candidate Cunningham continues to receive national news coverage after incentivizing his children to marry white and straight.

An uprising of sorts takes place in Preston Hollow, as riled-up residents fight the addition of a … dog park to their upper income neighborhood.

Ebby Halliday Realtors, arguably Dallas’ best-known real estate firm, has sold to Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices of America, reports Culture Map.

After fighting to keep its space in Deep Ellum, Dallas Comedy Club is still in business, but someone is still picking on them, it would seem, based on the Dallas Observer’s coverage.

The Sweet Tooth Hotel sounds like a place we’d like to hang our hat for the night, but it’s not a hotel at all (so disappointing). It’s an art installation in Victory Park, and it’s temporary.

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