The Catch Up: Things making news today, so far

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Police say they finally have identified a decomposing body discovered in White Rock Creek, Lake Highlands Advocate reports.

A problem for the Dallas Park Department is rogue planting, that is, folks planting trees on public land (and letting other property spill over). The city will hack those trees down if they find they have been “illegally planted by neighbors … changing the viability of the ecosystem there.”

The Cunningham scandal comes to a close as the Lakewood resident and former Dallas judge loses his bid for county commissioner by 25 votes.

Former Dallas County sheriff Lupe Valdez Tuesday’s Democratic runoff for governor, so she will face Gov. Greg Abbott in November, an uphill battle, considering Abbott already has raised $41 million for his campaign as of last February, according to Dallas Morning News. “I am constantly hearing this is going to be such an uphill battle,” she told supporters last night in Dallas. “Please, tell me when I didn’t have an uphill battle.”

If you shop Craigslist, OfferUp or other online sales and barter sites, reduce the risk that accompanies meeting strangers while carrying cash by using the Dallas Police Department’s Exchange Zones. This effort deter criminal activity stemming from online transactions has been in the works since 2016, dpdbeat reports.

As police continue the search for an unknown hit-and-run culprit, loved ones will memorialize beloved bartender Ian Brooks, May 26 from 3-5 p.m. at St. Barnabas United Methodist Church, Guide Live reports.

The Dallas City Council this week will decide whether to fund a three-year, $15 million contract to boost school crossing guards, because after Dallas County Schools shuttered, the City of Dallas was left to take ownership of the program, NBC 5 reports. And we are losing money on the whole crossing-guard thing, based on a recent Department of Transportation survey.

Since before her movie “Never Goin’ Back” hit the festival circuit earlier this year, Central Trak’s been tracking all the buzz surrounding Dallas filmmaker Augustine Frizzell. This week the buddy comedy about a couple teenage girls dropped a “hilariously raunchy trailer” this week.

Oliver North, freshly minted president of the National Rifle Association makes a trip to the Dallas area this Memorial Day weekend, and he will speak at Grapevine mega church Fellowship, which has a satellite location in Downtown Dallas.

Richard Hatcher, who played bass for McQueen Street (a hard rock glam band at the peak of its fame in the early 1990s) still has his hair.

As if we didn’t have enough reasons to love Dale Hansen already, watch as he gets choked up over a surprise pic of a childhood friend.

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