Dallas’ west end can look forward to smart streetlights and public wi-fi. If you plan to walk around the West End near the end of the year, you might encounter new technology including free public Wi-Fi, streetlights that measure air pollution, and an app designed to help you find an open parking spot. This is the work of the Dallas Innovation Alliance. Yesterday, it announced these initial projects, to be tested in the West End, which could improve the city. Other technologies include phone charging stations, touchscreen maps, and solar-powered waste management.
Dallas DA candidate under scrutiny. Heath Harris, a Democratic candidate for Dallas DA, signed a dismissal motion for a criminal case that has created suspicions of bribery, but not accusations at the moment. Harris was the first assistant to former DA Craig Watkins but resigned in 2014 after Susan Hawk won the spot. He also has said he planned to run against Hawk. Regarding the criminal case, Anthony L. Robinson, Watkins’ former investigator, faces up to five years in prison for persuading a prosecutor to drop criminal charges in exchange for money.
Youth sports facility at DFW airport coming from jermaine o’neal. Former NBA All-Star Jermaine O’Neal is planning to create a $10.4 million youth sports facility near DFW Airport on 16.2 acres of land near the south entrance. O’Neal, who lives in Southlake, hopes to open the facility during the first half of 2017. Today, the airport’s board is set to approve plans, which entail a 75,000-square-foot gym facility with up to 10 basketball or volleyball courts and outdoor fields. O’Neal wants to impart health and wellness knowledge on the next generation.
Man killed near Skyline high school. 20-year-old Daniel Ruiz was shot late Tuesday evening at 7986 Chariot Drive and died after being taken to the hospital. Four people attempted to steal his car, but Ruiz was shot in the chest after he refused. Police are asking for tips about the killing.