🌱 Texas Sues Biden Administration + Cowboys Pay $2.4M Settlement

Happy Thursday, people of Dallas! Here's everything happening today in town.

First, today's weather:

Breezy and cooler. High: 58 Low: 28.

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Here are the top 3 stories in Dallas today:

  1. The state of Texas and a U.S. representative are suing the Biden administration and the CDC over the federal airline mask mandate. They are fighting against the enforcement of the mask mandate that requires people to wear face coverings on public transportation and in transportation hubs, including aircraft, trains, and ride-share arrangements.The complaint argues the mask mandate doesn't provide evidence that masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and that it overreaches the CDC's statutory authority. (Dallas Patch)

  2. The Dallas Cowboys paid $2.4 million in a confidential settlement after cheerleaders accused a former senior team executive of voyeurism. The accusations refer to a 2015 incident, while they were changing in the locker room. Four cheerleaders accused Richard Dalrymple, longtime senior vice president for PR and communications for the Cowboys, of pointing his cell phone camera at them, and filming from behind a partial wall in the locker while they were changing, according to evidence obtained by ESPN. The cheerleaders were each paid nearly $400,000 after the incident. Dalrymple denied any accusations in a statement to ESPN. (Dallas Patch)

  3. A month after four people were held hostage at a synagogue in Colleyville, the suspect accused of selling the gun to the hostage-taker has appeared in court, and been detained by a federal judge. Federal prosecutors are expected to argue that because of his criminal history, Henry "Michael" Williams should not have had a gun to begin with and the 32-year-old is being charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.Williams has also been accused of selling a gun to Malik Faisal Akram for $150, just two days before Akram held four people hostage at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville. (CBS Dallas)

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From my notebook:

  • The South Dallas Cultural Center has a new photo exhibit that captures "The Beauty of South Dallas." The exhibit displays the neighborhood of South Dallas, several of its residents, business owners, and community leaders. To see it, visit South Dallas Cultural Center, Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Facebook)

  • Last Saturday at the Dallas Zoo, volunteers joined staff for a morning clean-up at Arcadia Park. Together they were able to discard 500 pounds of litter from the community in an attempt to make it safer for both human and wildlife residents of Oak Cliff! The next clean-up will take place on Mar. 19 at Martin Weiss park. (Instagram)

  • Join the Dallas Arboretum and experience all of the wedding possibilities they have to offer! On Thursday, Mar. 3, 2022, they will be featuring some of their favorite caterers along with local Dallas vendors. There will be complimentary valet provided at Gate 2, Lakeland Drive, and pick up is at Gate 1. RSVP is required. (Instagram)

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Nicole Fallon-Peek

About me: Nicole Fallon-Peek is a journalist and copywriter with a degree in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University. She has served as a freelance reporter, managing editor, copy editor, and editorial director for a variety of B2B news outlets. She currently co-owns and operates content creation agency Lightning Media Partners.

This article originally appeared on the Dallas Patch