Five stories that have North Texas talking: opera houses are questioning the role of simulcasts drawing younger audiences to opera, get fashion tips at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, and more.
There’s been a continuing struggle to draw younger audiences to the opera, so some opera houses have turned to the live simulcast. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports there’s some disagreement over how effective they are. The Metropolitan Opera in New York says they don’t work, but the Dallas Opera disagrees. This young opera fan seems to love them.
- Oscar de la Renta has dressed some of the biggest stars, but he’s also worked with some political leading ladies. That would probably explain why there’s an exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center covering the designer’s five-decades-long career. The exhibit will run until October, so there’s plenty of time to catch some never-before-seen creations.
- Gov. Rick Perry is expected to make an announcement today concerning border security, CBS 11 reports. State senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa of McAllen tells McAllen newspaper The Monitor that the announcement will be providing 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley. This comes two weeks after Perry met privately with President Obama in Dallas to discuss the immigration crisis. Since October 1, more than 57,000 children from Central America have crossed the border to escape violence. Earlier this month, Obama proposed $3.7 billion emergency aid bill to address the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.- Mexico border, but Democrats and Republicans have not come to an agreement on that measure. Republican Senator John Cornyn and Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar have proposed a counter-bill that would speed up deportations.
- An Israeli-American citizen from Texas was killed in Gaza over the weekend. Sgt. Nissim Sean Carmeli was one of two Americans killed in combat in the Gaza Strip, the Associated Press reports. Carmeli was from South Padre Island. He moved to Israel four years ago and joined the Israeli army after high school. Fighting has increased between Israel and Hamas in recent weeks.
- It was an eventful summer of ’69 for Tarrant County. It’s been 45 years since the first reported sightings of the “Lake Worth Monster” in Tarrant County, but the stories live on, the Dallas Morning News reports. The “part man, part goat” supposedly lives on Greer Island and was known for chucking tires and scaring teenagers.