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That's Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway's plan, anyway: Folks who bring an "operational, unloaded firearm" (oh, and an ID) to Reunion Arena on Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon will receive in exchange a $50 grocery card -- from Kroger, sounds like
, courtesy such sponsors as 97.9 THE BEAT and Schepps Dairy. Caraway's been talking about this
since the beginning of the year, and he figured better sooner than later. Says Caraway in a media release distributed in advance of a noon press conference, "If we get one or five hundred firearms off the streets, we would have accomplished our goal to get them off the market and prevent these guns from being stolen and used in crimes. To do nothing is not an option; we need to be proactive to increase safety in our community."
Oh, and speaking of Reunion Arena ... Yes, the council's supposed to vote today
on green-lighting a contract to demolish the former home of Your Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars. But Angela Hunt wonders, What's the rush?
Because the city sure could use some indoor sporting facilities, and, really, why spend $2 million to demo the building when there's not even a developer with a plan in place for its replacement? As she tells KERA-90.1, "The best answer may be demolition, but we shouldn't go in that direction until we look at every other possibility. And it's apparent the city hasn't done that."