After a Mavs Title, a Parade to Plan and Arrests to Report. And, Man, How That 'Bout Traffic?

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Only took an hour to get from Oak Cliff to Northwest Dallas tonight. Never shoulda taken Commerce, which, when it reached downtown, was blocked off by Dallas Police, causing an endless stream of brake lights between Commerce and Continental. No matter: The traffic turned into a standstill parade soundtracked by the cathartic, endless honking of car horns and shouts of "DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRK!" At Continental, just now, people were standing in the streets, waving "World Champs" tees -- not sure if they were selling them or just waving their clothes at passersby. A fading yellow light and a suddenly clear left lane allowed me to pass, just as Dallas County Sheriff's Department cars closed in, lights and sirens a-go-go. Overhead, a helicopter's spotlight further illuminated the crazy.

Speaking of, this just in (updated): The Dallas Police Department just sent out its early arrest totals.
As of 1:45 a.m. there have been 14 arrests related to the basketball game celebration: four disorderly conduct, six public intoxication, and four for outstanding warrants. Crowds downtown have largely moved on, but continue to be heavy along Greenville Avenue.
And speaking of parades, City Hall tonight sent word that the parade is tentatively scheduled for sometime during the week of June 20, from Dallas City Hall to the American Airlines Center. Says spokesman Frank Libro, whose email promises a media briefing with more details as soon as possible:
The City has had a detailed blueprint - a game plan - on the shelf for several years of what such an event would include and so we will begin executing that plan in earnest tomorrow. First and foremost our plan includes several public safety measures to keep crowds safe while still having a good time. We believe our plan achieves the proper balance. It is important to note that an event of this type is funded by the team. We will announce firm plans to the media and public later this week.
Thanks, Laura Miller; Mark Cuban too. And, you too, Dwaine Caraway, who has this to say:
"We're happy for and proud of the Dallas Mavericks. They've fought hard and today is a dream come true. We're planning a worthy celebration and look forward to welcoming our team home. Congratulations to Mark Cuban, Coach Carlisle, MVP Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Jason Kidd, Shawn Marion, Donald Carter, and the entire team. And on a final note, Charles Barkley is an honorary Dallasite for calling it in six games at the beginning of the Finals!"
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LaceyB
LaceyB

How 'Bout that Traffic?? Expected a cop before me to see this, being the most popular story today (headline and all).

Breed
Breed

6 people shot in one shooting scene off of Walton Walker last night with assault rifle. As usual no news coverage at all

Lolotehe
Lolotehe

The intersection of Illinois and Westmoreland  was kinda scary last night. Normally, it's just run down; but midnight last night, it was full of people who looked like they wanted to riot.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I loved when Carriedaway call into CBS11 last night, sounded like Kingfish when he said he was "gonna eat him some stonecrab and smoke a cee-gar"..Thank God this guys is the mayor for another week..

Niceguytx
Niceguytx

Mayor Caraway commits another faux pas.  No mention of J.J. Barea?  WTF?

John_McKee
John_McKee

No, the most charming part of it was when he was told that the stone crab was for charity and he said he was going to eat it anyways.

Breed
Breed

Normally Aggravated Assault cases(shooting but victim lives) go unreported in the main stream media. 

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