Dallas Now Has a Bitcoin ATM

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Jimmy Scott
Here it is, Dallas' first Bitcoin ATM in all its glory.
Late last month, we told you about BTCity, a startup trying to find the perfect site for the company's Bitcoin ATM, expected to be the first in Dallas. BTCity still hasn't managed to get its machine up and running, but a local entrepreneur took the company's plans as an opportunity to speed up his timeline for getting his own ATM installed.

See also: Bitcoin ATM Startup Hoping to Plant Its Flag in Dallas

This week he won the race, placing the ATM pictured above into Buzzbrews' Deep Ellum location.

"I had ordered [the ATM] like a month ago and I was slowly trying to figure out legally what I needed to do. I saw [the BTCity article] so I really jumped the gun on trying to find a place to it," Jimmy Scott says. "I can't let this guy from out of town come beat me."

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Last Night's Vigil for Mike Brown on Continental Bridge Was Thoughtful, Heartfelt

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Stephen Young
Vigil Attendees

A group that swelled to perhaps as large as 100 at its biggest gathered at the Continental Bridge Park Thursday night to express solidarity with Mike Brown, the Ferguson, Missouri, man gunned down by a police officer Saturday, and the protesters in Ferguson who have faced tear gas and intimidation from Ferguson and Saint Louis County police.

At just after 6 p.m. when the candlelight portion of the gathering started, it was very much still light on the bridge. There was a loud-music-accompanied exercise class going on nearby and it was hot. Participants seemed to appreciate the chance to be together and to be heard.


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Behind the Scenes at a Texas Pro-Life Meeting

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More concerned with intimidation than women's health?
Almost five minutes of audio, posted in full below, obtained by Naral Pro-Choice Texas and Progress Texas, shows the tactics Texas anti-abortion activists are using in order to exploit recent court decisions -- like McCullen v. Coakley, which outlawed buffer zones around health clinics that provide abortions -- and prevent abortions.

The audio was recorded during an August 4, 2014 training session hosted at the State Capitol by anti-abortion groups. It outlines the techniques used by the groups to track abortion providers and women seeking abortions, keep women who arrive at clinics from actually going inside.

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Amazon Same-Day Delivery Begins in Dallas Today. Couch Potatoes Rejoice.

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GorillaSushi
In a pinch? Amazon to the rescue.

The highly anticipated Amazon same-day delivery service begins today in Dallas, Baltimore, Indianapolis, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. It's an extension of the delivery service that was launched in four West Coast cities earlier this year. And with this official announcement, couch potatoes across Dallas no longer have any reason to ever leave their mothers' basements again.

The same-day delivery feature has been available since May, and today Amazon is expanding the coverage area and releasing a front page search engine. "Previously, customers weren't able to shop same-day features directly and they were surprised at checkout," said Julie Law, a spokesperson for Amazon. "If you live in Dallas metro area, you can now filter your search on items you can get today or tomorrow. I live in Seattle, and I've had two vacations since this feature began and have used it for last-minute travel things."

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Oak Cliff Veteran Found Dead After Exiting VA Hospital Despite Signs of Dementia

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Dallas Police Department
A pixelated photo of Lee, provided by the DPD for his missing persons notice on July 20.

Everyone who knew him could agree that Odell Lee was a nice guy. He was known to pull out his own wallet if you told him money was tight. He would offer you one of his cigarettes when the two of you were talking. He made a point to be friendly with his neighbors. Lee enjoyed living alone, but had a wide circle of friends and relatives in the Dallas area, including two children and 10 grandchildren.

On July 20, Lee was reported missing, and Dallas police issued a critical missing person alert. The next day Lee was found unconscious, and because he was a Marine veteran, Dallas Fire-Rescue brought him to the North Texas VA Medical Center. After roughly 24 hours at the hospital, Lee walked away. He was found one week later, on July 28, in a creek off Simpson Stuart Road and Interstate 45. Friends say his body was badly decomposed.

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Why Are Dallas' Police Officers So Pissed?

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The Dallas Police Associations' (that's its insignia above) voluntary survey showed that not very many officers are satisfied with their job right now.
Ron Pinkston, the Dallas Police Association president, says the results caught even him off guard. According to a survey the DPA commissioned, 80 percent of the nearly 1300 members who responded to the online questionnaire rated the Dallas Police Department's morale as either "low" or the "lowest it's ever been."

"I knew it was low," Pinkston said last week. "I didn't realize it was so devastatingly low."

According to Pinkston, part of the reason it's so low is because the department is not allowing police officers to do their jobs. The survey suggests that most of the officers who responded feel the same way -- 71 percent "believe they are not allowed to perform police duties that the citizens of Dallas expect."

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Outside Clay Jenkins' Home, a Protest, a Lemonade Stand and Some Awkwardness

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Sky Chadde
Protesters on Saturday employed "shoe on the other foot" tactics -- they believed Judge Jenkins was forcing immigrants on their land, so they forced themselves, peacefully, on his. John Fournace is in the middle.
Sarah Buchanan's mother grizzly was showing. On her Highland Park block, in which the large branches of trees provided some relief from the 100-degree day, her son and his friends had set up a lemonade stand in front of her house. Two doors down was the home of Judge Clay Jenkins, who has made headlines nationwide with his plan to temporarily shelter thousands of young migrants, apprehended by border patrol as part of a recent surge from Central America, in Dallas County. It's sparked protests around DFW and will surely spark more, and on Saturday about 20 protesters held signs outside Jenkins' home.

They also partook in the pink lemonade offered, for 75 cents, outside Buchanan's house. Last week, residents on Jenkins' block received notice, through the mail, that protesters would be there. For Buchanan's son, it was an opportunity to make some money. Buchanan had thought it was a great idea, but at the moment she wasn't so sure.

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After West Nile and Chikungunya, DFW Now Has the Measles -- and It's Softball's Fault

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Sue Clark
A case of the left one has been confirmed in the DFW area. Not so with the right one.
Last week, the first Dallas resident came down with West Nile fever. It's news, but it's also to be expected. The virus has been in Texas since 2002, and every summer carries the potential for cases (and lots of spraying). Even though West Nile's 2012 summer was unprecedented, the virus is preventable. Use repellant, wear pants and long sleeves, put screens on your windows; you'll be OK.

On Tuesday, though, health officials announced a Dallas County resident had contracted the chikungunya virus. It's the seventh case in the state, according to state health officials, but the first in DFW. The mosquito that spreads chikungunya is a cousin to the West Nile carrier. So far, the people infected have imported the virus from foreign countries to the states, but the virus could potentially spread here.

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One Man, One Bike, One Camera: Jose Vela's Dallas Cop Block Aims to Guard the Guardians

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Dallas Cop Block
Jose Vela started Dallas Cop Block after he felt an officer unfairly gave his wife a ticket.
The first incident that set Jose Vela on the path to having front and rear dash cams installed in his car happened in 2009. He was visiting his old man in Alamo, and his 7-year-old son, who has Down syndrome, wandered off. Vela and his wife searched but couldn't find him. They called the police. Eventually, a resident discovered Vela's son and phoned it in. The family was reunited, but, Vela told Unfair Park, not until the police threatened to arrest him and his wife. Nothing came of it, but Vela learned to be wary of police officers.

The second incident came a couple years later when his wife tried to pick up a friend from Love Field. She thought she saw her friend, so she pulled into a passenger loading area. It wasn't her friend, but an officer saw her and told her she needed to move, Vela said. She couldn't pull out because of the passing traffic. Vela said that's when the cop became angry and wrote his wife a ticket for refusing to leave.

Vela decided to strike back.

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Dallas Gets First West Nile Case of the Season

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Enrique Dans
The city will begin "targeted" spraying this weekend.
Well, it's officially that time of year again. A Dallas resident in the Preston Hollow area has been diagnosed with West Nile fever, according to a city press release.

"Nothing has changed as far as our mosquito surveillance is concerned," Dallas County Health and Human Services public information officer Erikka Neroes told Unfair Park. She added the the county's surveillance practices are effective.

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