Sanctuary cities, North Texas earthquake risk, flag football: Your Monday evening news roundup

Protesters rally in June outside the federal courthouse in San Antonio to oppose a new law passed by the Texas Legislature banning “sanctuary cities” for undocumented immigrants.
Appeals court rules parts of Texas’ sanctuary cities ban can go into effect

A federal appeals court in New Orleans on Monday ruled that parts of Texas’ sanctuary cities ban can go into effect, overruling a lower court’s decision to temporarily block it.

A panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state was likely to win arguments over two parts of the law that were blocked by a federal district judge from San Antonio last month and allowed those portions to go into effect. The panel allowed the state to enforce a section of the law that says local authorities cannot prohibit their employees from assisting or cooperating with a federal immigration officer.

The judges’ decision comes just three days after they heard arguments over the state’s motion to let the law go into effect.

Get well, and good riddance? A Texas lawmaker wants Arizona voters to fire Sen. John McCain so he can cope with brain cancer — and so he can’t block an Obamacare repeal.

A new report studying earthquakes in North Texas says the fault that caused a 4-magnitude quake in May 2015 in Venus could cause an even bigger quake, and that disposal of oil-and-gas drilling wastewater into wells like this one in Mansfield, near Venus, triggered the 2015 tremor.
The fault that produced North Texas’ largest quake could produce an even bigger one, study says

The town that experienced a 4-magnitude earthquake in May 2015 — the strongest quake ever recorded in North Texas — sits on a fault with the potential to produce an event 10 times larger, suggests a new study led by scientists at Southern Methodist University.

The report also concluded there was “substantial evidence” that the quake, near the Johnson County town of Venus, was triggered by the underground disposal of wastewater from oil and gas operations.

The study was the latest to investigate North Texas’ earthquake surge, which began in 2008 and has generated more than 200 tremors. The most recent widely felt event was a 3.1-magnitude quake that struck near the border of Irving and Dallas on Aug. 25.

In response to the new study, published Sept. 4 in the Journal of Geophysical Research, the Railroad Commission said through a spokesperson only that its seismologist, Aaron Velasco, had not had the chance to thoroughly review the paper.

Investigative report: Seismic denial? Why Texas won’t admit fracking wastewater is causing earthquakes.

Dallas Cowboys players Charles Tapper, Ezekiel Elliott and Terrance Williams stand for the national anthem before their season opener against the New York Giants on Sept. 10 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
‘Played as pawns.’ That’s what Air Force vet, ex-Cowboy Chad Hennings believes just happened in the NFL

Chad Hennings flew missions in the Persian Gulf.

He was a member of the Cowboys championship teams of the 1990s.

What he saw unfold across the NFL during national anthems Sunday made him sad. The Air Force veteran believes the league, owners and players have allowed themselves to be used as pawns as part of a larger political game.

“My thoughts are it’s extremely unfortunate that the events have come out the way that they have,” Hennings said. “I totally believe the league, the owners and the players have been played as pawns on both sides of the political fence to continue to divide an already divided nation.”

The league-wide protests were sparked by President Trump, who called for NFL owners to fire players who decline to stand for the anthem in a rally in Alabama on Friday evening, then doubled down on that stance on Twitter in the following hours.

Taking a knee? How would Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett react if some Cowboys kneel during the anthem tonight?

Not alone: The Cowboys are one of six NFL teams that haven’t had a player kneel, sit or raise a fist during the national anthem.

(Jae S. Lee/Staff Photographer)
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Open enrollment is still a few months away, but Austin and Leigh Winans are already gearing up.

“We’re going to have to scramble,” predicts Austin, who describes the health insurance shopping experience as complicated and draining.

A few years ago, Austin, his wife Leigh and their daughter Ellie Grace all had separate health plans. Narrowing it to two last year took months. Half-finished equations and doctor names were scribbled on sticky notes scattered across their Plano home.

Austin, who has Type 1 diabetes, purchased his plan on the federal marketplace. Leigh and the baby joined a faith-based health plan. The couple is expecting a baby boy in November, the same month open enrollment begins.

Crime and safety:

Two suspected drunken drivers collided, killing one passenger in Oak Cliff.

Suspect was named in a road rage call that led to a crash that injured two Fort Worth officers.

A 16-year-old died in a fiery crash after cutting across I-20 to take the I-35E exit.

A statue depicting Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee travels along Singleton Avenue in West Dallas en route to storage at Hensley Field following its Sept. 14 removal from the Uptown park that bears Lee’s name.

A new, permanent home is yet to be determined for the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that was removed on Sept. 14 from the Uptown park that bore his name. But columnist Robert Wilonsky says the only place it should go has apparently already been ruled out:

Till a couple of days ago, I would have bet anything the statue would eventually wind up in downtown. Specifically, I thought Lee’s new home would be the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, scheduled to hold its groundbreaking in the West End before year’s end. I would have lost that bet.

I imagined Lee — “the hero marching on,” as Proctor wrote in his autobiography, lest anyone think this is just a nice sculpture of a horse — would be parked next to other totems and symbols representing enslavement, genocide and cruelty. Made all kinds of sense, given the museum’s new moniker and expanded mission.

I mean, there’s going to be an exhibit about slavery, for God’s sake. Put it there. Put it right there, smack in the middle of the room, along with an explainer detailing its installation in 1936 and removal in 2017. Perfect place for a history of Lee, too, the slave owner who, as Adam Serwer wrote in his benchmark Atlantic piece last June, was “responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans in defense of the South’s authority to own millions of human beings as property because they are black.”

But Mary Pat Higgins, the museum’s CEO and president, told me it’s unlikely Lee will land in the West End.

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