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The High Five: North Texas’ Vocal Majority Chorus Wins Big At International Chorus Contest

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The Vocal Majority Chorus won the Barbershop Harmony Society International Chorus Contest in Las Vegas. (Credit: Vocal Majority/Facebook)

Five stories that have North Texas talking: North Texas is getting hot; Dallas finds out today if it will host the 2016 GOP convention; Alamo Drafthouse is coming to Dallas; and more.

    • North Texas’ very own Vocal Majority Chorus has won another big competition. Over the weekend, the group won the Barbershop Harmony Society International Chorus Contest in Las Vegas. Vocal Majority says that more than 150 of its members were on stage, competing against 30 choirs from the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Sweden and New Zealand. It’s the 12th Gold Medal for Vocal Majority since it started in Dallas in 1972. Here’s a recap of the competition:

  • The trendy Alamo Drafthouse is coming to Dallas. The Dallas Morning Newsreports the theater will be located at Cadiz Street and S. Lamar Street in the Cedars – between the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and the South Side on Lamar. For the first time in 14 years, downtown will have its own movie theater, The Newsreports. Alamo Drafthouse opened in Richardson last year – and it’s been a success. The Austin-based theater is “noted for unique programming events, like quote-alongs, and partnerships with local businesses and breweries to provide food and beverages,”WFAA-TV reports. “The theater chain has a zero-tolerance policy with those who talk or text during films.”

 

  • Triple-digit heat has arrived. Many parts of Dallas-Fort Worth will likely see 100-degree temperatures for the first time this summer, the National Weather Service says.At 4 p.m. Monday, Graham, west of Dallas-Fort Worth, recorded 100 degrees. The rest of North Texas reached into the upper 90s on Monday. It got up to 99 degrees at D/FW International Airport. The weather service says there have been only three years on record where temperatures didn’t rise into the triple digits: 1973, 1906 and 1898. In other words: While we’ve been spoiled a bit with cooler temperatures and rainy weather in June, the triple-digit heat is inevitable. There’s a slight chance of thunderstorms today. Temperatures will stay in the upper 90s through the weekend.
  • Today we’ll find out if Dallas will host the 2016 Republican National Convention. GOP officials are expected to announce the winner. Dallas and Cleveland last month were named the two remaining finalists. Denver and Kansas City didn’t make the cut. Dallas says it already has more than $45 million of the $60 million lined up to host the convention — more than Cleveland. But Cleveland says it has come up with a way to hold a convention in June or July, which interests Republican officials. Read more from KERA News.

 

  • President Obama will be in Texas today, but he won’t be visiting the border. The Wall Street Journal reports: “White House press secretary Josh Earnest dismissed concerns about the ‘optics’ of the president raising millions of dollars in Texas while the crisis at the border simmers.” White House officials, however, aren’t ruling out an immigration event – it just won’t happen along the border, the Journal says. More than 50,000 children have come across the border illegally in recent months – Dallas County is making plans to welcome about 2,000 of them. Obama arrives in Texas this afternoon. He’ll be raising money for Democrats in Dallas and Austin. Obama has invited Gov. Rick Perry to meet in Dallas to talk about what’s happening along the border, The Dallas Morning News reports.