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Goodbye Ebola, hello Arctic blast: This week in Dallas city news

Goodbye Ebola, hello Arctic blast: This week in Dallas city news

Voting Day came and went, Ebola is officially vanquished and it's supposed to get cold cold cold. Here's this week's summary of city news in Dallas.

Voting blues
Texas had the disgraceful distinction of being the state with the absolute lowest voter turnout in the United States, with 28.5 percent of voters voting. Dallas had 32 percent turnout, down from 37 percent in 2010, and voted Democrat, almost all the way: favoring Wendy Davis over winner Greg Abbott for governor, and David Alameel over winner John Cornyn for senator. The only exception: Craig Watkins, who lost the race for district attorney to Susan Hawk.

Lakewood Theater redo
Lakewood Theater will get a makeover in 2015. The building does not have historic designation, but H. Craig Kinney of Kinney Property Co., who has already talked to prospective restaurateurs and businesses, promises that the tower and exterior of the building are "sacrosanct," "iconic" and a "valuable asset to the city."

Trinity toll road poll
State Rep. Rafael Anchia wants to survey Dallas residents on the proposed Trinity toll road. Dallas City Council member Scott Griggs called it a good way to penetrate a disconnect between the North Texas Tollway Authority and the citizens of Dallas.

Ebola be gone
The Ebola crisis has officially passed. All of those who were being monitored for symptoms are now cleared: free to go bowling, fly to Cleveland, take Uber, whatever strikes their fancy. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins called it an early Thanksgiving for Dallas.

Arctic blast on the way
Dallas lost a season this year, called autumn. It was 90 during the last week of October, and next week the temperatures are forecast to possibly drop into the 30s. ARCTIC BLAST OMG. It's expected to cover most of the country, not just Dallas. Pete's Tweets say that the cold front will threaten 41 states and 250,179,444 people.

Arctic blast november 2014
Dallas did not have an autumn in 2014. Photo courtesy of Ryan Maue
Lakewood Theater rendering
Lakewood Theater will be reimagined in 2015. Photo courtesy of SideDish/Good Fulton & Farrell