This Week's Hot Headlines
Editor's note: A lot happened this week. The coronavirus pandemic has continued to dominate daily life in Dallas — and the headlines, too. Here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular stories.
1. Economic dive sparks $2B siphoning of Dallas billionaire’s net worth, Forbes says. Among the 20 Texans who ranked highest on October’s Forbes 400 list of the richest people in the U.S., no one has seen their fortunes fall more — due to coronavirus-inflicted economic damage and a simultaneous drop-off in the oil and gas market — than Dallas pipeline executive Kelcy Warren.
2. Ex-Dallas city attorney had a hand in bringing down the Tiger King. Netflix sensation Tiger King flubs a big opportunity to educate the public, says Carney Anne Nasser, an attorney who specializes in animal law, and who helped start the fire that sent Joe Exotic to prison.
3. Texas hospital first in nation to deliver crucial new coronavirus treatment. A major Texas hospital is spearheading a crucial treatment in the ongoing battle against COVID-19. Houston Methodist is the first academic medical center in the nation to be approved by the FDA to transfuse donated plasma from a recovered COVID-19 patient into a critically ill patient.
4. Dallas-area group matches healthcare workers with RVs for isolation amid coronavirus. Healthcare workers from Sacramento to Syracuse are resting easier after a Dallas-area woman’s Facebook post suddenly started a movement. On March 23, Emily Phillips formed a Facebook group to connect medical professionals who needed to self-isolate with people who had RVs, trailers, or campers to lend. The group has since grown to thousands of members, and matches have been made around the country.
5. Dallas restaurants try out kits and other clever coronavirus strategies. With the forced dining room closures inflicted by coronavirus, Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants are scrambling to find ways to stay alive, whether it's take-out, curbside, or third-party delivery. Some are just closing their doors and hoping to re-emerge in the rubble. Some are trying creative routes to find new ways to scrape by.