Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines.
1. 2 Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs named 'coolest in America' by cool design site. They say coolness is relative, but Apartment Therapy, which itself is a very cool website about cool design, is taking a shot by naming the 24 Coolest Suburbs in America for 2019. Denton, 45 minutes north of very cool Dallas, and Arlington, just to the west, are two of three Texas towns to make the list.
2. New hotel at Texas Live in Arlington boasts bourbon and 5 eateries. A new hotel is opening at the Texas Live complex in Arlington with lots of extras including five spots for dining and lounging. Called Live! by Loews – Arlington, the hotel is a joint venture between Loews, The Cordish Companies, and the Texas Rangers and will open in late August.
3. New study explains why parrots ended up flocking to Texas. Texas appears to be a paradise for parrots. A new study puts Texas at No. 3 among the states with the most sightings in the wild of these one-time exotic pets. From 2002 to 2016, bird watchers recorded 23,992 sightings of parrots in the outdoors in Texas, according to the study, recently published in the Journal of Ornithology.
4. New Crowdus Bar in Deep Ellum channels the glitzy disco days. A kitschy-cool new bar has opened in Deep Ellum, with serious retro style. Called the Crowdus Bar, it's an homage to the disco era with the sights and sounds of an early '80s disco.
5. Dallas City Council candidate swipes artist's photo for negative ad. A Dallas artist is calling out a political candidate, saying he stole one of his photos and altered it in a negative way for use in his campaign. In mid-May, Dallas musician and artist Bruce Richardson discovered that David Blewett, who is running for the Dallas City Council in District 14 against incumbent Philip Kingston, had used a photo he took of Kingston in at least three negative attack Facebook/Instagram campaigns.