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. Fort Worth will now ticket for low-level marijuana, instead of arrest. Law enforcement agencies in Fort Worth and Tarrant County will begin issuing tickets to those found with small amounts of marijuana, instead of arresting them and taking them into custody. In a joint release from The Tarrant County Law Enforcement Executives Association and the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office, the agencies highlighted their new policy in which people detained for certain low-level, misdemeanor crimes may now be issued a citation.
2. The official list of top 4th of July events and fireworks around Dallas-Fort Worth. What a difference a year makes, as the Dallas-Fort Worth area has no shortage of events from which to choose this Fourth of July weekend. We've rounded up the biggest and best events for your oohing — we mean viewing — pleasure. And here are some local restaurants and bars hosting fireworks-viewing parties.
3. Latest species to invade Fort Worth is an icky super-long predatory worm. As if red ants and killer bees aren't bad enough, there's another invasive species in Texas that has slithered into Fort Worth: an extra-long worm — it can be nearly a foot long — disgusting on its own, but also predatory. It's called a hammerhead flatworm, and The Texas Invasive Species Institute confirms that they're starting to be spotted in the Fort Worth area.
4. Stunning Hill Country pool cannonballs onto Condé Nast Traveler list of top swimming holes. As Mother Nature cranks up the heat in Texas, it's time to think about a getaway to cool off in the country’s best swimming holes. A new list in Condé Nast Traveler magazine crowns Hamilton Pool in the Hill Country — west of Lake Travis and north of Dripping Springs — as one of eight “stunning” swimming holes in the U.S. (But before you jump in the car and drive south from Fort Worth, there's something to know — read on.)
5. Blockbuster dine-in theater and entertainment venue coming soon to Southlake. A massive new dine-in theater and entertainment center is bringing movies, bowling, bumper cars, and more to a vacant movie theater in Southlake Town Square: Austin-based EVO Entertainment will make its Dallas-Fort Worth debut in the former Harkins Southlake 14, which closed in November 2020.