Around the ‘hood: Flooding, Chango Botanica, meatpacking, Rudy’s

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It rained Thursday. One thing that happened is that the Dallas Fire Department had to rescue five boys, who were skipping school, from a flooded Oak Cliff creek.

The founder of Chango Botanica, Pancho Diaz, has died. But the iconic West Davis shop, which has been open every day for 37 years, isn’t going anywhere. Diaz’s son, Jorge Diaz, once told me “they’ll have to bury me” there before he would ever close it.

A state district judge dropped felony charges against Columbia Packing Co., the one that got caught dumping pig blood into the Trinity River. The company pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was ordered to pay a $100,000 fine.

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The nearly 100-year-old rail viaduct that passed over Carendon was torn down last weekend. The bridge, which carried part of the bygone Trinity Railway Express, had become a liability, the city determined.

The TeCo theater is calling for submissions to its first LGBT play competition.

The new city-subsidized Rudy’s Chicken opened this week.

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