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An EF-3 Tornado Destroyed It In 2019, Today A Dallas Home Depot Store Reopens

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Home Depot store on Forest Lane in Dallas will reopen October 8, nearly a year after being ripped apart by a powerful tornado.

It was on October 20, 2019 when an EF-3 tornado swept through North Dallas, causing part of the store to collapse. On that one day there were 10 tornadoes — in Dallas, Garland and Richardson — that caused some $2 billion in damage to homes and businesses.

Today customers at the North Dallas location were happy to have their neighborhood home improvement store back open for business.

Customer Frank Jeffreys said, “It’s good to see them back smiling again, because it was such a hard time for them. I know it was, because it was pretty devastating when it [tornado] came through.”





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Oregon environmentalist’s remains found after Beachie Creek Fire destroyed his home

The remains of missing environmentalist George Atiyeh were found after the Beachie Creek Fire consumed his property and the area around his home, his daughter confirmed on Facebook Friday.



a man holding a phone: Environmentalist George Atiyeh was last seen on September 7.


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Environmentalist George Atiyeh was last seen on September 7.

Atiyeh, 72, was last seen on September 7 before the Beachie Creek Fire exploded during overnight hours in the area where his home was located.

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“The Atiyeh family has received confirmation from the Marion County Sheriff’s office, that the remains found on George Atiyeh’s property, was in fact him,” Aniese Mitchell, Atiyeh’s daughter, posted on Facebook late Friday night.

Mitchell thanked friends, family and the community for their support during this time and asked that any donations made in her father’s honor be directed to Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center.

The Beachie Creek Fire began August 16 in the Opal Creek Wilderness, about 2 miles south

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Police officer’s home destroyed in blaze that killed family pets, authorities say

A Garfield police officer’s home was gutted in a fire Saturday night that took the lives of her cats and torched her car, according to fellow police officers.

The home on Van Winkle Avenue in Garfield went up in flames around 8 p.m. and spread to a neighboring home, video on Twitter shows. No one was injured in the fire.

Rebecca Schmidt, a four-year veteran of the department who shares the house with her parents, also lost her police uniforms, service weapons and all of her personal belongings in the fire, Garfield local PBA #46 said.

Schmidt began working as a volunteer EMT as a high school student while growing up in Garfield and went on to become a police officer, Sgt. Jeff Stewart wrote in an Instagram post. She continues to volunteer her time as with the Garfield police’s community affairs department, according to Stewart.

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How to get your ballot if your home is destroyed, or you’ve been evacuated

Oregon elections officials say they are prepared to ensure that anyone who lost their home from wildfires this year will be able to get their ballots and vote by Nov. 3.



a display in a store: Ballots are being verified and processed at the Marion County Clerk's office in downtown Salem on May 20, 2020.


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Ballots are being verified and processed at the Marion County Clerk’s office in downtown Salem on May 20, 2020.

The processes in place to assist wildfire victims are the same as those used for people who are homeless or are continuous travelers, but are being scaled up in response to the destructive wildfires.

Ballots will be mailed out starting Oct. 14.

“We always have displaced people at any time, but this is, of course, a much larger group of displaced people,” Bill Burgess, Marion County clerk and president of the Oregon Association of County Clerks, said.

If you have a temporary address, the easiest way to get your ballot is to update

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Fair Oaks mural at risk of being destroyed during renovation

A piece of art in Fair Oaks could be lost forever.



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Mural on Fair Oaks Amphitheater

The Fair Oaks Recreation and Parks District is planning to renovate the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in Plaza Park.

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Plans for the renovated amphitheater.


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Plans for the renovated amphitheater.

The parks district began discussing the plans in 2008, but funding wasn’t available.



a man standing in front of a building: Gorman hopes the mural can be preserved.


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Gorman hopes the mural can be preserved.

Ten years later, voters approved money for the project through a ballot measure in 2018.

“Right now, the whole facility is not ADA compatible,” said Mike Aho, district administrator for Fair Oaks Recreation and Parks. “None of it is.”



a close up of an animal: The mural was painted in 1985.


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The mural was painted in 1985.

The plan will make the entire theater ADA compliant, allow it to be used year-round while keeping the open-air concept. Upgrades will also be made to bathrooms and dressing rooms.



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Singer Nina Simone’s NC home protected, can’t be destroyed

Singer Nina Simone’s childhood home is forever spared from demolition after a new agreement was reached in North Carolina.

The house now has permanent protection from being destroyed or significantly altered, the National Trust for Historic Preservation said Tuesday in a news release.

The nonprofit says it teamed up with Preservation North Carolina and World Monuments Fund to get a protection easement, in which a property owner agrees to maintain the character of a historic building.

“When the place disappears, frequently, the story does too,” Myrick Howard, president of Preservation N.C., said in the release. “Easements are one of the most important tools we have to save places and their stories. We are beyond delighted and honored to be a part of preserving not just Nina Simone’s childhood home, but the powerful story of her roots in North Carolina.”

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