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After a spate of attacks on Dallas LGBT community in Oak Lawn, the Dallas Mavericks owner gave the Dallas Police Department $1 million to pay for overtime in the affected area. That's enough to get him the best owner title, even if his Mavericks are struggling.

DFW Gun Range offers not only a place to practice the craft of gunmanship but also one where anyone can train with highly credentialed trainers to learn the art of gun protection. Since 1995, the gun range has been training not only private citizens but also law enforcement and security companies. It took only one businessman and two Dallas police officers to pull it off. Besides a 2,000-square-foot training gymnasium, they also offer 17 electronic indoor shooting lanes in an environmentally controlled space with shooting distances varying from 3 to 20 yards. The lanes also accommodate most caliber weapons, including your AR-15.

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On May 15, Rougned Odor landed one of the best shots you'll ever see in a baseball fight. During the eighth inning of a Sunday afternoon rubber match between the Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays, Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista slid in hard in an attempt to break up a double play. Odor took exception and threw a right hook to Bautista's jaw, solidifying Rangers-Blue Jays as one of MLB's best and most unexpected rivalries. Bautista lost his helmet and sunglasses; Odor became a folk hero.

In May, the Rangers and the city of Arlington announced plans to hold an election to finance a new stadium for the Rangers, despite the venue currently know as Globe Life Park being just over 20 years old. The problem with the Rangers' current stadium, as it's been since it opened, is the park's lack of a roof. July and August games can be completely miserable, the team's owners say, so the Rangers need a stadium with a roof. And the city of Arlington needs to pay for half of it. The Arlington City Council quickly moved to put the stadium measure on the November ballot, where it is sure to be approved. Arlington residents will keep paying the tax that is currently helping finance AT&T Stadium and all of us who happen to live elsewhere will continue to reap the benefits. Bring on the climate-controlled bliss.

Eric Nadel's voice sounds like summer in North Texas. The Rangers play-by-play announcer, winner of the Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford Frick award in 2014, has been with the team for 38 seasons and is consistently recognized as one of the very best radio broadcasters in the game. Nadel rises to the moment without overselling his call or the occasion. His signature, "that. ball. is. history." home run call is, for Rangers fans, one of the happiest sounds in the world. Whether the Rangers are good, as they are this year, or bad, as they were in 2014, Nadel is an essential guide to their journey.

Best Reminder of the Way Things Used To Be and What's To Come

Dallas Stars

For a moment this spring, the hearts of Dallas sports fans belonged, for the first time in a long time, to the Dallas Stars. The Rangers' season hadn't ramped up yet, and the Mavericks were quickly dispatched in the first round of the playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder, but the Stars had attained the top seed in the NHL's Western Conference and taken down the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the playoffs. The Stars ended up losing their next series, a seven-game classic against the St. Louis Blues, but their run served as a pleasant reminder of the team's success in the late '90s and early '00s, when they were the hottest ticket in town. With stars like Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin slated to be around for years to come, there is hope that the Stars' next glory days might be just over the horizon.

The Rangers signed Ian Desmond as an afterthought. It was Feb. 29, just before the start of spring training, and the former Nationals shortstop hadn't yet found anyone to give him a chance to resuscitate his career — on life support after a career worst season in 2015. The Rangers thought Desmond might be able to provide league-average production in left field, and Desmond placed a bet on himself by signing a one-year contract for just $8 million. After a slow start to the season, Desmond has been an MVP candidate, taking over center field from a flailing, demoted Delino Deshields and playing one of baseball's most important defensive positions while learning on the fly. He's hit, too, mashing his way to being among the Rangers' team leaders in home runs and slugging percentage.

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Offering retro bowling at its finest in a funky warehouse space, Bowlounge offers 12 authentic wood bowling lanes, vintage ball returns and a 75-foot bar crafted from an old bowling lane where a selection of 40 beers on tap, scotch, whiskey and bourbons await the most thirsty bowler. Coin-operated pool tables and popular video games such as Street Fighter, Buck Hunter, Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga make the small vintage bowling alley feel as if it were a place out of time. "It has a really nice old school feel to it," one customer claimed. "It's 10 times better than any other bowling alley I've ever been to."

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Bowl & Barrel

Michael Tepid writes about baseball with the passion of a fan and the perspective of someone who knows as much or more about the Texas Rangers' farm system than anyone outside of the organization itself. Using the moniker Tepid Participation, Tepid, especially through Twitter, is DFW's best guide to who's a dude (going to make the big leagues someday) and who isn't on Rangers' farm. Follow him on Twitter and know more than any of your friends about the team.

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Located on the northeast side of downtown's central business district, Dallas' T. Boone Pickens YMCA has used the oil baron's money to become the nicest Y in the country. Top-rate exercise equipment, an Olympic-size pool, rooftop track and cheap rates for families, young people and people with lower incomes allow the downtown Y to take much of the edge off of dragging yourself to do that workout you just really don't want to do on a Wednesday night.

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