Last night we got word that the city is invalidating Occupy Dallas's permit to stay in Pioneer Park till 5 p.m. Friday, since the group hadn't secured the million-dollar insurance policy City Hall demanded on Monday. The question was: Would the city kick Occupy Dallas out at 11 p.m., the park curfew, or let them remain so long as they stayed in their tents and kept quiet, which is what Schutze was told when he left last night? The latter, turns out -- so far, at least.
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Before the overnight rain moved in, the great Justin Terveen stopped by the park near City Hall to see what was (or wasn't) happening. He was there twice: 'round midnight, then again at 4:30 a.m., when the downtown sky was illuminated with the flashes of lightning you see forming in the photo above. Early this morning he sent me the shots; on the other side, a few more looks at the tent city next door to the new Omni Hotel.