Five stories that have North Texas talking: Rangers Ballpark will get a new name; a former Dallas ISD leader heads back to Dallas; Neiman Marcus announces more details on its credit card data breach, and more.
- The Texas Rangers have reached a naming-rights deal for Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. A statement issued by the Rangers late Tuesday night says that team officials will announce details on the deal this morning, the Associated Press reports. The team said it would have no other comment on the matter until then, and no other information was available. The Rangers sold the naming rights to the ballpark once before to Ameriquest Mortgage Co. and renamed what was then The Ballpark in Arlington to Ameriquest Field in 2004. Ameriquest relinquished those rights when it closed. In 2007, the park was renamed Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
- The former Dallas ISD superintendent is returning to Dallas. Michael Hinojosa resigned from his post at the Cobb County Schools in suburban Atlanta. He had led that school district since 2011, after six years leading Dallas. Hinojosa says he’s been offered an executive position with an education consulting firm, The Dallas Morning News reports. But he hasn’t accepted the job yet and hasn’t announced the company’s name.
- The Dallas Museum of Art announced Tuesday that it’s getting a long-term loan of one of the world’s largest private holdings of Islamic art. That means the DMA will have the third largest Islamic art collection in the country, after the Metropolitan in New York and the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports on Art&Seek: The Keir Collection, one of the most important private collections of Islamic art, has been in England, though it was put together by the Hungarian real-estate magnate Edmund de Unger, who died in 2011. Starting in May, the DMA will get the art for 15 years, but the loan can be renewed. It includes 2,000 objects spanning 13 centuries.
- Dallas-based Neiman Marcus says that up to 1.1 million credit cards could have been compromised during a recent data breach. The announcement comes as Neiman Marcus’ chief information officer testified Tuesday about the breach before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Neiman Marcus is among several retailers to disclose data security breaches. Target experienced a massive breach during the holiday season. A note on the Neiman Marcus website states that about 1.1 million customer payment cards could have been exposed in the breach. The malware attempted to collect card data from July to October 2013. Visa, MasterCard and Discover have notified Neiman that approximately 2,400 cards used at Neiman Marcus and Last Call stores were subsequently used fraudulently.
- The Nordic Choir of Iowa’s Luther College is touring Texas – it performs tonight at 7 at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth, 1000 Penn St. Donations will help pay for tour costs. Childcare is available by calling 817-335-1231. “Nordic Choir, founded in 1946, enjoys national and international acclaim as a premier collegiate choral ensemble in the United States. Following the 57-year tenure of Weston Noble, Nordic is currently under the direction of Dr. Allen Hightower, named director of choral activities at Luther College in 2010.” The choir also performs at 7 p.m. Thursday at Preston Meadow Lutheran Church in Plano, although the Plano performance is $20 for adults and $10 for students.