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Dear Fort Worth Report friend,

Good morning! 

In your Friday Report: 
Do you want fries with that inpatient stay? John Peter Smith Hospital has a McDonald's on its first floor — and some outside groups want it gone. Health reporter Alexis serves up the story. 

John Peter Smith Hospital has a McDonald’s on its campus. Some physicians want it gone.
Also, despite city of Fort Worth employees celebrating Juneteenth internally for years, the city only recently gave them the day off to celebrate. Reporters Emily Wolf and Rachel Behrndt speak with city employees about what the holiday means to them. 

• Staff Juneteenth celebrations hold new meaning after official holiday proclamation
Plus, pianist Ilya Shmukler remembers getting cut from the 2017 Cliburn Competition, but this year he is one of six remaining finalists. Arts and culture editor Marcheta Fornoff talks with the musician about how he’s grown as a performer.

Pianist Ilya Shmukler hopes experience will lend him keys to success in Cliburn Competition
Additionally, there's a variety of Juneteenth celebrations and events happening this weekend and in June. Business reporter Seth Bodine rounds up the events happening around town.

• Celebrate Juneteenth with these events in Fort Worth
And, under Mary Margaret Lemons’ leadership leadership, FWHS has transitioned from a traditional public housing authority to one that has provided a variety of affordable housing opportunities. Business editor Bob Francis talks to Lemons. 

• Growing affordability: How a housing agency leader aims to provide solutions in Fort Worth
Plus, this week, an advisory panel recommended the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorize COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as six months. Health reporter Alexis Allison speaks with a Fort Worth hospitalist about these new jabs. 

• Listen: COVID-19 vaccines for kids under 5 may be just around the corner
Finally, Terri Swift-Gadsden started directing the city of Fort Worth Employee Choir in the early 1990s. Swift-Gadsden emphasized the importance of singing joyous gospel songs for holidays like Juneteenth. Photojournalist Cristian ArguetaSoto checks out Fort Worth City Hall’s Juneteenth celebration.

• City employee choir, dance bring city hall to life with Juneteenth celebration


The new documentary "Echoes from the Hill" tells the story of Arlington's historic Black neighborhood through former residents and archives. The first episode of the five-part series premieres during the city's Juneteenth celebration.

• A new Arlington docuseries tells the story of historic Black neighborhood 'The Hill'

Cheers erupted in the AT&T Discovery District in downtown Dallas as North Texas soccer fans received their wish: Arlington's AT&T Stadium will be a host site for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

• 'Dallas is ready': North Texas leaders, fans cheer selection as a 2026 FIFA World Cup host venue
Also, you are invited to our free event next Thursday, June 23 at 7:30 a.m. Our Candid Conversations community event series continues with a discussion on Fort Worth’s booming housing market. Come be a part of the conversation! Register here.
Looking for something to do? Catch comedian Jerry Wayne at 8 p.m. Saturday at Hyena's in Fort Worth. For more details, click here. Take advantage of our calendar and list your events for free. 

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ON TAP: Is the sidewalk in front of your home cracked and crumbling? Under city ordinance, it’s your responsibility to fix it. Reporter Emily Wolf will explore how this ordinance affects infrastructure equity, and what the city’s doing to improve it, coming up soon. Make sure you keep coming back for the latest, relevant reports on Fort Worth Report.

As always, thanks for reading, and please let us know what you want in your Report.

Seth Bodine,
Business reporter

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📚 What we're reading:

Editor's note: 'What we're reading' is a feature designed to boost knowledge of Fort Worth and Tarrant County residents through collaboration with other area news organizations. Any views or opinions in the stories linked below are not representative of Fort Worth Report.

Fort Worth ISD will keep new safety committee's plans secret. (CBS DFW)
Fort Worth Juneteenth museum design unveiled, to be ‘epicenter’ for preserving the holiday.
 (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
With $16.5M in new funding, Fort Worth’s Nacuity aims to treat ‘serious blinding and chronic diseases.' (Dallas Innovates)

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