Arlington Citizen-Journal

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A whopping zero percent of our readers contributed images as a part of our Arlington Citizen-Journal Facebook photo cover contest that ended Jan. 7. In case you missed it, we asked readers to share their perspective of Arlington by submitting an original photo of what Arlington means to them. The winning entry would become the C-J’s new Facebook cover photo.

Because no one sent photos taken with smartphones, tablets or cameras, we may be forced to use a screen shot of Arlington from Google Maps. Please, please don’t make us do that.

Instead, snap an original photo in jpeg format no larger than 10 megabytes and send it to reporter Monica S. Nagy at by Jan. 31. Include a brief description of the photo, a sentence that describes why you picked the photo, and list who took the photo and when and where the photo was taken.

Or else.

Emergency truck rolls through

The Arlington Police Department will get a $261,869 critical response vehicle for the department’s Hostage Negotiation Team after the City Council approved the purchase last week.

The department’s negotiation team works during situations involving barricaded suspects, hostages, suicidal people and potential terrorist attacks.

“The vehicle has the ability to handle multiple incidents and facilitate the recovery efforts in the event of a global or domestic terrorist attack,” according to a city staff report.

The vehicle is said to enhance the negotiation process, and will have several workstations and the latest communication technology.

“The Arlington Police Department plans on using this secondary command post to assist on critical incidents,” said Lt. Christopher Cook, police spokesman. “This includes bringing the incident to a peaceful resolution through negotiations with a suspect. The Arlington Police Department strives to ensure that all of our citizens and visitors are safe in our neighborhoods including our entertainment and shopping venues.”

The city will purchase the vehicle from LDV out of Burlington, Wisc., through a General Services Administration grant.

Anderson Cooper to make up UTA date Feb. 10

Tickets for the Feb. 10 Maverick Speakers Series appearance of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday at Cooper’s appearance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at UT Arlington’s College Park Center, 601 Spaniolo Drive.

People who had general or preferred tickets to the original Nov. 11 lecture will have an opportunity to claim or buy tickets for the new date beginning Tuesday. Instructions will be sent via e-mail.

The Nov. 11 event was postponed so that Cooper could travel to the Philippines and report on the massive destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

For more information, visit or contact the UTA Box Office at 817-272-9595.