Mayors of Dallas’ past, ‘haunted’ real estate and more from Curious Texas this week

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Happy Friday, Curious Texans! We answered two of your questions this week. Here’s what we found:

1. What do Dallas mayors do after they leave office? Dallas mayors have gone on to other endeavors on both a local and national level after their time at City Hall. So what do these look like?

2. Do Texans have a right to know if a house is ‘haunted’ before buying? Elvira Perry, one of our readers, wondered if Texans are protected against purchasing possible haunted homes. She said she’s been spooked by her Denton home for three years, and doesn’t know what to do.

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Workers hustle home with umbrellas across Elm Street in downtown Dallas during an evening rush hour.

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