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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: The Memorial Day Edition

We’ve compiled a separate list of weekend things to do that seem particularly pertinent to Memorial Day good times — pool parties, patriotic events, and so on. But there are plenty of ways to enjoy a three-day weekend. Thai food festivals and epic poetry readings, for example.

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Podcast: Author Julia Heaberlin on Black-Eyed Susans and That Time Tim Rogers Cried in Her Office

Julia Heaberlin stopped by the Old Monk this week to chat with Tim and Zac about why she left a cushy gig at the Star-Telegram to take her shot at the rich rewards of the book business. She also opens up about her brief stint as Tim’s boss and faces off against Tim in a quiz devised by Zac.

Before giving it a listen via the player below, iTunes, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher, a few notes:

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Leading Off (5/27/16)

Family Sues City for $5M Over Dog Mauling. An attorney for the family of Antoinette Brown, the woman mauled by a pack of loose dogs in southern Dallas, sent a letter to the Office of Risk Management earlier this week asking the city for a $5 million settlement due to Animal Control’s “negligent administration and policies.” The letter was made public a day after the city announced plans to hire Boston Consulting Group to study Dallas’ dog problem.

Body Found Near Farmersville Identified As Missing Richardson Woman. The Collin County medical examiner confirmed the body found last week near Lavon Lake is that of Jessie Bardwell, the 27-year-old Richardson woman missing for several weeks. Bardwell’s boyfriend, Jason Lowe, has already been charged with her murder. A year ago May, Lowe was charged with aggravated assault for beating his then-girlfriend unconscious.

Someone Made a Fake Facebook Page for Murdered Midlothian Woman. And then they sent friend requests to her friends and family. The story of Missy Bevers’ death only gets weirder while police are still searching for her killer.

Coppell Eighth-Grader Takes Fifth Place in National Spelling Bee. Thirteen-year-old Smrithi Upadhyayula correctly spelled the words epistaxis (nosebleed), chalazion (an eyelid cyst), and levirate (a type of marriage 13-year-old American girls don’t need to worry about), but floundered on theriaca (a poison antidote made of drugs and honey). She’s returning to North Texas $5,000 richer and hopes to work on her second novel about lost alien princesses.


Yu Darvish’s Comeback Trail

I don’t envy D Magazine contributor Michael J. Mooney’s ESPN the Magazine assignment to write about Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish’s return following Tommy John surgery. Knowing that you’re not going to get to talk to him one-on-one, and that you’ve got to go through a translator — all the while your editor wants you to turn in a revealing narrative worthy of #longform treatment — that’s a tough draw.

Darvish comes off as one of those sports superstars who’s been so famous for so long that he has to kind of be a jerk if he doesn’t want to leave himself vulnerable:

Still, when the clubhouse in Arlington opens to media, reporters aren’t sure what they’ll get. The Japanese contingent will inch ever closer to Darvish, trying to determine whether he feels like speaking. The reporters bow before talking and openly worry about saying something wrong.

Despite such acquiescence, Darvish can be guarded. He’s been trailed by cameras and microphones since he was 15 and once was caught smoking underage in a pachinko; he ended up holding an impromptu news conference in front of more than 200 reporters in which he apologized and promised never to smoke another cigarette in his life. The experience hardened him, making him cautious and deliberate in front of the media.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: May 26

The Texas Theatre wraps up a month of Thursday night screenings of Jean-Luc Godard films (here’s a request for Alphaville for the next French New Wave series in Dallas) with Band of Outsidersa fantastic film about wannabe gangsters whose minds are warped by youth and too many American crime movies. It has this scene, this scene, and this scene. Other movies do not. Advantage: Band of Outsiders.

Elsewhere, a play about post-grad anxiety, the orchestral connection between Cervantes and Shakespeare, and the voice of the Rangers throws a birthday bash.

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Ghosts of Dallas: Titche-Goettinger Building

“Titche-Goettinger Building,” date unknown.

From the Handbook of Texas: “In 1929 [Titche-Goettinger] completed a new store on St. Paul Street between Main and Elm. This grew to become one of the largest stores in the Southwest. Titche retired that year and turned to an investment business. In the 1950s the downtown store expanded into branch stores in suburban areas, and the store name was shortened to Titche’s. Titche’s eventually sold out to Allied Stores. Allied, which also had purchased Joskeqv’s stores in Texas, changed the name of all Titche’s stores to Joske’s. After being purchased again in 1987, the stores became part of Dillard Department Stores, Incorporated, and were renamed Dillard’s.”

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Leading Off (5/26/16)

dallas Property Taxes Squeeze the Middle Class. The DMN did a great job analyzing the recent jump in property appraisals. Check out some of the graphics they put together. Big surprise: rich folks and businesses aren’t paying their fair share.

Boston Consulting Group Hired to Fix Dallas’ Dog Problem. We’ve got packs of wild dogs roaming the streets, killing people. So we hire consultants to tell us what’s wrong. I can’t wait to read what Jim Schutze thinks about this move. (Schutze, in case you missed, has said that we should shoot the dogs.)

Susan Hawk Once Again Hospitalized. The DA’s office says that Hawk came back from vacation, wasn’t feeling well, and on Friday checked herself in to the Menninger Clinic in Houston to deal with her depression.

Bill Murray Tees It Up With Jordan Spieth. The funniest thing about Murray might have been the outfit that he wore to play in the Colonial pro-am. Excuse me. The Dean & DeLuca Invitational.

The Best Story You Will Read This Week

Jamie Thompson is a contributing editor to D Magazine. You might remember the Susan Hawk cover story she did for us. She has written a piece for Texas Monthly that you need to read. It’s about 10,000 words long, so don’t pop over and think you can knock it out in a couple minutes. Find the time to read the whole thing.

When the River Rises” is the gripping tale of the Wimberley flood last year. This is the first time Jonathan McComb has told the story about the night he went floating down the swollen Blanco River in the middle of the night, in a house. Eight people in that house with him died that night, including his wife and two children. It’s hard to imagine what he went through. Jamie does a wonderful job of describing it. And there are important lessons to be learned about the lack of flood warning systems and how people build on the banks of the Blanco.

Craft Draft Night Offers a Golden Opportunity

Last night, Tim Rogers hosted D Magazine’s Craft Draft Night. More than 80 people squeezed elbow-to-elbow on Craft and Growler’s wooden benches and bar stools to hear panelists Brian Brown, Michael Peticolas, and Melissa Monosoff share their extensive beer knowledge.

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City Council Renames Bridge For Ron Kirk

The Dallas City Council just voted to rename the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge for former Mayor Ron Kirk.

Every council member expressed admiration for Kirk’s leadership in the city and acknowledged the appropriateness of renaming something to honor him. The disagreement was whether the bridge was fitting for that purpose, since Kirk is a supporter of building a toll road along the Trinity River that would require removing almost 10 percent of the very structure that will become his namesake.

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Generally Excellent D Magazine Wins Awards

D Magazine took home the biggest prize available at Monday evening’s City and Regional Magazine Association awards, which were handed out at a star-absent ceremony at the Grand Hyatt Denver.

“General Excellence” honors the top magazine of the year in each of three circulation classes (D Magazine is a middleweight). Our print product beat out the other finalists at our readership level: Cincinnati, Indianapolis Monthly, Portland Monthly, and Seattle Met. All excellent magazines themselves, which makes the prize all the sweeter and far from a sure thing headed into the ceremony.

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Chris Kyle Lied About His Military Record

Chris Kyle presents a complicated figure for us to interpret. Those who fought alongside him attest to his bravery. After his service to his country, he worked hard to help other veterans who suffered physical and mental anguish. He was a good man, someone to be admired. On the other hand, he was a liar. He lied about punching Jesse Ventura. He lied about shooting two guys who tried to carjack him. He lied about climbing atop the Superdome to shoot looters in the chaos after Katrina. And now, worst of all, we know he lied about his military record. In his bestselling book, American Sniper, Kyle wrote that he was awarded two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars, all for valor. As The Intercept tells us, that is not true. They’ve got documents showing that Kyle was awarded one Silver and three Bronzes. And he was told before he published the book that his claim was false. A former SEAL told The Intercept, “The SEAL leadership was aware of the embellishment, but didn’t want to correct the record because Kyle’s celebrity status reflected well on the command.” He also said, “Everybody went on a pilgrimage to his funeral at Cowboys Stadium, knowing full well his claims weren’t true.”

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Leading Off (5/25/16)

ARLINGTON CITY COUNCIL SIGNS OFF ON A NEW BALLPARK. The council approved the $1 billion plan that would give the Texas Rangers a new stadium. However, the next step is to convince voters to spend $500 million to keep the team in Arlington. Opponents have asked why the current stadium, which opened in 1994, needs to be replaced.

POLICE FIND AN ALLIGATOR BEHIND A SOUTH DALLAS MIDDLE SCHOOL. The nearly 7-foot-long reptile was captured near Steam Middle School around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. An officer, who was patrolling the area, stopped after spotting what he thought was a log. It’s possible the alligator came from one of the area’s nearby creeks.

THE BATHROOM SAGA CONTINUES. State Attorney General Ken Paxton may file a legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s directive that instructs schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity. This could affect Fort Worth ISD’s newly established guidelines that would accommodate transgender students. Paxton has scheduled a 2 p.m. news conference in Austin.

STATE SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE WHO THINKS OBAMA IS A FORMER GAY PROSTITUTE LOSES. Thankfully, Mary Lou Bruner, a retired teacher who suggested Obama might have been a “gay prostitute” in his youth, lost the Republican nomination last night by more than 10,000 votes. Bruner drew national attention earlier this year for her Facebook commentary which included claims such as “Islam is not a religion” and that Noah’s ark carried baby dinosaurs. Lufkin school board President Keven Ellis won the nomination and will face Democratic candidate Amanda Rudolph in the fall.

DALLAS ZOO WELCOMES ELEPHANT CALF. The calf was born May 14 to one of the five Swaziland elephants that arrived in Dallas in March and is the first African elephant calf born in the United States in nearly two years. The 3-foot, 175-pound calf hasn’t been named yet but is bonding with his mother. In January, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted the zoo a permit allowing the zoo to bring over the elephants from Swaziland–a move that was contested by animal advocacy groups. It’ll be a few months before the public can meet the calf so–until then– this video will have to suffice.

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