Here at D, we rely on a crack team of college-age interns to handle the bulk of fact checking and occasionally write articles. It’s a lot of work, and, like most internships in the media biz, it’s unpaid. Such is the life of a young reporter-in-training. So you can imagine my surprise when I opened an e-mail from the people at Education is Freedom on behalf of Mayor Tom and his summer internship initiative: They want us to hire high school kids (so young!) and pay them at least $9 an hour, 40 hours a week, for eight weeks ($2,880!). And cover travel costs. And set up one-on-one sessions with executives. Which sounds awesome, but (more…)
There was an ebullient, truth-telling mood in the room when 200 business leaders turned up at Hotel ZaZa Dallas last night for D CEO magazine’s quarterly Happy Hour. Among those in the heavy-hitting crowd: e-Rewards founder Hal Brierley, political consultant Carol Reed, Thomas Group chairman Michael McGrath, Habitat for Humanity CEO Scott Begin, and retail real estate guru Herb Weitzman. Check the jump to find out who’s in this photo–and more dope about the Fat Tuesday gathering.
Well, the deed has been done. The mechanical bull has been ridden. And it is with a heavy heart that I tell you none of your D Magazine boys did right by their chosen charities today at the Professional Bull Riders media day challenge (to promote the Dickies Iron Cowboy Invitational Challenge this Saturday night). There was blood. There was sexual tension. I invite you to jump for some observations and full-color photography.
In the March issue of D (not yet available online) you can read about the trials and tribulations behind the opening of the new Dallas Contemporary space on Glass St. At the center was Joan Davidow, the director, and, in many ways, the one-woman show that ran the Contemporary. Last year the Contemporary had a focus group come in and analyze their operations, and one of their findings was that too much was on the shoulders of Davidow. Davidow said she would hire a curatorial adviser to help organize shows, but rumors among local art gadflies said that Davidow’s departure was imminent. Then came the embarrassing delay of the opening of the Contemporary’s new space, which couldn’t have helped Davidow’s standing with the institution’s board. Today, we receive word that Davidow has retired after nine years with the Contemporary. The full release is after the jump.
According to Mark Cuban, a name’s pretty important, even if it’s misspelled. That’s why he sent a cease and desist to Maverik Dallas, a select lacrosse team. In September 2008, the team partnered with a New York equipment manufactuerer called Maverik Lacrosse. So the team took that name. It created its logo, an outline of the state of Texas, and chose its colors of black, Carolina blue, and white. A little more than a year later, the team got the cease and desist notification and has now changed its name to Coast 2 Coast Lacrosse Academy.
John Marano, owner/director of Coast 2 Coast Lacrosse Academy, said lawyers told him he could probably win his case because the spelling is different and it’s a different sport from the Dallas Mavericks. However, he’s looking to expand his business and decided to not spend the money. He said his lacrosse players were disappointed in the change.
“Maverik is a cool name. To them, Coast 2 Coast is meaningless. It’s hard for the kids, however, for us, it’s business sense,” he says.
I have to agree with the kids. Maverik is way cooler.
A blog called “Watts Up With That?” uses our record snowfall in Dallas last week as a jumping-off point for discussing mean temperatures in Texas over the past century. The author uses simple line graphs to demonstrate that temperatures in small towns like Dublin or Brenham have barely budged over that time. So where’s your global warming, he asks.
Meanwhile his snapshot for San Antonio shows a clear rise in temperature, all of which he attributes to the “Urban Heat Island” effect. I’m no climate scientist, but when experts mention catastrophic climate change, aren’t they talking about a worldwide spike of even just a couple of degrees on average? Isn’t it incorrect to think that imprecise measures, like these line graphs, of extremely localized temperatures have much bearing on the discussion?
Eric, Zac, and I have ventured to Cowboys Stadium to participate in a media day mechanical bull riding challenge. Winner gets $5k donated to the charity of his choice. Also in attendance: Ty Murray and Stephen Jones (pictured).
A subscription to the Super Bowl XLV Kickoff Concert Series includes a third concert by an as-yet-unnamed artist at Cowboys Stadium in September. That’s in addition to being able to see Faith Hill at Bass Hall in Fort Worth on March 6 and Sting at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas on May 22.
According to the Host Committee’s website, $50,000 sponsorships for the series are already sold out. But if you’d like to pony up $30,000 or $15,000, you’re still in luck. You can check out the benefits here.
If you’re really only interested in seeing the shows, subscriptions at the $1,500, $1,000, and $500 level (per person) are still available.
Of the four major counties of North Texas — Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, and Denton — Dallas has the lowest rankings on a new study comparing the health of all U.S. counties by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Collin County is ranked tops in “health factors” among all counties in the state, while Collin and Denton both rank among the top three counties for “health outcomes.” The study looks at things like smoking rate, obesity rate, and the ratio of liquor stores and fast-food joints to healthy-food outlets. The levels of wealth and poverty are also factors.
Dallas ranks No. 70 and No. 171 on the two Texas lists, while Tarrant County comes out much better, at No. 37 and No. 52.
Dallas also finishes behind the state’s other major metro areas, Harris and Bexar counties. (Though we’re slightly better than San Antonio on health outcomes, we’re well behind on health factors.)
1. The search for a new superintendent of the Irving school district has grown contentious. Hispanic leaders want to know why Cesar Chavez hasn’t been called back for a second interview.
2. Speaking of racial tension, University Park Mayor Blackie Holmes had this to say about the passage yesterday of a ban on smoking in all pubic public places: “It’s really straightforward, simplistic in its terms, and it accomplishes the purpose of what we intended to do.”
3. You already knew about the new Parkland Memorial hospital being built on Harry Hines. It’ll be the primary teaching hospital for UT Southwestern students. Well, that’s not enough for UTSW. They announced plans to build another hospital just blocks away on Harry Hines. Dallas: a good place to fall ill.
Apologies for the tardiness of this post. It was a long, bad day.Â So let’s maybe do a light one today, shall we? We’ll just hit the highlights, andÂ we’ll save theÂ in-depth cattiness for the next few episodes, okay? Jump if you want to hear the true story of four boring people who get picked to go onÂ overnight datesÂ and have their lives taped to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real. Or in this case really lame.Â And terrible.