… unless, of course, Â you’re like me and you already avoid it because it’s one of Dante’s forgotten circles of hell. In fact, there is a Foursquare check-in around 635 and Midway called Hell. But now you’ll really want to avoid it because they’re going to start that fancy-schmancy new construction project that will take 5 years (read: 10, because this is construction and Texas and well, you know), and it’s going to involve lane closures and stuff.
But listen, it’s supposed to make our lives better. In five years. So there’s that.
Former Collin County DA John Roach and prez of his posse, former Judge Charles Sandoval, have stirred up so much drama that I’m pretty sure they’re responsible for the cancellation of All My Children.
Dedicated to scoop in the Park Cities, I’ve had my eye on the chapter involving University Park resident David Cary and his wife, Stacy Stine Cary. David’s child custody case was in Sandoval’s court, and when Sandoval lost the seat to Suzanne Wooten in 2008, the Carys found themselves in the crossfire of McKinney’s version of The Sopranos.
Along with Wooten and her campaign manager, the CarysÂ were indicted last year (after the case was presented to at least 3 and possibly 6 grand juries) for, according to Brian Chandler, an assistant state attorney general, bribery by donating funds, “to have Suzanne Wooten run for the position, to be elected, and when she was elected, rule in favor of the Carys.” Quite an elaborate plot. Especially confusing since, after winning the seat, Suzanne Wooten recused herself from the case.
So what’s the crime if it’s perfectly legal to donate money to a campaign? That’s what the defendant’s attorney, Keith Gore, is trying to figure out as the saga continues. According to the Motion to Quash Indictment filed on April 14, Gore says, “…the State has presented an indictment that alleges a conspiracy to commit legal acts and, therefore, has not alleged a violation of the law.” That just sounds so totally cool. I bet GoreÂ doesn’t look at explosions.
With everyone basically fleeing for their lives yesterday, I made the damp, dark trek from the office to my parking garage only to discover the world’s most adorable protest going on outside the Cathedral Guadalupe. A group of about five men and women, mostly older, were milling around in ponchos waving soggy signs that read “Sexism is a sin: ordain women now!” I approved, and so did the shirtless dude driving past in a tan sedan. He honked mightily. Unfortunately, the Dallas PD did not – a lady officer hastened them along.
So far, I’m unaware of any peaceful protests happening this evening that I might feel moved to join. That’s lucky, because I have a ticket to the Undermain Theatre’s production of Easter, a rarely performed August Strindberg play about you-know-what. As far as dramatizations of forced family togetherness go, Easter is regularly shafted in favor of all the glitter and glitz of Christmastime. But there’s real trauma to be explored here, and Strindberg, writing during his later, more symbolic period of religious fervor, is the perfect guy to do it.
It’s also worth stressing that the opportunity to see a Strindberg play (especially one done well) is a bit of rare thing, though the Broken Gears Project took on The Creditors in February with great success. Still, it’s all down to the performances, and the Undermain has the goods in an ensemble led by Bruce DuBose, who we dubbed Dallas’ best actor last year. Read M. Lance Lusk’s review before you go, and for those feeling stalkerish (or also just hungry), I’ll be at Murray Street Coffee across the street tanking up on caffeine beforehand. The shop closes at 7 pm, so if you’re cutting it close to showtime or eating after, Cafe Brazil has you covered.
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That’s what Ross Craft of Fort Worth’s Approach Resources said at a natural gas conference yesterday, according to the Star-T.
He’s talking about the sand that’s necessary for the ‘fracking’ process, by which sand and chemicals and water and (presumably) 11 secret herbs and spices are pumped into the ground to help get the natural gas out. His comments underline just how much is necessary for the process:
A single well might require a few million pounds of sand for “fracking.”
So sand has to be transported in from elsewhere? Yes.
Others have remarked on the dullness of Dallas’ mayoral race. But, watching the TV debate last night among the four candidates, the concept of “likability”–always a staple of big-time political polling–also came to mind. None of these guys, in a nutshell, seems like someone you’d want to be stuck in an elevator with. That said, here’s a quick take on their “performances:”
David Kunkle had a sort of stunned-to-be-here look, like he was afraid somebody in the audience was going to whip out a weapon on him. Mike Rawlings showed flashes of humor in his exchanges with moderator Doug Dunbar. Otherwise, though, he came across like an efficient automaton, one who said all the right things, pandered to all the right constituencies.
Ron Natinsky looked like the world’s most earnest insurance man or–as someone who watched the debate with me said–like “the boring uncle you get stuck sitting next to at Thanksgiving dinner.” And Edward Okpa, the one nobody gives any chance to win, ironically seemed to be the most independent, original thinker of the bunch. When you could understand what the hell he was saying.
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So Ross Perot Jr. invited some reporters over yesterday to talk about land he’s purchased in Far North Fort WorthÂ with an eye to building upon his little AllianceTexas development-empire in the area (read more about Alliance’s future on RealPoints).
The Wall Street Journal and The Dallas Morning News were represented at the confab. Each publication filed a story. Aside from the notable contrast in average paragraph length exhibited by the two pieces, I was struck by the different accounts given of what’s next for Victory Park in downtown Dallas, which many consider to be a failure.
Here’s what the WSJ wrote:
For all of Mr. Perot’s Texas-sized ambition, he doesn’t always succeed. Hillwood’s Victory Park mixed-use development surrounding the American Airlines Center sports arena in downtown Dallas is a flop by many accounts. Hillwood forfeited its equity stake in Victory Park to its German partners in 2009, followed last December by its relinquishment of its management of the project to Cousins Properties. Hillwood and partners still own 27 acres of land at Victory Park, but Mr. Perot doesn’t foresee developing it soon.
But here’s what Steve Brown has to say about the same land:
Hillwood also continues to be an owner of about 27 acres of land in the Victory Park project in Dallas’ Uptown district.
Perot said Hillwood is focusing on developing a vacant tract fronting Woodall Rodgers that’s next to the Perot Museum of Nature & Science, which is under construction.
“That’s the next development play,” he said. “We have zoning for more than 1 million square feet on that site.”
Rob makes a similar analogy to football as Whitt did: would you want your quarterback skipping a game? Now, I don’t give a damn about football, but it seems to me that it’s a false analogy. There are 162 games in a baseball season, compared to merely 16 in the NFL. That fact alone makes each single baseball game less important than each football game – in other words, baseball managers can afford to be human when it comes to granting this sort of leave. (We’ll leave aside the speculation about whether Lewis could have been expected to pitch effectively if he was preoccupied by what his wife was going through many miles away.)
And if Lewis misses a start now, who’s to say that extra rest won’t allow the team to use him on short rest in September, and thus he might still end up making the 30 or so starts he might otherwise have been expected to make?
Regardless. None of that is the reason I felt compelled to respond to Neyer’s post. Oh no. I had to address this point: He tried to use Mr. Spock’s logic in his argument, and that’s just not playing fair.
Seventeen minutes ago via TweetDeck, Tom Leppert tweeted the following:
Mavs had a great game last night. Now leading 2-0 as they head to Portland.
Mavericks Beat Trail Blazers, 101-89. Dirk Nowitzki led the way with 33, Peja Stojakovic hit five three-pointers, and the Mavs didn’t turn the ball over once in the last 28 minutes. They’re up 2-0. Scouting reportÂ as the series heads to Portland? Shell art is OVER.
Mark Cuban May Sell Landmark Theatres and Magnolia Pictures. The former star of The Benefactor says he’s “just testing the waters” and won’t sell unless the offer is “very, very compelling.” Compelling. Got it. Mark, I will give you: my three-DVD set of Breakin‘, Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo, and Beat Street; 30 solid minutes of pretending to care about Ice Rocket; unlimited high fives (or handshakes, if you are feeling less active); my in-depth interpretation of the television series Lost; 20 minutes to flip through my GOOD IDEAS notebook; five solid to extremely solid alibis; and the smiting of one enemy. You can drop off the keys at the front desk.
Dallas Cowboys Get Schedule For Imaginary Games. Since no one is playing football for the foreseeable future, the NFL schedule makers had some fun. The schedule the Cowboys got, for instance, has them playing home games against the prisoners team from The Longest Yard (the remake, not the original) and an MTV Rock N Jock all-star squad being put together by Dan Cortese and Bill Bellamy.