Joe Tone’s blog has the story. I won’t bother HuffPo-ing them on it. Go read, then come back. I’ve set up the list with a juicebox and a Phineas & Ferb rerun after the jump, so no rush.
Apparently news of a man shot in the face forgiving his attacker and fighting to save him from execution is “fit to print.” Timothy Williams of the Times has a brief Q&A with both Rais Bhuiyan, the man suing to stop the execution, and Mark Stroman, the murderer sentenced to die. I spoke with Bhuiyan’s attorney this morning, and he informs me the case has been moved to Federal court, with a hearing tomorrow morning. Stroman is scheduled to be executed tomorrow evening.
Last month, Peter Simek reviewed Transformers: Dark of the Moon on FrontRow. Backhanded praise from A.O. Scott aside, he’s approximately one of three critics who liked it. Anyway, this review now has 71 comments, ranging from the awesomely specific (“Mr.Bay…for the love of Primus, Cybertron looks like the Star Wars Death Star. Not a freaking jungal gym.”) to the extremely succinct (“i felt the movie sucked!”). I love everything about these rabid fans, but mostly I love the male consensus that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is just too hot. She distracts the fanboys from their robots, and well, that just doesn’t fly.
So, I was all excited about the Il Cane Rosso/Beer Snob dinner tonight, but. Two of the fancy beers haven’t even made it to Texas yet and there’s some sort of soccer game mix-up and long story short, it’s canceled. Boo, hiss, sadness, etc. However, you should still visit this pizza mecca tonight (especially if you haven’t already) and get the prosciutto e rucola–prosciutto ham, mozzarella, arugula, and so much garlic. I gave my leftover slices to a homeless guy outside the restaurant last Friday and woke up the next morning really regretting it. I’m selfish.
Cane Rosso is not only delicious but convenient, since the 1950s musical Guys and Dolls opens tonight at the Fair Park Music Hall. I’ve always loved the poster art for this show (pretty lights), but lately I’ve been forgetting the old-fashioned, high-stakes craps game/let’s make a bet plot in favor of thinking it’s some sort of Lars and the Real Girl scenario. This is entirely wrong. I feel like a bad theater nerd, and I will be refreshing my memory during the run of this production. Not up for theater tonight? Enter our FrontRow ticket giveaway and see it later.
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Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw, a longtime fixture on ESPN’s Around The Horn, stepped up to the big time yesterday. He filled in for Tony Kornheiser on Pardon The Interruption admirably, touching on the Rangers’ win streak, Tony Romo’s golf career, and the Mavericks’ reported Christmas Day rematch with the Heat. (Cowlishaw’s take: “I don’t want to work [that day].”) He even busted out his fake Jerry Jones voice while uttering the phrase “circumcising a mosquito.” All in all, not a bad debut. He’s not quite up to Bob Ryan’s level as a substitute host, but he’s better than Dan Le Batard. Tune in this afternoon for more from Cowlishaw, even though he warns (on his Twitter feed) that there is nothing happening in sports today.
A snippet from his press questioning after a bill signing yesterday, from the Texas Tribune:
Perry took several questions about comments he made over the weekend to the Des Moines Register. The governor told the paper in first-test Iowa that he felt as if he were being “called” to run for president, prompting some critics to conclude that he was attaching a religious connotation to his decision-making process.
Perry downplayed those remarks at the Texas Capitol Monday. He said his use of the word “called” should be taken more literally, comparing it to a call to his mother – or calls from gobs of friends and would-be supporters who think he should get in the race.
I’m confused.Â He “felt” he was being called by his friends and would-be supporters? Wouldn’t he know if he was being called by them?
Interesting story in the Dallas Morning News today about the fate of the languishing Valley View Mall, and the fact that the new five year expansion project for LBJ will probably mean the mall is razed to make better use of the property.
With the Galleria and NorthPark Center doing a much better job of keeping up with what draws shoppers to malls, Valley View began slowly emptying of stores. Foleys became Macy’s, who shut down that location in favor of better real estate with more shoppers. Then Dillard’s left. Just the other day, several of us were talking about the last time we were in Valley View. For me, it was more than a year ago. Another person said she hadn’t stepped foot in the mall since the Dillard’s clearance sales when it closed. Another goes more frequently – but just to the AMC movie theater. Â As it stands, there are only two anchor stores – JC Penney and Sears – left, along with a smattering of small stores, a small food court and the aforementioned movie theater.
Things have flatlined so badly for the mall that its owner, Macerich Co., chose not to continue paying on a $125 million note a year ago, handing the mall over to its creditors instead.
Couple Dangles in Air for Hours. I don’t know what my parents said, exactly, but out of the four kids they had, not a single one likes roller coasters or bungee rides. In fact, we are terrified of them. So that’s why this story about a couple who was left dangling at a bungee ride makes me shudder. From 7:30 to 10, they just hung out. Then the Dallas Fire Department got them down. The brother of the man who was left dangling said he went to do the ride to conquer his fear of heights.
Romo Talks Wedding. This isn’t really news, but because I love weddings, I’m linking to this story about Romo talking about his wedding video trailer being leaked. And why he loves his wife.
Keller Students Will Pay to Ride Bus. Parents of Keller ISD students will pay $185 per semester for their kids to ride the bus. It’s an additional $135 per student. Hey, Groupon, I’ve got an idea for a new deal.
Our friends in Plano live longer, grabbing the No. 12 spot in the nation. According to the stats in The Daily Beast, the West Coast dominates. San Jose takes the No. 1 spot. Bridgeport, CT, not exactly paradise, ranks 4. If there is a lesson here, it eludes me.