Dallas billionaire T. Boone Pickens has released a statement on the tragic death of Oklahoma State University women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant women’s basketball coach Miranda Serna, who were killed in a plane crash last night.
According to the university, the coaches were on a recruiting trip to Arkansas, traveling with OSU supporters Olin and Paula Branstetter, who also died in the crash. Olin Branstetter was the pilot.
Here is the statement from Pickens, who has given hundreds of millions to his alma mater over the years:
“This is a sad day for OSU Cowboy Nation. I’m stunned and saddened that another tragedy has hit our basketball program. My heart goes out to so many… Kurt Budke’s and Miranda Serna’s families as well as the members of the OSU Women’s Basketball team who have been touched by their passionate commitment to sportsmanship, competition and un unwavering focus on responsibility. I grew to know and respect Coach Budke during his seven-year coaching history at OSU. His star burned bright and his loss will sadden yet strengthen the University for generations to come.”
Earlier this week, we told you about the trial of Seth Winder, the schizophrenic charged with murdering Richard Hernandez. The case appeared on the A&E show “The First 48.” Winder was originally deemed incompetent to stand trial in 2008. Then, with medication, he was deemed competent. Today, the judge declared a mistrial. Several days of catatonic behavior have led some people to believe that Winder might be off his meds.
I like Medieval Times. I had a birthday party there a few years back, which you might want to read about here. (Perhaps not. Your call.) I also love puns. So when Tim forwarded a press release entitled “Resistance is Feudal at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament,” I was buying whatever they were selling. In this case, they were touting a new performance–the first since 2007–and an upgraded menu, and they wanted a fair lady or lord of the media to attend. Jump if you care about my adventures.
In this installment of every perambulator’s favorite FrontBurner feature, Brother Bill drinks directly from the Trinity River. Almost.
Here is a company-wide email I received at work today. It tickled me, so I thought I’d share:
Hello friendsish types and other co-worker acquaintances,
This might hurt your feelings. This might scare you into a broken fetal maneuver beneath your filthy desk. Save the drama for your mother. I will be moving the transfer folder to another server this weekend. In the process, all contents of the folders will be deleted. If this is not enough notice for you to make arrangements for your files, that’s a bummer.
Pretending to care,
It’s a busy three days, so I’ll skip my usual pleasantries and just get right to it.
If you missed French designer Jean Paul Gaultier last week at The Round Up Saloon, never fear. His video-animated mannequin is still here. Tonight’s late night at the Dallas Museum of Art celebrates the massive Gaultier exhibit, on loan from the MusÃ©e des Beaux Arts de Montreal, where you’ll find 140 haute couture dresses and ready-to-wear pieces alongside 40 years of Gaultier’s designs (including wardrobes for various films and Madonna’s Blonde Ambition tour).
Admission to the exhibit isn’t included in the regular ticket price, but if you enjoy wearing stripes, as I do, you can getÂ in for two bucks less. Also part of the party: Oak Cliff community artists and artisans. I suggest bundling up, since it sounds like much of the festivities will take place outside. Expect art and craft installations from Oil & Cotton in the courtyard, and the hungry should keep an eye out for Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate and folks from Oak Cliff CrÃªperie. The Texas Theatre will screen The Fifth Element, the 1996 film featuring costumes designed by Gaultier, on the exterior of the building. If you don’t want to see a movie exposed to the elements, check out Madonna’s Truth or Dare, which follows the singer on her aforementioned Blonde Ambition tour.
In the comments to Leading Off this morning, a FrontBurnervian named M Schwartz said that there has been a “significant drop in traffic on FrontBurner” because of the way we moderate comments. FBvians who have been around a while know all about the Time of Darkness a few years back, when Wick shut off comments altogether because they weren’t much fun to read. Traffic did drop then. But the decision to moderate comments — and to do it with a fairly heavy hand, tossing remarks not only because they are vulgar but because, for instance, they don’t use upper-case letters to begin sentences — has proven to be a solid decision.
From August to October last year, FrontBurner averaged about 56,000 unique visitors per month. For the same period this year, we have averaged about 114,000 unique visitors. Now then, owing to the way Google Analytics does its job (and the way we do ours), the number from last year doesn’t account for visits made on a mobile device, which the 2011 number does. A tech genius here (Hi, Randy!) says adding 10,000 unique visitors to last year’s average would be a crazy high number. Let’s do it anyway.
Conservative estimate: traffic is up 70 percent over last year. Lesson to be learned: don’t confuse the number of comments to a post with the number of people who are reading it.
We’re humbled by your patronage.
Long-suffering Denton residents have heard this before. Golden Triangle Mall has new ownership. The long-troubled shopping center is going to get yet another renovation. This time the city of Denton itself had to kick in $9.5 million to make it happen.
The news reminded me of something that came up during my recent breakfast with Ray Washburne, he of the MCrowd Restaurants and owner of Highland Park Village. We mostly talked about all the changes coming to the Village, but something that didn’t make it into the published article were his comments about Denton.
MCrowd had a deal in place to put a Mi Cocina location into the Rayzor Ranch development in Denton, but with that planned mixed-use project having slowed down due to economic factors, it hasn’t happened. “It was going to be the classic suburban lifestyle center,” Washburne said. “As a college town, I think a small Mi Cocina or Taco Diner would do well up there.” Then he added:
“Denton doesn’t have a sense of place.Â That’s what these lifestyle centers have done – like up in Allen – is create a sense of place.”
Obviously, I disagree. (more…)
If you missed Mark Cuban’s turn at the ET anchor desk last night, here’s a taste. Anyone see the entire thing? From the looks of this show opener, he wasn’t as bad as I would have imagined.
Shuttered. Maybe. Apparently DISD is considering closing a few schools and consolidating in a bid to make up for a $38 million shortfall. Most of the schools are elementary schools. In addition, the district’s HVAC department (because who needs that in Texas?) and custodial departments face cuts.
You Booze, You Lose. Or rather, you don’t booze, you lose. An Illinois man is suing Dallas-based Southwest Airlines for breach of contract after the airline changed its drink coupon policy. The man has evidently amassed 45 drink coupons, and under the old terms would be able to use them whenever he wanted. New terms say the coupons must be used on the day of travel.
Unsolicited Uterus Alert. WFAA Daybreak anchor Cynthia Izaguirre announced this week that not only is she pregnant, she’s pregnant with twins.
A Bunch of BCS Stuff I Will Now Post So We Can All Say We Hate the BCS. The Bowl Championship Series is considering several changes to its format, including the possibility of bowing out of arranging every bowl game that is not the championship game between No. 1 and No. 2. This could be a big deal, because also in this change would be the ability to negotiate so-called non-traditional sites like Jerryworld.
Friday! Today is Friday. Next week is just a three day work week, so that makes Monday your Wednesday and not Monday at all, by my math. What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food? I like this.