It’s an Onion story, sure. But the Angels have done strange things in the past.
Nolan and the Texas Rangers should test these fabricated waters.
If you don’t want to venture out in the cold tonight to watch the first “official” test lighting of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, you might want to use the MHHB Cam that caught Tim’s fascination way back when.
Don’t expect an immediate turn-on. It’s going to gradually brighten starting around 6-ish.
Sarah Hepola is a good woman and an even better writer. She describes how she reacted recently when she caught a man masturbating at the Barnes & Noble on Northwest Highway. Her account is funny — and very disturbing.
A few months ago, I was reading through a random crime story in a magazine when something distracted me. The courtroom illustration next to the story was pretty incredible. Until that moment, I had never really thought about courtroom illustrations. It occurred to me: courtroom illustrations are strange. In an age of ubiquitous cellphone cameras, hand-painted renditions of the characters in a court room seem like remnants from another time. I wondered if there was anyone still doing it. That’s when I learned about Gary Myrick, from Fort Worth, who has been illustrating our criminal justice system for more than 35 years. I wrote to him, hoping I might be able to do a story about his impressive career. Turns out, someone else had the same idea. That someone was Texas Monthly‘s John Spong.
Here is Spong’s story about Myrick along with several illustrations from Myrick’s collection, including pictures of Cullen Davis, Henry Lee Lucas, Pamela Fielder (this one includes Myrick’s rendering of a bullwhip introduced into evidence), Darlie Routier, Dena Schossler, and Charles Harrelson (father of Woody Harrelson, convicted in 1982 of killing a Federal judge).
First, the good news: Tom Leppert, who is running for the U.S. Senate and is the former mayor of a major city, finally has more followers on Twitter than I do. But, I would suggest that is partially due to the fact that he follows almost as many people as follow him. That puts him pretty much in line with the folks who tweet at celebrities and such things like “can 1 of ur biggest fans get a RT?” and so on. Anyway. Whatever works, I guess.
But whomever is writing his tweets — I doubt it’s actually him, but I will leave that possibility open — basically sounds like someone running for student council (enough with the exclamation points!) and only seems to have a dim recollection of the years Leppert spent as a politician.
For example: @TomLeppert I agree w/ Ronald Reagan: “Problem isn’t people are taxed too little, problem is that gov’t spends too much.” #txsen #gop
OK, set aside whether you think the city needed a convention center hotel or not. I didn’t, and don’t, but maybe it will work. Leppert, as mayor, first tried to get stimulus funds from the federal government to get the thing built. That didn’t work. Then he got it built with almost $390 million in government-backed revenue bonds and another $90 million or so in convention center hotel revenue bonds. Yes, the government spends too much — ON SEMI-NECESSARY THINGS YOU BEG THEM FOR. Sir.
As I often say (or should start saying), it takes all sorts of nerds to make the world go ’round. I heartily believe this to be true. When I first came across this Legend of Zelda musical extravaganza happening this evening at the Meyerson, I didn’t get it. ButÂ then I started thinking about those Lord of the Rings concerts in which the soundtrack of the film is played live while the movies play, and how much I would really, really enjoy attending that sort of thing. And then the Zelda concert sold out, which is both hilarious and good for the the DSO.
But don’t despair. PechaKucha Night Dallas is happening at the Texas Theatre. What’s that? Normally, it’s a TED-esque event that began in Tokyo for young designers, featuring artists, entrepreneurs, thinkers, and doers. That’s still sort of true. This year’s theme is “A Clean Slate,” and the speakers are more motivational. A panel of experts will talk about topics that range from how to make dollars (always nice) to eating well. I like this because I was fairly lazy in the kitchen department for the entirety of 2011. My brother bought me a slow cooker for Christmas, and I have ambitiously purchased an onion, what is potentially 12 ounces of sweet potato but could also be more like six, lentils, and assorted spices in anticipation of making soup. Wish me luck.
If you do go to the Texas Theatre (either for PechaKucha or Tuesday Night Trash– tonight’s movie truly is terrible), please stop by Mesa. I realize that this directly contradicts my above statement about cooking more this year, but. It’s so good. I want the black bean and masa tamale all the time.
For more to do tonight, go here.
Dallas Crime Drops for Eighth Consecutive Year. Do you feel safer? You ought to. For the first time in the 130-year history of the DPD, we’ve managed eight straight years of improving crime stats. Overall crime was down 4.1 percent from 2010, with an 8.8 percent drop in violent crime and a 3.5 percent decline in property crime. Murders went from 148 to 133, a number we haven’t matched since 1967. (Side note: the DMN story that you’ll see in today’s paper went online a little after 11 p.m. and is behind the paywall. But Scott Goldstein reported everything you need to know on the paper’s crime blog at 11 a.m. How does that make business sense?)
Burglar Escapes by Jumping Into Trinity. When officers responded to a vehicle burglary call on East Colorado Boulevard, the bad guy sped off in a pickup truck along the Corinth Street Viaduct and eventually got out and jumped into the river (which you’ll remember was swollen from the rains yesterday). Impressive. But not as impressive as it would have been if he’d inflated a giant helium balloon tethered to a cable that was attached to his belt and timed it so that a passing plane with a special device affixed to its nose hooked the cable and flew the burglar to safety. That’s a getaway.
Dallas ISD To Hold Classes Year Round? District officials are talking about the prospect (sub. req.). And that sound you hear is the wailing of 1,000 summer camp operators.