In our current issue, Thomas Korosec wrote about a series of racial and housing discrimination lawsuits that have been brought against Sunnyvale. The headline and subhead of the story: “The Whitest Town in North Texas: How Sunnyvale has successfully fought for 24 years to keep black people out.” Jim Phaup, the mayor of Sunnyvale wrote a letter that we weren’t able to get into our April issue, which we just sent to the printer. So here it is in its entirety:
On behalf of the citizens of Sunnyvale, I must respond to the manipulative tone and partial relating of the facts in the March 2012 article of D regarding our Town.
The title of the article, “Sunnyvale: The Whitest Town in North Texas”, suggests that someone wrote the headline and then asked a reporter to develop a story to support it without consideration of the facts. A simple review of NCTCOG data on their website confirms that Sunnyvale actually is quite diverse with a minority population of 32%.
Clayton P. Henry designed the Elizabeth Jones logo, as he pointed out in the comments to the earlier post. Henry sent along two options that don’t so closely resemble Sally Cain’s old logo. He says you’re welcome to vote on them. (And, yes, I realize that by going through this exercise, I am only bringing attention to his client.)
Christian and conservative groups aren’t giving up bashing GCB, the new ABC-TV show based on Dallasite Kim Gatlin’s novel, Good Christian Bitches. Guess they forgot it’s a comedy.
Elizabeth Jones is running for the District 1 DISD trustee seat. She sounds like a smart lady and an interesting candidate. She’s a visiting professor at the UTD School of Management, where she is the co-founder and associate director of the Center for Finance Strategy Innovation. You can read more about her here. She might wish to have a word with her political consultants, though. Because to my eye, they’ve ripped off the logo of a former school board candidate, Sally Cain. She ran for the District 9 seat back in 2009. Now, was Cain the first candidate ever to run for a school board seat and use a pencil in her logo? I doubt it. But the similarities (down to the typeface) are striking. Here are the two logos. Judge for yourself.
I was talking to a friend the other day who was debating whether or not to attend “Linsanity on Tuesday night.” To which I said, “Oh, you mean the Dallas Mavericks basketball game?”
I mean, we actually want to beat the Knicks, right? Right? Officially, this game is sold out. Unofficially, you can still get tickets if you’re willing to spend the cash.
Also tonight, the jukebox musical Million Dollar Quartet opens at the Music Hall in Fair Park. It’s a fictionalized account of the December day in 1956 when Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash all happened to be in the studio at the same time. Their impromptu jam session was recorded, and entered rock ‘n roll lore. The musical will feature familiar songs from all the artists. For something smaller, Lance Lusk has reviews of a couple shows at the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival that repeat tonight. He especially liked Raspberry Fizz, a new play by local writer Brad McEntire, which is paired with another show in the Addison Theatre Centre’s Studio Theatre called Waking Up.
For more to do this evening, go here.
Missed this over the weekend, but it’s worth drawing attention to. The DMN has the (behind-the-paywall) story of how in 1995 Craig James was all set to invest in Mark Cuban’s company, which was called AudioNet back then. That was before AudioNet became Broadcast.com, and before Cuban sold the company for $5.9 billion worth of Yahoo! stock. James would have held 10 percent of Cuban’s company at the time (a share that would have earned him close to $600 million), but couldn’t close the deal because his then-business partner, none other than Ross Perot Jr., rubbed Cuban the wrong way. (It turns out, the rubbing had only just begun.)
James says that he and Cuban still laugh about it. I’m betting one of them is laughing a little louder than the other.
New Development in John Wiley Price Case. It happened back in December, but ABC Channel 8 is reporting that federal agents intercepted a $50,000 payment to Price from a local contractor in a transaction that government records list as an “unlawful activity.”
Woman Makes Most-Wanted List. For the first time in a decade, a woman has made the Texas 10 Most Wanted list. Keep your eyes peeled for 33-year-old Damesha Roshun Traylor. She’ll be hard to miss. She’s 5 foot 4 and weighs 270 pounds. Also, she has “Sexy D” tattooed on her right wrist. And she has a tramp stamp that says “Playa Made,” which I was totally going to get until I found out Traylor already had it.
Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher Gives Wall Street a Tongue Lashing. I find a couple of things interesting about this Forbes account of Fisher’s “unusually blunt and frank speech” in which he said Wall Street has become “hooked on the monetary morphine” that the Fed delivered during the financial crisis. First, the writer, Agustino Fontevecchia, calls Fisher “slightly arrogant.” Second, as an aside, Fontevecchia mentions that Fisher owns $1 million in gold and $250,000 in platinum. I wonder if he keeps it in his sock drawer.
Radiohead Debuts New Song. Did you miss the Radiohead show last night at the AAC? Here’s a video of the band performing a new song called “Skirting the Surface.”