Awhile back, we put Gail Warrior on the cover of a magazine. D CEO called her one of the great entrepreneurs in Dallas, because she founded the Warrior Group, a construction concern. And in 2009, we determined, after much careful scientific testing, that she was one of the 10 most beautiful women in Dallas. Here’s what I didn’t know about Warrior: she used to be a body builder. And here’s something else I didn’t know about her (until recently): she is coming out of retirement. This Saturday, March 31, she will compete in the Ronnie Coleman Classic Bodybuilding, Physique, Fitness, Figure & Bikini Championships. For the first time in 10 years, Warrior will flex and strut and preen before judges. I think I speak for everyone involved when I say, “I’m worried that the Greek bailout won’t work and the sovereign debt issues that are rocking Europe will spill over into the U.S. economy.” Wait, I got distracted. What we were talking about again?
A few days ago, Wick mused on Robert Decherd’s negative cash flow strategy. The upshot: “Belo projects $37 to $41 million in adjusted EBITDA this year. Taking the higher number and deducting their planned extra expenditures …Â it looks to me like they will leak cash to the tune of $11 million or more.” Wick rather cheekily surmised that Decherd is trying to make his company look unattractive so that no one will make a run at its shares.
Now comes news that AH Belo will leak even more cash, as it is upping the pay of its top brass. Next month, Decherd’s annual base salary will jump 25 percent to $600,000. Morning News publisherÂ Jim Moroney’s base salary will increase 15.5 percent to $540,000. Chief financial officer Alison Engel’s will increase 8.3 percent to $325,000. And senior vice president Daniel Blizzard’s will increase 12 percent to $280,000.
Seems to me a hard sell in the newsroom.
A commenter to my earlier post links to Village Voice Media’s response to Nicholas Kristof’s Times article about how VVM’s Backpage.com profits from human trafficking. The VVM article is headlined “What Nick Kristof Got Wrong.” Kristof used a victim to illustrate his story. A video that accompanied Kristof’s story ran with a headline that said the victim was 16 when she was sold on Backpage.com. VVM points out that according to the victim’s own court testimony, she was 16 in 2003 — before Backpage.com even existed.
Ouch. Sounds like Kristof really blew that one. An apology is in order.
Not so fast. Here’s his response to their response:
In fact, Alissa turned 16 at the end of 2004. All during 2004, she was 16 years old, traveling up and down the east coast being pimped. Backpage operated in at least 11 cities during 2004, including Miami and Fort Lauderdale, both of them cities Alissa where says she was pimped on Backpage. Then at 17, as Backpage expanded to 30 cities including Boston, she was pimped even more broadly on Backpage — and also in Village Voice print ads, she says.
It’s interesting to me that the VVM story carries a generic Village Voice Media byline. Could they not find a single reporter in their entire chain who was willing to put his name on a story that shows slipshod reporting by a New York Times writer? Usually that’s the sort of story that goes into the clip file, something a reporter would be proud of. In this case, we appear to be looking at something else altogether.
Who’s excited about Sunday’s ultrahyped Mad Men premiere? Not me. I had the worst nightmare since the one where my friend was flying a prop plane underwater and got chopped up into little bits by a giant box fan. In last night’s horrible dream, Don Draper and co. turned into really dapper demons, descended upon the Magic Box,Â and proceeded to beat Buffy and the rest of the Scoobies to a bloody pulp. They also broke a lot of merchandise, which made Anya mad.
I was just thinking about last night’s episode of New Girl, and how the whole thing made me laugh. I really love laughing (who doesn’t, besides Mr. Darcy in the first half of Pride and Prejudice?), which is convenient since a production of Rob Becker’s one man comedy show, Defending the Caveman, opens tonight at the Contemporary Theatre of Dallas. Paul Perroni stars in this humorous take on the so-called battle of the sexes and common misunderstandings between the genders. Becker spent three years studying psychology, sociology, and prehistory for this show, so you could basically consider it a discount couples therapy session.
Also this evening, the Mavs take on the Lakers and will beat them this time around. I am both clairvoyant and never, ever wrong. Ask anyone.* Anyway, you can still get tickets, but the ones left are easing up into what I consider “expensive” territory. However, if you look closely, you can even find a pair together (section 108, Row N, seats 3 and 4). How’s that for a nice night?
For more to do tonight, go here.
*Please realize that I am kidding. Please.
On May 12, the election for school board positions for Districts 1, 3, and 9 will take place. You may remember that last year, there wasn’t an election, because there was only one person interested in running for each position. Apathy in school board voting is so high that it takes merely a few hundred votes to win a position (if an election even takes place). I’ve run into a few people in the past year who’ve thought that’s unacceptable. They’ve made it their goal to ensure people are not only running for school board positions, but that people are getting out to vote. One such group is the Chamber’s EducateDallas, which has endorsed Elizabeth Jones, Dan Micciche, and Bernadette Nutall in the upcoming election. Another group is Dallas Kids First. To learn more about them, check out their video. They’re finalizing their scorecards and will release who they’re endorsing in a week or so. The teacher’s union has already released its endorsement, which included praise for a 20-year-old Lincoln High graduate, which has resulted in at least one unhappy person.
Our friends at TEDxSMU recently approached us and asked what we could do to help spread the word about May’s vote. So we decided to host an education forum at the Kessler Theater on April 10. All the candidates (yes, all eight of them) have agreed to be there. We’re going to give each of them three minutes to answer a question pulled from a hat. We’ve asked all of them to stick around and mingle, in case we miss a question or two. It’s free. (Though bring money for the cash bar.) And you’ll be taking part in something that can make a huge impact on the city. Go here to register.
Girl With Perfect Attendance Won’t Get Scholarship. Imagine going to school every single day from kindergarten through your junior year. You don’t miss a single time. Not even when you’re feeling a bit sick. That’s commendable, right? That’s what Bria Bradshaw at Hillcrest High did. But she had a bit of motivation. At a ceremony in 2005, she was supposedly told that if she never missed a day, she’d get a $25,000 scholarship. Now she’s been told no such program ever existed. I’m thinking she needs to go talk to a certain Mark Cuban. He may be able to help her out.
Molotov Cocktail Placed at Senator Wendy Davis’ Office. Senator Davis wasn’t at her office when someone threw an ignited bottle at her front door. One staffer jumped over the flame and ran out of the building while another grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out the flame. No one was hurt. There’s now an arson investigation. A suspect was chased out of the building. UPDATE: An arrest in this case has been made.
Stars Take First Place in Pacific Division. I don’t know much about hockey (though I should because my husband used to play and that means I should’ve paid attention. Though he’s been coaching lacrosse for three years, and I’ve attended countless games and still couldn’t tell you what that sport’s about). Anywho, yay, Stars.