People With Diarrhea Must Stay Out of the Fountain
By Michelle Saunders
The ceremony proceeded smoothly, except for the periodic interruptions by emergency vehicles and an enthusiastic homeless man who sat on the front row, cheering and giving standing ovations, before eventually being escorted away by the police.
I did not expect to enjoy the garden as much as I did. Before leaving to cover the event, I was told about “The Wall of Spite,” as residents in the Metropolitan have dubbed the wall that stretches 60 feet from Main to Commerce, separating the garden from their building. I was told that this imposing wall essentially ruins the garden’s aesthetics and divides the space, creating a disharmonious, Berlin Wall-esque expanse in the heart of Downtown. Which is why I had my doubts about this so-called “urban oasis.”
Thinking about this morning’s Leading Off item about the 8-year-old kid bringing a loaded gun to school, I decided to try to help keep this from happening again. How? This chart.
This is fascinating to me. How is this free Mark Bittman lecture not yet all booked up?
Happily for you, you can still reserve a seat. Bittman, making the Dallas rounds (he’s on KERA with Krys Boyd earlier in the day if you want to tune in), will be at Temple Emanu-El chatting about his latest book, Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating. His regular Times column is concerned with sustainable eating, food policy, and other issues associated with a poor American diet (i.e. tons of meat, tons of sugar, and tons of worthless carbs). If you’re skeptical, making simple changes to his diet allowed Bittman to lose 35 pounds, and solved several other health problems. After the lecture, don’t miss the reception and book signing.
The AT&T PAC’s Patio Sessions continue (still pinch-hitting in lieu of Jazz in the Plaza) with Chris Johnson, frontman of Telegraph Canyon, and Ryan Thomas Becker. They’ll serenade you with their take on Americana and blues. Unfortunately, you still can’t BYO adult beverages. Minor disappointment, but you’re still getting the music for free. And finally, Stage West’s production of Red Hot Patriot goes into previews, which means discounted tickets. The show chronicles the life and pay homage to the acerbic wit of political columnist Molly Ivins, who wrote for the Dallas Times-Herald and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and who died in 2007.
For more to do this evening, go here.
Darius Ewing, Accused Puppy Burner, Wants His Bond Reduced. It’s set at $100,000; his lawyer would like it lowered to $25,000. And I’d like Justice, the puppy, to still be alive, so I guess we’re all going to be disappointed.
President Obama’s Support of Gay Marriage Sparks Oak Lawn Celebration. Of course, not everyone is happy. I still don’t see the argument against it, but I’m sure I’ll be enlightened in the comments. In a related story: I won’t be checking the comments.
Murder-For-Hire Suspect Working On Plea Deal. Haven’t heard exactly what the deal will entail, but my courthouse sources confim that, yes, Ryan Walker Grant will be forced to surrender his terrible chinstrap beard as part of any agreement, and will be barred from growing any further facial hair for a minimum of five years.
Couple Face Questions After 8-Year-Old Brings Loaded Gun To School In Richland Hills. It apparently belonged to the boyfriend of the kid’s mom. First question: What the f—, guys? Second: Seriously? Third: SERIOUSLY? Fourth: No, we’re not done — what in the hell? Fifth: You do know how guns work, no? Sixth: Ah, but you don’t know what a rhetorical question is, do you? Seventh: [just stares] Eighth: What, you really want me to be cool about this? Ninth: Do you know how many ridiculously bad scenarios could have resulted from leaving a loaded gun where a freaking kid can manage to grab it AND take it to school, where — guess what, geniuses — he dropped it? The best possible outcome of all of that is you maybe get charged for being negligent.