Thanks to a tweet from the Star-T‘s Bud Kennedy, just saw this sweet story from The New York Times about Darren Woods, general and artistic director of the Fort Worth Opera Company, who got married to longtime partner Steven Bryant on Sunday:
The couple met at the Seagle Colony during the summer of 1980 when Mr. Bryant was one of the people who picked up Mr. Woods and two other summer apprentices at the Albany airport.
“I was busy doing costumes and was ordered to go to the airport,” said Mr. Bryant, who remembered Mr. Woods “had long hair and platform shoes. They were at least three inches high.”
Mr. Bryant made no attempt to hide his contempt during the ride into the Adirondacks.
“I thought he hated me on sight,” said Mr. Woods, who was attracted to Mr. Bryant nonetheless. “He was the most handsome man I had ever seen.”
A reality-TV-show-loving FrontBurnervian notes this DMN update of this story about a University Park woman (no word on whether she’s a “socialite”) who had been indicted for allegedly bribing a Collin County judge in order to help get a favorable ruling in a child custody case. The judge was convicted by a different jury last November. Â And today:
Stacy Stine Cary, 56, was convicted Wednesday of six counts of bribery along with one count each of engaging in organized criminal activity and money laundering. She faces up to life in prison. She is also eligible for probation.
Just thought you might like to know that Texas does still have a Democratic Party, and that there are actual candidates from that party vying to represent the state in the U.S. Senate.
Those candidates are former state legislator Paul Sadler and retired teacher Grady Yarbrough. They debated on public television last night for a public television broadcast that’ll air tonight at 7 p.m. on KERA, ahead of the runoff election. (The GOP candidates faced off last week.) Their big point of disagreement, apparently? Decriminalizing marijuana:
The two had similar positions on a number of issues. Both support the federal healthcare law; favor marriage equality, or gay marriage; would not intervene militarily in Syria; and agree the Fast & Furious gun-running operation that’s created a scandal for the Attorney General and White House was a boneheaded idea.
But, they split over decriminalizing marijuana, which is in the state Democratic Party platform. Yarbrough says yes.
“In many cases, it’s used for medical purposes. Those who require marijuana for medical purposes certainly should not be put into a criminal category.”
Sadler doesn’t think the public is ready for decriminalization.
“As a practical matter, it’s being done. But it’s being done through prosecutorial discretion and decisions made locally within cities and counties whether or not they want to prosecute someone for mere possession rather than intent to sell.”
Actually, sounds like they’re both willing to look the other way if you want to get baked.
Water – not Dr Pepper and certainly not beer – is what your body needs to cool from the inside. This time of year, you can’t drink enough. Heat injury – marked by heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, nausea, weak but rapid pulse and headaches – is no joke. There’s bearing up, and there’s stupid. Even high school football coaches have figured that out.
For gosh sake, stay out of the sun as much you can.
Gee willikers, such salty language from a family newspaper.
I’m getting excited about this Museum of Nature and Science expansion now that it’s become abundantly clear that the cool glass thing really is going to be an exoskeleton escalator and not, as I originally feared, a very awesome air duct. I love escalators, especially the kind built by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, almost as much as I hate/am scared of elevators.
Absolutely the coolest thing you can do tonight, in terms of actual event and amount of air conditioning, is go hear Gail Collins, the New York Times columnist, speak at the Tower Club at the behest of the World Affairs Council. Our own Glenn Hunter will moderate a conversation around Collins’ latest book, As Texas Goes…How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda. What a title. You extrapolate from that what you will, but you can also read an excerpt about Texas’ sex education laws over on the Daily Beast. You’ve have to register with the WAC website to get your seats, but I promise, Collins (and Glenn, of course) is worth it.
Also this evening, Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour finishes up its two-day stint at the American Airlines Center. You can still get tickets, but be warned: the only seats left are in the expensive section. I’ve heard mixed things about the show itself, but if you’re a fan of the man’s music, you shouldn’t be disappointed. If you show up expecting a hologram Ã la Tupac (who was actually CGI) or Princess Leia, you will be disappointed.
For more to do tonight, please go here.
Don’t panic. You still have time to nominate the beautiful women in your life in hopes they’ll become part of our annual 10 Most Beautiful Women in Dallas contest. But this week is the last week. You have until Friday, June 29. Details here. Nominate here.
Did you know that the Dallas Morning News is one of the first local daily newspapers that has embraced the e-book? It’s true. Carmen Cano is the digital managing editor of the DMN (a title I thought Robert Wilonsky held, but what do I know?). This morning, on the website for the International Newsmedia Marketing Association, Cano writes:
The e-book marketplace has now become the newest frontier for newspapers. It’s a natural fit, tapping and leveraging a wealth of content in unprecedented ways, and helping define a new kind of long-form narrative that is somewhere between a single article and a long, multi-chapter traditional book. The Dallas Morning News is one of the first local dailies venturing into this space to present some of its best work in a long-form narrative format.
The comprehensive digitisation of all editions of The News since its inception in 1895 has made it possible to mine all its published stories and images, find innovative, current connections, and aggregate them in ways that are fresh and relevant. Moreover, the digital format allows for rich media features and interactive elements, including pictures, videos, timelines, and more.
In terms of revenue, it’s nothing. But it’s a cool idea.
(Side note: did you know that the International Newsmedia Marketing Association (aka INMA) is “the world’s leading provider of global best practices and marketing ideas for newsmedia companies looking to grow amid profound market change,” that it was founded in 1930, and that it is based in Dallas, with offices in Antwerp and New Delhi? Because I didn’t.)
Miles Announces 19 New Hires in DISD. The people in these positions will be making some decent money (from $130,000 to $198,000), but the restructuring saved the district $1.2 million. About half the hires are from here; the rest from around the country.
Bishop Arts Gateway Planned. The little-known plan is being met with mixed reviews. And before the gateway, which will have a children’s playground, benches, and bicycle racks, can be built, the land around it must be cleared. Roy Smith does not plan on selling his car repair shop to the city at $205,000 the price it has offered him. Smith put the shop up for sale a year ago at $775,000, and is holding out.
Man Unearths Historic Bison. And in more Oak Cliff news, Ruben Marroquin was working on relocating some utility lines in his backyard when he discovered bones of a large animal with intact teeth and a set of horns. Marroquin would like anthropology students to come dig it out. If they don’t, he will.