The Dallas Mavericks owner has got the ninth-most valuable home in Dallas, but Business Insider says it’s only the 12th most-valuable home nationwide among tech founders.Â He’s been topped by the Winklevoss twins.
Of course, almost everyone else is buying in California and New York, so Cuban’s really the bargain hunter of the bunch.
It’s also really difficult to compete with someone who buys an island.
Ryan Walker Grant, owner of Flashdancer Cabaret in Arlington, had claimed to be innocent (he was just looking for someone to “watch a movie” with Mayor Robert Cluck) until he surprisingly pled guilty in court this morning.
But his lawyer says we’re still making too much of it all:
Warren St. John, the Fort Worth attorney representing Grant, said his client had acted out of frustration over the health of his business after the city and the state brought a nuisance lawsuit against it. He said his client had not truly wanted harm to come to either man.
“He broke the law,” St. John said. “You can’t say those things. But nobody was ever going to be killed. He was talking to a confidential informant, so that’s impossible.”
Do they teach that sort of twisted logic in law school?
In the last game of the season, with nothing to play for, Kenny Held decided to play all nine positions in one game. He pitched two strike-outs in the ninth and was clocked at 93 mph. Sometime FrontBurner commenter LewP has more details and an interview with Held.
A trusted FrontBurnervian writes in to say that at Liberty Burger at Forest and Inwood today he saw John Wiley Price eating lunch with someone. I will give you five possible names. Answer in the comments.
a) Gene Street
b) Laura Miller
c) Lucy Billingsley
d) Jason Witten
e) Cary Pierce
Sometimes, when my coworkers are feeling benevolent, they do my job for me. Take the lovely and talented Raya Ramsey, of ShopTalk fame, for example. She has helpfully mapped out your entire evening, and when I say map, I really mean it. We have a beautiful map for you to print out.
Why? It’s Dallas’ Fashion’s Night Out, our local twist on the shopping initiative Anna Wintour and Vogue started four years ago. Frankly, I do not need more of an excuse, but Raya compiled all of your best bets right here. I suggest you print out a map right here to help guide you from place to place. I particularly like the festivities at Stanley Korshak’s The Shak, where you can play stylist and snag a wine popsicle, and NorthPark Center. Most of the mall’s retailers will throw their own mini-parties in addition to fashion shows from Neimans and Nordstrom, bubbly at Barneys, and a retrospective of red carpet gowns at Roberto Cavalli. If this is your first FNO, Raya recommends Highland Park Village (this is where the map will really come in handy). You can wander, drink, shop, and then stick around for D‘s after-party at LAFCO New York. This is where you can pick up an amazing candle, and dance until you drop. Our own Jennifer Miller is the DJ.
Or something like that.
Former Dallas mayor (and current U.S. Trade Representative) Ron Kirk spoke to Texas delegates at the Democratic National Convention today, the morning after former President Bill Clinton made a strong case for a constitutional amendment allowing himself to be elected to a third term in the Oval Office.
Kirk said Texas won’t always be a red state:
Obama visits Texas and sends other in his administration because he believes in their fight, Kirk said.
“A lot of people say why do we even bother go, it’s a red state,” Kirk said. “I tell them it’s coming.”
He cited an old saying of the late U.S. Sen. Ralph Yarborough in telling Texas delegates that the change in Republican domination will change.
“Remember the sun don’t shine on the same dog’s ass every day,” he said.
Ambassador Kirk will be leaving his post after the upcoming election. The current issue of D CEO has a story about his time in Washington, and his relationship with President Barack Obama. Â You’ve got to at least read the section about their first meeting, in 2004:
A skinny young man suddenly appeared and firmly grasped Kirk’s right hand and said, “Hi, I am Barack Obama.”
Kirk tells the rest of the story: “I said, ‘For real? What does your momma call you?’ He said, ‘Well, she calls me Barack.’ I told him, ‘Well, here’s your first bit of advice: Change your name or you will have no future in politics.’ ”
BMW is doing this Restore the Outdoors thing as a way to promote their X1. All you have to do is go here and give it a “like.” For every “like” up to, like, 10,000 “like”s, BMW will donate a dollar to sprucing up White Rock. We’re only at $6,241 right now. Let’s not leave the rest of that money on the table.
Harold Simmons was being sociable, chatting amiably with guests last evening at a cocktail party in University Park for the Crystal Charity nonprofit group. The billionaire businessman/philanthropist even agreed to talk a little about politics. But the man called the nation’s top donor to the Republican Party this year (sub. req.) also was itching to get home to watch something on TV. And it wasn’t the Democratic National Convention.
Simmons, who said his various companies are doing well these days, but not half as well as they were six months ago, was feeling good about Mitt Romney’s chances in the upcoming presidential election. “Karl Rove says we’re going to get stronger as we go along,” Simmons said. That’s a good thing, he added, because President Obama “lies–just like Hitler told the big lies.”
Asked about a DMN article saying that whether Gov. Rick Perry runs for another term will be up to Perry’s big financial backers–like Simmons–he replied that while he doesn’t “imagine [Perry] would run again,” 2014 is a long way off. “I don’t talk to him,” he said, referring to the governor. “I just give him money. That way there’s no quid pro quo.”
A little later Simmons was off, intent on catching the last part of the Cowboys-Giants game, at least.
I’m sure you remember last year’s PARK(ing) Day. It was the one day of the year that many metered spots downtown were transformed into park-type spaces. Well, it’s happening again this year, on September 21 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. We’ll be out there. The Park and Rec department will be there (they did a great “trail” last year), and so will bcWORKSHOP, Which Wich, El Centro, Downtown Paws, and the Nasher, among many others. And, of course, the UT Arlington School of Architecture will be there. I’m not even going to try to compete with them. I’m sure they’ve been working on their design since their win last year.
Though there’s a great lineup of people and organizations participating, there is room for more. The organizers want to make this bigger and better than last year’s inaugural Dallas PARK(ing) Day. So go register. You have until tomorrow. (And if you don’t think you can get something together in two weeks, let’s chat. I’m telling you it can be done.)
One 911 Call Taker Fired, Another Suspended Following Deanna Cook’s Murder. Too late, obviously, and I’d say too little, but hopefully this will get the city to really revamp its 911 system, which has been in the news for its failures far too often this year. The mayor scrambles the crop dusters when West Nile comes creeping, but where is he on this? He says it’s a Triple A priority. Great. Now do something about it.Â Take it, Flav. Speaking of West Nile…
Dallas May Have Botched The West Nile Virus Crisis. According to this, we were at epidemic levels probably as many as three weeks before anyone decided to step up the fight or, really, tell anyone important, and more than a month before Mayor Rawlings decided to update his status on Twitter and Facebook. Awesome summer, gang. Really. Lot of hustle all the way around. OK, time for a cool down item. Ready?
Miles Austin Scores 17.30 Fantasy Points. Oh, and the Cowboys beat the Giants for a change. But, really, obviously all I care about is how last night’s game affected my defending Dallas Media Folk league champion FINGERGUNZ. And the fact that my Tony Romo-hating son, who is 8, had to admit post-game that he “got served.” I’ll just keep whiling away the time until basketball starts.