We’re staring down at the light at the end of the tunnel. This is the last full week of the fair. Have you seen the Chinese Lantern Festival yet? Here are five reasons why you should get on that, immediately.
Elizabeth Escalona, the Dallas mom who brutally beat her 2-year-old daughter and super-glued the child’s hands to the wall, was today sentenced to 99 years in prison. Reaction from the Twitterverse:
Escalona got 99 years with possibility of parole in 30 years. Proud day for Dallas’ judicial system
– Turo (@r2omtz) October 12, 2012
When I first reported on the Escalona story a Dallas Police source told me it was one of the worst cases they had ever seen. – Rebecca Lopez (@rlopezwfaa) October 12, 2012
Some people should not be parents // Mom who glued toddler’s hands to wall faces life in prison calgaryherald.com/life/Texas+Eli…
– Mark Brennan (@YYCmortgageguy) October 8, 2012
Let’s get right to it.
Neil Young/Crazy Horse cover band Legendary Psycho Pony takes the slightly unstable looking, apparently very well reinforced stage at The Foundry tonight, where you can also find good beer and food from Chicken Scratch. Psycho Pony happens to be fronted by KERA’s Jeff Whittington, so if that voice sounds doubly familiar, it’s with good reason. Personally, I think I keep going back to Chicken Scratch just for that honey-vinegar-oregano dipping sauce, but it promises to be a very nice night for hanging around out-of-doors.
Also tonight, you have the unique opportunity to watch a very tiny man consume a whole lot of hot dogs. This is happening at the State Fair, of course, and it’s technically a “hot dog eating competition.” But we all know it’s just the Takeru Kobayashi show. The Japanese champion eater will display his very specific skill set during a 10-minute contest on the Chevrolet Main Stage. You can find other State Fair events going on today right here.
Yesterday in the Catholic Foundation Plaza in the Arts District, a 10-foot-by-28-foot reproduction of a painting titled When the Troops Come Marching Home to Dallas, What A Day of Celebration it Will Be. The artist who created it is named Cornelious Brackens Jr. He’s homeless. If you’d like to know more about the fellow, check out our profile of him from 2009, written by Pamela Gwyn Kripke.
An alert FrontBurnervian passes along this photo taken at the State Fair of Texas. I offer it for your eyeballs without comment.
Bethany is enjoying a well-deserved vacation, so I agreed to do today’s Leading Off. File your complaints in the comments.
Arlington Man Cops to Role in $374 Million Health Care Fraud: Cyprian Akamnonu,Â co-owner of Ultimate Care Home Health Services, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Records show that from 2006 to 2011, Akamnonu, 64, made more than $43 million from Medicare reimbursements for services people either didn’t need or didn’t receive.
Hero Loses Trust Fund, Tells Story, Has Trust Fund Rebuilt By Newspaper Readers: Mary Moore was 10-years-old in 1969, when she saved seven kids from a burning house in South Dallas. A trust fund was established in her name, and she was given something called the “Outstanding Negro” award. Problem is: she never saw a dime of the money donated to her way back when. Solution (behind the paywall): kind-hearted literate people.
Prosecutors Get Harsh With Mother Who Glued Her Kid to the Wall: AsÂ Elizabeth Escalona testified yesterday, about how she abused her child, prosecutors flashed the words “liar” and “monster” over her head. The mother was also asked to count out the bruises she left. Strange tactics for sure, but Escalona still won’t be getting much sympathy.
The University of Oklahoma Will Definitely Lose to the University of Texas Tomorrow: It will be glorious.Â That’s not just my opinion, it’s a fact, according to the experts.Â If Krista cared more about football, she would be sad.