Remember the FrontBurner post about that home Halloween display in Colleyville, the one that depicted the principals in the presidential race as clowns and such? The one that various commenters labeled unimaginative and of course “racist,” because the president was suspended in a big spider web?
The one where another commenter said the display was in such very poor taste, it wouldn’t be surprising if something “happened” to it? Well, guess what; something did happen to the Colleyville display.
According to CBS11, unidentified persons ripped off the characters’ heads, shredded the signs, and made off with an American flag. Leaving the homeowners to explain that, no, they didn’t take their display down–vandals did. Nothing like a little tolerance for opposing views, eh?
This seems like a bad idea. The Dallas Morning News has decided that editors and writers are no longer needed to write events listings. Ellen Sackett put out the call on the Eats blog for dining events, but the new process works for everything — music, theater, you name it. The staff that works on the Guide section of the paper will no longer write any of the events listings. YOU get to write them. I’ve just changed my mind. This isn’t a bad idea. This is a colossally stupid idea hatched by cheapskates.
Listen, putting together a good events database is difficult work. That’s why the Observer has actual hard-working professional writers who write and edit the thing. That’s why our own Liz Johnstone will probably one day soon lose her mind and be found frothing at the mouth, running naked through the Arts District, shouting, “You PR people, stop sending me your emails in triplicate, demanding that your scrapbooking meetup be listed in our events section!” Not only does everything need to be spelled right and written concisely and knowledgeably, but it needs to be curated. Events listings ought to have a voice and a point of view.
If you let just anyone log in and enter information, you’ll get that information for free. But you get what you pay for. It will be interesting to watch the dreck take over the listings on GuideLive.com and in the Guide. The only reason to read them will be to try to spot the inevitable hoax listings.
After the jump, here’s the email received by one restaurateur after she entered her event. It explains the latest process the News has put in place to degrade its product.
CORRECTION (4:29, 10/18/12) – Ann Pinson, editor of the Guide section, emailed me to say: “We’ve been asking organizers to enter their events in advance on GuideLive.com for years. Listings published in the Guide section are chosen, written and fact-checked by our writers and editors, just as they always have been.” I pointed out to her that the email (after the jump) sent from the paper says, “The Guide staff will no longer be entering any events, and it will greatly help your chances of being listed if you start entering your events immediately.” I asked her to explain this discrepancy. She wrote back, “[W]e are not hand-entering events from press releases onto the website.” But, again, according to the email from the paper, “Guide … will rely on GuideLive.com as the source of listings published in the newspaper,” and the only way to get your event on GuideLive.com is if YOU hand-enter it. So that’s clear.
As the search continues for Jacob Logan, the Coppell student who disappeared after a diving incident at Possum Kingdom Lake on Sunday, the community has been dealt another blow with the death of CHS senior Jonah Blackwell, who took his own life on Tuesday.
“Jonah was a wonderful student and friend to the students and staff of Coppell High School,” said CHS principal Mike Jasso, in a letter to parents. “We are all quite saddened by his loss. He was a tremendous part of our campus.”
Jasso said CHS counselors and other district and community resources are available to those who need support while working through their grief. The students are rallying around each another, too. Some are posting their phone numbers on Facebook for anyone who needs to talk; others are posting tributes and messages of encouragement.
A community Facebook page, Stay Strong Coppell, had more than 3,000 members as of Wednesday afternoon, just 18 hours after it was created.
Good read here from SB Nation’s Spencer Hall on Lance Armstrong, today dropped by Nike and out as chairman of Livestrong. A taste:
The effects of Armstrong’s masturbatory cult-building have been positive, but positive outcomes as the result of something negative aren’t justification for post-facto rearrangement of the moral furniture. He lied, and did so aggressively and often maliciously against those who dared to point it out publicly. His lies profited him immensely over the years, something that in legal terms is usually filed under the overused but appropriate term “fraud.”
I’m a pansy. There. I said it. Rides that makes thrill seekers jump up and down with excitement make me break out in hives. And that’s just from looking at them. Put me on one, and I’ll have a full blown panic attack. I like a little butterfly-in-the-tummy action, like the drop on a wooden roller coaster, but too much more, and it’s a bad situation. So,Â if you are like me, and you want to keep your fried food down, here’s a list of the best wuss-friendly (tested and approved) rides at the State Fair of Texas.
I also love a good party, which Goodfriend is apparently throwing tonight in honor of a full year in the burger and beer business. There will be drink specials and featured beers such as Great Divide 18, Real Ale Barrel Aged 15, Stone 16, Ommegang Independence Day 2012, Deschutes Black Butte 24, and Real Ale Scots Gone Wild, plus live tunes at 10 p.m.Â The fun officially starts at 4 p.m., and I’d just as soon get tacos next door at Good2Go for dinner.
Speaking of beer, new brewery Four Corner Brewing Company is offering tours and samples tonight at Tastes of the Trinity, an event which, if taken literally, could be both gross and life-threatening. Don’t do it. But do drop by for food, drink, duct tape art, and a performance by funk group Larry Ge(e). It’s all meant to showcase what’s in store for West Dallas under the Trinity Trust Foundation, and Four Corners won’t official open until November.
Finally, even though it feels weird to be recommending another show after Rufus Wainwright put on the most moving concert of my life last Sunday, Perfume Genius, aka Mike Hadreas, plays at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, a perfect setting for his emotional sound. Tickets are just 13 bucks. Dusted opens.
North Dallas’ Dreams of Hosting Super Bowl Soon Iced. Okay, I’ll admit, I got inspiration for that headline from the first sentence of this story about Cowboys Stadium not being a bidder for the 2016 or 2017 Super Bowls. But it’s okay we didn’t get the bid. There’s always 2018!
Pastor’s Killer Sentenced to Death, Floods Court Room. On Tuesday, Laura Dobson, the wife of Clint Dobson, the pastor who was killed in March 2011, gave a powerful impact statement. “No one will remember you,” she said to Steven Nelson, who was on trial for the crime, “but many people will remember Clint.” Nelson was convicted of killing Dobson. After his death sentence, he returned to the holding cell, broke the sprinkler, and flooded the courtroom.
Dentist Gets Kids to Office With Pizza and $10, Cleans Teeth, Bills Medicaid. A dentist has allegedly taken approximately 13 kids from their schools with promises of pizza and $10. The kids got in an unmarked van and went to All About Dentistry, which has closed since WFAA 8 did a report on it this summer. They got their teeth cleaned and then went home. The services were billed to Medicaid. After the initial report, the doctor who owned the All About Dentistry offices closed up shop and left the country.