I understand some of you are still mourning. Hopefully not too much. There is a sweet spot between hurriedly readying a Burned Big Tex Halloween costume (or, God help us, a Sexy Burned Big Tex costume) and comparing it to an actual national tragedy. Find it, linger there for a moment, then move on. I dealt with it the way I always do: hoping I was the first to makeÂ this joke on Twitter. But now I’m ready to start thinking of the future. Specifically, what will — and, more important, whatÂ should — greet fairgoers next September. I have some ideas that I tried to hide carefully after the jump, but my efforts were clumsy, so they’re just sort of there. Enjoy them at your leisure.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m excited to get all tense and angry tonight. Hopefully the debate’s referee, TCU grad and Texas native Bob Schieffer, can follow the lead of Martha Raddatz and Candy Crowley. Early voting begins today, too.
If you’re planning to watch but your coach doesn’t cut it, SMU’s Owen Fine Arts Center opens its doors as part of the university’s ongoing Election Enlightenment series. If you still have leftover emotion after watching the televised debate, you can stick around and politely argue it out with the other folks in attendance. Otherwise, head to the Texas Theatre, where the Stonewall Democrats host a watch party with the final debate on the big screen.
Searching for Sugar Man fans might be sad to learn that tonight’s Rodriguez show at the House of Blues has sold out. Good for the once-obscure musician, unfortunate for anyone trying to get tickets ($139+ on Stubhub). However,Â Sundown at the Granada has free live music that starts around 11 p.m. and goes until close. Mondays are designated funk and reggae, so you’ll be hearing from The Effinays (and you can hear them every Monday from now until forever). If in fact I was already in the neighborhood, I’d drop by before the kitchen shuts down for an evening snack since it’s been way too long since I’ve had their Hammered Goat flatbread. Obviously, I always ask for extra goat cheese.
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Many remember James Carville as Bill Clinton’s lead strategist in the 1992 presidential election. You know, as the Louisiana Democrat whose point about “The Economy, Stupid,” helped Clinton boot George H.W. Bush out of the White House. Since then, the whip-smart “Ragin’ Cajun” has been an international political consultant, a CNN commentator, and one-half of a popular political-talk roadshow with his opposite-number wife, Republican strategist/commentator Mary Matalin.
Turns out, they guy really is as smart as he seems. Reason: he’s also a huge fan of D Magazine. At an appearance with Matalin in Arlington last week for the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, Carville (pictured in photo by Jeanne Prejean) prefaced his remarks with a huge wet kiss for the publication Tim Rogers edits. “That is a terrific urban magazine,” Carville told the crowd of 800 executives. “I’m kind of an aficionado of different ones, and you’re very fortunate to have an urban magazine as good as that one.”
Starting Wednesday, drivers will be allowed to legally drive a stretch of Texas 130, a toll road that skirts Austin, at up to 85 miles per hour. That’ll be the highest speed limit on any road in the United States, according to the Star-T.
The article mentions that the private company that built the road, and will benefit from collecting tolls from it until the year 2062, paid Texas an extra $100 million in return for the 85-mph speed limit. It’s far from the only road on which speeds have gone up (and anyone who’s driven the vast emptiness on Interstate 10 between San Antonio and El Paso is grateful for that.)
Since 2002, the Texas Department of Transportation — at the urging of state lawmakers — has raised the speed limit to 75 or 80 mph on nearly 6,507 miles of road.
Most of the increases have occurred since 2011, when a new state law broadened which roads qualified for higher speeds.
The speeds are now posted not only in rural areas but also on major roads such as Interstate 20 and Interstate 35 just outside Dallas-Fort Worth and other major metro areas.
On about 1 in 12 miles of Texas roadway — including interstates, small highways and farm-to-market roads — motorists may now legally travel at speeds once considered excessive and dangerous.
Safety experts in the U.S. and Europe warn that fatalities and injury accidents are likely to rise. Texas’ fatality rate is already higher than the national average, with 3,015 people killed on roads in 2011.
But the numbers indicate that the recent rise in speed limits to 80 mph on some roads hasn’t resulted in more fatalities. Will the same hold true for 85 mph?
Broken Ride at State Fair Strands 24 Riders 200 Feet in Air: Yes, State Fair organizers believe that this year’s event, which closed yesterday, may bring in more money than ever before, but it will be remembered for Burning Tex and the malfunctioning Stratosphere, which stranded riders for two hours Friday night, suspending them 200 feet in the air. Before coming to Texas, the ride was at fairs in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and in both locations it also stalled. Paige Gomez was trying to conquer her fear of heights when she got on the ill-fated ride. “I was so scared it was just going to drop,” she told CBSDFW.com.
Guitars Acquired By Dallas Crooks in Ponzi Scheme Up For Auction: The lot going up for sale at Heritage Auction includes a rare left-handed 1958 Gibson Les Paul, believed to be one of only four like it ever made. The guitar, Forbes reports, is one of a number of rare instruments collected by a Dallas family that swindled $68 million out of unsuspecting investors in a Ponzi scheme masked as an oil and gas operation.
Mad Dash To Finish Deck Park: The grand opening of the Klyde Warren/Woodall Rodgers Deck Park is this coming weekend, and crews are working overtime to finish in time for the opening.
Thanks-Giving Square Founder Honored by United Nations: Peter Stewart will receive the Spirit of the United Nations Award today for his foundation’s work soliciting essays about gratitude from students across the country.