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Back in July, Angel Dobbs and Ashley Dobbs were driving down the George Bush Turnpike when they were pulled over by a state trooper. State trooper said they threw a cigarette butt out the window. Angel Dobbs said, “Yeah, maybe,” but she forgot. Trooper was going to tag them with a littering citation, then claimed he smelled weed in the car.
Okay, so maybe a marijuana citation was coming. Instead, he called in a female officer and had full-cavity searches performed on both of them. Now the Dobbses are suing.
According to the Observer:
The pair alleges that Farrell and Hellson had no probable cause to justify the search and that their behavior violated established law governing cavity searches. This is a reflection not only of Helleson, whom they say has “performed numerous unconsented and illegal cavity searches of females and is an ongoing and pervasive problem,” but of the Texas Department of Public Safety in general. They blame the agency’s director, Steven McCraw, for failing to provide adequate training to troopers. The’re are asking for unspecified damages.
It’s not exactly NSFW, since there’s no nudity, but it’s kinda icky.
(h/t WFAA’s David Schecter)
Like the Metroplex Cadillac Dealer Facebook page, and your name will be part of the drawing for a Winter Ice Staycation.
This Gaylord Texan Staycation package includes:
aditional room accommodations
–Four tickets for front of the line access to ICE! featuring DreamWorks Animation’s Merry Madagascar
–ShrekFest Interactive Character Meal one day for a family of four
–Character passport meet and greets
–DreamWorks Themed Scavenger Hunt
–Souvenir Family Photo
–Must be used by January 1, 2013
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The DMA made a formal offer to the painting’s owners, and following several weeks of negotiation, the owners decided to decline. The painting has been returned to them. While the Museum’s leadership was hopeful that the painting would be acquired for the benefit and enjoyment of the public, they are incredibly inspired by and grateful for the outpouring of community support for the campaign to acquire this work. Through the tremendous generosity and vision of its many patrons, the Museum was able to raise tens of millions of dollars for the campaign in just a few short months. The DMA is looking forward to working with its growing constituency on new opportunities in 2013.
I asked Bernstein an annoying number of follow-up questions:
I presume that tens of millions would not have been enough to purchase the work, right? People were speculating that it might fetch upwards of $250 million. Was that guess way off? If it wasn’t off, does that mean the DMA would have had to borrow money to complete the purchase? If so, what kind of institution would loan that sort of money for an artwork?
Her response came:
The Museum made a reasonable offer to the owners. We can’t comment on what offer they would accept and, as per Museum policy, we don’t discuss the purchase prices of acquisitions. However, in terms of what the Museum would have had to do to purchase, the Board of the DMA was prepared to finance part of the purchase price using multi-year pledges as collateral.
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Now taking suggestions. “Garbage Alley” is the frontrunner, but probably will lose its lead in the popular vote.
Either that or we start naming all alleys: “The One That Blows Warm Pizza Fumes Onto You;” “Shortcut Nobody Knows Because It’s Super Dark Alley;” “Continuous River of Dirty Soap Alley.”
And here is the latest weather guess for Christmas Day. Our “little” upper-air disturbance in Alaska has rapidly intensified o
ver the last 24 hours and will soon make that hard right-hand turn toward the US West Coast. All data continue to suggest this will evolve into a MAJOR winter storm next week. The main difference in the data is WHEN. Does it hit Christmas Day or the Day AFTER?!?
Somewhat surprisingly, there has not been much change in the expected outlook. The data tend to support the notion that the track of this storm will pass just north of DFW on Christmas Day, perhaps not long after sundown (although the timing on this is really still up in the air). And as you know, the area to the north of the track gets the heaviest precipitation, so it still appears that Oklahoma will take the brunt of the storm.
I should mention, however, that some data take the storm track south of DFW the day after Christmas which would make things more problematic for our area, but that solution does not look as likely at this time.
As always, stay tuned, because this is still a week away. If the projected path of the storm is off by just 10 miles today, it could be over a hundred miles off by next Tuesday! That would have an ENORMOUS impact on where we ultimately draw the rain/snow line.Also, timing is critical. If this holds off for 24 hours and hits the day AFTER Christmas, most of the precip would fall as soaking rain!
Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse, White Death!?
It looks like major changes are possible as we head toward Christmas Day next week. Stay tuned!
Gotta love the enthusiasm.
Last night I said goodbye to Gossip Girl, and a good many years/hours of my life. I will miss it, sort of, but mostly just Kristen Bell’s voice at the beginning of every episode. Someone give that girl a real job (okay, fine, after the baby) on a show that actually has potential. Better yet, where’s my Veronica Mars movie? All I want for Christmas is the impossible.
A few weeks ago, I got an email offering me the chance to participate in some acrobatic-y circus acts as promotion for the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s seasonally appropriate yet misspelled hallucination, Cirque Dreams Holidaze, that coincidentally opens today. I thought, this could be fun. And then I thought it’d be even more fun if the person who actually sprained an ankle participated wasn’t me, but Mr. Weinermobile himself. Stay tuned for that.
Regardless, as I said, this holiday show does open at the Winspear tonight with high-flying (and professional) acrobats dressed up as gingerbread men and toy soldiers. And the good news is, the Arts District restaurants are actually open on days that are not Monday, because why anyone would want to get a drink or have dinner in the Arts District on a Monday is beyond me. I know, I know. There’s always Jorge’s. I’m just a little cranky today. Split the mussels and frites at CafÃ© des Artistes, or try out nearby Sakhuu, a new Thai place on Bryan Street I’ve been dying to visit.
North Dallas state representative-elect Jason Villalba will file legislation allowing Texas public schools to appoi
nt trained faculty members to carry concealed firearms on campus, he said in a statement to the Morning News.
“We need to talk very frankly about how we can protect our children if the unthinkable should occur,” Villalba said in the statement. “By providing our schools with the option to have a trained school marshal to act as the last line of defense, we are empowering ISDs with the ability to protect our children and faculty against those who would seek to destroy human life.”
Said “trained school marshals” would be existing faculty members with concealed handgun licenses. Those individuals would have to provide their own firearms, and undergo additional firearms training, the bill will read. Villalba also proposed that the school marshals would be known only to the principal, law enforcement and certain district administrators.
Quick question: what’s the liability of this? Of a civilian-trained (not law-enforcement trained) faculty member, bringing his/her own gun into a school, and being responsible for the safety of its children? Well-trained, tactical police officers make mistakes – “NYPD Gunfire In Empire State Building Shooting Wounded All Nine Bystanders, Says Ray Kelly” – so what about an art teacher with a Browning in her boot?
/a>I know. I get it. But still. The picture they use with Jim Schutze’s posts on Unfair Park is an unfortunate one in the wake of the killings in Newtown, especially when the bearded, laconic gadfly is writing about gun control. It’s just that — well, yeah.
My mother always said the best press releases include the subject line: “WIENERMOBILE VISITS DALLAS AREA THIS WEEK.” I thought it was a strange maxim as a child, pushed it into the back of my head, and forgot about it for 20 years. Yesterday, it bounded back into my consciousness.
I found the Wienermobile at the Fiesta on Jefferson Boulevard. It was being ignored. Hundreds of little kids preferred the free cake and clowns in another corner of this makeshift, Monday-evening festival, so I had the wiener all to myself. 27 feet of wiener, just waiting to be loved.
sports” target=”_blank”>it’s Longform. The avowed blood-enemy of Longreads, Longform named Mike’s “The Most Amazing Bowling Story Ever” one of its top five sports stories of 2012, alongside stories from Sports Illustrated, Outside, the New Yorker, and some outfit named Bill and Dave’s Cocktail Hour, which will soon be receiving my rÃ©sumÃ©.
You may remember that Mooney was named to 2011′s list as well, so he’s really just piling it on at this point.
UPDATE: The story also made Quickish’s “12 for 12″ list.
Omni Hotel Earnings Ahead of Projections. According to figures from City Hall, in its first year of operations, the Omni will clear more than $19 million in EBITDA, about $3 million more than planned. That’s good news. But I don’t un
derstand how you report that good news without giving us some important context. Because if bookings are down at, say, the Anatole, then this good news (paywall) isn’t as good. Is the Omni stealing business from other hotels? Is it leading to more bookings across the board, causing a rising tide that is lifting all boats? Come on, DMN. It ain’t that hard.
Guns, Schools, Rick Perry. If you were starting to pull out of your Newtown funk, then just know that a “kill list” was found at an Arlington school. It named 10 teachers. And in a speech to the Northeast Tarrant County Tea Party, Rick Perry said that school districts should decide whether teachers can carry guns. There now. Familiar, comfortable, holidays-infused depression set back in?
Salvation Army Bell Ringer Accused of Stealing From Red Kettle. Oh, you just watched The Polar Express and those previous two stories about guns and Rick Perry can’t defeat your Christmas spirit? Then read this.
P.S.: I’m Sorry. To make it up to you, here’s a cute video of puppies under a Christmas tree.