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Leading Off (1/25/13)

Bike Group Wants to Host Ride on North Central: That’s right, a bicycle ride up 75. Not the service road. The canyoned, Mad Max graveyard of a highway that runs from downtown Dallas to Oklahoma. So far, none of the five municipalities within the 30-mile ride have signed off, surprisingly, though one organizer “is certain he’ll acquire all permits within 30-45 days.”

Dallas Park Board Names New Head: His name is Willis Winters. Fun game: during lunch today have a few drinks and try to say Willis Winters five times in a row. You can’t!

Parker County Teen Claims Halloween Made Him Kill His Family: “I was amazed at how at ease the boy was during the murders and how little remorse he had afterward. I was thinking to myself it would be the same for me,” Jacob Evans wrote in a statement. You know what? I’m done. Gah.

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  • sooieeehog

    Think, man, think…. what could we do to make people hate cyclists even more?

  • Peter Simek

    Also a fun game at lunch, read Willis Winters’ book on Fair Park:

    http://www.amazon.com/Fair-Park-Willis-Cecil-Winters/dp/0738579394

  • Steve Zimmerman

    I’m not 100% sure that the DMN isn’t being punked on this cycling on Central thing.

  • Divanora

    This has always been a grand fantasy of mine!

  • Mitch

    Bike ride up 75 = scam.

  • RSF

    Winters is a great choice – read this:

    Lakewood People May 25, 2007

    Woodrow Student’s Memorial Dedicated at Emotional Ceremony
    ‘Very personal design’ symbolic of former football player, school he loved
    By Bruce FelpsStaff Writer

    An afternoon dedication ceremonylast week that began with smiles and laughter ended with bittersweet tears and memories of a life cut short. About 300 people gathered May 15 at Randall Park near Woodrow Wilson High School for the dedication of the park and Will’s Place Pavilion. The 2,800-square-foot structure is a memorial to Will Winters, a Woodrow sophomore football player who died of surgical complications in 2005. Will’s Place is in the center of the park and surrounded by athletic fields. Dallas Independent School District and the city of Dallas paid for the $1 million fields. Private donors funded the pavilion. Willis Winters, Will’s father and assistant director of the Dallas parks department, designed the pavilion. “We spent a long time searching for the architectural and structural expression of the pavilion,” Winters said. “It’s a monumental design with strong vertical character with several aspects of symbolism.” Viewed from the sides, the pavilion’s support columns form two Ws – Will’s and the high school’s initials. Will’s football jersey number, 71, adorns the base of one of the columns, and a plaque reading “Will’s Place” greets visitors at the pavilion’s entrance. The pattern formed by concrete pathways laid in the grass under the main section of the pavilion also represents “a very personal design” that Winters said was too emotional to explain. The dedication ceremony featured the Woodrow Junior ROTC presenting the colors and leading the Pledge of Allegiance. The school’s Variations choir sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal.” Several school and city officials gave speeches, the highlight of which occurred when Wayne Smith, District 14 appointee to the Dallas Park Board, said Dallas Superintendent Michael Hinojosa jokingly told him that “no credit cards were used [to fund] this park.” Sam Ashbrook, quarterback of the Woodrow football team, said in the final speech of the ceremony that he grew up with Will; the two had been classmates since they first enrolled at Lakewood Elementary School. Ashbrook described his relationship with Will, his former teammate, explaining that a left offensive tackle protects the blindside of a right-handed quarterback during pass plays. “Will was big, quiet, and always had your back,” said Ashbrook, choking back tears. “On passing downs, I would always look to my left at Will, and that gave me confidence. I continued to have that confidence when I would see No. 71 [memorial decals] on the backs of teammates’ helmets” during the last two undefeated regular seasons. Ashbrook’s emotional speech moved the audience to a standing ovation. Some people stood and applauded with tears streaming from their eyes. “Why do you think I wore sunglasses that day?” Willis Winters said.