The Texas Tribune created a cool interactive map today, showing where the district of each Texas state senator, in each committee. Take a quick spin and you’ll see that the economic development committee consists solely of senators between Texarkana and San Antonio, in virtually a straight shot. The agriculture, rural affairs, and homeland security committeeÂ strangelyÂ doesn’t include anyone from the Panhandle, or even the Abilene-Midland-Odessa corridor, and the business and commerceÂ committeeÂ includes folks from Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio…but not El Paso.
The most heavily-DFW committee is jurisprudence, which helps coordinate the state’s judicial system. (It also includes this tidbit, FWIW: “Study and make recommendations on the recent impact of foreign law, specifically Sharia law, in court decisions in cases arising under the Texas Family Code.”) Royce West, John Carona, Kelly Hancock, and Ken Paxton sit on the committee, joined by Austin-area senator Donna Campbell and El Paso senator JosÃ© RodrÃguez.
Earlier this week, someone accidentally tweeted their Fruit Ninja score from the official Dallas Police Department Twitter account. The tweet made its way around the Internet, so the police responded today via Facebook:
…and for those of you wondering exactly how “Fruit Ninja” went down, here is the full report and subsequent investigation.
On Saturday, January 26, 2013, at 9:11 pm, CST, a mysterious tweet from @DallasPD regarding a Fruit Ninja (38 fruit sliced in Classic Mode!) score appeared in the Twitterverse. This raised numerous questions (and a bit of panic) from the Media Relations staff — did @DallasPD become self aware? Was the account hacked by an enemy of the state? What is Fruit Ninja?
Many of our followers also had questions, chief among them, were taxpayer dollars used? And was it our highest score ever?
After a thorough investigation (CSI: Fruit Ninja!), the source of this tweet was traced to a 5 year old boy, who after hours of interrogation signed a written statement admitting his role in Fruitgate.
The DPD Media Relations Staff would like to assure the public that no taxpayer dollars were used, nor was it the culprit’s highest score ever. We do appreciate the retweets and responses we have received. We have learned a sobering lesson from this experience — security threats are not confined to the hacker world. But perhaps the most embarrassing part for us was the realization that our most “viral” post did not come from a post about a suspect wanted for murder, a robber, or even a critical missing person, but from a bored five year old playing on his mommy’s iPhone.
The post also included Super Bowl party tips (try pretzels instead of Fritos if you’re watching your weight!), in case you’re wondering why there are football helmets in the above photo.
A Give Forward campaign has been has been started to help raise funds for the medical bills of Caleb Moore, the Denton County snowmobiler injured last week during the Winter X Games. So far, $13,897 has been raised; the fund was started by Rotation Management, the sports management company that represents Moore.
The snowmobiler remains in critical condition.
Dallas resident Dallas Wayde — sort of the Antipholus to Justin Bieber’s Dromio – waz just named the winner of the 2012Â KidzStarUSA talent competition. If you’re wondering, “What’z that?” you’re not alone. I had no idea what it waz either. But apparently a bunch of teen-bopz competed for the title, and an RCA record contract. So, congratz to young Dallas.
Catch some of his tunezÂ here.
Unless you’re wealthy enough to have snagged a rare ticket or you’re important enough to have been invited in the first place, you’re likely not heading to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. No worries. These six watch parties are almost as good. (Almost.)
Where: Granada Theater
When: 6 pm
Why:Granada’s always one of our first go-tos for sporting events. On top of massive projection screens showing the game, there’s concert-quality sound, brisket tacos (which are seriously delicious) and four dollar domestics and buckets of beer. Where better to watch Beyonce “Work It Out” during halftime than at a concert venue?
When:Â 3 pm
Why:Â You can pretty much always count on Frankie’s to concoct the perfect game day experience. Ticket prices ring up at $50 a pop, which might sound expensive, but they include a guaranteed spot (done), unlimited food, six drinks of choice (that’s plenty), and a “swag bag.” (We don’t know what’s in it, so don’t ask us.)
We’re saying goodbye to the beautiful, talented, and infinitely well-dressed Charlotte of Charlotte Watch fame today. She’s leaving us for an amazing opportunity, but I, for one, will miss her. I also thank her for the opportunity to try Stampede 66 for lunch.
Tonight marks the beginning of the end for the Ochre House’s production of Old, a Matthew Posey-penned play that draws its inspiration from Shut Up, Little Man!, the true-life audio recordings of argumentative alcoholics Raymond and Pete. Posey adds Vaudeville-esque hallucinations, music, and puppetry for an experiment that’s all his own. Our critic, Lindsey Wilson, said the elements were hit or miss, but still somehow “grimly fascinating.” The show will close this weekend, so if you’re interested in giving it a shot, your time is limited. Craft and Growler is open for your imbibing pleasure before the show, and you get a beer with your theater ticket.
Also this evening, the Latino Cultural Center hosts a Spanish film festival, featuring movies that reflect the current developments in Spanish filmmaking, such as La Bicicleta, Barcelona (Una Mapa), Dias de Futbol, and Mondays in the Sun (Los Lunes al Sol). I won’t pretend to be an expert here, but I do love discoveringÂ an excellent foreign film or two. And since you’ll be in Deep Ellum, there’s no reason not to go to Cane Rosso for dinner.
For more to do tonight, go here.
He’s a good guy, so I’m not unhappy for him. But dang.
The votes continue to pour in for our Survival of the Cutest contest as we head towards the end of the week where the Adorable 8 will be out and the Furry 4 will continue.
From NBC’s Scott Gordon:
At least one witness told investigators that Pickens, a student at Texas Christian University, took the prescription drug Xanax and later injected heroin in the hours before he died, the sources said. Pickens was pronounced dead Tuesday morning at Baylor All Saints Medical Center, where a friend brought him after saying he wouldn’t wake up. He already may have been dead for several hours, the sources added.
Ty Pickens had been living off-campus. A roommate of Pickens told Gordon that Pickens had taken a Xanax early Monday, then used heroin when the roommate and a cousin of Pickens had gone to the store. When they returned, Pickens appeared to be sleeping; he did not wake up Tuesday.
A few weeks ago, Westlake resident Glenn Beck announced plans to start his own
colony “city/theme park,” an Ayn Rand-inspired haven dubbed Independence, USA. The location of said Galt’s Gulch has not yet been revealed, though most of us here are crossing our fingers and hoping it’s in North Texas so we can keep covering it.
Jon Stewart: not as excited.
Neither Zac nor I (two of three people in the office right now) watch enough Stars hockey to know if this kind of terminology is commonplace, but it certainly is entertaining. During last night’s Stars-Red Wings game, a scrum broke out. It was a pretty good fight; a flurry of upper-cuts will do that. The best part, though, was the call, which included the following phrases:
- “Ahhhh the West Texas pump jack!”
- “He got hit with one late, but man was he pumping oil early!”
This barely makes sense in Dallas, but boy was it entertaining.
Director of Largest Band in Nation Ousted. Charles Pennington has been heading up Allen High School’s marching band since 1999. Earlier this month, he was removed from the position, with no explanation from the district. On Tuesday night, supporters of Pennington showed up to a board meeting to demand to know what happened. No answers were found. And now the supporters are singing the blues. (Nailed it.)
Teacher Turns Herself In After Deadly Hit and Run. A 6-year-old boy was hit and killed by a car around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday after the car ran a light that had been red for 14 seconds. The force was so powerful, the boy landed on the hood where he was carried for 100 yards. The car then drove off. Today, Tammy Lowe, a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Adams Middle School, left a note at her school saying she was resigning. She then turned herself in to the police as being the person who hit the boy.
Woman Reunited With Her Lost Dog Seven Years Later. Just watch this. And then go hug your dog. Or cat. Or potbellied pig.