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Tony Romo Walks Into a Bar in Brussels

[Editor's note: Having been honored with a Marshall Memorial Fellowship, our Brad Pearson is off wandering around Europe, ostensibly to develop his leadership skills. Periodically he will check in, as he is doing today with the following post.]

The Cowboys wouldn’t play for another three hours, but there was Joey, fully decked in his Tony Romo jersey. We were at Fat Boy’s Bar and Grill, a most American-sounding bar, except we were in Brussels, so it was likely rather a statement about Americans, via tavern title.

“Where you from?” I asked.

“New Jersey!”

So Joey and I stood there, watching a grainy stream of a Dolphins game pulled from an old laptop, pretending that he wasn’t just a front-running jerk who grew up when the Giants sucked.

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Leading Off (10/8/14)

Neiman Marcus Wants to Sell You $475K Perfume: $475 perfume is expensive, right? I think that’s right. Well, multiply that by 1,000. Merry Christmas, you filthy animals.

It Hit 98 Degrees Yesterday: It was Oct. 7. It hasn’t been this hot on Oct. 7 since 1979. Dallas is basically a Juvenile album cover at this point.

Ebola Patient’s Fiancée Prays For His Recovery: Kudos to WFAA’s Tanya Eiserer for getting a phone interview with Louise Troh, Thomas Eric Duncan’s fiancée. Puzzling that her producers decided to use this thumb-wearing-a-burlap-sack art for the piece, when clearly an “On the Phone: Louise Troh, Duncan’s fiancée” caption would’ve sufficed (see image above.)

Woman Kidnapped at UT Arlington Bus Stop: She was taken at knifepoint last week, and later possibly drugged. Police do not know whether she was sexually assaulted or not during the abduction. Look after each other, everybody.

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Leading Off (10/1/14)

Dallas Officials Seek to Quell Ebola Fears. I’ll let D Healthcare Daily’s Matt Goodman take it from here. CBS interviewed random people from West Africa, because why the hell not? They must know about Ebola, right?

Keller “Black Widow” Sentenced to 60 Years in Prison. A Tarrant County jury handed down the maximum sentence Tuesday. She’ll be behind bars until 2044 before she even gets a shot at parole. Something tells me she’ll get a different nickname.

Denton Sued Over Fracking Moratorium. “Denton lawyer Charles Chandler Davis filed a lawsuit in Denton County earlier this month on behalf of Arsenal Minerals and Royalty, NASA Energy Corp. and his son’s trust fund, claiming more than $1 million in damages.” I would usually insert a joke here, but.

Rangers Interview Internal Candidates For Manager. Because if anything says “Let’s turn this thing around after losing 95 games,” it’s promoting the people who steered that ship.

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There’s Gotta Be a Better Way to Say This, First Baptist

The Bible verse, from the King James Version:

I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me?” And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”

See you on Sunday.

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Leading Off (9/24/14)

Colleyville Police Investigate First Murder in 20 Years: Time to turn that “7300 Days Without a Murder” sign back to zero.

Man Dies After Altercation With University Park Police: No suburb is safe. 

Balch Springs Police Chief to Lose Job, Claims Racism: Something tells me there’s more to this story than the city councilwoman’s “the chief failed to perform his job properly” argument and the the chief’s “I’m losing my job because I’m white” argument. But the city’s plan—to just straight-up eliminate the city’s police chief position—seems a little short-sighted.

Plan to Sell Alcohol at Texas Gun Shows Withdrawn: The proposal came at the behest of the Dallas Safari Club, which hoped to sell alcohol at its annual convention. Traditional gun show operators opposed the idea. I don’t know, it seems like it could’ve worked.

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Leading Off (9/17/14)

State Fair to Host American Idol Auditions: I’ve heard Zac’s version of Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Poison,” and Mooney’s version of, um, some David Allan Coe song? I think that’s what it was? I don’t remember, it was after a Christmas party and we were at The Goat. Anyway, American Idol auditions will come to the State Fair September 26, 27, and 28. 

Arlington Woman to Be Executed Tonight: Lisa Ann Coleman is expected to be the first Tarrant County woman executed in more than 30 years. A: Afghanistan, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, United Arab Emirates, United States, Yemen. Q: What is a list countries that still use the death penalty?

Following Cruel Prank, Grand Prairie Kids Make Right: Just read this.

Atheists Protest Rowlett Council Meeting: They’re upset that they’re not in the mix to perform the invocation before council meetings. “We believe we have a solid policy in place and we’re sticking to the policy,” said Mayor Todd Gottell. Only one person knows the right answer. (It’s God. Or G*d. No no-god. Okay, maybe this is pretty complicated.)

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North Texas Gets TIGER Grant to Study Schools, Transportation

The feds announced their annual divvying up of TIGER grants today, and North Texas once again finds itself in the mix, albeit for one of the smallest amounts granted.

The $210,00 grant will help “create a regional program and implementation plan to promote connections and coordination between transportation agencies, local governments, and schools.” The benefit, according to the U.S. DOT:

There are very high pedestrian and bicyclist accidents within a half mile radius of schools in the region. The project seeks not only to improve critical aspects of bicycle/pedestrian access to schools, but also will advance community health, environmental quality, and economic vitality as communities’ accessibility to schools and school-related activities is increased. The proposal will target an awareness-building campaign to communities found to be most vulnerable to bicycle/pedestrian crashes in the Dallas region.

Bicycles! Community safety! Education! What could be wrong with this?

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