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Leading Off (11/19/14)

TCU Out of College Football Playoff: At least according to the committee’s projections Tuesday night. Alabama hornfrogged the Leaped Frogs, and shot up from #5 to #1. Baylor fans are off somewhere, crying into their RGIII sympathy casts. Not even the cool poster to the left could save the two schools.

Arrest Made in Murder of Teen Cancer Patient: First of all, bravo WFAA. There’s no way someone’s going to see that headline and [CLICK]. Secondly, the story is incredibly sad. Police are still looking for additional suspects, but Tyler Wiley, 19, has been charged with capital murder.

Six Flags Settles Roller Coaster Death Case: The terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed, but hopefully they included something along the lines of “STOP LETTING PEOPLE FALL OFF ROLLER COASTERS.” And money. Lots of money.

Texas OKs Prison Weddings: Kicker from this AP story: “Clark said word this week of mass murderer Charles Manson’s planned marriage in California was coincidental to the Texas agency’s plans.” So much prison wedding news!

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Just as the Scriptures Predicted, 2014 Has Brought Dallas Its First Classic Hip-Hop Radio War

A sampling of texts/emails/Facebook messages/conversations from Saturday:

“This new 94.5 is amazing.” “So is the updated 93.3″ “That one is bullsh*t. 94.5 plays Lil Keke. And Fat Pat.”

“Please blog ASAP about the new format for 94.5: classic hip-hop.”

“If I were the editor of Morning News, Vognar would already be hard at work on a front-page story about this.”

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Wanted: People Who Were Present for the 1966 UT Tower Shooting

This is a little far afield from our usual programming, but stick with me. A couple of us just got an email from our friend and peer Pam Colloff at Texas Monthly. You probably know her from many things. We—I guess other than Tim—are all jealous of her National Magazine Award, among many other things.

ANYWAY, Pam is working on a documentary about the 1966 UT Tower shooting. I’ll let her take it from there:

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Leading Off (11/12/14)

Cowboys Activate Josh Brent: Actual conversation* from earlier this year: Mooney: “There’s no way the Cowboys let Josh Brent play for them again.” Zac: “I will bet you all the money I have, and all the money my family has, and all the money they’ve ever had, that he will play for the Cowboys again.”

* – It was pretty close to this, actually.

DART Driver Accused of Sexually Assaulting Passenger With Down Syndrome: If, for some reason, you want to continue reading about this, here you go.

Late Ebola Patient’s Family Reaches “Resolution” With Presbyterian:  Thomas Eric Duncan’s family members will appear at a news conference this morning, in their attorneys’ words, “regarding a resolution they have reached on behalf of the children and parents of the deceased with Texas Health Resources and all related entities.” I guess this will be some sort of financial “resolution,” but I don’t know maybe it will be pudding-related. Meanwhile, two Dallas County health workers are being monitored for ebola-like symptoms. Joke.

Cotdamn It Was Cold Last Night: And when you take into account wind chills and heat indexes, there was a 70-degree difference between Amarillo and Brownsville yesterday. Texas!

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Big Things Happen in Sarajevo, Too

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 accompanying photo is a sign for Sarajevo’s Frank Ferdinand Hostel. Dallas, it seems, does not have a monopoly on assassination-related marketing.

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What Americans Can Learn From Basque Protestors

[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.]

It sounded like a machine gun, but no one flinched. Then the second one went off, silencing the crowd and the drums and horns and I ducked again, and looked around and no one flinched. Again, in rapid succession: rat-a-tat, pop-pop, rat-a-tat, pop-pop.

Basque protests: where the explosion of dozens of fireworks means literally smoke but no fire.

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Could Dallas Put Bike Lanes on Sidewalks?

[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 one thing I can’t get over is the sheer number of bicycles in Brussels. Adults on bikes, kids on bikes, kids and adults on the same bike. Anytime I see a bicyclist in Dallas, I expect to recognize who the person is; here, that would be an impossible dream.

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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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