Leading Off (7/30/14)

Jack Matthews May Redo Downtown Dallas High School: Trammell Crow Co. had planned on flipping the property currently best known as “Hey, what’s that crumbling-but-awesome building I see outside the DART car?” Seems like Jack Matthews—late of the Cedars boom—will now try his hand.

Conditions Worsen For Fort Worth Doctor Fighting Ebola: The latest out of Liberia is that Dr. Kent Brantly is now in grave condition, and his condition has worsened dramatically in the past 48 hours. Brantly spent four years at John Peter Smith Hospital before moving to West Africa to work for the international relief agency Samaritan’s Purse. The worst part of ebola.

The Oakland Raiders Could Move to San Antonio: Jerry Jones, not entirely happy!

Cedar Hill Man Deliberately Drives Car Through House: Scottey Davis was arguing with his wife, then decided the best course of action was to drive his car through their home. His wife was airlifted to surgery and is in serious condition. Davis was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

David Finfrock Gives First On-Air Fist Bump: Other breaking news Dallas media firsts on Tuesday: Zac, Tim, and I developed the concept for the NTFL, the National Tiny Football League.* It’s regular football, but played with a four-inch foam ball. Imagine the trickery. And the fumbles.

*- This is true.

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Sources: Mavs CEO Terdema Ussery Finalist for NBA Players Union Job

Dallas Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery is a finalist for the National Basketball Players Association executive director position, according to reports. Ussery is up against trial attorney Michele Roberts and Information Technology Industry Council CEO Dean Garfield. The players are expected to vote this afternoon.

The spot was vacated by Billy Hunter, who was fired in 2013.

Ussery was the subject of our July issue’s city column and a 2011 D CEO feature.

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Leading Off (7/16/14)

Deion Sanders’ Prime Prep Faces Closure: According to the TEA, the school may be shut down due to four reasons. Surprisingly, none of them are “Prime Prep was founded by a football player who has no idea how to run a school.” It’s also fun to read these two (one, two) Deion tweets from the past two days, and wonder how one reconciles with the other.

Formerly Conjoined Twins Spend First Birthday at Home: The Ezell twins celebrated their first birthday together, 11 months after being separated and one month after leaving the hospital. This drew a collective “Cot damn, these kids are cute” when we saw the party photos.

Dead Bodies Found Inside Vacant Funeral Home: “I have some embalmed bodies back there, which ya’ll had seen them bring out,” said former funeral home owner Dondre’ Johnson. ”They were already in the casket; already had a funeral [and] one was ready to go to Nairobi.” First rule of fibbing: make up something so specific that it has to be true. Nairobi? Perfect!

Cowboys to Release Kyle Orton: Frankly, I was worried about how he’d continue to balance his commitments to both the Cowboys and Workaholics, so this seems like a solid move for all parties involved.


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Leading Off (7/9/2014)

President Obama to Visit Dallas Today: According to the White House release I got last night: In the evening, the president will attend a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event at a private residence. During the day, he’ll “meet with local elected officials and faith leaders to discuss the urgent humanitarian situation at the Southwest border.” This will take place at DalFort Fueling, out at Love Field. Get your pitchforks or welcome mats, depending on your preference.

Police Release Footage of the 666 Bandit: Good luck IDing him (I’m assuming it’s a him) from this, but take a shot at it. Your clues: rides a bike, looks pretty lanky, was downtown. Judging by these hints, I’d say it’s Eric Nicholson.

Fort Worth Man Added to Most Wanted Sex Offender List: ”He has several tattoos, including a biohazard emblem on the right side of his chest and a picture of a little girl on the left side of his chest.” Did I mention that he’s wanted on parole and probation violations stemming from three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child?

Father of Murdered Toddler Says Mother Is Innocent: OK, maybe not innocent, but he says she feared for her life when she buried her 19-month-old daughter. What is clear, since burying your daughter under a bridge in a rural Texas town is not, evidently: the alleged murderer, Joshua Beard, will not fair well in prison.

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Leading Off (7/2/14)

Fertilizer Storage Bill Gets GOP Pushback: It can’t officially see the light until the Texas Lege reconvenes in January, but the first draft of a bill which would add additional storage regulations is apparently “a power grab.” I’d be happy to personally send as many copies of Zac’s West story to Austin as need be.

Plano Man Pleads Guilty in Gas Line Bombing: Anson Chi took a surprise plea deal, admitting that he used a homemade bomb in an attempt to blow up a Plano gas line. Chi faces 30 years in jail, and will continue to represent himself. I’m sure that will go well.

Dallas Prepares for Wave of Migrant Children: Here’s the thing that I want to highlight: “The children will not be enrolled in public schools, but will be fed, educated and offered medical care at the shelters.” Hmm. Okay. I understand that there’s a need to walk a fine political line, but to purposefully restrict them from schools—when their case may not come to court for months, or even years—seems short-sighted. Yes, this is labeled as a temporary solution, but to not prepare for a more permanent solution is, again, short-sighted.

Obligatory U.S. Men’s National Team Link: Omar Gonzalez is from Dallas, and he was one of the strongest parts of the American squad’s game yesterday. Thousands attended a viewing party at AT&T Stadium, which, even as a soccer fan, I did not expect. Well done, Dallas, see you in 2018. Semis or bust.


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