Bag It Up: Why the Dallas City Council Should Say No to Banning Plastic Bags

Because a few local residents can’t or don’t want to dispose of their single-use plastic bags like everyone else, Dallas City Council member Dwaine Caraway wants to ban the bags outright. That’s a silly, knee-jerk “solution” to an exaggerated problem. And it deserves to be treated as such when the full council votes as expected on the issue this month.

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‘Was It Good For You, Too?’ Surviving an 85 MPH Olympic-style Bobsled Ride

Sitting on a couch watching the Sochi Olympics on TV, it’s hard to appreciate how amazingly difficult these winter events really are—and how accomplished the athletes (like McKinney bobsledder Johnny Quinn) have to be. Although I can’t ski, and always thought “twizzle” was sort of a dirty word, I do have a slightly better understanding now of four-man bobsledding—coming up at Sochi this weekend—after climbing aboard the Winter Comet Bobsled Ride last year at Utah Olympic Park. (Or, as the Wife Unit refers to my Utah experience, the “three-and-a-half-man bobsled ride.”)

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‘Hack Attacks’ Like Neiman’s Are a Growing Concern

Holiday “hack attacks” on retailers including Neiman Marcus Group highlight how vulnerable companies are to the growing threat of digital sabotage, a Dallas cyber-crime expert says. “I’m still amazed by how many CEOs treat this as a server or IT issue, instead of a boardroom issue,” said Matthew E. Yarbrough, president and managing partner of Yarbrough Law Group in Dallas. “CEOs need to be out in front … and ahead of the game. It’s a crisis-management issue at the highest levels.”

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SMU Cox School Dean: ‘This is the Worst Economy Of Our Lifetime In Terms of a Slow Recovery’

Thanks to population growth, the shale/fracking boom, and strong real estate fundamentals, Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas continue to be islands of prosperity in the midst of a U.S. economy that’s lackluster—or worse. That was the message today at the sixth annual SMU Cox Economic Outlook Panel, presided over on the Southern Methodist University campus by Al Niemi Jr., dean of the university’s Cox School of Business.

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UT Regents Honor Wildenthal, DMN Says, And … Remember Our Investigation?

Reasonable observers might view the regents’ appointments as vindication for the former president of UT Southwestern. As an admission that this hounding of a good man out of his office last year was flat wrong. But, don’t look for anything like that in the Dallas daily. When it comes to Kern Wildenthal, like I said, some reporters and editors at The News just can’t help themselves.

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Pickens, Brinker Will Put a Ring On It

T. Boone Pickens must be feeling his oats these days, after being named CEO of the Year in the new D CEO magazine. Over the weekend, Alan Peppard reports, the Dallas energy mogul and Toni Brinker up and announced their engagement to be married. Brinker’s the widow of restaurateur Norman Brinker, the Dallas founder of […]

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Santorum Flick Short of Opening-Weekend Goal

Last month, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, now CEO of Dallas-based EchoLight Studios, said the outfit was hoping for opening-weekend receipts of $2 million for its first national movie release, titled The Christmas Candle. Two million, Santorum said, would be like “hitting a home run.” Well, preliminary results for the film’s Nov. 22-Nov. 24 opening […]

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