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First Look At Flora Lofts, Now Part of 29-Story Arts District High Rise

Back in 2013, Peter wrote about the Bob Meckfessel-led La Reunion TX proposal for 39 affordable artist lofts in the Arts District, built on the site of the parking lot next to Museum Tower on Flora Street. At the time of the proposal, the going rate for those lofts would be $360 to $790 each, and the artists would have to apply and meet certain income standards.

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ESPN’s Interview With the Von Erichs Airs Friday

According to Kevin Von Erich on Twitter, ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 interview with the famous Texas wrestling family, which has been in the works for at least a year, will see the light.

Prior to catching that on SportsCenter, re-visit the magazine’s 1988 cover story about the Von Erichs’ professional triumphs and personal tragedies.

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Leading Off (2/23/2015)

North Texas Braced For A Taste Of East Coast Misery. Dallas ISD and many others are closed. DFW Airport has preemptively cancelled flights. Road crews have been out since 6 pm last night. Sleet forecasts have increased. Everybody stay safe.

DISD Over-Hires General Education Teachers, Causes Internal Panic. DISD started the school year off back in August with just 16 vacancies, something superintendent Mike Miles hailed as a triumph. Then, in October, executives, in a move that sounds just a tad like a usually trustworthy teenager asking to spend the night at a friend’s house in order to go to a party when they know it’s against the rules even though nothing bad will happen, asked the board to approve another $6.4 million to pay for 165 more school positions that included 137 more teachers. The reason they gave was unexpected student enrollment. Turns out, according to a pile of instant messages obtained by the News from September, DISD had actually hired too many teachers with general education certificates who couldn’t teach subjects like math, science, or a foreign language. Now the question is, was the board misled? My prediction is locked in Neil Patrick Harris’ briefcase.

New Maverick Amar’e Stoudemire Makes Impressive Debut. He scored 14 points in 11 minutes during Sunday night’s game. And the Mavs won, 92-81.

American Sniper Wins One Oscar. It was for sound editing. Taya Kyle was in attendance.

PSA: There’s A Chuck Jones Exhibit At The Fort Worth Museum Of Science And History. I caught this fantastic traveling exhibit when it was at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. I only just realized that it had traveled here. If ever in your life you derived joy from Bugs Bunny or Daffy or Roadrunner or Elmer Fudd, you must go. It’s a really wonderful look into Jones’ mind and talent.

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FrontBurner Freebie: Two Tickets to Kitchen Dog Theater’s Hooch & Pooch Party

Imagine you are Kate, and I am Leo, and I am asking you from atop a gilded staircase if you want to go to a real party. This one does not include doomed third class passengers hooting along to an Irish polka, but it does feature fine company (theater people are fun), drinks (beer from Deschutes, vodka from Dripping Springs), and decidedly Titanic-era jams (the theme is a “’90s-style rave”).

But seriously, Kitchen Dog’s yearly fundraiser, Hooch & Pooch, is great. Which is why we here at D sponsor it. I went last year and had a blast. This year, I have a pair of tickets to give away. It’s this Saturday, Feb. 21, at 8 pm at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary. Go here to enter. The item you’re registering to win is Hooch & Pooch tickets.

I’ll pick and email the winner on Thursday at 5 pm, near, far, wherever you are. Except you should probably be near.

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Leading Off (2/16/2015)

Fatal Shooting On Lower Greenville. Orlando Pulido, 26, was shot multiple times early Sunday morning in the parking lot behind OT Tavern. The suspect is still at large.

Dirk Dunks. During the All-Star Game. It is adorable.

So-Called “Evening Burglar” Caught. Remember that rash of burglaries, committed by a particularly speedy thief (or thieves) that spread from Plano to Allen to Dallas? Police caught two suspects in the act Friday, you guessed it, evening. Now that the important news has been dispensed with, I would like to point out that this criminal nickname lacks panache. That said, good inter-agency police work!

Dallas Stars’ Tyler Seguin Injured. The team’s leading scorer will be out three to six weeks after taking a hit to the knee during Friday’s game against Florida. This is not great news for the Stars’ playoff hopes. Meanwhile, two other players, Ales Hemsky and Patrick Eaves, were also injured. Eaves got hit in the cheek with a puck. Yee-ouch.

The News Creates Open Records Request Website. This is interesting. The DMN‘s latest project is aimed at helping the public make and track open records requests to state agencies subject to the Texas Public Information Act.

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Dallas Police Water Rescue Caught on Body Camera

Last August, the Dallas Police Association pushed for the department and the district attorney’s office to provide all uniformed cops with body cameras. The DPD field-tested lapel cameras in 2014, with an original plan to equip up to 2,500 cops. These cameras have already proved useful in officer-involved shootings. But here we have something different.

According to the DPD blog, a man lost control of his car last Friday night near 5800 Military Parkway and plummeted 50 feet into a creek. As his vehicle flooded with water, officers from the department’s Southeast Crime Response Team (CRT) Unit were able to pull him out through the window. The body cam video was released as part to the DPD’s efforts to “enhance public safety and transparency.” Fortunately, the cops were nearby and able to respond when a witness called it in.

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Leading Off (2/9/2015)

DPD Officer Dies In Apparent Murder-Suicide. The officer’s name was Larry Tuttle. A police statement indicates that a woman, who is still unnamed, shot him, then herself. A six-year-old child was seen exiting the apartment where the bodies were found, making this story entirely tragic.

St. Vincent Wins a Grammy. Since y’all don’t live under rocks, you know that St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, is a musician who grew up in Dallas. She was once a member of the Polyphonic Spree. And Sunday night, she won the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album  for her self-titled album, produced and recorded here by John Congleton. Could not be happier about this.

Prime Prep No Longer Exists, But Problems Persist. After the Jan. 30 closing of its campuses, parents have scrambled to enroll their children elsewhere. But thanks to Prime Prep’s lousy record keeping, many students are showing up at other schools with incomplete or outdated files. This means more testing for these affected students in order to determine where they should be placed. Plus, there’s the whole mystery of the missing computers, massive debt, several lawsuits, and a TEA investigation.

Klyde Warren Park Mega-Fundraisers Honored. Sheila and Jody Grant, who were a driving force behind the park over Woodall Rodgers from the beginning, will receive the Linz Award in April. Now in its 86th year, the award is “given annually to a Dallas County resident in honor of civic service or humanitarian efforts.”

 

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Leading Off (2/2/2015)

Xerox Building Comes Down. It’s making way for the Uptown Sam’s Club we’ve written some words about previously.

Former SMU Law Dean Arrested For Prostitution. John Attanasio was the school’s dean for 25 years, until his contract was not renewed in 2013. He’s still a professor of law at the university. He was arrested early Sunday.

DISD Human Resource Exec Forced To Resign. Carmen Darville was investigation for “failure to conduct background checks, unethical conduct, retaliation, and conflicts of interest,” according to WFAA. She resigned Thursday, apparently due to the leak of internal messages between herself and another HR director, Jose Munoz, who has also resigned. There are conflicting reports as to what superintendent Mike Miles knew about her behavior, and when.

Happy Groundhog Day. Six more weeks of winter? Our furry pal will let us know. Today is also a D Magazine holiday, so you’ll forgive us if posting is light. I have a long-overdue date with the fifth season of Justified.

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Leading Off (1/26/2015)

Twitter Bomb Threats: Textbook Definition Of Not Awesome. This weekend, some monster (or monsters) decided to make air travel even more of a nightmare by tweeting a bomb threat at an airline carrier. This caused Delta flight 1061 from Los Angeles to Orlando to be diverted to DFW Airport Sunday afternoon, where it was grounded and evacuated. Two other planes, a JetBlue and a SkyWest, were evacuated in Seattle.

Filing For Local Elections Starts Wednesday. Three board seats are up for election in DISD, including the one held by Elizabeth Jones, the subject of a bi-weekly “what in the world is this lady talking about” series over on Learning Curve.

Money For Earthquake Research? The Lege is considering it, per the Texas Tribune. It’s an item in Speaker Joe Straus’ budget proposal—$2.5 million for a seismic monitoring program.

A Significant Play For Dallas Theater Center Opens Friday. Yes, I am using this space to plug a thing I did for the January issue. But I have a couple good reasons. The official opening of Stagger Lee, written by SMU Meadows Prize recipient and DTC playwright-in-residence Will Power, is the Center’s first fully self-produced premiere of a new musical. It’s also huge—an 18 person cast. Overall, it’s a big investment for the DTC, and it redoubles a commitment to new work, to diversity, and to an ongoing conversation about race in this country. I sat in on a rehearsal, and some of the music I heard gave me chills. I interviewed Power, who is fascinating and talks a mile a minute. And check out KERA’s big interactive piece on the making of the show. Impressive stuff.

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Leading Off (1/19/2015)

Muslim Conference In Garland Draws Protesters. The conference, held at a facility operated by Garland ISD, was put on by Sound Vision, a Chicago-based Islamic organization. Per NBC, it was met by thousands of protesters and counter-protesters. The title of the conference was “Stand With the Prophet Against Terror and Hate.” Meanwhile, the prize for Most Predictable Use of Craft Supplies went to the white lady in the hideous sweater with the “Go Home and Take Obama With You” sign.

Dallas Safari Club Will No Longer Auction Off The Chance To Kill An African Elephant. The donor of the hunt withdrew the gift to the club, and therefore, murdering one of this planet’s largest animals for fun is off the table. However! You can still try for the chance to spend 14 expensive days in Mozambique attempting to kill an adult male leopard.

A Painful Cinematic Pun Happened In The Headline Of This Article. Also, the Lakewood Theater might become an Alamo Drafthouse. Alamo Drafthouses in Dallas are basically useless to me unless Rob Thomas promises to bring the cast of his next TV project, whatever that is, to one, so I have no opinion on this tidbit.

Another Earthquake in Irving. Speaking of places with an Alamo Drafthouse, there was one of those little earth wigglers on Saturday. A 2.2. How cute.

American Sniper Is Breaking MLK Weekend Box Office Records. The movie, which is based on Texas sniper Chris Kyle’s memoir and has inspired mostly ambivalent-to-blistering reviews, has made more than $90 million in its first weekend in wide release. That’s a lot for an R-rated drama, and a lot for a movie set in Iraq or Afghanistan. It’s also a lot for a Clint Eastwood film, believe it or not. I haven’t seen it, but I have read Michael Mooney’s story about the man. Anyway, happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day, everybody. I think I’ll go see Selma.

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Texas’ Goat Population Is Doing Awesome

If anyone was worried, the Washington Post is here to help. My new favorite person, Christopher Ingraham, has mapped every goat in the United States, as per the USDA’s 2012 Agricultural Census. This map—one dot equals 500 goats—is fantastic.

For one thing, total goat population, if all the goats were stuffed into one united goat state under “Please Don’t Eat Us,” would outnumber the people population of Wyoming, Vermont, D.C., and North Dakota. People are, somehow, googling “goat recipes” enough that it returns 19.3 million results. There are 3.2 million YouTube videos that, again, somehow involve goats. But where are the Pinterest stats? Come on.

Here’s the part that has to do with Texas:

You’ll find commercial goat farms operating in 2,996 of the country’s 3,143 counties. Of the top ten goat-producing counties, 8 are in Texas and two are in Arizona. In Sutton County, Texas, goats outnumber people 14-to-1. In Edwards County, also in Texas, the ratio is 22-to-1. All in all, goats outnumber people in 21 U.S. counties, all but one of which are in Texas.

In light of all this, and if, indeed, goats are everywhere, Apple should probably set about fixing a massive, recently-noted injustice. There are two camel emojis and only one goat emoji. Equal emojis for all.

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Leading Off (1/12/2015)

I Am Really Super Sorry, Cowboys Fans. This catch-not-a-catch thing is…infuriating. Until next season.

Former Mavericks Center Roy Tarpley Dies. He was 50. No cause of death was listed by the medical examiner, according to reports.

Everyone Wants To Make Sure Their Homeowners Insurance Covers Earthquakes. Not a terrible idea, I guess, since while I was very busy tuning in to the Golden Globes, I felt yet another one. It registered a 2.5. Probably the ghost of Texas Stadium is just extra-mad about the Cowboys loss.

Boy Injured in 2009 DWI Case Dies. This one was already a sad case. Abdallah Khader, 8, was in a near vegetative state for almost six years. The driver of the vehicle that struck the car Khadar was riding in, Stewart Richardson, is a repeat offender and, per WFAA, holds the  distinction of waiting for trial in a Tarrant County jail longer than any other currently-incarcerated inmate.

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Fair Park Fire Displaces Nearly 40

In 2000, you might recall a tornado ripping through Fort Worth. I was at my aunt’s house that evening, had gone to bed early, and snoozed through the whole thing.

Somewhat closer to home, last night I had the strange experience of sleeping next door to a five-alarm fire. I live in Fair Park. I went to sleep at 2 am, which is why when I woke up at a little past 3 am because my bed was shaking and sirens were wailing and my neighbor was pounding on my door, it felt like I was in some sort of weird red and orange and blue dream. That’s also possibly why, after poking my head out in to the hall and not really seeing anything, I went back to sleep. In retrospect, I should have done a little more investigating. When I woke up again, my power was out, my building smelled like badly burnt toast, and I couldn’t leave to get to work—firefighters were still parked outside my garage and the air was thick with smoke. The fire started at a warehouse, 4100 Commerce, and spread toward my building, which, thankfully, is fine. My neighbors in 4130 Commerce are not so lucky. The units are uninhabitable.

Justin Terveen, cityscape photographer extraordinaire who apparently lives nearby, got a photo of the fire—it’s huge. Anyway, what I am saying is, I’m glad everyone made it out alive. Firefighters are awesome and brave and I’m crazy grateful they contained the fire. And I need to rethink my sleeping patterns.

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Female Marathon Winner Doesn’t Get to Break Her Own Tape. Shitaye Gemechu of Ethiopia lead the whole 26.2 miles, and then she got passed up by a relay runner who mistakenly crossed the finish line meant for Gemechu. Gemechu’s time was 2:46:46—20 minutes under her personal best. The female runner-up was 22-year-old Jessica Harper from Southlake, and Sunday marked her first marathon.  The overall winner was Kimutai Cheruiyot, with a time of 2:17:10.

4-Year-Old Boy Missing After Mother Killed. Maria Isabel Romero Medina, 27, was found dead in the Denton insurance office where she worked Saturday night. An Amber Alert was issued for her son, and police are looking for the boy’s father, Ricardo Lara Martinez, in connection with his abduction as well as her death.

Tyson Chandler Rejects a Shoe. I’m going to attempt to write something else sports-related without royally screwing it up. Golden State Warrior Marreese Speights lost his shoe near the end of the third quarter. Teammate Stephen Curry tried to toss it to him. Tyson Chandler whacked the shoe out of bounds. 

Man Last Seen With Christina Morris Arrested. If you remember, Christina Morris is the young woman who disappeared from the Shops at Legacy on August 30. She was last seen walking in the parking lot with a man in the wee hours of the morning. That man was later identified as Enrique Arochi, who was arrested by Plano police Friday and charged with aggravated kidnapping, in part due to DNA samples collected earlier in the investigation. Previously, he has maintained he did not know where Morris went after they parted ways. There is still no sign of Morris.

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