Leading Off (3/11/14)

Stars Game Postponed After Player Collapses On Bench. Moments like this put professional sports in perspective. As it happens, when the news about Rich Peverley broke last night, I was having dinner with a surgeon who sometimes serves as the emergency physician at Stars games. Which means I got to hear elaborate explanations of the procedures Peverley likely went through in the offseason, when doctors discovered an irregular heartbeat, and some of the treatment he might have received in the emergency room last night. The latest reports say Peverley is conscious and in stable condition. 

Details Emerging in Murder of Wylie Teen. Yesterday Cristina mentioned the two Wylie teenagers arrested after they told police they were “burying a body,” later identified as a fellow student at Wylie East High School. Today brings news that the victim was choked to death, that the crime may have planned for days, and that the motive could have had something to do with a romantic dispute. The DMN isn’t naming the two minors charged in the case, but WFAA is.

Dallas Bids for 2016 Republican Convention. After a snow delay, the city will make its presentation on March 21. The convention would bring at least 40,000 visitors and upwards of $200 million in economic impact, plus the guarantee of some solid Daily Show segments. We’re up against Las Vegas, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Denver, Phoenix, Cleveland, and Columbus, Ohio. At some point, I expect Zac to produce something hilarious ranking each city’s strengths, possibly referencing the letters WKRP.

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How Colten Moore Celebrated Winning Gold at the Winter X Games

If ever a family deserved to celebrate, it was the Moore family last night. As mentioned earlier, Colten Moore (the good one) returned to the site of his brother’s fatal crash and won Winter X Games gold. Cheering him on in 8-degree weather were his parents, grandfather, girlfriend, and 60 or so of his closest aunts, uncles, cousins, and longtime family friends. They waved Texas flags and wore custom-made shirts featuring several of Colten’s trending hashtags: #RideforCaleb and #MooreGold. And most of them began to cry as Colten hit one incredible trick after another, then rode to the top of the tallest hill on the course, stopped, and pointed to the sky. The story was the lead of SportsCenter, and ESPN commentators called it the greatest moment in X Games history.

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SMU Student Writes Nice Story About Michael J. Mooney

The SMU student newspaper has made some waves nationally over the last week, thanks to a well-intended but misguided op-ed about rape victims. Lost in that shuffle was another story, by a 19-year-old journalism student named Jehadu Abshiro. The headline, “Writer discusses reporting on doctor who treated Kennedy,” makes it sound like the story will be […]

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Spirit Airlines Flight from DFW Explodes, Lands Safely

A Tuesday flight from Atlanta to DFW Airport from DFW, headed to Atlanta, had an “emergency situation” that this reporter describes as an engine exploding. The flight returned to the airport and landed safely, but before that passengers were texting loved ones (and filming without turning their phones sideways). Part of one message read, “…I love […]

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How the State Fair Nearly Lost the Texas Star Ferris Wheel

All the talk over the last year was about the loss–and rebirth–of Big Tex. (Something we’ll all regret if/when he eventually comes to life and attacks.) But apparently the State Fair nearly lost another icon, the 212-foot-tall Texas Star. Central Track has the story here, and it includes some interesting information about the ride’s history […]

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Is There a Bubble Hockey Table in Dallas?

Yes, that’s what it’s called. Bubble hockey. It’s also apparently called “rod hockey” and “table hockey.” All funny sounding, but that’s not the point. You know the type of game I mean. Not air hockey. The International Bubble Hockey Federation site says there is only one table in Texas, at Woody’s Tavern in Fort Worth. But […]

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Poll Shows Majority of Texans Favor Legalizing, Taxing Marijuana

A recent poll by the Marijuana Policy Project, an advocacy group, found that a large majority of Texas voters favor either the decriminalization of pot or outright legalization and regulation (taxation). The poll, conducted September 27-29, surveyed 860 randomly selected Texas voters over the phone and found that 58 percent supported making marijuana legal for […]

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Ron Paul Fan Site Goes After High School in Denton Over Textbook’s Second Amendment Definition

Texas has plenty of well-known textbook-related controversies. But this week the Daily Paul, an officially unaffiliated site popular among fans of Ron Paul, has a post encouraging readers to call Guyer High School, in Denton, and ask administrators-slash-complain about the AP History textbook. On page 102, the book apparently defines the ungrammatical second amendment this […]

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Ebook About Chris Kyle and Satan, American Sniper in Hell, Disappears from Amazon.com

The day after Chris Kyle was killed in February, a short ebook appeared on Amazon.com. It was called American Sniper in Hell, and the author was listed as “Lou Cipher.” The premise, according to the description, had something to do with the just-slain sniper meeting Satan in Hell. I only know about this ebook because […]

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The Dallas Cowboys No Longer Have the Biggest JumboTron in the NFL

Because sports reporters and headline writers really needed another excuse to drop some “Everything is Bigger in Texas” cliches: The Houston Texans now have a giant JumboTron that is even giant-er and jumbo-er than the screen at the AT&T Death Star. The Houston screen, produced by Mitsubishi, is much wider and 25 percent bigger overall. Jerry’s […]

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Local Couple Finds Ancient Megalodon Tooth in Florida

Two local high school teachers found something special while on vacation in Venice, Florida recently. Wes and Kerry Kirpach found two halves of a giant shark tooth, experts believe once belonged to a megalodon, a prehistoric shark that may have been up to 60 feet long. Scientists believe the megalodon shark went extinct somewhere between 4 […]

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