Leading Off (8/30/13)

Dawson State Jail Shutters Saturday. Prisoners were cleared out of the privately-run jail in downtown Dallas this week, following the state’s decision earlier this year to close it. The contract with the for-profit company that operated Dawson, Corrections Corporation of America, runs out on Saturday. The closure of the often-troubled institution (criticized because of multiple deaths there […]

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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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Why Are We Sitting Here Calmly When There Are Literally Killer Bees in North Texas?

I watched that SyFy channel Sharknado movie that was all the rage on Twitter a few weeks back. I remember thinking how strange it was that none of the characters stopped to step back a minute to appreciate the true oddity of sharks falling from the sky. In many ways, they weren’t freaking out nearly enough. With […]

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Zebra Mussels Advance in Their Gradual, Insidious March to Conquer All North Texas Waterways

They apparently breed like tribbles, threatening our North Texas water supply ever since they were first found in Lake Texoma in 2009. Since then they’d spread to Lake Ray Roberts, and now we have proof that they’ve reached Lewisville Lake as well: Zebra mussels, native to eastern Europe and Russia, arrived in the U.S. in […]

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Banning Dogs (And Their Droppings) Won’t Fix What Ails Downtown Dallas’ Thanks-Giving Square

Yesterday on the DMN Opinion Blog, Rodger Jones wrote about taking a morning walk through Thanks-Giving Square. Half the place looks like a kennel’s exercise yard — which is to say, pity the landscape crew that’s trying to grow grass under the dog droppings — and the other half is dominated by signs trying to […]

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South African Photographer Captures the Trophy Rooms of the Dallas Safari Club

Slate has a short piece today on David Chancellor, a South Africa-based photographer who recently published Hunters, a book about exactly what it sounds like. In it, the photos follow big-game hunters across southern Africa, but also to Dallas: To complete the cycle, Chancellor wanted to photograph the trophy rooms of the more seasoned hunters […]

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Leading Off (2/25/13)

Sequester Cuts Would Burn in Texas: If automatic cuts to federal spending kick in Friday, Texas stands to lose millions in funding to military bases, ports, pre-school services, tuition assistance, teachers, environmental programs, law enforcement, and more according to state-by-state cut details released by the White House Sunday. Mayor’s Education Fix a Bore: The Dallas […]

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