Leading Off (3/4/13)

Dallas Police Chief Fires Officers Who Allegedly Planted Drugs During Investigation: Chief David Brown had a busy Friday, firing two officers who are now charged with fabricated and/or tampering with physical evidence and aggravated perjury related to a 2011 drug investigation. The chief also suspended or fired additional officers for drinking and driving, getting into […]

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Programming Note: Artist Richard Patterson Unveils Rare Video Work at Texas Theater Tonight!

You may know the name of British artist Richard Patterson for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you were enthralled with his defense of the opening ceremonies of last summer’s London Games. Perhaps you’ve read his musings on FrontRow. Maybe you caught his exhibition at the Goss-Michael Foundation in 2009. More than likely, though, you know […]

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Sherman Viewers Got an Eyeful of Will Ferrell During Last Night’s Super Bowl

For the second year in a row, Will Ferrell has produced a Super Bowl ad for Old Milwaukee beer. And for the second year in a row, only a sliver of worldwide viewers saw the ad. Last year, it was only folks in the North Platte, Neb. TV market. This year it included parts of Oklahoma, Texas, […]

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Fake Fire Marshal Arrested at Grapevine Bar

A Denton County man was arrested over the weekend for posing as a fire marshal to avoid a bar cover charge and receive free drinks, the Star-Telegram reports. According to the paper, Charles Brandon, 33, faces a charge of public intoxication and impersonating a public servant after pretending to be a fire marshal on New Year’s Eve […]

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Leading Off (1/14/12)

Rich People in Dallas Today Are Boring: This piece by Alan Peppard points out that today’s Dallas wealthy are much wealthier than the money-flinging showboats that built Dallas’ reputation as a strut-and-spit capital for the callously nouveau riche. But they are also less interesting. Gone are the days of the pumpkin-colored “Fat Albert” 747 waiting […]

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Leading Off (12/17/12)

Dallas Morning News: ‘Affirm The Right of Gay Couples to Marry:’ As the Dallas Voice points out, as recently as last year, the Dallas Morning News refused to publish paid same-sex wedding announcements in their Weddings section. On Sunday, the newspaper came out in support of same-sex marriage in this editorial. Is It Time For Sobriety […]

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Centennial Offering Major Discounts This Weekend

We’ve gone over the Centennial Beverage fiasco before, but here’s some good news (for consumers, anyway): cheap booze. From Centennial spokesman Tony Miller, in an email: Warehouse Moving Sale — 2 Days Only We are moving warehouses and marking everything down for liquidation. We would like you to receive the discount, rather than us move […]

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Denton Considers Smoking Ban

Back in September, the Denton City Council sent its proposed smoking ban to committee, eliciting the opinions and remarks of 20 health-care professionals, business owners and other community members. The goal was to craft laws that were both health-conscious and business-friendly. What they came back with was a strange package that bans smoking nearly everywhere, […]

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The NFL Has a Drinking and Driving Problem

The NFL has many, many problems (concussions, players getting paid for knocking other players out of games, and gun-ownership rates all come to mind), but the easiest to fix is its drinking and driving issue. On the heels of Jerry Brown’s death and Josh Brent’s arrest, the senselessness of the act we’ve almost all been […]

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