Dallas’ favorite PGA golfer, Jordan Spieth, won his first Texas tournament today, with an unforgettable back-nine finish at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. Even Spieth himself looked shocked when some of his putts went in.Read More
A national hero takes a blow, while an unknown woman gets a taste of stardom. But who’s to say which of them is a winner and which of them is a loser? I am. I am to say.Read More
Julia Heaberlin stopped by the Old Monk this week to chat with Tim and Zac about why she left a cushy gig at the Star-Telegram to take her shot at the rich rewards of the book business. She also opens up about her brief stint as Tim’s boss and faces off against Tim in a quiz devised by Zac.
Before giving it a listen via the player below, iTunes, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher, a few notes:Read More
Family Sues City for $5M Over Dog Mauling. An attorney for the family of Antoinette Brown, the woman mauled by a pack of loose dogs in southern Dallas, sent a letter to the Office of Risk Management earlier this week asking the city for a $5 million settlement due to Animal Control’s “negligent administration and policies.” The letter was made public a day after the city announced plans to hire Boston Consulting Group to study Dallas’ dog problem.
Body Found Near Farmersville Identified As Missing Richardson Woman. The Collin County medical examiner confirmed the body found last week near Lavon Lake is that of Jessie Bardwell, the 27-year-old Richardson woman missing for several weeks. Bardwell’s boyfriend, Jason Lowe, has already been charged with her murder. A year ago May, Lowe was charged with aggravated assault for beating his then-girlfriend unconscious.
Someone Made a Fake Facebook Page for Murdered Midlothian Woman. And then they sent friend requests to her friends and family. The story of Missy Bevers’ death only gets weirder while police are still searching for her killer.
Coppell Eighth-Grader Takes Fifth Place in National Spelling Bee. Thirteen-year-old Smrithi Upadhyayula correctly spelled the words epistaxis (nosebleed), chalazion (an eyelid cyst), and levirate (a type of marriage 13-year-old American girls don’t need to worry about), but floundered on theriaca (a poison antidote made of drugs and honey). She’s returning to North Texas $5,000 richer and hopes to work on her second novel about lost alien princesses.
“Titche-Goettinger Building,” date unknown.
From the Handbook of Texas: “In 1929 [Titche-Goettinger] completed a new store on St. Paul Street between Main and Elm. This grew to become one of the largest stores in the Southwest. Titche retired that year and turned to an investment business. In the 1950s the downtown store expanded into branch stores in suburban areas, and the store name was shortened to Titche’s. Titche’s eventually sold out to Allied Stores. Allied, which also had purchased Joskeqv’s stores in Texas, changed the name of all Titche’s stores to Joske’s. After being purchased again in 1987, the stores became part of Dillard Department Stores, Incorporated, and were renamed Dillard’s.”Read More
dallas Property Taxes Squeeze the Middle Class. The DMN did a great job analyzing the recent jump in property appraisals. Check out some of the graphics they put together. Big surprise: rich folks and businesses aren’t paying their fair share.
Boston Consulting Group Hired to Fix Dallas’ Dog Problem. We’ve got packs of wild dogs roaming the streets, killing people. So we hire consultants to tell us what’s wrong. I can’t wait to read what Jim Schutze thinks about this move. (Schutze, in case you missed, has said that we should shoot the dogs.)
Susan Hawk Once Again Hospitalized. The DA’s office says that Hawk came back from vacation, wasn’t feeling well, and on Friday checked herself in to the Menninger Clinic in Houston to deal with her depression.
Bill Murray Tees It Up With Jordan Spieth. The funniest thing about Murray might have been the outfit that he wore to play in the Colonial pro-am. Excuse me. The Dean & DeLuca Invitational.
Jamie Thompson is a contributing editor to D Magazine. You might remember the Susan Hawk cover story she did for us. She has written a piece for Texas Monthly that you need to read. It’s about 10,000 words long, so don’t pop over and think you can knock it out in a couple minutes. Find the time to read the whole thing.
“When the River Rises” is the gripping tale of the Wimberley flood last year. This is the first time Jonathan McComb has told the story about the night he went floating down the swollen Blanco River in the middle of the night, in a house. Eight people in that house with him died that night, including his wife and two children. It’s hard to imagine what he went through. Jamie does a wonderful job of describing it. And there are important lessons to be learned about the lack of flood warning systems and how people build on the banks of the Blanco.
Last night, Tim Rogers hosted D Magazine’s Craft Draft Night. More than 80 people squeezed elbow-to-elbow on Craft and Growler’s wooden benches and bar stools to hear panelists Brian Brown, Michael Peticolas, and Melissa Monosoff share their extensive beer knowledge.Read More
The Dallas City Council just voted to rename the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge for former Mayor Ron Kirk.
Every council member expressed admiration for Kirk’s leadership in the city and acknowledged the appropriateness of renaming something to honor him. The disagreement was whether the bridge was fitting for that purpose, since Kirk is a supporter of building a toll road along the Trinity River that would require removing almost 10 percent of the very structure that will become his namesake.Read More
D Magazine took home the biggest prize available at Monday evening’s City and Regional Magazine Association awards, which were handed out at a star-absent ceremony at the Grand Hyatt Denver.
“General Excellence” honors the top magazine of the year in each of three circulation classes (D Magazine is a middleweight). Our print product beat out the other finalists at our readership level: Cincinnati, Indianapolis Monthly, Portland Monthly, and Seattle Met. All excellent magazines themselves, which makes the prize all the sweeter and far from a sure thing headed into the ceremony.Read More
Chris Kyle presents a complicated figure for us to interpret. Those who fought alongside him attest to his bravery. After his service to his country, he worked hard to help other veterans who suffered physical and mental anguish. He was a good man, someone to be admired. On the other hand, he was a liar. He lied about punching Jesse Ventura. He lied about shooting two guys who tried to carjack him. He lied about climbing atop the Superdome to shoot looters in the chaos after Katrina. And now, worst of all, we know he lied about his military record. In his bestselling book, American Sniper, Kyle wrote that he was awarded two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars, all for valor. As The Intercept tells us, that is not true. They’ve got documents showing that Kyle was awarded one Silver and three Bronzes. And he was told before he published the book that his claim was false. A former SEAL told The Intercept, “The SEAL leadership was aware of the embellishment, but didn’t want to correct the record because Kyle’s celebrity status reflected well on the command.” He also said, “Everybody went on a pilgrimage to his funeral at Cowboys Stadium, knowing full well his claims weren’t true.”Read More
ARLINGTON CITY COUNCIL SIGNS OFF ON A NEW BALLPARK. The council approved the $1 billion plan that would give the Texas Rangers a new stadium. However, the next step is to convince voters to spend $500 million to keep the team in Arlington. Opponents have asked why the current stadium, which opened in 1994, needs to be replaced.
POLICE FIND AN ALLIGATOR BEHIND A SOUTH DALLAS MIDDLE SCHOOL. The nearly 7-foot-long reptile was captured near Steam Middle School around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. An officer, who was patrolling the area, stopped after spotting what he thought was a log. It’s possible the alligator came from one of the area’s nearby creeks.
THE BATHROOM SAGA CONTINUES. State Attorney General Ken Paxton may file a legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s directive that instructs schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity. This could affect Fort Worth ISD’s newly established guidelines that would accommodate transgender students. Paxton has scheduled a 2 p.m. news conference in Austin.
STATE SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE WHO THINKS OBAMA IS A FORMER GAY PROSTITUTE LOSES. Thankfully, Mary Lou Bruner, a retired teacher who suggested Obama might have been a “gay prostitute” in his youth, lost the Republican nomination last night by more than 10,000 votes. Bruner drew national attention earlier this year for her Facebook commentary which included claims such as “Islam is not a religion” and that Noah’s ark carried baby dinosaurs. Lufkin school board President Keven Ellis won the nomination and will face Democratic candidate Amanda Rudolph in the fall.
DALLAS ZOO WELCOMES ELEPHANT CALF. The calf was born May 14 to one of the five Swaziland elephants that arrived in Dallas in March and is the first African elephant calf born in the United States in nearly two years. The 3-foot, 175-pound calf hasn’t been named yet but is bonding with his mother. In January, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted the zoo a permit allowing the zoo to bring over the elephants from Swaziland–a move that was contested by animal advocacy groups. It’ll be a few months before the public can meet the calf so–until then– this video will have to suffice.Read More
Let me set the scene for you. Last night, as The Real Housewives of Dallas got underway, my dog began to retch. I don’t think this was a reaction to the show. My wife let her out into the backyard, where she began eating grass “like a cow,” according to my wife. A vigil was begun. My son was forced to stop shooting things on his Xbox and watch the dog to ensure that she didn’t try to eat her own vomit. All this commotion was happening mere feet away from me, as I was trying to watch the show and take notes on Episode 7, titled “Black and Blues.” Then a bunch of drunken colleagues at a magazine conference in Denver sent me about 56 texts. My point: if this recap seems like it was written by a distracted middle-aged man with a manageable case of plantar fibromatosis, that’s because it was.Read More
Susan Hawk in Houston indefinitely. The Dallas County District Attorney, who returned to the Menninger Clinic in Houston due to severe depression, doesn’t have a return date set yet. She was treated there last year before resuming her work in Dallas. Messina Madson, Hawk’s top prosecutor, will deal with daily office goings-on in the meantime.
Loose dogs captured in Oak Cliff. The loose dog problem continued when two dogs allegedly bit a man in east Oak Cliff yesterday morning. Police and animal control officers ended up capturing the dogs after fending the dogs off themselves.
High-speed internet coming to southern dallas. AT&T is aiming to bring high-speed internet to southern Dallas neighborhoods, which will help residents and businesses become more connected. Executives from AT&T are announcing the plan at a press conference this morning at Dallas City Hall. Mayor Rawlings says this shows that major companies are now concentrating on southern Dallas.
Dallas bachelorette JoJo Fletcher begins her journey to find love. The 25-year-old’s season premiered last night. It entailed a man riding in on a horse dressed as a unicorn, a guy wearing a kilt, another guy dressed as Santa Claus, and, obviously, alcohol-fueled antics. Good luck, JoJo.Read More
After I wrote about the park earlier, a thought occurred to me: maybe this whole thing has gotten confusing, with this plan and that plan and so on. I’ve tried my best to make it as easy as possible, as far as what has happened so far and what is happening and what will happen.Read More