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Hear Mavs Broadcaster Mark Followill on D Magazine’s EarBurner Podcast

Dallas Mavericks television play-by-play man stopped by the Old Monk yesterday afternoon in the wake of SMU’s painful NCAA tournament loss. He chatted with Tim and Zac about that, the Dallas Cowboys’ signing of Greg Hardy, WFAA sports anchor Dale Hansen’s reaction to the Greg Hardy signing, and how he got his start in broadcasting.

It’s a super-sized episode because there were just too many hot takes to pack into 30 minutes.

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Leading Off (3/18/15)

Crazy Kidnapping Drama Ends in Haslet. Nathanial Tillery allegedly assaulted Kevin Garcia, a 55-year-old convenience store clerk in College Station, then stole Garcia’s truck — after loading Garcia’s unconscious body into the bed. The saga ended just before 1:30 p.m. yesterday when Police and Texas Rangers arrested Tillery in Tarrant County.

Lying Officer Could Be a Problem for Prosecutors. This is a bizarre story. A self-proclaimed “resident expert” on DWIs, Sgt. Stephen “Tiny” Baker of the Dallas Police Department, insists he pulled over a car in 2012 because he saw the car run a red light. This, despite video evidence that it was, in fact, Baker, who ran the red light. Experts say this could put at risk other cases in which Baker testified. He’s on administrative leave pending investigation.

Oswald Cutout Bothers People at JFK Memorial. Yep. It’s a cutout.

The Cowboys Could Sign Greg Hardy. Here is a story about how the Cowboys might soon finalize a deal with defensive end Greg Hardy, who had 26 sacks in his last two full seasons in Carolina. Here is an excerpt from a protective order filed by Hardy’s ex-girlfriend:

“On May 13, 2014, Greg Hardy attacked me in his apartment. Hardy picked me up and threw me into the tile tub area in his bathroom. I have bruises from head to toe, including my head, neck, back, shoulders arms, legs, elbow and feet. Hardy pulled me from the tub by my hair, screaming at me that he was going to kill me, break my arms and other threats that I completely believe. He drug me across the bathroom and out into the bedroom. Hardy choked me with both hands around my throat while I was lying on the floor. Hardy picked me up over his head and threw me onto a couch covered in assault rifles and/or shotguns. I landed on those weapons. Hardy bragged that all of those assault rifles were loaded.”

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Is Jane McGarry the Brian Williams of Local Morning News?

Confession: I don’t watch much morning television. I’m too busy either making breakfast for my son or crowing about being a good father to someone. I knew, of course, that Jane McGarry was headed back to TV to work for WFAA Channel 8, but because I’m essentially a Super Dad, I didn’t know exactly when. So I went to Jane’s Twitter feed and found out that she had already started. Nestled among 40 or 50 tweets about her one-on-one with Laura Bush, I found this:

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R.I.P., The Broadcast

It began in February 2013, with Tim’s voiceover announcing “This is D TV” — or something like that. Tim liked the first show.

It ended last week with the final original episode of The Broadcast on local station KTXD. You’ll remember the progam was originally titled D: The Broadcast, but our company jumped ship in August 2013. After which time the name was truncated, and the hosts rotated.

Uncle Barky discusses some of the details of this failed experiment in local programming:

Former London Broadcasting chief operations officer Phil Hurley, who birthed both The Broadcast and The Texas Daily while running KTXD, said Monday that he hoped the station’s laid-off employees “quickly find another opportunity. They’re good people that worked hard.”

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Parker Rice Apologizes. We told you about Rice yesterday. The family of Levi Pettit, the other expelled OU student seen on the recent racist chant video (and a former golf standout at Highland Park), also issued an apology. “It was wrong and reckless,” Rice said in a statement issued through his father.

Why Haven’t Police Released Dash-cam Video of Grapevine Shooting? The District Attorney has reportedly asked that the video, taken moments before an officer killed an unarmed Mexican citizen, not be made public. I don’t understand the logic here. No matter what’s on that video, the public should see it, no?

Eddie Ray Routh Transferred to Correctional Psychiatric Facility. It appears the recently convicted killer of American Sniper Chris Kyle was transferred to the Jester IV unit, outside of Houston. Dr. Phil also spoke with Routh’s parents not long ago.

Kurt Eichenwald Thinks Hillary Clinton’s Email Woes Are a “Fake Scandal.” The Dallas writer begins his Newsweek column thusly: “When it comes to the teapot tempest that is the Hillary Clinton email imbroglio, the real controversy isn’t about politics or regulations. It’s about journalism and the weak standards employed to manufacture the scandal du jour.”

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Parker Rice, the OU Frat Kid in That Racist Video, Is From Dallas

The Dallas Morning News has an interesting story about the troubled history Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the fraternity at the center of the recent firestorm over that viral racist chant video, has in the state of Texas.

But the Daily Mail has a story about the kid in the video. Apparently his name is Parker Rice, and he graduated from Jesuit in Dallas. From the Mail story:

One former high school classmate who identified Parker Rice as one of the leaders of the chant told Daily Mail Online: “In my honest opinion, he was following his frat brothers. I don’t believe he is a racist, just wanted to fit in. It’s fraternity culture. You do what the elders do so you fit in. He truly is a nice guy, but I do question things now.”

The student, who did not want his name used also said: “We have a strong sense of brotherhood at Jesuit and that’s why many won’t say anything about Jesuit but there were other Jesuit grads on that bus chanting.”

“At school he was a football player, he was the funny guy that seemed to never take anything serious. I saw him as a follower who was afraid to step out of his friend group because of fear of not being accepted. He was privileged but most of the kids at Jesuit were.”

Rice is likely one of the two students recently expelled over the video.

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Enter Our #EatWellDallas Contest, Win a Great Prize

We had such a great response to last month’s #HiddenDallas contest, that we’ve decided to try another one this month, inspired by the cover story of the March issue of D Magazine.

This time we’re looking for you to share pictures of your favorite healthy meals, or any other image that you believe encapsulates what it means to enjoy healthy and delicious food in Dallas. Remember to tell us what restaurant you’re dining at or where you bought the ingredients for this dish. Most importantly, you must tag your picture with the hashtag #EatWellDallas by March 31.

We’ll select the best to receive a $100 gift card to The Fresh Market.

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D Magazine’s Podcast Is Now Available in iTunes

And that’s not even the best news about this week’s episode. The best news about this week’s episode is that Nancy Nichols, former lead dining critic for D Magazine, joins Tim and Zac at the Monk for a conversation about:

1) Sex Box

2) Jackasses in Backward Caps

3) Bowel-Related Mishaps

4) Snow Pants

5) Martina Navratilova’s wedding

See if you can identify the moment after which my laugh can be heard in the background. Feel free to join us at the Monk some late Thursday afternoon to watch our production in action and possibly hear yourself later amongst the ambient noise on the podcast.

Listen in the player below, through your favorite podcatcher, or (better yet) subscribe via iTunes. Enjoy.

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See Our #HiddenDallas Contest Winner

Thanks to everyone who participated in our #HiddenDallas social media contest. We were nearly overwhelmed by the hundreds of entries, but we have managed to choose a winner. You can view that above.

Congratulations to Whitney Lorin Brewer, she of the Instragram handle @Ouitneylorin, for sharing this image of Celestial Park in Addison and the lovely quote that can be easily overlooked on the stairs there.

Enjoy that $200 gift certificate to Marie Gabrielle Restaurant & Gardens, Whitney.

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D Magazine Nominated For 8 City and Regional Magazine Awards

Pardon us a minute while we congratulate ourselves for scoring eight just-announced nominations for this year’s City and Regional Magazine Awards, which will be handed out in May at the CRMA conference in beautiful Dallas, Texas. These are the categories our staff is up for:

Arts & Culture Writing
Peter Simek

Writer of the Year
Michael J. Mooney

“The Dallas 40” (Elizabeth Lavin)

Civic Journalism
“The Next Dallas Boom” (Wick Allison)

Ancillary: Home/Shelter
D Home

Excellence Online

Blog Column
FrontBurner (Peter Simek)

Multiplatform Storytelling
“The Dallas 40”

If you’re wondering why Peter gets to claim authorship of FrontBurner, it’s because the CRMA rules require the three submissions for that category to all come under the same byline. I decided Peter had the most award-worthy material on this blog during the eligibility year and so he earned the nod.

John Neely Bryan was in high dudgeon after learning this. It was difficult to settle him down, even after I explained that his lack of physical embodiment rendered him ineligible.

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Eddie Ray Routh Asking for a New Trial. Attorneys for the man convicted of killing Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield have also filed a motion to overturn the recent verdict. This is surprising to nobody who has been paying attention.

Protesters Swarm Grapevine City Hall. This is in response to a Grapevine officer killing a 31-year-old unarmed Mexican citizen last month. This Star-Telegram story says that Domingo Garcia, who is representing the family of the dead man, “asked that a videotape of the shooting be released and that the officer be terminated.”

Teacher Recorded Saying Not Great Things in Class. A DISD student secretly recorded her middle school teacher cussing a lot, and at one point, talking about the size of his junk. Perhaps the most disturbing part of this story though, is where the principal’s first response was apparently to ask the parent to destroy the evidence. Not a good look.

Winter Is Coming, Again. It’s not a matter of if. It’s a matter of when. But regardless of when the weather rolls in, the highways might be backed up anyway.

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Bill O’Reilly Needs to Either Prove His Dallas-era Suicide Tale or ‘Fess Up—Or Step Aside

Wrapping up a guest appearance on Bill O’Reilly’s “The O’Reilly Factor” program last night, Fox News host/political commentator Megyn Kelly joked that he had become a real “sweetheart” during the last week, and she wryly wondered why. Kelly was right: the usually combative, right-leaning cable news host has appeared more subdued than usual lately, chastened even. The reason, I believe, is the still-unresolved, ticking time bomb over a story O’Reilly seems to have made up involving his work as a reporter in the 1970s at Dallas’ WFAA Channel 8, about the suicide of a figure in the JFK assassination probe. It’s a tale he needs to come clean about publicly—or else relinquish his top-rated news commentary show.

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Nina Pham: A Case Study in Media Manipulation

Please understand that I am not commenting here on the merits of Ebola survivor Nina Pham’s lawsuit against Texas Health Resources. She says she has nightmares and her hair is falling out. She says Presby used a video of her without her consent. Maybe she’s entitled to some money. And maybe, as she has said, she really does want to “make hospitals and big corporations realize that nurses and health care workers, especially frontline people, are important.”

No, what I want to talk about is Charla Aldous, the lawyer representing Pham. Because Aldous has pretty much posterized Texas Health, and right now she’s hanging on the rim, looking down at Texas Health, enjoying the afterglow of her monster dunk. If I’m reading her playbook correctly — and I’d like to think I am — here’s how she did it:

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Warren Buffett Recommends D Magazine to Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders

Over the weekend, legendary investor Warren Buffett, the “Sage of Omaha,” released his annual letter to shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway. Each year the financial world pores over Buffett’s words as if they are tea leaves predicting the future of the world economy. And considering that Buffett is the world’s third-richest man, it’s not hard to understand why.

Well, among his advice this year: Read D Magazine.

Before I depart the subject of spin-offs, let’s look at a lesson to be learned from a conglomerate mentioned earlier: LTV. I’ll summarize here, but those who enjoy a good financial story should read the piece about Jimmy Ling that ran in the October 1982 issue of D Magazine. Look it up on the Internet.

Through a lot of corporate razzle-dazzle, Ling had taken LTV from sales of only $36 million in 1965 to number 14 on the Fortune 500 list just two years later. Ling, it should be noted, had never displayed any managerial skills. But Charlie told me long ago to never underestimate the man who overestimates himself. And Ling had no peer in that respect.

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