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The Perils of Discussing Nazis on Facebook

Local station CW 33, which I didn’t even realize still airs a newscast, had a piece last night about a retired teacher and Fort Worth ISD administrator, Joe Ross, who’s hoping to donate to a museum a captured Nazi war flag that a student gave him in 1965. He’s afraid if he dies suddenly that someone going through his belongings afterward might find the flag and get the wrong impression about him.

Anyway, as is now required of any media outlet that hopes to garner attention for one of its stories on the web, CW 33 shared it on Facebook, asking readers “What do you think Joe Ross should do with this flag?”

How long would you guess it took for a Holocaust denier to weigh in?

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Tony Romo: ‘Social Media is So Not Real Life’

When he was asked about his mending collarbone at a charity fundraiser in Dallas last night, Tony Romo said, “I think I’m gonna make it through the season, so we should be fine.” But what the Dallas Cowboys QB really wanted to talk about as featured speaker for the Just Say Yes nonprofit group—which empowers teens to succeed—was just saying no to peer pressure and social media.

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Is This GuideLive Story Specifically Designed to Make Me Feel Old?

GuideLive did its own piece aggregating content-curating the Central Track article about the inventor of the CueCat that Peter content-curated aggregated here on FrontBurner this morning.

I don’t know anything about the author of the GuideLive take. I don’t recall ever having noticed her byline before, but I have strong suspicions that this Brentney Hamilton had ulterior motives for writing this post: Making me feel like an obsolete husk of a human being.

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CueCat Inventor Serves Up Craziest Video You’ll See All Day

Remember the CueCat, the digital media punchline to end all digital media punchlines? The device was introduced by the Dallas Morning News way back in the dizzying late-1990s when a feverish hysteria over the magical World Wide Web was turning the shaggy inventors of “slow and cumbersome” online streaming services into billionaire sports team owners. The CueCat was nothing less than one of the worst inventions ever, and it was Dallas’ very own daily that owns the dubious honor of having invested millions in one of tech history’s most buffo footnotes, a device that really only functioned as a way to avoid typing a link into a browser window.

Well, we can rag on the DMN for the CueCat all day, but perhaps their error was not in their own idiotic vision but in being suckered into trusting someone who was selling them an idiotic vision.

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Dallas Hotel Magazine Plagiarizes Bravo in Real Housewives of Dallas Feature

The Real Housewives of Dallas premieres in about a week. If you’re anything like me, in a state of excited anticipation, you’ve been devouring anything and everything related to the show. Which is why I was curious to see the Spring 2016 issue of Dallas Hotel Magazine, whose cover story, written by Cynthia Smoot, is about the housewives. It was there, on page 33, that I read the following about housewife Tiffany Hendra: “Tiffany has a troubling past from her time in the limelight, but with her unwavering faith and growing foundation in Dallas, this Asian-American spitfire hopes to create her own voice and rediscover her roots.” That passage was lifted word for word from the Bravo site.

Listen, I don’t want to overreact. But Dallas Hotel Magazine was once considered one of the finest hotel magazines in the country. If Graydon Carter could see what has become of it today, he would weep. This is an outrage.

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Leading Off (4/1/2016)

Kingston Vs. Dallas Police & Fire Pension. Last week, the pension board had planned to censure Dallas City Councilman Philip Kingston (also himself a board member) for speaking to WFAA about the possibility of a sale of the troubled Museum Tower. But that was prevented from happening when it was revealed that Kingston had not been properly notified in advance. A special board meeting is scheduled for this morning expressly for the purpose of taking action against Kingston. However, on Thursday afternoon Kingston took steps to forestall those efforts by filing a petition in Dallas County court saying that he has not received documents that he has requested from the pension system that are related to the claims other board members have made that Kingston breached his fiduciary duty by making comments to the media.

Frisco Woman Found Dead. Police located the body of Christine Woo, who’d been missing since Monday, inside her SUV in the parking lot of a Target store in McKinney on Thursday evening. Woo’s three children were in the car, severely dehydrated and reportedly having been in the vehicle for a few days. The Collin County Medical Examiner will determine her cause of death, but police have said there were no obvious signs of foul play. The Target is about 2 miles from Woo’s home.

American Airlines to Offer 24-Hour Refunds. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport’s dominant carrier is bringing its ticketing policies in line with most other major competitors. Starting today it will offer passengers full refunds up to 24 hours after purchase. Previously American had permitted tickets to be placed on hold for 24 hours without requiring a purchase, which was the other of two options that a 2012 federal Department of Transportation rule gave airlines.

Denton Ranked 2nd-Best Place to Raise a Child If You Want Him to Amount to Nothing. Not sure what to make of this national publication’s assessment that my hometown is an “unsung haven for anyone whose kid has ‘underachiever’ written all over them.” Seriously, is this some sort of joke?

Leading Off 3/30/16

Ken Johnson Had Undisclosed History of Excessive Force. The Farmers Branch police officer who chased down and killed one apparently unarmed teenager and shot another in the head had two excessive force complaints as a DART officer that he did not disclose on his application with the Farmers Branch police. Johnson also had job applications rejected by the Mesquite and Arlington police for reasons that aren’t clear. The family of the boy Johnson killed is also suing him and the city of Farmers Branch.

FBI Says Frisco Hospice Owner Encouraged Nurses to Kill Patients. Brad Harris, the founder of Novus Health Care Services, is accused by the FBI of telling nurses to overdose patients in an effort to maximize profits. It’s complicated, since it he ran a hospice, and no charges have been filed. Harris reportedly sent a text message saying “You need to make this patient go bye-bye.” How would you feel if that patient were a family member of yours?

Elementary Principal Posted Craigslist Ads Seeking Young Males. Oscar Figueroa, the now-former principal at Viridian Elementary in Arlington, is on trial in Sherman, accused of attempting to coerce or entice a minor. (He was caught in a sting.) Prosecutors showed jurors more than 100 pages of Craigslist ads Figueroa posted in the “Casual Encounters” section, using terms like: young, son, teen, kid, and boy. A witness for the prosecution said it shows Figueroa was looking for a minor. A witness for the defense said he was just using words common in the gay community.

Granbury Man Begged for Life Before Officer Killed Him. Daniel Shaver was recorded saying, “Please don’t shoot me” and “Please don’t shoot” before Mesa, Arizona police officer Philip “Mitch” Brailsford unloaded his service weapon. Shaver was unarmed. Brailsford has been charged with second-degree murder.

Local Man’s Son Endorsed by Former Rival. Wisconsin governor and former presidential candidate Scott Walker endorsed Ted Cruz ahead of that state’s upcoming primary. Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s campaign manager was charged with battery on a reporter in Florida.

How Well Do You Know Dallas? Take Our Quiz.

Our April issue, on newsstands and subscribers’ coffee tables right now, features a motherlode of important advice for newcomers navigating life in Dallas. It seemed to us like a good time to publish such a story, considering so many people are moving to North Texas.

But maybe you’re not a newcomer. Maybe you’re a native, or you’ve been here long enough to impersonate a native. Or at least you claim that’s the case. Let us put you to the test with a little pop quiz:

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U.S. Census, Your Eyes Say a Lot of People Are Moving to Dallas-Fort Worth

The U.S. Census has released new estimates showing population changes in the nation’s metropolitan areas between July 2014 and July 2015. Unless you’re a newbie to North Texas, you’ll likely not be surprised to find that Dallas-Fort Worth netted the second-biggest gain in number of residents during that period: 144,704.

Only Swamp City, Texas, did better (about 10%) in that measure. And if you total up those numbers with the population gains of Austin and San Antonio, those four metros alone added more people than any other entire state in the union.

If only there were some resource that all these newcomers could turn to for an orientation to life in North Texas — like, say, a beautifully produced guide from the publishers of Dallas’ city magazine, on newsstands now.

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Leading Off 3/23/16

Grand Prairie Man Escapes Belgium Attacks. Rocky Gathright said he had just dropped off a friend at the airport and was pulling away when he heard a bomb go off. Two explosions, one at the Brussels airport and one at a busy metro station, killed at least 30 people yesterday and wounded at least 230 more. It’s not clear if security at DFW has been amplified in any way.

Scared Politicians Say Scared Things After Attacks. Some American politicians are already suggesting the country “empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.” Which sounds to me like some people don’t understand that police are already allowed to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods.

Murder Rate in Dallas Going Way Up. At this point last year, there had been a total of 24 murders in the city. This year there have already been 41, including three double murders in the last three days. Police blame drugs and domestic violence. Other people blame the police.

Hundreds Show Up To Funeral for Kholodenko Girls. There was an outpouring of grief and confusion last night as hundreds of people showed up to a Fort Worth church to remember the slain daughters of famed musician Vadym Kholodenko.

Dallas Stars Clinch Playoff Spot. Last night’s 6-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks guarantees a post-season slot. The team leads the Western conference with eight games left in the regular season.

D CEO Snags National ‘Excellence’ Award for Business Journalism

D CEO magazine belongs to a national outfit called the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, whose members range from Quartz, ProPublica and Fortune to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. For two decades or so the group has held a Best in Business Awards competition, recognizing “outstanding business journalism” that was published or aired during the previous year. In the 21st annual BIB competition, we’re proud to report, D CEO has just won the General Excellence (or best magazine) award in our circulation category (up to 100,000). Bloomberg Businessweek snagged General Excellence in the 100,000-plus division. Here’s what the judges said about us:

D CEO brings national quality journalism to a regional publication. It serves its readers with a lively front of the book on people and trends and provides practical help in its service-oriented back section, all in a highly professional package. But the magazine doesn’t kowtow. Feature articles go very deep, as exemplified by November’s carefully and exhaustively reported article on the troubled Forest Park Medical Center.

The competition drew nearly 900 entries. The hardware will be handed out May 21 at SABEW’s 53rd annual spring conference in the Washington, D.C. area. Speakers at the conference will include Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, who’s been mentioned as a possible running mate for Hillary Clinton.

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Ask John Neely Bryan: Mike Wilson’s Exclusive Q&A With the Founder of Dallas

Robert Wilonsky launched his “This is Dallas” column on Thursday. Dallas Morning News editor Mike Wilson failed to consider the most qualified candidate for this post before handing it off to a Lithuanian former cheerleader. I have taken the liberty of compensating, however slightly, for Wilson’s egregious oversight by arranging for him the following Q&A with that aforementioned superior columnist, so as to elucidate what may well prove an error in judgment that could, had it gone otherwise, have reversed the rapidly collapsing fortunes of George Dealey’s rag.

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