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Leading Off (5/21/2013)

Devastating Tornado in Oklahoma: Another horrific tragedy. There are dozens dead, a lot of them children who were taking cover in the hallway of an elementary school. Thousands more are left homeless, their possessions in shambles. And while the death and destruction will eventually be quantified and ranked historically, the grief and suffering is immeasurable. […]

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Leading Off (3/18/13)

Cruz In Control: Say what you want about Ted Cruz, the guy’s a freshman Senator getting presidential buzz in March, three years before the next presidential election. This guy is not going away anytime soon: Fracking Fuels Boom Towns: Gas production is driving the rebirth of tiny towns throughout rural Texas.  But don’t worry, fracking has […]

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Dozens of Birds Found Dead in Arlington Intersection. In Other News, End Times Are Near.

This kind of story seems to pop up every few months around the country, with a broadcaster always closing with, “One of the birds was taken to a local vet to determine the cause of death.” Then WE NEVER FIND OUT. What sort of Paul Thomas Anderson-led bird-killing cabal is keeping this information from us?

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New Bill Would Limit Challenges to Harold Simmons’ West Texas Radioactive Waste Dump

A bill filed recently by San Angelo Rep. Drew Darby would limit challenges to the West Texas radioactive waste dump owned by Dallas billionaire (and evil genius) Harold Simmons. The bill, according to the Texas Observer, is “a grab-bag of measures that would put up roadblocks for groups or individuals challenging the company even as […]

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Texas Legends Trying to Lure Allen Iverson

From ESPN’s Marc Stein: Iverson has likewise resisted the Legends’ overtures so far this season — as well as a similar offer last season — but sources say that the Legends are trying again now because they’ve moved back to the top of the list in the D-League’s waiver line, meaning they’d have an unobstructed […]

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Public Urination and Defecation Are Now Illegal in University Park, So Pull Up Your Pants

Up until 5 p.m. Tuesday, University Park was a festering trough of human excrement, the final holdout in a century-long battle against indoor plumbing. It’s the reason the parks are in such great shape. With one vote, though, that all changed. Public urination and defecation are now illegal in University Park, which is strange to write […]

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Cirque Dreams Is My Nightmare, Alternative Title: ‘My Dinner With Kirill’

When I was five, my mother – inexplicably, without my consent – signed me up for gymnastics camp. I guess she thought I’d enjoy the jumping and flipping, plus it gave her a break from at least one head of her three-headed monster of a brood. I did not enjoy the jumping and the flipping; […]

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Lamar Odom On His Season In Dallas: ‘The People Are Nice’

Tonight, Lamar Odom squares off against the team he (kind of, sort of) played for last season, when the Mavericks face Odom’s Los Angeles Clippers. Which means it’s time for: reaction quotes. Here’s the money: “It was a blur, man,” Odom replied. “I wasn’t there either, like mentally.” “The people are nice,” Odom said of […]

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Texas Drought Worries Escalate

Only a quarter-inch of rain fell – on average — across Texas in November, prompting meteorologists and climatologists to worry about a second (third? fourth? thousandth?) wave of the state’s crippling drought. The rain report for Dallas-Fort Worth for the month was even more bleak – .05 inches, according to the Star-Telegram, the fifth-driest on […]

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If Every U.S. State Declared War Against the Others, Would Texas Win?

Someone posed a similar question on the question-and-answer site Quora recently, and U.S. Marine Sergeant  (and North Texas graduate and Dallas resident) Jon Davis picked up the ball and ran about 6,500 words further than anyone anticipated. First of all, I had to reread his lede to make sure what I was reading wasn’t actually happening […]

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An Addison Man Is Planning an ‘End of the World’ Party for December 21, and I Think We Should Go

There are a lot of nuggets in this Reddit thread, but let’s start with his lede: Date: 12/21/12 That is right boys and girls the last date for humans. After this, everything you know will cease to exist. Its kind of far away but there is a lot of planning to do. When do you […]

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Leading Off (10/1/12)

DISD Superintendent to Overhaul UIL Athletic Committees: Coaches who currently sit on University Interscholastic League committees will be replaced with school principals and assistants. Those changes come as superintendent Mike Miles takes action after a WFAA report that revealed a lack of disciplinary action against coaches who violated UIL rules by recruiting players into the […]

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