In this past weekend’s Points section, the DMN ran an essay suggesting that catastrophic climate change — which the piece called global warming — doesn’t cause more big, scary tornados. It made me crazy for several reasons.Full Story
The thing I cry out for with the DMN’s DISD reporting is context. It’s whistling in the wind. I never get it.
Take today’s story about how 20 percent of DISD teachers left last year. Okay. That’s more than in past years.Full Story
Our design director, Todd Johnson, sends word from the awards breakfast (I know, right? An awards breakfast?) in New York that we won in three of the four categories in which we were a finalist.Full Story
Cellphone Data On the Rise As a Tool For Prosecutors. It helps if the person using the phone is as dumb as Franklin Davis, sentenced to death for the murder of 16-year-old Shania Gray. He “used his phone to research how to get away with murder; to send fake texts that appeared as if they came from Shania’s phone; and to look for the location of the Irving park where he killed her. Also recovered on Davis’ phone were recordings of phone conversations Davis had with Shania while posing as someone else to gain her confidence.” I mean, if you are Googling how to get away with murder, there is zero chance you are getting away with murder. Sergey Brin should fix it so if you actually perform that search the only result you get is “TURN YOURSELF IN. DON’T MAKE IT ANY WORSE THAN IT ALREADY IS.”
Little Elm Mother Attacks Daughter’s Alleged Bullies, Is Arrested. Alexandra Harris’ family says that her middle-school-age daughter had been targeted by bullies at school. That’s why, when Harris saw a scuffle on the school bus and believed her daughter was being attacked, she boarded the bus and hit and kicked two students.
I’ve Been Busy This Year So I Didn’t Realize There Was Actually a Merry Christmas Law, And Some School In Frisco Is Not Following It. Nichols Elementary in Frisco is having a winter party and its prohibition of references to Christmas or any other religious holiday; red or green Christmas trees; and anything that might stain a carpet flies in the face of that law and will probably make society cave in on itself.Full Story
Over on Unfair Park, they have quoted Pete Delkus warning us all about the ice headed our way. On the WFAA weatherman’s Facebook page, it looks like he wrote: “The Metroplex is going to be entombed in ice. It’s just a question of how thick will it ultimately get.” Which, of course, is what she said. Anyway, yes, it does look like Delkus wrote that. Because it’s on Delkus’ Facebook page. But if you look closely, that Facebook post ends with a byline, a little “-sm.” I’m gonna assume that’s Steve McCauley. No offense to Steve McCauley, but he’s no Pete Delkus. So until Delkus himself comes and says it to my face — “Tim, it’s just a question of how thick will it ultimately get” — I’m not believing it.Full Story
I am to board a flight at 8 a.m. Friday morning. I am to fly — in the MOTHERTRUCKING AIR — to New Orleans. This despite the fact the skies are to rain down upon us machetes of ice. The only thing giving me comfort as I face my certain death is how sweet this new website looks.Full Story
As we said last month when it unloaded the Press-Enterprise, in Riverside, California, this is a good thing. As Belo retrenches, the News should only get stronger.Full Story
I happened on a commercial for it the other night and, as I regularly sleep on my couch and have pretty mundane dreams that usually involve either work or me being put into some sort of Die Hard scenario or both, I felt like I was dreaming it. But, no. It’s real, tackling topics such as “What would happen if you died today?” and “Do you deserve to have a funeral?” and “The art of embalming.”Full Story
Deion Sanders Fired. Again. For the second time in two months, Deion Sanders has been fired from the charter school he co-founded. WFAA-TV broke the news, which said 75 students walked out in protest of Sanders’ firing. It appears the decision to fire Sanders was made by the Superintendent, with at least the chairman of the board knowing nothing about the decision.
Ticket Seller Doesn’t Deliver. Tabatha and Jess Harris were excited to go to the Thanksgiving Dallas Cowboys game. They’re from Hot Springs, South Dakota, and spent $738 on a package that would get them a tailgate and tickets to the game. When they got to the tailgate location, there was nothing there. They didn’t have tickets. The person who sold them their package, Ronni Sokol with Maximum Sports, has done this before.
Dallas Marathon Is Sunday. If you want to be inspired, I recommend you spend some time at the finish line of the Dallas Marathon this Sunday. If you do, you’ll hear a lot of incredible stories, including this one about Brandon Cumby, a 34-year-old who nearly died 16 months ago. Good luck to Brandon and everyone else running. (And fingers crossed that the weather holds.)Full Story
T. Boone Pickens must be feeling his oats these days, after being named CEO of the Year in the new D CEO magazine. Over the weekend, Alan Peppard reports, the Dallas energy mogul and Toni Brinker up and announced their engagement to be married. Brinker’s the widow of restaurateur Norman Brinker, the Dallas founder of […]Full Story
I know the guy broke the law and all. But come on. He was growing marijuana. Half the country is doing this legally.Full Story
Dallas Affordable-Housing Practices Violate Civil Rights Laws. This sort of thing can get really wonky. But millions of dollars are at stake, not to mention the city’s reputation, not to mention actual real people’s lives. So if you want to wrap your arms around the problem a little better, listen to this episode of This […]Full Story
David Alameel ran for Congress last year. He spent $4.5 million. He finished fourth out of 11 candidates in the Democratic primary. In a move that I almost respect, now he’s running for U.S. Senate against incumbent John Cornyn. Based on this quote — “I’ll just do whatever it takes. Money is not an issue for me.” — he is going to spend a ton of cash to not win. Again.Full Story
Foster, who is from Southlake, didn’t miss that final kick, but he did miss two earlier tries and had another blocked. Some folks on Twitter told him that he should kill himself, which is not WJWD. Bama students have apparently rallied around the kid. Tough time for Foster, no question. So let’s go back in time about a year.Full Story
This is what it has come to in our office: Tim tormenting Cristina with Lay’s potato chips. (Actually, this is a little piece we sent to the folks at Folio Magazine, which puts on the Ozzie and Eddie Awards. We’re finalists in four categories. Think this will help our odds? We’ll find out Thursday.)Full Story