DISD Board trustee Mike Morath was featured in a Dallas Morning News Q&A over the weekend. You should read it. Morath also apparently feels the Q&A needs some clarification, which he has just issued via the miracle of e-mail. Read with your eyes:Full Story
Because a few local residents can’t or don’t want to dispose of their single-use plastic bags like everyone else, Dallas City Council member Dwaine Caraway wants to ban the bags outright. That’s a silly, knee-jerk “solution” to an exaggerated problem. And it deserves to be treated as such when the full council votes as expected on the issue this month.Full Story
Have you read the recent news about scans that suggest previously unappreciated similarities between dog and human brains? It’s more evidence for why these domesticated creatures are our species’ best friends.
It’s as good an excuse as any to launch a new monthly series on FrontBurner from Dallas Pets Alive!, an animal rescue group run entirely by volunteers, with all of the pets housed by foster families throughout North Texas. You’ve maybe seen the organization’s #muttbombing campaign on Instagram, featured recently on HuffPo, USA Today or CNN?Full Story
Unsurprisingly, it was the Dallas Stars’ long-time TV play-by-play man, the ever-eloquent Ralph Strangis, who summed up the finest night of Mike Modano’s long and celebrated hockey career.
“For all these people in the building today, we love you,” he said, sweeping his arms to encompass the sellout crowd of 19,000-plus gathered Saturday at the American Airlines Center. “Everybody here loves you.”
Roughly an hour later, Modano, the finest player in franchise history and almost assuredly a permanent installment on our city’s mythical Mount Rushmore of sports, watched his famed No. 9 jersey hoisted to the arena rafters, now retired in thanks for more than two decades of on- and off-ice excellence. It’s the highest honor the franchise can bestow, and he joins Bill Masterson (19), Bill Goldsworthy (8), and Neal Broten (7) as the only players in team history to receive it.
The gravity of the moment wasn’t lost on him; if anything, it overwhelmed him. When Modano, the most prolific American-born player in NHL history, finally stepped to the podium to speak after two hours of festivities, the resulting roar immediately swallowed him. It took a full minute and a half before the crowd stopped cheering, and even then, he could only manage a “Thank you” before the cascade started again.Full Story
Wylie Teens Found “Burying a Body.” Two 16-year-old Wylie East High School students were charged with first-degree murder Sunday in the killing of Ivan Mejia, a fellow Wylie classmate. Mejia was 17. Police claim the two juveniles killed Mejia Saturday and were found near the woods in Garland around 9:30 p.m. When asked what they were doing, they allegedly responded, “burying a body.” Police say the murder was planned, though no motive has been released.
Keller Man on Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight. Philip Wood, an IBM exec who was moving to Kuala Lumpur from Beijing, was one of 239 aboard the flight. He had recently visited family in North Texas. There is still little understanding of what happened to the plane, and according to the New York Times, the mysteries are multiplying.
Grand Prairie Park-and-Ride Lot Under Construction, No Public Transportation Nearby. Soon, Grand Prairie will unveil a $14.7 million facility for … carpoolers. Because, yes, in a city that loves its cars what everyone will want to do is commute together. There’s even talk of developing an app to connect complete strangers who would like to share their ride. That’s often called a bus. Or Lyft. But hey, best of luck!Full Story
There’s a scary, scary story in the paper today by Matthew Haag about the home-rule effort to reform DISD. Here’s what you need to know about it.Full Story
The paper is coming around. On Wednesday, James Ragland wrote a column that clearly took aim at the home-rule movement, saying its backers wanted to “blow up the district.” An accompanying news story about the signature-gathering efforts painted a picture of confusion. Now this.
The DMN just put up an editorial endorsing the home-rule movement, saying, “It’s clear to this newspaper, as it has been for some time, that this is the conversation we must have to reform and improve public education. If it takes signing this petition, you should. It beats running to the suburbs.” Tod Robberson, too, posted an item a few minutes ago that supports the movement. You know who made that happen? Rawlings. As Robberson writes, “It’s wonderful when a politician throws caution to the wind, abandons political niceties and tells it like it is.”
It’s too early to say for certain, but we might be watching the defining moment of Rawlings’ tenure.Full Story
I read the front-page DMN story today about the home-rule movement for DISD, and I thought, “Oh, man, they still don’t have their messaging together.” Here’s how the story in the paper wraps up:
Rawlings and the group said they did not have a grand vision for a DISD charter. When asked why the community would support a plan that hasn’t been outlined, some group members said the effort would give the public a blank page and lets them write the future of Dallas ISD.
“The power is the blank page,” Rawlings said. “The citizens for the first time get to decide what they want to do.”
What? They have no vision? The power is the blank page? No, no, NO. People are going to hate that. But then I watched this video.Full Story
Dallas to Launch Bike Sharing Experiment. The city’s Park and Recreation Board approved the idea of contributing $125,000 to start a program with 15-20 rental bicycles at two locations in Fair Park this summer. The measure still needs the approval of the Landmark Commission and the City Council. Proponents hope that, if successful, it’ll serve as a model to gain support for a citywide effort. The program will be shut down during the State Fair — you know, the one time of year most people actually visit Fair Park.
Police Lieutenant Caught Sleeping, Impaired on Duty. A fellow officer snapped a picture of Lt. Mike Magiera asleep while at work, and WFAA has video of him failing a sobriety test. Magiera says he was just napping during an unpaid break, and that he was on pain pills due to severe pain following an accident. Investigators are determining what discipline Magiera should face.
Dallas Stars to Retire Mike Modano’s Number Saturday. The highest-scoring American player in NHL history will be honored at the American Airlines Center before tomorrow night’s game against the Minnesota Wild. I’m sure I speak for all extremely casual bandwagon hockey fans when I say thanks, Mike, for icing all those memorable power plays. No one hat-tricked across the blue line better, or did a more professional job of keeping his nose out of the crease.Full Story
But also: #STAYWOKEFull Story
Today is D Academy’s education day. We’re holed up in a classroom at Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy. Students were telling me how they’re learning Chinese and might go to Japan. I would like to do both of those things, but no such luck. In any event, as part of the day, Eric Celeste was set to moderate a panel with Mike Morath, District 2 Dallas ISD board member; Rena Honea, Alliance AFT president; and Tarick Ward, who is literally a rocket scientist but now works at Commit! I’m sure this panel would have been perfectly interesting if it had occurred a few weeks ago. But holy hell, it got interesting in light of the current home-rule discussion. Video to come, but for now, here are some highlights.Full Story
One Of Gloria Campos’ Wednesday’s Child Successes Surprises Her. Pretty sweet moment. Campos signs off on Friday after 30 years on the air. After a few weeks off, she’ll join up with Snyder & Associates.
American Eagle Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Greenville. There was smoke in the plane. Everyone seems to be fine. Weird thing is, when I saw this story first posted on Twitter, I think by someone from NBC Channel 5, it said “American Eagle Flight Makes Emergency Landing On [emphasis mine] Greenville.” Which I took to be Greenville Avenue, which is some real Con Air/S.W.A.T. business, so obviously I was super excited. Alas.
Someone, For Whatever Reason, Spent $7,250 For “DALLAS” License Plate. If I were going to spend $7,250 on a vanity plate for my car, I can guarantee you two things: 1) my local version of Ocean’s 11 finally pulled off the superchurch heist and 2) that plate is going to have a curse word on it, somehow.
Mavs Waste Solid Game By Dirk Nowitzki, Lose Three In a Row For First Time This Season. And it wasn’t really as close as the final score appears. So, good times.
If You Need More Preparation For Daylight Savings Time Other Than a Text From Your Mom Reminding You About It, I Really Don’t Know What To Say. Come on, NBC Channel 5 website.Full Story
If you know me, you are no doubt aware of two things, because I have probably taken the liberty of making you aware of them: I’m a fantastic highway driver, and I’m great at giving advice. (I’m terrible on surface streets, and I have a lengthy, undistinguished record of not taking advice.) I can’t take all of you on road trips — maybe one or two of you — but I can give advice. Hence, Ask Zisi. I didn’t pick the name, but others in the office seemed enamored with it, so. I’ll be answering your questions every Wednesday. Send me an email with “Well, if I isn’t Coach Eric Taylor” in the subject line, and I’ll answer as many as I can. First up, we have “C” from downtown Dallas.Full Story
You’d think that after the editors at Ebony saw our 2004 cover with Bishop T.D. Jakes, they would have said, “No way. Can’t be done better. That is the Bishop Jakes cover. We have to find someone else.” But no. They went ahead and put him on their April cover. I like what he’s doing with the beard there. Taking a page out of Zac Crain’s playbook. Here’s the full press release from Ebony:Full Story
The U.S. attorney’s office filed a motion today to dismiss most of the charges against Barrett Brown. Kevin Krause over at the DMN has more details. Barrett is off the hook for posting links to hacked data (some of which was credit card numbers). That’s the thing that got everyone worked up. Because Barrett didn’t do the hack. He just pointed people to publicly available information. If that were a crime, we’d all be in trouble. Now, though, he still has to deal with the charges of obstruction of justice and threatening a federal agent. But today’s action comes in response to a motion filed by Barrett’s defense attorney, Ahmed Ghappour. The guy has shown he’s equal to the challenge. Seems to me that, with more than a year in jail, Barrett should get off with time served at this point.
Here is a statement on today’s news from Kevin Gallagher, the director of Free Barrett Brown. And here’s how the news is being covered by various media: Guardian, Daily Dot, Salon, The Verge, Tech Dirt.Full Story