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Dallas Entrepreneur, Former Google Employees Score $20M from Industrial Giants

A Dallas native responsible for a rapidly expanding education technology startup in Asia is now conquering a new mission: digitizing global industrial firms with help from his two co-founders, formerly of Google. The startup has already garnered the world’s largest oil and oilfield services companies as customers and investors.

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Why It’s Easy to Confuse Eleanor Roosevelt and Jimmy Buffett

Trump press secretary and SMU grad Hope Hicks apparently misattributed an Eleanor Roosevelt quote to Jimmy Buffett in her senior yearbook. The quote: “The future belongs to those who believe in the power of their dreams.” I won’t judge. I have witnessed many reputable journalists fall prey to the limitless multiplication of false Mark Twain posts on the internet. See if you can tell who said the following.

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Leading Off (6/23/16)

Valley view center will officially be torn down. Dallas City Council members voted yesterday to tear down the 43-year-old Valley View Center at LBJ and Preston around the end of the year. Only the Sears store will survive. The Dallas Midtown development will be built in place of the mall, which has been struggling to survive for quite some time. Dallas Midtown will include features like a new-and-improved AMC mulitplex, a park, office buildings, a 250-room hotel, and a grocery store.

there might be a deck park above I-35E by the dallas zoo. The City Council approved a resolution that would endorse a Klyde Warren-esque deck park near the zoo as part of the Southern Gateway project. Some council members liked the idea. Carolyn King Arnold called it “lipstick on a pig.”

North texas areas to be sprayed for west nile. Mosquito traps in Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Richardson, and Lancaster tested positive for the virus. Crews plan to spray overnight Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday in Lancaster; overnight Thursday, Friday, and Sunday in Cedar Hill and Duncanville; and overnight Thursday and Friday in Richardson. Use that insect repellent, people.

Thanksgiving tower bomb threat determined to be hoax. Yesterday around 6 p.m. police and fire crews responded to a bomb threat at Thanksgiving Tower downtown. A disgruntled client on the phone with someone who worked in the building threatened to set off a bomb. The entire building was evacuated. The threat was determined to be a bluff, but it’s still being investigated.

Southbound I-35E to close Friday night. From 10 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday, the southbound lanes of the highway by downtown will all be closed for construction. Heavy traffic will also affect Woodall Rodgers and I-30, but drivers on I-35E will still be able to get on westbound I-30. So if you’re planning to drive through this area during that time, you’ve been warned.

Is the New Rangers Ballpark a Terrible Deal For Arlington?

This report by WFAA’s Brett Shipp and Mark Smith suggests that, instead of a 50-50 deal, with Arlington kicking in $500 million and the Rangers doing the same, it’s actually more like 80-20 in favor of the team.

There are a lot of “coulds” in the piece, so I honestly don’t know — having read through the story once and not having read the stadium agreement — if Arlington residents are getting jobbed here or not. Other than by living in Arlington. And one of the reporters is noted Oakley spokesmodel and legacy hire Brett Shipp, who has been known to make a very large amount of ado about nothing from time to time.

Yes, I know, no matter what Arlington residents are getting the short end by paying anything for a new stadium. I’m just looking for the degree to which that is happening. Is it cackling-villain-twirling-mustache-as-he-leaves-you-tied-to-the-train-tracks bad or I-can’t-believe-Tim-Headington-left-me-a-5-percent-tip bad?

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Leading Off (6/22/16)

More Details Emerge on McKinney Double Murder. Kelley Eugene Bigham was charged with murder for the fatal shooting of his estranged wife, Karen Bigham, and her twin sister on Monday. The Bigham’s college-age daughter, Kylie, says in the affidavit that her mother told her father she was divorcing him last week and he threatened her with a gun. Karen asked Kylie to come over Monday while Kelley collected his belongings. Kylie was at the house and ran out with her young son as shots were fired. She told police that her father texted her “I’m sorry” after the murder.

Collin County Baby Dies in Hot Car. A father in Melissa was arrested and charged with manslaughter Tuesday in the death of his 6-month-old daughter. She was left in the family’s minivan for up to four hours until the police were called at 1:30 p.m. According a neighbor, the girl’s father, Michael Thedford, is a substitute teacher at Melissa High School and has two other young children.

Dirk Will Be a Free Agent Soon. After opting out of his contract Tuesday, Dirk Nowitzki will be a free agent as of July 1. In the DMN, point guard Devin Harris says there is even less than a “tiny shred of a chance” that Nowitzki is going anywhere. Still, the Golden State Warriors have made it clear that they’ve got eyes for the Big German.

Mark Cuban Has Some Choice Words for Trump. Tabloid show Extra aired an interview with the Mavs owner in which Cuban says of Trump, “It’s rare that you see someone get stupider before your eyes…” I know what you’re thinking. Is Donald Trump getting stupider or is Donald Trump getting more stupid? Because in elementary school, we’re all taught that Donald Trump is getting more stupid, right? But, according to every online dictionary out there, Cuban is completely in the right to say that Donald Trump is getting stupider. Grammatically speaking, of course.

Leading Off (6/21/16)

Double Murder in McKinney. Police say 50-year-old Kelley Eugene Bigham shot his estranged wife, Karen Bigham, and her twin, Kathy Boobar. The Binghams’ college-age daughter saw the murders. Early this morning, Kelley got to wear the towel for his mugshot at the Collin County jail.

Rangers! The lead to the Baltimore Sun’s story about last night’s game here at Globe Life: “The Orioles’ 4-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Monday night seemed to sting a little more than most defeats …”

James Ragland Says Susan Hawk Should Step Down. It pained him. He didn’t want to do it. The DMN columnist is much more comfortable operating in a wishy-washy world where there’s always something on one hand and another on the other. But even Ragland came out and said that the DA should resign.

Kroger Reveals ClickList Stores. You order online. You pick up your groceries curbside. And now you know which stores will offer the service. My assessment of the locations: Kroger likes the northern burbs.

Yes, Susan Hawk Needs To Step Down. But Not Immediately.

My colleague Zac Crain, having heard the news that DA Susan Hawk has yet again checked herself into an in-patient treatment facility, called for her to resign immediately. Zac is a hot-blooded man of Czech extraction from the town of West, Texas. He can be forgiven his impetuousness. No, no, no. Hawk need not resign immediately.

She needs to do it before Friday, August 26.

Here’s what happens when she steps down:

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I Hope Susan Hawk Is OK, And I Also Hope She Immediately Resigns

I haven’t always been incredibly sympathetic toward district attorney Susan Hawk. In my defense, and it’s not much of one, that was before it was revealed she was struggling with depression and mental illness. Now that all of that is out in the open, I am regretful of previous digs at her, and I truly hope she comes out healthy on the other side of this.

I also sincerely hope she does the right thing and resigns her post as district attorney, now that she is headed to an Arizona inpatient facility to continue her battle with depression.

It is her third hospital stay since taking office. And she just got back from the Menninger Clinic in Houston, where she was a patient near the end of last year, dealing with serious issues. Hawk has been out of the office since the beginning of May. Who knows when she’ll be back? And who knows if she’ll be able to stay in office when/if she does come back?

Messina Madson, Hawk’s first assistant, who’s been running the DA’s office in her stead, may be doing fine. I don’t know. But I do know she wasn’t elected.

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The Mysterious Hope Hicks, Donald Trump’s Right-Hand Woman

Hope Hicks graduated from SMU six years ago. Now she’s Donald Trump’s press secretary. How, with so little experience, she wound up in that job is a bit of a mystery. This GQ story about that mystery is worth reading, if only for the opening scene:

I wanted Hicks to help me understand just how all this had come to pass, how a person who’d never worked in politics had nonetheless become the most improbably important operative in this election. But she declined my request to talk. Instead, she arranged something more surreal: I could talk about her with Donald Trump, in front of her.

I’ll say this for her: she’s got a great name.

Not a Recap of The Real Housewives of Dallas Reunion Show

Last night, I had some people over to watch Game 7. At 8 o’clock my DVR interrupted the game to accommodate a previously scheduled recording. As my guests and family groaned at the inconvenience, I fumbled with the remote to find out what was going on. Yup, Real Housewives. The reunion show was last night. I can’t tell you how great it felt to shut that crap off and get back to the game. So, no, I’m sorry, I’m not going to recap it. If you want to know what happened (something about Brandi nearly getting divorced, LeeAnne asking Mark Deuber if he needed a tampon), go read Elaine Liner over on CultureMap. Let’s hope there is not a Season 2.

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Leading Off (6/20/16)

Woman Killed After Second Hit-and-Run Accident. Eunise Chavez was a passenger in a car that was struck on northbound Central early Sunday by a driver that left the scene. Chavez and the driver were standing on the median to call 911 when Chavez was hit and killed by a maroon Audi driven by Michelle Davis, who didn’t stop and later abandoned the vehicle 4 miles away. Davis was booked into Dallas County jail and charged with intoxication manslaughter and accident involving serious bodily injury. Chavez was only 21. Please put Uber on your phone and use it.

Cathedral of Hope Evacuated After Bomb Scare. Two carry-on bags and a suitcase were found Sunday morning at the LGBT church, causing an evacuation around 8. Services were held outside, but everything was cleared — they found a cellphone making noise because of a low battery — in time for 11 a.m. mass. It was one week after the Orlando massacre, so understandably no one was taking any chances. Speaking of Orlando …

Fort Worth Pastor Praises Orlando Deaths. Pastor Donnie Romero of Steadfast Baptist Church posted a video to YouTube in which he said that “the earth is a little bit better place now” and, regarding the injured still in the hospital, “I will pray that God will finish the job that that man started.” It was way worse than that, actually, but I’m not going to repeat that garbage. Romero has a history of preaching this kind of hateful nonsense.

Dustin Marshall Wins Runoff Election and Seat on DISD Board. The businessman defeated Mita Havlick by just 42 votes.

Rangers Come Back to Beat Cardinals. That finishes off a sweep, an 8-2 road trip, and continues the best start in franchise history.

FC Dallas Falls to Sporting Kansas City In Return to Action. A 2-o defeat might have gone a different way if this goal, off an errant back pass, had not been disallowed (HOW??) when it was still 0-0.