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
Magazines like ours belong to an organization called the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA). Every year with help from the Missouri School of Journalism, CRMA hands out some awards for the best work across the country. This year, we and our buddies over at D CEO are finalists in eight categories, which I think is a record for us. The breakdown:Full Story
In 2010 I wrote a cover story on John Carona entitled “The Last Republican.” Why that title? Because John represented the last and the best of the old GOP.
He believed in a state government that was fiscally responsible, paying its bills, keeping debt down, and planning for the future. The new Republicans seem to believe in only one thing: no new taxes. If that means we have tollroads instead of state roads at four times the cost to the taxpayer (because the private owners have to recoup their investment), that’s fine with them, because it means no new taxes. If it means state government borrows to keep up with population growth, that’s fine with them, because it means no new taxes (and it also means that one state agency, TXDOT, is $30 billion in debt with service on that debt taking up one-half its budget). In this new regime, short-sightedness is a virtue. It drove John Carona crazy.Full Story
I promise that I don’t get up the morning and wonder how I’m going to poke fun at Museum Tower. But they keep sending me these marketing emails that demand my attention.Full Story
Dan Carney grew up in Highland Park but had moved away for many years — for college, a stint in the Peace Corps, and his first newspaper job in North Carolina — when he got a jarring phone call from his father early one Saturday morning in 1987.
He learned that his brother Paul had been brutally stabbed late one night while walking from a bus stop to where he worked, a halfway house for prison parolees in East Dallas. At the intersection of Bryan Street and Fitzhugh Avenue, someone had taken what must have been an ice pick to Paul’s face and head over and over. There was severe brain damage. Two of the wounds reached all the way to his brain stem. He fell into a coma, kept alive by machines in the Baylor intensive care unit, and died a couple weeks later.
No suspect could be found. No motive could be established. Paul Carney’s death seems the definition of a senseless killing. But Dan Carney was a reporter, wounded by the loss of his brother, and so he was drawn to discover whatever he could about his brother’s life, to try to make any sense that he might of this crime.
I hope I never have to report on anything as personal and painful as the story Dan Carney wrote for the August 1988 issue of D Magazine, which we’re recognizing today as one of our 40 greatest.
Carney is now an editorial writer for USA Today. I reached out to him and asked for any thoughts he might share about this story, 27 years after his brother was attacked on February 27, 1987. Here’s what he had to say:Full Story
Dewhurst and Patrick Face Each Other in Runoff. It was expected David Dewhurst would take most of the votes, but Dan Patrick beat him rather easily. However, on May 27, Dan Patrick and David Dewhurst will face off for Texas lieutenant governor. Here are the rest of the results from yesterday’s elections.
Dallas City Manager Finalist Out of Job. Deanna Santana interviewed here for the Dallas city manager position. Though she didn’t get the job, she may end up in Dallas anyway. Apparently, her authority in Oakland was undercut by her attempt to get a job here and in Phoenix, so she’s being replaced.
Richardson ISD Teacher Found Dead. Emily Lambert was a third grade teacher at O. Henry Elementary in Richardson. She was out of state last weekend, visiting a friend, when she vanished. Her body was found Tuesday outside of Loving, New Mexico. Police are investigating her death as a homicide.
Meter Reader Steals Water. For more than four years, Mark Anthony Coleman has been stealing water. He understood how the system worked and was able to keep from paying for water. He justified his actions by saying the city pays him only $11.73 an hour. Now that he’s been caught (something he knew would happen eventually), he’ll have to leave his home, because he can’t afford rent and doesn’t have water.Full Story
Don’t bother clicking dallascountyvotes.org to find out where you should vote. Right now, it delivers a “503 Service Unavailable” error. Thanks a lot, Obama.
UPDATE: The site is back up. (As of 11:17.)Full Story
On Friday, I received a marketing email from Museum Tower. The subject: “High Rise on the Rise in Dallas.” The body of the note included the rather handsome image you see here. The message read as follows:
In 2013, growth in Dallas’ high-rise neighborhoods was truly remarkable. According to MLS there was a 36.4 percent increase in the number of units sold, and a 49.6 percent increase in volume.
Increasing demand for luxury high-rise homes generated a 9.7 percent rise in prices during the same time period. Nearly 25 percent of Museum Tower’s square footage has been claimed by residents with an appreciation for the unconventional and uncompromising.
It then offered a link to more information about the tower and an offer to schedule a private showing. I’m not in the market for a high-rise condo. I just bought some new sneakers, so cash is a little tight right now. But something about the wording of that message interested me. What does it mean that “square footage has been claimed by residents”?Full Story
DISD Teachers Union Issues Insane Statement About Home-Rule Effort. The home-rule deal is just gaining steam. At the polls today, voters will be asked to sign a petition to put the measure on the November ballot. There are lots of questions still unanswered. But one thing is certain: the largest Dallas teachers’ union is a little nuts. Rena Honea is the president of Alliance-AFT. She says: “The home-rule charter is part of a plan to underfund our schools, declare them a failure, and contract out to private operators the control of our neighborhood schools, disenfranchising parents and community stakeholders and de-professionalizing teaching. This initiative ultimately is for profit, not for kids.” But know this: Louisa Meyer is part of the effort behind the home-rule deal. If you know the name “Louisa Meyer,” then you just had a laugh about that whole “disenfranchising parents and making profit” statement. It’s like Steve Blow coming out in favor of highways. You say, “Thanks, man. You just helped my side more than any argument I ever could have made.”
WFAA Is as Insane as Dallas Teachers Union. The above story is hugely important. As voters head to the polls today, they need to know what’s happening, so that when a person with a petition approaches them, they have a clue. Last night, Channel 8 gave the home-rule story 20 seconds. Literally. Gloria Campos is retiring at some point soon. Not sure when. But last night the station did a four-minute story on her early years coming up in Harlingen. Priorities. Say it with a Spanish accent.
Morning News Overlooks a Dallas Billionaire. Forbes has released its list of the world’s billionaires. The paper takes at look at the locals, with Alan Peppard suggesting that Andy Beal might be the wealthiest guy in town. Nowhere, though, does the paper mention Georg Schaeffler, whom I profiled in 2007. Bloomberg recently put him at $7.8 billion, a wild guess given that his company is privately held. Anyway. Schaeffler. He knows it’s all ball bearings these days. If you’re doing a fantasy billionaire league, he deserves consideration.
Southwest Airlines To Fly to Mexico. Crap. When Southwest announced international flights, I thought Canada would be the destination. It’s Mexico.Full Story