All respect due to Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, but the most wonderful time of the week has arrived. The usual suspects for things to do on a weekend in Dallas are all here—great bands, new musicals, film festivals. But a convergence of events involving donuts and four-legged performers make this weekend seem especially wonderful. Here’s our picks for things to do.Full Story
High-Speed Rail Line Likened to Berlin Wall. Judging by the responses we’ve seen in the comments of previous articles about the possibility, Dallas residents seem generally excited about the prospect of a high-speed rail line being built that will mean Houston is just 90 minutes away by train. But WFAA spoke with several Ellis County landowners who are none too excited about their property being divided by the project.
Prime Prep to Merge With Another School. The struggling charter academy, co-founded by former NFL star Deion Sanders, will reportedly hook up with another Oak Cliff campus, Triple A Academy. It’s not clear whether Triple A’s recent 117-10 basketball win had anything to do with the decision.
Cowboys Fan Sues NFL For $88 Billion. Terry Hendrix is upset about the officials’ reversal of Dez Bryant’s catch during this year’s playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, claiming damages for the league’s “negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and also reckless disregard.” The hand-written lawsuit was filed on Wednesday. Also of note, Hendrix is incarcerated in a Colorado correctional institution.
Dogs Mysteriously Disappearing in Wise County. And there’s “not one shred of physical evidence that proves the dogs were taken.” Has the pet rapture begun?Full Story
Tim finally got access to his phone and tweeted that Barrett Brown was sentenced to 63 months in prison and ordered to pay $890,000 in restitution. So, with time served, two more years. (In a surprise move, Tim, aka “Jim Rogers from the Dallas Morning News,” was called to speak by the defense.) More later, obviously.
UPDATE: Barrett has released a statement:
The U.S. government decided today that because I did such a good job investigating the cyber-industrial complex, they’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex. For the next 35 months, I’ll be provided with free food, clothes, and housing as I seek to expose wrongdoing by Bureau of Prisons officials and staff and otherwise report on news and culture in the world’s greatest prison system. I want to thank the Department of Justice for having put so much time and energy into advocating on my behalf; rather than holding a grudge against me for the two years of work I put into in bringing attention to a DOJ-linked campaign to harass and discredit journalists like Glenn Greenwald, the agency instead labored tirelessly to ensure that I received this very prestigious assignment.
Wish me luck!
You’re probably not surprised to read that 15 years from now the population of the Dallas area is projected to be significantly larger than it is now, with Hispanics accounting for a significantly greater share. The Urban Institute today has released a new interactive map that allows you to see just how significant that growth will be as compared to the rest of the country and to better understand the underlying factors of population change: birth rate, death rate, and migration.Full Story
Throughout 2014, D Magazine held a series of giveaways for some pretty great prizes. In December the contest was centered around the “Season of Giving.” The winner would get to choose a charity to which a $2,000 donation would be made via the Communities Foundation of Texas.
The folks at CFT — who work with the people raising money for many worthy causes — were so moved by the story of the winner of our contest that they suggested we tell you a little bit more about her and her family. So that’s what I’m going to do.Full Story
If today’s rainy weather forced you to cancel your bold and unconventional plans for a January picnic or backyard barbeque, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. There’s plenty of (indoor and heated) things to do in Dallas tonight, from comedy shows to concerts to art galleries. Here’s our recommendations.Full Story
The unveiling of the statue of the Civil War general.Full Story
Barrett Brown To Learn His Sentence Today. Finally, after already spending more than two years in the joint, Brown will find out how much longer he has to remain behind bars. As entertaining as it has been to read his dispatches from various lockups, I agree with this guy: give him time served and send him home. Tim is, of course, at the courthouse, and will report back when it’s all over.
Mike Morath Has Some Hot Sports Opinions On Education In Dallas. First, read our Eric Celeste on the end of home rule. Okay, now you’re ready. Morath, the DISD trustee and driving force of the home rule initiative, told WFAA the following in a phone interview: “I think the real problem is, we as a city don’t actually care about our school system, and that is reflected in the people we elect to the board and the way that they behave.” Also: “You’ve got three or four people that are very seriously harming the decisions of the majority of the board.” Gonna be some fun board meetings coming up.
Bishop T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest Coming Back to Dallas In August. Jakes is bringing back his three-day faith/film/family festival, even though I recall the turnout being a bit of a disappointment the first time MegaFest was here, in 2013. And that was with Oprah Winfrey (Ohhh-pruhh WIN-freeeee) in town. But that was a test run. They expect 80,000 attendees because they have faith.Full Story
The popular theater chain and bastion of free speech announced today it plans to open another North Texas location in the cultural mecca of Little Elm.Full Story
Even excluding North Texas’ recent rash of seismic activity, there’s plenty shaking in Dallas tonight. A Victorian era boys’ club gets an unwelcome new member in the latest production from Addison’s WaterTower Theatre, a synthpop band starts a dance revolution, and an exhibition at SMU highlights the second most famous South African to fight against apartheid. Here’s our picks for things to do tonight.Full Story
At Toyota’s unconventional groundbreaking for its new HQ in Plano yesterday, six so-called “wish trees” were placed behind CEO Jim Lentz inside a big white installation spelling out the word “TOYOTA.” Each tree in the display—they were actually native Texan Yaupon Holly trees—was festooned with little red tags on which students from Plano ISD Academy High School had written their wishes, hopes and dreams. The tags, apparently part of a Japanese cultural tradition, said things like “I hope to be a better artist,” “I want to go to a good college,” and “My dream would be a cure for cancer.” Lentz said the notes would be placed in a time capsule and the holly trees would be planted permanently once the HQ opens in late 2016 or early ’17. “It’s clear,” he said, “that this is the right place to begin the next chapter in Toyota’s history.”Full Story
Question: If Dallasites were forced to move to another big city out of state (due to the zombie apocalypse, the End of Times, or more reasonably, a job change), what major city would they want to move to? What other major city is most like Dallas? — Ashley M.Full Story
Four More Earthquakes Strike Unsuspecting Region I didn’t feel any of them. Go about your life until you’re told this is all just a viral marketing campaign for the Left Behind reboot. Yes, they remade the Left Behind adaptation! No, it’s probably not any better than the original starring Kirk Cameron! But it has Nicolas Cage, you say! I can’t keep these exclamatory sentences going so I’ll just rebut by saying have you even seen Joe?! It was pretty good and reminds you that Nic Cage probably doesn’t have to do Left Behind movies!
Toyota Breaks Ground on New Plano Headquarters Plano, not Dallas. I know that’s hard to differentiate for some mayors.
DISD Officer Involved in Shooting So many questions, but I’ll just leave it at “Why did a DISD officer try and intervene in a traffic infraction off-campus and why did this suspect try to run and what was that altercation about and why did a DISD officer shoot at (but not hit) this suspect?” Very straight-forward.
Fort Worth Undertakers Slapped With Additional Charges… The mortuary owners were tagged with felony theft charges yesterday, in addition to the multiple “abuse of corpse” counts from last year.
...and the Undertaker May Slap Some Fools in Arlington Because Wrestlemania is coming to Jerry World. (That link is for WrestleZone.com, which I intend to use in every Leading Off henceforth.)Full Story
I’ve read Michael Mooney’s story about the late Chris Kyle. I’ve read this story that quotes Michael. I’ve read this blog post that links to another blog post written by Michael. I’ve read a lot of things about Chris Kyle, some that surprisingly had nothing at all to do with Michael. And still, I’m left with one nagging question:
What did Chris Kyle think about putting fluoride in our drinking water?Full Story
President Obama’s sixth State of the Union speech is tonight. Spoiler alert: The words “freedom” and “middle class” will be employed liberally, there will be a lot of applause from Democrats and glowering from Republicans, and 85 percent of the policy initiatives proposed by a lame duck president will never see the light of day. Unless you’ve concocted a drinking game for the annual address to Congress (drink if John Boehner’s tie matches his tan, chug for every Joe Biden smirk), you might be better off catching the highlights tomorrow and planning something a little more exciting for your evening. In Dallas, the state of the union of things to do on a Tuesday is looking pretty solid, with a Pulitzer Prize winner visiting the DMA and broncos, both musical and bucking, performing around town.Full Story