Taking into account federal taxes paid by Texas residents, the net cost to taxpayers in the state in 2022 will be more than $9.2 billion.Full Story
There are no flames, but there is still smoke. Main Street is shut off. And it’s dark. Looks like no one in the Mercantile, Neiman’s, or the Joule have power.Full Story
Attack of Snow Miser. Freezing rain and sleet have coated North Texas in a sheet of ice, and conditions aren’t expected to thaw much over the weekend. Grocery stores were overrun last night, with customers stocking up in anticipation of being trapped in their homes for several days. Roads have gotten messy. Schools are closed. Many flights are canceled. Saturday’s parade has been called off. So far it looks like runners will still show up Saturday morning to run 26 miles in the cold. Best of luck to them. I’ll be sleeping in until Heat Miser returns.
Rangers Outfielder Victim of Extortion Ring. According to the U.S. attorney’s office in Miami, three people conspired to extort Leonys Martin out of millions of dollars. Martin claims that, after he first defected from Cuba, a Mexican management company held him against his will and held his family hostage until he paid a “ransom” by agreeing to pay 30% of his future baseball earnings.
City Hall Tree-Huggers Go to Court. In a lawsuit filed last week, the city of Dallas is asking that developer Mario Davey pay a fine of up to $500,000 for illegally clearing an East Dallas lot of 29 trees in order to build homes. Davey just calls it “dirty politics.” It’s the first time the city has sued over a violation of the tree ordinance.Full Story
As understated as a 20-story South African flag can be. Bravo, Omni.Full Story
Ryanair is famous for its extremely cheap fares accompanied by exorbitant fees, like charging $115 to print your boarding pass for you. The airline even once proposed charging passengers to use the onboard toilet. By contrast, Southwest has resisted the industry trend to charge bag fees. Ryanair’s profits last year were 40% higher than Southwest’s. Says travel-planning website Flightfox:
In the league that Ryanair plays in, Southwest is simply too nice. Southwest maintains wholesome traditional values that when added together, end up costing them millions.
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
With parents’ antennae raised about possible school closures, a battle is being fought on Twitter today over whether Dallas ISD’s official account is @dallasschools or @DISD_official. My money’s on the former because A) it has more than 4,400 followers as opposed to 65, and B) the latter is being propped up by a guy who […]Full Story
If you’re braving the weather tonight, there’s 80 cent drinks in for you. Happy Repeal/Ice-Doom Day!Full Story
At 12:30 today point your eyes to CNN Headline News, whereon, I am told, you will see a story about Dallas resident Katy Koenig, who has a serious problem with elf on a shelf. From the looks of things, the lady spends upwards of eight hours a day working on her dang dioramas. The picture […]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
Mostly filmed last year, the show finally makes its premiere tonight, Dec. 5, at 9 p.m. Central time. To tide you over, I picked up the phone to chat with (full disclosure) my friend Courtney about dealing with haters, life on camera, and making her second debut on a TV series even though she doesn’t own a television set.Full Story
Jim Schutze and I try to figure out why you should care about the HUD-Dallas stories. Bottom line: it’s because the city has been taking federal money to end segregation, and apparently/allegedly/maybe been using that money to promote segregation, at least downtown. We discuss what this means, if Mary Suhm should get any blame (I get a little yell-y at this point,) and whether this would make a better column than the one I planned to write about DISD. Also: We debut a segment with a good friend of mine who has long suggested he would be a fantastic addition to the pod.
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