The events in Ferguson, Missouri, have led folks to wonder why the police there look more like troops than cops. Here’s a Newsweek article you should read. Short, partial explanation: our country is awash in military surplus gear. Our own Eric Celeste had a look earlier this year at how the phenomenon has played out in North Texas. ICYMI.Full Story
For all intents and purposes, the weekend has basically already started for a lot of us, at least mentally. I would be lying were I to portray myself as someone who does not regularly stay out a bit too late on Thursday nights. Here are the various ways in which you too can overextend yourself. […]Full Story
Over on LearningCurve, Eric has a look at some numbers that suggest, as he says, we’re about to have a real grown-up, put-the-kids-to-bed discussion about where we’re headed as a city and if we’re willing to pay for change. While you’re at it, you should read his recap of the most recent home-rule commission meeting. It’s actually pretty entertaining. Not only does he find a way to bring up the movie High Fidelity, but he manages to poke me in the ribs, too.Full Story
Last night, I was leaving downtown shortly before 10 o’clock when I espied Museum Tower and what appeared to be about six of its residents still awake and with their lights on. “Either that tower is still very empty,” I thought, “or the folks who live there turn in early.” So, once again, I combed through the numbers in DCAD.Full Story
Every year, we throw a fancy dinner to recognize the finest nurses in North Texas. For our annual Best Docs list, we rely on their peers to tell us who deserves the honor. Nurses are a little different. We open up the process to patients, who can nominate a nurse based on their experience with the health-care professional. Too often, the tireless work of these people goes unnoticed. We’re here to change that. The nomination process is painless. See for yourself. Deadline is nigh, though. Get cracking.Full Story
Wild About Harry’s Tribute Today. You probably heard that Harry Coley died yesterday. Well, today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., folks are invited to drop by the Knox Street custard store and pay their respects.
Yu Darvish Put on Disabled List. When I see the printed version of the newspaper when I get to work, the “Yu, Too” headline had best have the comma in it. I’m serious about this. Anyway, more bad news for the Rangers.
Upscale Keller Neighborhood Has Problem With Beavers. Offered without comment.
Irving Kid Nearly Drowns. Just read the story. Notice how it is told. I wish the Morning News would let its reporters take more chances like this. Well done.
AT&T Launches GigaBit Today. The fastest AT&T internet connection will initially only be available in the Park Cities. Though other parts of North Texas will get upgraded speeds. Here’s the ad for the service.Full Story
It’s mid-August, which means it’s time to drag up, once again, the perennial conversation about whether or not Tony Romo is a good quarterback — or maybe a great quarterback, or, perhaps, just a ho hum, middle of the pack quarterback.Full Story
This is strange. A Minnesota TV station reports that 53-year-old Robert Otteson was arrested in Lakeville, Minnesota, for a 1983 murder in Denton. How was he connected to the crime?
Until now, only a sketch existed of a potential suspect. A source told Fox 9 that Otteson’s home was searched this past winter and a shirt was found in the garbage. DNA on the shirt connected Otteson to the murder.
This can’t be accurate, can it? You get away with murder for 30 years but you’ve been holding on to an incriminating shirt all these years?Full Story
Taking a child through a modern art museum can be daunting, especially if mommy or daddy is not an expert on such matters.Full Story
Considering his future plans, Barrett Brown told Tim Rogers in early 2011: “I might move to New York or L.A. I might stay here. Or I might be in jail.”
Frequent readers of this blog know already which of those relocations came to pass, because Brown has lately been our Seagoville Federal Correctional Institution correspondent. He was arrested in September 2012 after posting a video online — following an earlier FBI raid on his apartment — in which he threatened to kill federal agents. He got some good news in March, when the government dropped most of its charges against him. He no longer faces the prospect of a 105-year prison sentence, but he still awaits sentencing (on Oct. 6) for obstruction of justice and those death threats he made.Full Story
“I’m Pissed Off at America,” Says Doug-e-stan Founder: Douglas LeGuin is sitting in jail, charged with seven counts of aggravated assault on a public servant. Those counts stem from his luring of police and fire officers to the North 40 Lane subdivision off Frankford Road, booby-trapping a house with propane, then shooting at the officers. “I seceded from the nation,” LeGuin told a police dispatcher. “This is Doug-e-stan right here.” All shooting and booby-trapping aside….Doug-e-stan? Doug. Come on. You could’ve even just used LeGuin, if you wanted to keep it familial. It would’ve sounded like a French colony. Now it’s just Doug-e-stan, which sounds like what Kevin James might’ve called his garage on King of Queens.
Weatherford Police Continue Search for Flag-burner: [Puts on deerstalker hat]: look for the kid with the NIИ logo Sharpied into his physics notebook, the one who’s got nothing else to do on a Monday night two days before school starts again. I don’t think we’re looking for a hardened criminal. [Removes deerstalker hat.]
Cowboys, Raiders Fight During Practice: Wait, I should’ve said “Cowboys, Raiders, and Random Fan Fight During Practice,” because, bizarrely, that’s what happened. The fight started when Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne tackled a Raiders player; there was supposed to be no tackling at the practice. Raiders players rushed to their teammate’s defense, and so did a fan. The fan hit Claiborne twice with his hand, and once with a helmet. A good joke: “Get that man a Cowboys jersey!!!!”Full Story
A fire broke out about an hour ago at Dallas Chophouse and has been extinguished, it appears. The aptly named Foodsparks has some pics of the scene on her Instagram feed. Looks like Chop House figured out a way to avoid Restaurant Week. (Note: the preceding joke was stolen from alert FrontBurnervian K.M., and it will be withdrawn if we learn that anyone was hurt in this blaze.)Full Story
Steve Blow’s column over the weekend was right on in pointing out that Mayor Mike Rawlings’ idea of a buffer zone for sexual predators is not a good one. But it goes beyond the reasons Blow mentions. Not only does it sometimes make it tough on people who don’t fit our typical idea of what a sex offender is, it’s also bad policy. In fact, some experts argue buffer zones make children less safe. And it should be noted that the Council did an outstanding job acting like leaders and not pushing through an ill-considered ordinance.Full Story
First things first: There are a couple of closings at the Nasher at the end of this week, so today may be a good opportunity to take some time and catch them.Full Story
Unfair Park doubled down on coverage of the looming influence of North Texas’ most powerful bureaucrat, NCTCOG transportation director Michael Morris, who, as Jim Schutze puts it in his piece, can wave “a magic wand that makes land values in one place soar and values in another crater.” Who is Morris …Full Story