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Julie’s Real Granola is Real Big With Ryder Cup Golfers

| 35 mins ago

When you see the world’s best golfers grabbing a snack between holes at the Ryder Cup this week, chances are they’ll be munching on granola made by Dallas entrepreneur Julie Fox. At the PGA’s request, Fox and her husband, Mike, hauled a carload of her cinnamon-vanilla bean and cacao-coconut treats up to Hazeltine National Golf Club, in Chaska, Minn., a suburb of Minneapolis, to stock the Team USA locker rooms, family room, team room, and hotel. It has been a dream come true for the Foxes, who are big-time golf fans. “When you find out all these guys you’re a fan of are fans of what you do, it’s the coolest thing,” Julie says.

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Leading Off

Leading Off (9/29/16)

| 3 hours ago

New Housing Standards for Landlords. Yesterday the City Council voted to overhaul the city’s housing standards and mandate code inspections for single-family rental homes. The new standards also entail stricter air-conditioning rules and more thorough contact information for landlords. “This is putting our money where our mouth is, which we don’t always do,” said council member Philip Kingston.

Another Loose Dog Attack in Southern Dallas. A neighbor’s loose pit bull bit through a gate and attacked Elizabeth Kilgore and her son, Cody, in their backyard yesterday afternoon. After the dog bit Cody, Elizabeth grabbed a knife and stabbed the dog, which ran off. Police officers tracked down the dog a few blocks away, and it died soon after. The owners of the dog have been put on notice about the bite.

Dez Bryant Has Lateral Hairline Fracture in His Knee. After missing a scheduled MRI Tuesday, the Cowboys’ wide receiver had an MRI yesterday that showed his tibial plateau in his right knee has a lateral hairline fracture. Bryant hasn’t been ruled out for Sunday’s game against San Francisco, but it’s not likely he will play. If he has to miss a few weeks, I’m sure his pet capuchin monkey, Dallas Bryant, will keep him company.

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders’ Director Dies at 73. Suzanne Mitchell, who directed the cheerleading squad from 1976-1989, died Tuesday. She started the tradition of the cheerleaders making annual visits to U.S. military outposts around the world. Mitchell was “a pioneer in the world of professional sports,” according to Charlotte Anderson, Cowboys’ executive vice president. “Her impact on our home games remains to this day, and her inspiration will always have a presence within our organization.” RIP.

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My Favorite Complaints About the New Dallas Morning News Website

| 23 hours ago

Firstly, yes, I live in a glass house. I’m the editor of, and we ourselves recently launched a new version of our own site that continues to have flaws and bugs that we’re working to correct. Websites are never actually “finished.”

But I couldn’t help taking delight in the comments that the Dallas Morning News has received about its relaunched Digital readers are a finicky bunch, and if you make changes that force them to update their bookmarks or click more often than they used to in order to find a story, they’re going to express their displeasure, some in more colorful language than others:

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Leading Off (9/28/16)

| 1 day ago

Rampage Starts in Dallas, Ends in Georgetown. A man in Dallas was fatally shot in his Hummer late Sunday night. Shortly after, two people in Cedar Hill were injured by gunshot wounds before a another man was shot dead during a carjacking at a nearby gas station. The suspect: Silvestre Franco-Luviano. He then drove south, causing mayhem along the way. Tactical teams finally tracked him down and tackled him outside a Georgetown apartment complex on Tuesday.

Houston Shooter’s Dallas Ties. More is emerging on Nathan DeSai, the lawyer who randomly shot at Houston drivers Monday morning, injuring nine before police took him out. The latest story reveals that he once worked as a prosecutor in the Dallas County DA’s office and played in the cover band “Brain Clouds” with a colleague.

DART Notes. You’ll see a lot of numbers in this recap of Tuesday’s DART board meeting. Money was allotted to D2 and the Cotton Belt, but it’s not clear whether board members are being realistic about the ability to complete both projects. I don’t know. But what I do know is that the Cotton Belt folks showed up wearing yellow tees with the words “Connect North Texas”—a direct rebuttal to the D2 supporter’s green “Can you dig it?” shirts. I mean, c’mon, surely there are better taglines out there. “Cinch the Cotton Belt” or “Buckle the Cotton Belt Up,” maybe?

One Last Link In the Black Eyed Pea Chain. The original Black Eyed Pea closed in January and now chicken-fried-steak diehards will have to drive all the way to Arlington to sample the restaurant’s Southern fare. It’s the only one of the thirteen Texas locations that survives; all the others were shuttered on Tuesday for failing to pay rent.

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Politics & Government

Lee Kleinman Got F@*&>! Over the Cotton Belt

| 2 days ago



What you see here is Councilman Lee Kleinman’s wheels shooting off at a meeting yesterday of the transportation committee. You can watch the full video for yourself. Go to the 30:00 minute mark. Kleinman doesn’t actually say anything. He just mouths the words. But I believe the message was: “You fucked me.” You wouldn’t know it from reading Julieta Chiquillo’s account of the meeting, but it was an exciting one (we miss you already, Brandon Formby). Here’s what I think happened:

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10,519,200 Minutes

| 2 days ago

Jonathan Larson’s Tony-winning musical, Rent, opened on Broadway in 1996. I was a legal intern at the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York City at the time. It was pretty much before the internet and email and smartphones. I would walk from the Tribeca office to the New York Law School Library on West Broadway to do research, with a pocketful of dimes to make copies of case law. I’d overhear the receptionist phoning Judith Lichtman, the director, to let her know that “Hillary” was on the phone, and listen to Judith ask her about how Chelsea was doing in school.

I had a public interest stipend of $1,000, so I would have been in a tenement for the summer if it weren’t for The Webster Apartments on West 34th, one of the most ingenious gifts ever given to young working women. Charles and Josiah Webster, cousins of Roland H. Macy, the founder of Macy’s, sunk a portion of their fortunes in a nonprofit apartment building intended to provide food and cheap, safe lodging to single women coming to New York City in the 1920s to make their way as sales clerks. They funded it well; it still exists, in exactly the same form, with exactly the same purpose. There’s a gorgeous “Green Room” overlooking a manicured back garden, a library, a dining hall, and private receiving rooms where ladies can entertain male guests, who are still not allowed past the front hallway.

I didn’t have a cell phone, so I’d have to wait for one of the public phones in the lobby to call my girlfriend, Melissa, at her sister’s house in the evening. But mostly, to save money, I wrote her letters. Every day.

That summer, Rent was already getting a fair bit of buzz, but I managed to score a couple of discount seats in the farthest corner of the topmost row, and I convinced Melissa to leave her firm job early on a Friday to fly out for the weekend. I figured I could sneak her upstairs to my room.

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Architecture & Design

Preservation Dallas Wants a Downtown Subway, Walt Humann’s Fair Park Plan

| 2 days ago

On this year’s list of Dallas’ “Most Endangered Historic Places”, Preservation Dallas advocates both for taking the second downtown DART light-rail line underground and for the city’s support of the private Fair Park Texas Foundation taking over management of Fair Park.

The organization’s interest in those issues is, of course, due to their desire to protect the buildings in those places. On D2:

Over $350 million in redevelopment of historic properties would be impacted by noise and vibrations from construction and running trains, removal of access to buildings for services and garages, and even potential demolition of portions of historic structures. This kind of impact to historic properties is too great for the amazing amount of work that has been done to revitalize them and downtown Dallas. We believe that mass transit benefits the city and the expansion of the DART system to make it more flexible is good for the city’s future. However, in order to create that flexibility the new line should be buried in a subway so that the historic buildings along the line can continue with their full use and access to keep them viable for the future and part of the renaissance of the urban core.

On Fair Park:

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