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Tomi Lahren Beat the Game One-Handed

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Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Comedy Central
Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Comedy Central

I don’t want to speak her name. I don’t want to give her time or space. But this morning, once again, I found myself debating with my fellow editors about the appropriate way to cover a Dallasite who is having a national impact by loudly professing a hate-filled, self-righteous rage fanned by falsehoods. Tomi Lahren, host of Tomi on Glenn Beck’s Irving-based entertainment platform TheBlaze, appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah last week, and even The New York Times is talking about her now.

If you search “tomi lahren trevor noah youtube,” the titles you get for the exact same video range from “Tomi Lahren Destroys Trevor Noah Over #BlackLivesMatter” to “Trevor Noah Destroys Tomi Lahren Over Her Rants on Black Lives Matter & More!”

So, a clear winner. Just like the presidential debates—and the arm-wrestling match engaged in by two well-dressed and over-served ladies sitting beside me at the 10 Best New Restaurants dinner at Cafe Momentum last night.

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Local News

Judge Reinhold Arrested at Love Field

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Apparently, the 59-year-old actor — you know him as Billy Rosewood from the Beverly Hills Cop series, or maybe Brad from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, or Fred Savage’s dad in that body-switching comedy that I think was called Vice Versa, not to be confused with Like Father, Like Son, with Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron — was taken away in cuffs after becoming “belligerent when chosen for a second TSA screening. The source said he took his shirt off and used explicit language.”

I hope he shows up to his arraignment so we can get a sort of “who’s on first?” thing happening whenever someone says “Judge” in court.

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Mayor Mike Rawlings’ ‘State of the City’ Address

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Today at the Omni, Mayor Mike Rawlings delivered his “state of the city” address to the Dallas Regional Chamber. I did not attend. Not sure why they couldn’t throw up a YouTube video of the talk, but here’s the PowerPoint deck. Some bad news about the pension (see above). But citizen satisfaction scores are up, especially compared to other cities. And if you care about downtown Dallas (who doesn’t?), here are some interesting numbers offered by the mayor:

90+ developments underway
10,000+ residents living in city center
94% occupancy rate
72 restaurant openings in 2016
6,400+ residential units announced
14+ hotels under construction

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Nature & Environment

Wild Pigs Are Eating Dallas!

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The opening spread from our January story
The opening spread from our January story

The January issue of D Magazine will bring you a story by Mary Mapes about wild pigs. They are a problem in many parts of the country. That includes Dallas. So when I saw the below tweet from Ben Sandifer, I thought, “Man, we are once again right on time with a story. Our subscribers are going to be so happy.”

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Politics & Government

More Intel on the Dallas City Manager Search

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Mark McDaniel (left) and T.C. Broadnax
Mark McDaniel (left) and T.C. Broadnax

We learned November 29 who the five finalists are for the city manager gig. Tomorrow the City Council will pick one. It feels like D Magazine interns go through a more rigorous selection process. Is it just me? Anyway, I told you back in September that assistant city manager Mark McDaniel would get the job, and I still think that’s the case. But today I want to draw your attention to the man from Tacoma, T.C. Broadnax. When we learned about the five finalists, he was the only one, aside from McDaniel, that I gave even a slim chance to. I put his odds at 1 in 1,999,999,999.99. My prescience astounds even me. Because I’m hearing that Broadnax has interviewed well with council members. You know those handful of jokers who bet at the beginning of the Premier League season last year that sorry Leicester would win? Those folks are laying money on Broadnax. (I have a beard. I watch soccer. Deal with it. Also, yes, the only attribution I am going to offer you for my assertion that he has interviewed well is the vague “I’m hearing.” Like the ability of my beard to stay rust colored even as I approach the age at which most men go gray, some things must remain a mystery. Really, FrontBurner needs a footnote function.)

Okay, so, Broadnax. Here’s what I want you to consider:

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UTA Receives $7.7 Million to Study Transportation Equity

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In the October issue, I wrote about Nan Ellin, the dean of the University of Texas at Arlington’s new College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (or CAPPA), and her plans to transform the school into a major research center for urban development. The impetus, according to UTA president Vistasp Karbhari, is to prepare DFW for that challenges that will inevitably arise with the region’s continuing growth:

“We will be at mega-city status of 10 million people very quickly,” says UTA President Vistasp Karbhari, an Indian-born structural engineer who was the main architect of the strategic plan. “One of the challenges of a mega-city is looking at built environments as well as public policy. The concept was that if we were truly going to make an impact on how Dallas prepares to become a mega-city, there was a need, in my mind, to try to do much more to shape it in the best way possible.”

One of the biggest issues the region faces (as we have been talking a lot about lately) is transportation, and, in particular, transportation equity.

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Leading Off

Leading Off (12/8/16)

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City Council Wants Austin to Come to the Rescue Over Pension Crisis and Lawsuits. The council wrested with the much-talked-about pension crisis and police pay lawsuits that could be financially disastrous for the city of Dallas yesterday. Now, they think their best bet is to call on the state legislature to change a 2005 law that made suing the city over goods and services easier. This will get worse before it gets better.

Fort Worth Symphony Strike Over. The first strike in the history of the orchestra, which had gone on for three months, ended last night after musicians came to an agreement with management. They now have a new four-year deal that runs through July 31, 2020. An anonymous donor gave the symphony $700,000, the amount of the budget deficit that had resulted in proposed pay cuts for musicians.

Laura Miller Faces New Battle with Breast Cancer. The former Dallas mayor announced that she’s been diagnosed again with breast cancer after beating it in 1998. She had a double mastectomy a few weeks ago and begins chemotherapy next Wednesday.

Duncanville Officer Shoot Person in Downtown Dallas. Officials were serving a warrant yesterday afternoon on Commerce Street when the Duncanville officer shot the suspect, who died at the scene. The shooting is being investigated.

It’s Officially Winter in Dallas. It’s in the mid-30s now and will stay that way throughout the day. The weekend will be a bit warmer, but for today you’ll need some extra layers.

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Will Our Neiman Marcus Nostalgia Ever Get Old?

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Image via Dfwcre8tive
Image via Dfwcre8tive

An alert FrontBurnervian (more commonly known around the office as Wick Allison) forwarded me an essay about Stanley Marcus entitled “The Man Who Brought Paris to Dallas” that appeared in T Magazine this past Sunday. In it, Dallas-bred writer James McAuley gives a brief yet poetic sweep of Marcus’ life, including the retailer impresario’s odd position as a liberal Jew in a conservative city, and reminisces about the last time he himself had a face-to-face with “our city’s de facto mayor.”

It’s not the first time McAuley has written about Stanley Marcus. In 2013, he wrote an essay about Marcus’ relationship with Coco Chanel, and her relationship with Nazi collaborators. Yet, I find the timing of Sunday’s piece, a sort-of love letter to the department store’s former CEO, particularly interesting. There’s no real peg, that I can see. Rumors surrounding Neiman’s debt and layoffs continue to swirl, though an October report on the store’s credit agreement downgraded a gossipy snowstorm to a freezing rain. Not to mention, this comes just two weeks after Forty Five Ten, the biggest downtown-Dallas retail build in decades, opened its doors.

It could be that McAuley’s essay was a favor for a PR contact or a personal hope to give the retailer a boost, but perhaps, Stanley Marcus and his luxury store left such a nostalgic mark on so many of us, that it’s a story that never needs a reason. Give the piece a look. It also comes with some cool Mad Men-era photos through which to click.

Editor’s note: I should also mention that I put together a spread on Neiman’s Christmas books in our December issue—another entertaining trip down NM memory lane. The truth is, my request to produce the article was also fueled by nostalgia. My grandmother, Nancy, was such a die-hard Neimans customer, that when my aunt called to tell her personal shopper that Nancy had passed, Betsy’s reaction was an emphatic “Dammit!” A few days later, at Nancy’s wake, everyone in my family left a memento in her coffin. My contribution: A Neiman Marcus catalog.

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Good Public Transit

Dallas City Council Names Patrick Kennedy to the DART Board

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In the end, there wasn’t much of a conversation around the horseshoe. At the start of its busy Wednesday briefing, the Dallas City Council voted to overturn the recommendation of its transportation committee and name Patrick Kennedy to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit board.

I wrote yesterday about what a big deal it would be to have Kennedy represent the city at DART. There are few people in Dallas more qualified to tackle the difficult challenges this city’s public transit system faces, from decisions about how to expand the rail network to ways to re-think the functioning of the agency’s bus system. With Kennedy representing Dallas, we have an expert voice who can help push DART towards a future that focuses on the kind of mobility, access, and transportation equality that will generate sustainable economic growth and opportunity for the city — and the region.

In November, the council’s transportation committee voted to recommend environmental lawyer Howard Gilberg. But during this morning’s vote, two members of that committee, Monica Alonzo and Casey Thomas, flipped their vote and backed Kennedy. In other words, even though the transportation committee originally supported Gilberg, at the full council, a majority of members of the transportation committee voted for Kennedy.

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Arts & Entertainment

Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Dec. 7

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If you listen to the lamestream media, Adam Sandler is an insultingly lazy, maddeningly unfunny comedian, a man with too little shame and too much money. But the people have spoken. Sandler’s 2015 Western, The Ridiculous Six, threw up a culturally insensitive middle finger at its zero percent Rotten Tomatoes rating on its way to becoming one of Netflix’s most-watched films. Sandler, we suspect, sleeps happily on a water bed filled with the tears of losers who didn’t like Jack and Jill, using sheets sewn from hundred dollar bills.

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Local News

Leading Off (12/7/16)

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Pension System Withdrawals Spike After Rawlings Sues. The Dallas Police and Fire Pension System gets an average of 115 withdrawal requests a week. On Monday, the day citizen Mike Rawlings filed a lawsuit against the system, there were 160 withdrawal requests. A pension board meeting or hearing with Judge Tonya Parker later this week could stop the bleed, but for now, this situation is looking grim.

Richard Spencer Spoke at Texas A&M Last Night. The St. Mark’s grad and alt-right leader was met with protests outside the Memorial Student Center. He spoke to a crowd of 400. Some hissed through his speech, some stood with fists raised, and one dressed like clown with a sign saying “he’s the real bozo.” At one point Spencer, who made the news for that “Hail Trump” bit in November, said he was concerned the President-elect would become “just another Republican.” Let’s all just hope Spencer ends up reeeeally hating the Trump presidency.

Denton to Drivers: Put Your Cell Down. The ban on hand held devices while driving goes into effect in six months. But go ahead and make your Bluetooth arrangements now, Denton drivers. Hands-free chatting will still be legal.

Kid Killer Avoids Another Execution. This is the second time John Battaglia, the man who shot his two daughters while they were speaking to their mother on the phone, has delayed execution with an argument over his competency.

Eight North Texans Can Now Add “Grammy-Nominated” to Their Resume. Congrats, folks.

Tomorrow Will Frosty. Brrrr. Don’t forget to buy your three-year-old a new puffer jacket today! (This is really just a reminder for my husband.)

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