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Will Rural Texans Derail Metros’ Dreams of High Speed Rail?

| 2 hours ago

In the Texas Tribute today, erstwhile (and much-missed) Dallas Morning News transportation writer Brandon Formby has an extended report on the current status of Texas’ high-speed rail project. If you’ve been following the bullet train story, there’s isn’t a tremendous amount of news in the piece. Houston and Dallas want to connect their booming metropolitan areas with a high-speed rail line that would suture together the cities, creating a 90-minute-travel-time lifeline between Dallas and the Texas port, catalyzing the development of a mega-region that could compete globally with some of the worlds’ biggest markets. The cherry on top: the whole project is being funded by private investors without any need for taxpayers to pony-up dough for a big infrastructure project.

It sounds like a slam dunk, especially in Texas, which, in spite of its growing political divides, still greatly prizes private investment, economic growth, and expanding trade.

Or is it?

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Politics & Government

Reason Magazine: ‘Dallas Is About to Go Broke’

| 3 hours ago

There’s not much new to chew on in this short piece from the March issue of Reason. Just more of the same: things don’t look great in Dallas. I was talking to a North Texas politician the other day who does a fair amount of traveling. He said our impending bankruptcy — which he thinks can be avoided — has more and more become the national storyline about Dallas. I hope Dak Prescott understands this. We need a Super Bowl next year.

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Sports & Leisure

Report: Mavs Get Big Man Nerlens Noel

| 3 hours ago

I pretty much thought the best the Mavs would do at the NBA trade deadline was pick up a second rounder pick or two for Deron Williams and/or Andrew Bogut, maybe a out-of-favor player they could take a flier on. Getting Noel, who could be a star in Rick Carlisle’s offense, tailor-made for a rim-runner (cf. Tyson Chandler), was beyond my wildest dreams. (And let’s be clear: I have some wild dreams.)

They’re also giving up Bogut, but …

So they still get a decent pick, more than likely, in this year’s loaded draft. I don’t understand this for Philly at all, but this is awesome for the Mavs.

TL;DR: YEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS, I love trades!

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Leading Off

Leading Off (2/23/17)

| 7 hours ago

John Wiley Price Opening Statements Begin. At 8:30 a.m. this morning, opening statements for Dallas County Commissioner Price’s federal corruption trial will begin. The prosecution will go first, followed by the defense. Dapheny Fain, Price’s longtime assistant, will also be standing trial.

Dallas Disagrees with Texas Over Feral Hogs. State Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller may have made it legal to poison feral hogs in Texas, but the Dallas City Council wants a different solution. Yesterday, by a vote of 14-1, the council voted to pay Striker Outfitters $347,100 throughout the next three years to “humanely trap and remove” hogs in Dallas. The company has completed a 10-month pilot program that has led to the capture of 96 hogs. After hogs are captured, they taken to Frontier Meats in Fort Worth.

Arlington Preschool Teacher Fired for Anti-Semitic Posts. Nancy Salem, who belonged to the University of Texas at Arlington chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, was fired from The Children’s Courtyard for posting several anti-Semitic tweets. Watchdog group Canary Mission reported her comments, along with those of other students. Salem has deleted her social media accounts.

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Media

Gary Cartwright, R.I.P.

| 1 day ago

CartwrightJust imagine. Bud Shrake, Dan Jenkins, and Gary Cartwright all working at the same newspaper. And Blackie Sherrod was their boss. It’s impossible. How could that have happened? And now, with the passing of Cartwright, Jenkins is the last one left. Michael Granberry wrote an excellent obit in the DMN, and he talked to Jenkins. You should read it, especially if you’re not familiar with all the names in this post. And then you should read John Spong’s fine remembrance of Cartwright over at Texas Monthly. It is filled with links to Cartwright’s stories for the magazine. Follow every one of them. 

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Nature & Environment

It Is Time to Chart a New Course for the Trinity River

| 1 day ago

The civic leaders leading the status quo vision of the Trinity River — collectively organized under two organizations, a political arm called the Trinity Commons Foundation and the fundraising arm called The Trinity Trust — have squandered the public’s trust and lost the narrative surrounding the history and future of the Trinity River Project.

There is no greater evidence of this than yesterday’s Trinity Commons Foundation luncheon. The event was billed as a celebration of progress made on the Trinity, but judging from reports from the event, there was depressingly little progress with which to update donors. If anything, the update was to remind those who purchased the $175 tickets to the luncheon that grand plans and financial uncertainties continue to delay the long-promised Trinity River Project.

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Local News

Leading Off (2/22/17)

| 1 day ago

Jury Selected for John Wiley Price Trial. It took one day to select the 12 jurors (plus alternates) who will spend the next four months in the courtroom to hear testimony from more than 170 witnesses in John Wiley Price’s federal corruption trial. The final selection was closed, so the makeup of the jury is not yet known. They are scheduled to hear opening statements Thursday morning. Meanwhile, Price’s seat at the Commissioners Court was empty yesterday for the first time in decades.

North Texas Police Chief Gets Max Sentence for Molestation. A former Ellis County police chief was sentenced to 40 years in prison (two 20-year back-to-back sentences) for molesting a 14-year-old girl, including incidents in his office.

Puppy Chihuahua Survives Heroin Overdose. The 4-month-old puppy, dubbed Lucky by animal services workers, was found barely breathing on the floorboard of a car after his owners were arrested for changing price tags at a Home Depot in Carrolton. He is believed to have ingested heroin, which authorities also found in the car, but the Chihuahua is now doing well. Lucky’s owners are currently in custody for fraud and drug possession.

Dallas Lawyer Taking Hollywood Hair Guru to Task. Dallas lawyer Amy Davis has been working on a class action lawsuit against Wen Hair Care products for nearly two years, and recently objected to a $26.5 million settlement saying the products are not all-natural as advertised, but use synthetic allergens. Hundreds of women have come forward claiming the products, created by Hollywood stylist Chaz Dean and sold via infomercials, have caused significant hair loss.

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Nature & Environment

D Magazine Announces a Symposium on the Trinity River

| 2 days ago

Dallas has long struggled with what it should do with the Trinity River, but has this city ever really understood what the river is and what it could be for Dallas if we simply embraced its wild natural wonder? That’s the question we will tackle at a symposium we’re holding on the Trinity River titled “Envisioning the Trinity: Theme Park or Natural Wonder” from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m on Wednesday, March 8 at Cityplace.

If you’re tired of the sort of nonsense that was thrown at today’s Trinity Commons luncheon, then join us. RSVP here. Read about the history of the Trinity River Project, ideas for its future, and what natural wonders you can discover today in the watershed in our special March feature package on the Trinity River. Let’s finally set Dallas down a path toward realizing the true potential of this city’s great natural asset.

Here are more details about the symposium.

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Politics & Government

An Extremely Short Recap of the Just-Concluded Trinity Commons Luncheon

| 2 days ago

If you want more details, and you want them immediately, head to my Twitter feed. I did my best to tweet the entire Trinity Commons Foundation luncheon. It was billed as a celebration. Maybe I shouldn’t have expected much. But I got very little. The mayoral dream team of Tom Leppert, Ron Kirk, and Mike Rawlings fielded questions from Rena Pederson (Laura Miller couldn’t make it for health reasons; we were asked to keep her in our prayers). Here’s my takeaway:

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