Making Dallas Even Better
Her name is Robyn Tomlin. If you’d like to know all about her and about how excited she is to come to Dallas, you can read this Romenesko post. But here’s all you really need to know: her dog, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, is named Boo Radley.
The paper’s editor, Mike Wilson, has a dog named Story. As Zac has noted (repeatedly), Story is a horrible name for a dog. Me, I think Boo Radley ain’t too bad, especially when shortened to Boo. I’d be curious to hear what Zac thinks.
UPDATE: Jason may have been first, but my dog point brought needed perspective and context to this story. So I’m leaving this post up.Full Story
“This is a great opportunity for me,” Tomlin, 44, said in a telephone interview from Washington, D.C. “It’s one of the most exciting and challenging times in modern history to be a journalist.”
While most of Tomlin’s experience has been in newspapers, she has spent the last few years working in digital news.
Mike Wilson, editor of The News, said Tomlin’s blend of skills makes her “the ideal person to help us maintain the high quality of our newspaper and extend the reach of our digital work.” Although Tomlin describes herself as a community journalist, he noted that she has national reputation as a digital journalist.
Southwest Airlines is fighting to protect its virtual monopoly over the operations at Love Field, where it controls 18 of the 20 available gates. Delta Airlines is arguing in court that two gates should be taken from Southwest and made available for all airlines to use.
Meanwhile the CEO of Virgin America, which leases Love’s other two gates, earlier this week seemed to be angling to get more access, saying that with its current operational limitations, the airport is its “least-dependable” in the country. He added that even New York’s LaGuardia — which has the worst on-time departure rate in the U.S. — works better for Virgin.
But is that true?Full Story
Start your weekend tonight, and this whole three-day Labor Day weekend many of us are looking forward to turns into a four-day weekend. Three and a half, at least. That’s just sound mathematics.
Head to the Kessler to help create a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute in Oak Cliff, watch a Dallas Hedwig put Taye Diggs and the entire institution of Broadway to shame, or wish Orson Welles a happy ghost birthday at the Modern. Also football.Full Story
D Healthcare Daily was there to observe some of the earliest testing:
The treatment center is in Las Colinas and will be the first proton therapy provider in North Texas. The highly specialized form of cancer therapy uses a proton beam generated by a 220-ton machine known as a cyclotron. It travels the length of about half the football field into a treatment room, where a patient is lying. After weeks of careful imaging and planning, the physicist beams a concentrated dose of the radiation directly into the tumor, limiting exposure to healthy tissue. This is what Dr. Chang Chang, the director of physicists, and his team were testing, that the radiation would go where they want it to go and nowhere else.
“After a certain depth, you will see the reading becomes zero, just no dose at all,” Chang says. “It’s very, very amazing when you compare that with photon. If you look at photon, wherever you go, however deep you are, you’re going to get a dose.”
He’s talking about traditional radiation, which uses a photon to wage war on the cancerous tumor. But it’s not as precise as proton, meaning healthy bodily tissue is more likely to be exposed. This leads to further side effects and an increased chance in developing secondary cancer, as evidenced by a 2014 study in the Journal of Radiation Oncology.
We live in the future, my friends.Full Story
In the end, the dance festival, with all it encompasses (technique classes, lectures, and live performances) merely exists to remind us dance is a communal and expressive art, not simply an isolating theatrical experience.Full Story
Question: Firstly, thank you profusely for settling upon an inspired new logo for Dallas. You’ve saved the council hours of back-breaking sitting in chairs and taking turns talking in circles. Now, can you help with the city budget? Starting to think we’re in over our heads. — Mike R. et al
Sir, you know that I love this city with the sort of passion which men generally reserve for their wives and their Barcaloungers. It would be my pleasure — nay, it is my duty — to guide you through these troubled times. The very fact that the mayor of the world’s greatest city has been reduced to the indignity of hosting a Twitter town hall meeting on budget matters beginning this evening at 6 p.m. — how ghastly!Full Story
The group behind the Texas Theatre and the Oak Cliff Film Festival announced today that it’s developing a TV series about the early roots of rock ‘n’ roll in African-American blues and jazz clubs on the famed “chitlin circuit.”Full Story
PrismCo fuses dance, art, theater, and music in a very distinctive, compelling way. Regardless of whether it always works, it’s a credit to PrismCo that no other company in Dallas is attempting shows like this.Full Story
I have never seen the Hee Haw variety show. I don’t really care for “corn pone humor,” which is a fun phrase I learned this morning while reading about the Hee Haw variety show. My only knowledge of former Kelly Clarkson foe Justin Guarini stems from his star turn in the trailer for the 2003 film From Justin To Kelly (IMDB rating: 2.1). Regardless, the Hee Haw Musical coming to the Wyly looks pretty fun, even to a Hee Haw nonbeliever like myself. Maybe it’s the involvement of Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally, country stars who co-wrote one of my favorite songs from two years ago. Maybe it’s a marketing campaign that makes heavy use of the words “fried” and “love,” which makes me think of fried food, which I love.
While we’re on the subject of things I love, let’s talk about Labyrinth, the Jim Henson film so fantastic and weird that goblin king David Bowie’s giant codpiece is only the sixth or seventh most fantastic and weird thing in it. Let’s talk about politics, and booze, and trails. Let’s talk about things to do tonight.Full Story
Your weekly helping of Dallas food news.Full Story
Little people need big inspiration. And when it comes to their young, curious eyes, that inspiration often comes in the form of some bright, interesting visuals. So when our associate creative director, Jamie Laubhan-Oliver set out to create an actual nursery for our feature on stylish spaces for kids, she opted for something other than pastels and polka dots. The end result: a stylish, sophisticated space that – with a few small changes – could would grow with a little one, no matter the gender.
From the Lucite crib to the faux animal heads, we’ve created a list of where you can curate the cuteness for yourself.Full Story
It’s not just gracefully aging homes in Old East Dallas. Thanks to the growing popularity of the neighborhoods surrounding it (i.e. Lower Greenville, Uptown, and Downtown), the history-filled hood between Henderson and Fitzhugh Avenues is drawing more young professionals and families looking for apartments, townhomes, or newly renovated abodes. Blame it on the wide array of home shapes, sizes, and styles—or the storied lanes that stay lively thanks to the joggers, strollers, or bikers who turn out to enjoy them. Either way, there are plenty of places to settle. Here, we show you a sample.Full Story
Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick won’t talk yet about a preliminary report to the commission ruling out a link between earthquakes near Azle and a disposal well operated by XTO Energy—findings that contradicted an earlier study by scientists at SMU, which did find a connection. But during an appearance in Dallas yesterday, Craddick said the commission, which regulates the Texas oil and gas industry, is working with its recently hired staff seismologist to investigate seismic activity and to hold “conversations” with concerned communities.Full Story
As I mentioned in Leading Off, there’s a story in the paper today about DISD. Two administrators at a school with 390 students were put on leave while the district investigates possible academic misconduct. Were the administrators cheating? Maybe. Maybe not. We don’t know. The Morning News doesn’t know. The paper doesn’t even know what the possible “academic misconduct” might have entailed. All it could report was that two administrators were on leave. It’s a pretty thin story. Yet it ran above the fold today on the front page. It’s such a non-story at this point that the reporter, Tawnell Hobbs, had to write one graph about all the people who wouldn’t comment and another two graphs about how the school in question got its name and how it partners with a local college.
This is a screw job.
Meanwhile, as Louisa Meyer pointed out in the comments to my earlier post, some very good news is coming out of the district.Full Story
Well, that didn’t take long — just eight days, by my count. That’s how long it took the newly launched, Onion-style Dallas parody news site Dallas Brisket to go from making up funny fake headlines about local events to just printing stuff that actually happens in Dallas.
If you missed it, Dallas Brisket launched on August 25 with a few laudable headline zings. “After Three Weeks, District Attorney Susan Hawk Found at Her Desk,” read the inaugural headline, quickly followed up with “Wylie H. Dallas Stops Giving a Sh*t After Reading Facebook Comments.” Not bad. They made me laugh.Full Story
I once heard the wines of the Languedoc described as a “type of family unit.” As the blend comes together, each and every part of the family is required to make the perfect wine. Smoky, spicy, robust Syrah acts like the father, the leader and head of the family, often dominating the blend. Inky Mourvedre […]Full Story
Watching the trailer for the upcoming Will Smith movie called Concussion, which is based on the real-life story about the doctor who discovered CTE, reminded me of Zac’s story from last year about Tony Dorsett. Watch the trailer, and then, if you haven’t already, read “Tony Dorsett Is Losing His Mind.”
In other news, the college football season starts tomorrow! No. 2 TCU v. Minnesota, baby!Full Story
The September issue of Texas Monthly reports on the Texas school book controversy that has been simmering since 2010. That’s when the Texas State Board of Education adopted new curriculum standards that, it was argued at the time, attempted to coax publishers into producing student textbooks that downplayed the historical realities of slavery, segregation, and discrimination. Well, now those textbooks have been published, and while they are not yet available to the general public, TexMo’s Tom Bartlett reports that those who have perused them don’t believe they are as bad as many feared.Full Story
Whoever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks clearly has never taken a cooking class at Sur La Table, or had the creative minds at The Southern Table guide them through the art of making a Pinterest-worthy flower arrangement. It’s incredible what you can learn when you have the right tools, creative (and patient) tutors, and, at times, a rather large class of wine to boost your confidence.
As we bid adieu to summer, it seems like the perfect time to scout out some fun fall classes. Take them with friends, or ride solo and make some new ones. Either way, you’ll master a new trick just in time to impress your family during the holidays. Oh, you like that letterpress poster, Aunt Sally? Yeah, I made that.Full Story
It’s time, once again, to recognize a nurse who has made our community a better place to live. Whether he or she helped deliver your baby, eased the sting of an immunization, or battled a terminal illness, no act is too big or too small to be in the running. Anyone can vote, from patients […]Full Story
Cool story over on KERA about UT Southwestern researchers, led by Dr. Benjamin Levine, taking Dallas cancer survivors up into the NASA plane that flies repeated parabolas high up in the atmosphere to simulate zero gravity. Why?
“One of the biggest medical problems in the last decade of manned space flight has been the understanding that astronauts on the International Space Station are losing their vision,” Levine explains. “And when they’ve come back down to Earth, it looks for all the world like the pressure inside the brain is too high.”
This hypothesis, that high pressure inside the brain is damaging the eyes, is what Levine was testing. Instead of sending people to the International Space Station, he’s using those fast swoops and dives of the plane as a chance to replicate the zero gravity experienced in space.
And there’s another big difference between these test subjects and the astronauts who have the vision problem.
These voyagers were all cancer survivors.
Why? Because these cancer survivors have ports in their brains – ports once used to deliver chemotherapy – that now make testing the pressure inside their heads easier.