That’s the case if you’re the Mesh Mask Bandit, anyway. Former immigrants rights activist Luis De la Garza, of Farmers Branch, pled guilty last November to robbing five banks with a BB pistol and a mask apparently made of mesh.
Now, according to the Morning News, prosecutors are asking that De la Garza be sentenced this Thursday to 20 years in prison, when the usual sentence for his crimes would be 8-10 years. Their justification is evidence that he showed no signs of giving up his bank-robbing ways at the time he was arrested:
They found inside his vehicle a pair of black gloves, two black ballcaps, a black neoprene mask, two women’s stockings (tan), a fake mustache and a “fat suit” to disguise his appearance, the motion said.
“The only way to curb his appetite for high-risk behavior and protect the public from further crimes of the defendant is to sentence him to an adequate term of imprisonment,” [prosecutor Keith] Robinson said in the motion.
This week, catch Memento, Groundhog Day, City Lights, and many more films on the big screen.Full Story
Christopher Mosley on how to navigate the most overwhelming music event of the year.Full Story
The luckiest day of the year is right around the corner, thanks to the Irish, of course. Bagpipers, red heads, beer, corned beef, and cabbage may be stereotypical of St. Patrick’s Day, but never under-appreciated in Dallas. Check out these 12 beautiful ways to celebrate St. Patty’s with some food and drink.Full Story
The way Ivania Carpio makes wearing Nike workout pants look like high fashion on Love Aesthetics. Leandra Medine’s tips on making an old dress look new on The Man Repeller. Mini skirt as a topping? Maybe so. Dallas gal Erin Wasson as the face of Madewell as discovered on Honestly WTF. An all-at-once cool but sophisticated cotton […]Full Story
This years festival will include an international gem, two local music docs of note, and more.Full Story
Stars Game Postponed After Player Collapses On Bench. Moments like this put professional sports in perspective. As it happens, when the news about Rich Peverley broke last night, I was having dinner with a surgeon who sometimes serves as the emergency physician at Stars games. Which means I got to hear elaborate explanations of the procedures Peverley likely went through in the offseason, when doctors discovered an irregular heartbeat, and some of the treatment he might have received in the emergency room last night. The latest reports say Peverley is conscious and in stable condition.
Details Emerging in Murder of Wylie Teen. Yesterday Cristina mentioned the two Wylie teenagers arrested after they told police they were “burying a body,” later identified as a fellow student at Wylie East High School. Today brings news that the victim was choked to death, that the crime may have planned for days, and that the motive could have had something to do with a romantic dispute. The DMN isn’t naming the two minors charged in the case, but WFAA is.
Dallas Bids for 2016 Republican Convention. After a snow delay, the city will make its presentation on March 21. The convention would bring at least 40,000 visitors and upwards of $200 million in economic impact, plus the guarantee of some solid Daily Show segments. We’re up against Las Vegas, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Denver, Phoenix, Cleveland, and Columbus, Ohio. At some point, I expect Zac to produce something hilarious ranking each city’s strengths, possibly referencing the letters WKRP.Full Story
Today we explore the $400,000 price point and far it goes in the Dallas real estate market. We found three very different homes – a new build in Little Forest Hills, a midcentury modern that needs some TLC, and an adorable cottage in the M Streets. Click here to get the details.Full Story
Because a few local residents can’t or don’t want to dispose of their single-use plastic bags like everyone else, Dallas City Council member Dwaine Caraway wants to ban the bags outright. That’s a silly, knee-jerk “solution” to an exaggerated problem. And it deserves to be treated as such when the full council votes as expected on the issue this month.Full Story
Just when I thought everybody had made the trip to Round Top, I hear of a new client or friend that’s planning to make the trek, hang with their besties and try to find some treasure. My team goes to both the spring and fall shows to find one of a kind, unusual, vintage and just generally fantastic pieces that will take a space over the top. If you are headed there, here are some tips or at least my musings on the adventure.Full Story
She’s been around Dallas for years, but claims she doesn’t get out much anymore. Tomorrow’s weather coupled with a special occasion creates a need for information. Can you suggest a quiet restaurant patio?Full Story
D Home recently celebrated the announcement of the 2014 Best Designers by doing what we do best: Throwing an awesome party. We gathered at the Goss Michael Foundation in the Design District to mix and mingle with members of the local design community. Among that group is Susan Bednar Long. New to Dallas, the interior designer has quickly made a name for herself with her firm S.B. Long Interiors, Inc. (Her other office is in Connecticut.) Susan trained at Ralph Lauren and founded her own firm in New York City ten years ago. She’s known for creating a “modern traditional” look with an air of sophistication. Read on to find out what’s inspiring her now. (We’ve already added a few items from her list to our own wish list.)Full Story
In restaurants, we believe the customer is always right. Unless, of course, they’re not.
Sauce. Protein. Starch. Vegetable. All of these elements are seasoned and cooked in a way to make a delicious, harmonious dish. During menu development, chefs mix flavors and textures that (hopefully) rock a diner’s world. They consider the season, the area, and what food trends are sweeping the fine dining world. Blood, sweat, and tears are part of this exhaustive process, which is why it makes the kitchen sad when diners ask for modifications before even tasting a dish. Case in point: Sally Albright in When Harry Meets Sally. Try not to be like her.Full Story
Not long ago I requested and received White House Years, Henry Kissinger’s 1,500-page account of his stint in the Nixon Administration, the Ford Administration being covered in a later and no doubt less edifying volume. I was so excited that I wanted to share a bit of my joy with my cellmate, Tom. Tom is a bank robber who has the words “Game Over” tattooed on his knuckles, which is to say by implication that at some point in his life he happened to glance at his knuckles, noticed that the words “Game Over” were not to be found on them, and said to himself, “I’d better get that rectified.” When I was first assigned to his cell, I noticed that he was in possession of something called The Anger Management Workbook, which is rather a cliche thing for one’s new cellmate to have lying around. I like to think that before he came upon this textual remedy, he spent a great deal of his time pummeling people to death while shouting, “Game Over!”
“Tom,” I asked him now, “Would you like me to read to you from Henry Kissinger’s memoirs in Henry Kissinger’s voice?”Full Story
On Friday, March 14, the city will shut down Flora Street and Harwood Street for a downtown Arts District Spring Break Party: Crow Collection of Asian Art, Nasher, DMA. The party starts at 6pm with some of Dallas’ better food trucks, including Easy Slider, Guava Tree, Jack’s Chowhound, Pompeii DFW, Ruthie’s, Rock’n'Rick’s, Nammi, What’s da Scoop, bobaddition, Bombay Street Food, and others.Full Story
In case you haven’t heard, this week belongs to the South by Southwest festival, Austin’s legendary “film, music, and interactive” event that gathers thousands to converge all over every surface of the city. Celebrating the newest and innovative in film, music, comedy, and more, the festival delivers a week’s worth of musical performances, film screenings, and comedy […]Full Story
Have you read the recent news about scans that suggest previously unappreciated similarities between dog and human brains? It’s more evidence for why these domesticated creatures are our species’ best friends.
It’s as good an excuse as any to launch a new monthly series on FrontBurner from Dallas Pets Alive!, an animal rescue group run entirely by volunteers, with all of the pets housed by foster families throughout North Texas. You’ve maybe seen the organization’s #muttbombing campaign on Instagram, featured recently on HuffPo, USA Today or CNN?Full Story
While all you guys were busy stuffing croissant-donuts in your face, cronut creator Dominique Ansel was busy experimenting with a new invention. And this time, the New York pastry chef has done the weird-possible. His newest creation, chocolate chip cookie shots, combines America’s favorite dessert-dunking habit into one little edible cup party.Full Story
No matter that spring is approaching. A spritz of Chanel anything is never out of season. Coco Noir, with grapefruit, bergamot, rose, jasmine, patchouli, and sandalwood is warm, spicy, and comes in a sleek black case. We’ve got a travel-friendly 1.2-ounce spray bottle ready to be shipped off to a winner this week. It takes just two minutes to enter contest.
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