Leading Off (4/9/09)

1. The D.A.’s in Dallas and Denton County have finished reviewing cases filed by former DPD officer Robert Powell. The result? Denton is declining to pursue a DWI case, and is dismissing a marijuana possession charge. In Dallas, 11 cases are still up in the air, but everything appears to be in order. So this should pretty much close the book on Powell. Unless, of course, at some point, he decides to reenact the plot of an average basic cable thriller and take out his revenge on the department in some sort of overly complicated fashion. Don’t really see that happening.

2. To help fund transportation projects, Sen. John Carona (R-Dallas) is sponsoring legislation that would allow certain counties (including all 12 in the D-FW area) to raise the gasoline tax from 20 cents to 30, and hike up fees for registration by $60 and vehicle inspection by $15. And a bunch of other stuff. In turn, I am introducing legislation that would allow me to reenact the plot of an average basic cable thriller and take out my revenge on Carona in some sort of overly complicated fashion. There will be a statewide vote on my villainous catchphrase later this year.

3. And finally, my beloved Dallas Mavericks secured their ninth straight trip to the playoffs, stepping up huge against the Utah Jazz, 130-101. if I told you that, to celebrate, I put a ton of C4 somewhere on the parade route Laura Miller leaked to the press during the 2006 Finals and you have 45 minutes to find it, what would you do, hotshot? What would you do?


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36 responses to “Leading Off (4/9/09)”

  1. Davie Dave says:

    Shoot Laura Miller?? (Disclaimer: This is in no way a threat of violence against Ms. Miller, it is only a mocking of a line from a movie. In this case the name ‘Laura Miller’ is simply taking the place of the word ‘hostage’.)

  2. DM says:

    On Facebook, Homeland Security didn’t click the ‘like’ link on this post.

  3. RayRayRay says:

    Did Wick get you a gold watch that you didn’t like?

  4. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot says:

    High taxes on cigarettes and gas make Zac something, something…

  5. becca says:

    not to mention this is the last day for smoking in bars in dallas. add that to ..make Zac something something

  6. JS says:

    Everyone, please stay on topic or I shall have Chief Kunkle remove you.

  7. Obama's Seat says:

    Maybe Powell can go work for Bolton.

  8. RayRayRay says:

    Chief Kunkle? He’s nothing compared to Lodowick Brodie Cobb Allison.

  9. RayRayRayRayRayRayRayRayRayRayRayRay says:

    Sheesh, Frontburner. More links to the DMN?

  10. Chris Chris says:

    Zac made me giggle.

  11. RayRayRay says:


    Hey! Long time no see!

  12. JohnJohn says:

    i thought there was a blog for sports already

  13. RayRayRayRayRayRayRayRayRayRayRayRay says:

    See you at the barbeque!

  14. RayRayRay says:

    Sorry, Lodowick. Back on subject: Remember that e-mail you sent me?

    Let’s be perfectly frank. You are a nuisance. You add nothing to the conversation. It is no secret that I have never liked comments, and you provide the perfect example of why.

    I would like to invite you politely to leave FrontBurner and never come back. Go enjoy your life. Or, since you don’t like how I run my company, go into competition with me and run me out of business. Or go invent something entirely new. Show some spark, man!

    But for godssake find something better to do with your time than comment on my website.

    All the best,

    Wick Allison

    So who’s with me? Let’s start a magazine!

  15. RayRayRay says:

    Oops, the italicizing isn’t my strong suit. But you get the point.

    Don’t make me feel like Jerry Maguire here… Let’s start a magazine… Who’s coming with me? RayRayRayRayRayRayRayRayRayRayRayRay? Jack E. Jett? GMAFB?

  16. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot says:

    Speaking of going something, something…

  17. Daniel says:

    I’m a nuisance and I add nothing to the conversation. But apparently Wick doesn’t care if I enjoy my life or not.

    Does his full name really sound like that of the Stuffy Aristocrat in an amusing-enough-at-the-time-but-now-badly-dated ’80s comedy? That’s not so much a name as it is an ascot-evoker.

  18. RayRayRay says:

    Love it, Daniel. My favorite part about his full name is that each of the four individual names is stuffy, but put together they form some sort of supername.

  19. Bobby Ewing says:

    Like the Voltron of HP names?

  20. Daniel says:

    He was named after a haberdashery in St. John’s Wood.

  21. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot says:

    And I thought Big Shot Lodowick was merely the the name of the local NCAA Office Pool

  22. RayRayRay says:

    I wonder why he doesn’t go by Lodowick. Or Cobb.

    I’d like the Cobb Allison. No avocado.

  23. John M says:

    So, whatever happened to the official Frontburner lung and liver cancer party to mourn the last day of smoking in Dallas?

  24. Daniel says:

    All right, all right, let’s knock it off with Wick’s name. Hawkeye and BJ already give the poor guy a hard enough time as it is. (But hey, it’s not like they haven’t had some special episodes, as well.)

  25. Don in Austin says:

    3. Maybe the Mavs can put some C4 in their defense. Wouldn’t they be better served by not making the playoffs and drafting a point guard that can score?

  26. RayRayRay says:

    You’re right. Poor Wick. Poor, poor Wick.

  27. Hmmmm...I thought banks were starting to show profits? says:


    Can a legal/banker FB’r explain this in greater detail?

  28. Zac Crain says:

    @John M: If it happens, it’ll be on the early side. Forgot I have to go to Passover.

  29. Dallasite says:

    You guys are retarded.

  30. Daniel says:

    You guys are retarded.

    Mama always said, “A retard is as a retard does.” Which usually sealed her case against me.

  31. RayRayRay says:

    Daniel, you crack me up.

    And Dallasite, I believe you mean “mentally challenged.”

  32. Lodowick Brodie Cobb Allison says:

    Well it appears I have done it again. No, I didn’t soil myself. Oh, wait, yes I did. But I was referring to the deletion of my own comment. My apologies, FrontBurner Nation.

  33. Sid Nancy says:

    Well I figures Tim would have conmmented on the biggest news event of the Day, then I waited for Wilonsky, and still nothing. Don’t you News Journalists care about the News like the Dallas Morning NEWS? Have some compassion for gods sake people. Don’t you know a man was stabbed!
    Stabbed I tell ya, And for what? 6B of the Metro- ”
    Man is stabbed over flatulence problem…Shoulda been front page.

  34. Daniel says:

    As long as you didn’t soil me, LoBroCo.