Leading Off (08/03/09)

1. Dallas County is enacting a scofflaw program in September that basically works like this: if you have an unpaid ticket, you don’t get to register your car. In other news, I might be the only person in Dallas County who currently feels compelled to pay ticket fines. According to a council member, “Right now, people get a ticket and nobody bothers them. So they get another ticket and still nobody bothers them. So they start to say, getting a ticket in Dallas is no big deal.” Seriously. How come no one told me this?

2. Because Dallas County jails have failed seven inspections involving guard to prisoner ratios, the Sheriff’s Department has been forced to make guards all but move in to the facilities. They can’t leave the the building for lunch. Heck, they can’t even leave their assigned floor for any non-emergency reason. And a guard’s duties don’t end until the guy from the next shift actually shows up. So, if Joe decides not to show up, someone inherits a double shift. Oh. And no overtime pay. Yes. A lawsuit has been filed.

3. Lonely women who have been hurt and disappointed by mortal men gathered at the Sheraton Dallas for TwiCon, a conference celebrating all things Twilight. Participants paid $255 to dress up in ball gowns and masks and gush over the character Edward, a vampire who is apparently the dreamiest being on earth. And they said funny things about the love story like, “It’s commitment beyond commitment, because it’s forever.” Puh-lease. As if Bella and Edward have anything on Leia and Han.

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