John Wiley Price Is Dallas’ Most Interesting Politician: No argument here, though if I wrote this Dallas Morning News headline, I might have put “interesting” in quotes.
Texas Burning! Wildfires ravage the state, turning it into the hell New Yorkers have always claimed it to be. The good news: the flames have slowed their spread near Possum Kingdom Lake. The bad news: The inferno is now in East Texas, where more than 3,000 acres are burning in Tyler and Hardin counties. In fact, all but two of the state’s 254 counties have been struck or threatened by the wildfires, prompting Gov. Perry to request President Barack Obama declare the state a major disaster area (I thought the budget shortfall already classified the state as such). But don’t worry: the wildfires are not linked to climate change (as far as we can tell). And in related news, all local bands are hereby required to add this to their live set lists, only replace “London” with “Texas.”
Welcome to Average-Ville, USA: Hurst, TX: While Dallas wrestles with anxiety about being “world-class,” the good people living in Hurst are perfectly happy with their completely average American city. According to the latest census data, the Northeast Tarrant County town’s demographics match many of the country’s averages. Hurst’s household size is 2.6 people, and the ratio of women to men is the same as the nation. Its per capita income is only $21 off the national average ($27,020), and, like the rest of the U.S.A., 27.4 percent of residents hold college degrees. When all is said and done, Ron Bachman is the most average guy in the most average city: “I’m a middle-of-the-road kind of guy, and it’s always fit me,” he tells the Star-Telegram. A true American hero.