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Winners and Losers This Week in Dallas (8/19/16)

Tallying the ups and downs of what we saw the last seven days.

Winners

Downtown Dallas Subway
Consensus seems to be building among the Dallas City Council that the second downtown light-rail line that DART has in the works should be taken entirely underground. +2,000

Adrian Beltre
The Texas Rangers third baseman hit a grand slam on Monday to lead the team to a 5-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics. After the game, he was being by interviewed Fox Sports reporter Emily Jones McCoy. Rougned Odor and Elvis Andrus came out to douse him in a celebratory Powerade shower. Then this:

+14

Kevin Farrell
The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas was promoted to lead a new department at the Vatican. +888

Brent Folan
The Fort Worth man was dubbed “the Forrest Gump of the Rio Games” by the Wall Street Journal after he managed to take a selfie with seemingly every notable celebrity in attendance at the Olympics in Brazil. Check out his Instagram feed. He’s got Michael Phelps and Michael Phelps’ family, the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team, Zac Efron, and Warren Buffett, among many others. +XXXI

Phillip Huffines
The real estate developer and brother of state Sen. Don Huffines was elected chairman of the Dallas County Republican Party. He takes over after the previous chairman left the local party broke, and he faces the task of trying to win elections in an increasingly blue Dallas. On second thought, should I have placed him among the week’s losers? +181
 

Losers

The Dallas Morning News
The newspaper lost its best reporter to the Texas Tribune. Speaking of which, where’s our finder’s fee, Evan Smith? -345

Dallas Schoolchildren
DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa wanted to give voters the chance to further financially support several innovative education initiatives by considering a 13-cent tax increase this November. But a minority of trustees managed to block the measure from being placed on the ballot. -100 million

Dallas Taxpayers
The proposal under consideration to bail out the city’s failing police and fire pension fund is painful. The city could be on the hook for as much as an additional $1 billion over the next 10 years to keep the fund solvent. -250 million

Klyde Warren Park
There are a bunch of great ideas in the proposed expansion to everybody’s favorite downtown green space, but the idea of putting a parking garage smack on an additional deck between St. Paul and Akard streets spoils the whole thing. Not to mention that the Park Board made it plain that they don’t expect to be able to contribute the $40 million that the park’s foundation wants. -5

Your Arteries
You can look at the new, bizarre batch of fried concoctions coming to the State Fair of Texas this year and pretend you can resist the desire to jam each and every one into your mouth (except for the fried Jello, that’s just gross). But you’re not fooling anyone. -160/100

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