The Link Burger at Shake Shack is a cheeseburger topped with a griddled Pecan Lodge jalapeño cheese sausage. (Photo: Catherine Downes)

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Winners and Losers This Week in Dallas (9/2/16)

Shake Shack, Dallas Police Chief David Brown, and Dallas schools figure in our tallying up the last seven days.

Winners

David Brown
What a year for the Dallas police chief. In the spring, police unions were calling for him to resign. Then he was praised by seemingly the entire nation for his performance in the wake of the July 7 shootings. Despite the recent brouhaha over how fast the city should be hiring hundreds of new officers, Brown’s surprise retirement announcement this week, feels like he’s pulling a Costanza by leaving on a high note. +549

Shake Shack
The New York-based burger chain got all the publicity it could have hoped for as it opened in Dallas this week. (And based on our website traffic numbers, readers were eager to ogle its wares. +7

Rougned Odor
The Texas Rangers second baseman followed a walk-off two-run shot on Tuesday night with two more homers in a rout of the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. +8.5

Roshell Steakley
The Collin County woman was hailed as a hero after she saw a baby alone in a hot car in a McKinney Target parking lot and did what needed to be done. +130

Carrollton Police Department
The cops arrested two suspects in a July burglary and reunited a stolen puppy with his family. +1,200

Losers

Dallas ISD
The school district was expecting an uptick in enrollment this year but has so far seen a drop instead, with 2,000 fewer students than last year. The shortfall will cost millions in anticipated state funding. -2,700

Hurst-Euless-Bedford Students
A white teacher at Bell Manor Elementary apparently nicknamed her class the “jighaboos,” a term I’d never before heard but which is a derogatory term for black people. The teacher says she was ignorant of the term’s meaning. In which case, why was she using it at all? -400

Tarrant County Tax Office
They have to refund millions to property owners because of a software glitch that overcharged thousands of accounts earlier this year. -5,146

Michael J. Mooney. Deserving of our opprobrium for what he did to Tony Romo?
Michael J. Mooney. Deserving of our opprobrium
for what he did to Tony Romo?

Tony Romo
I noted last week that his preseason injury hadn’t yet ruled him out for the season, and that remains technically true. However, last weekend the Dallas Cowboys announced their QB1 has a broken bone in his back that will keep him out of action for 6-10 weeks. -4

Michael J. Mooney
The erstwhile D Magazine staff writer lands his first Texas Monthly cover story and will forever after be known far and wide as the man who cursed the Cowboys’ 2016 season. -9

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