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Winners and Losers This Week in Dallas (10/28/16)

Who's up and who's down over the last seven days?

Winners

An Exhausted Electorate
Early voting is hot. The number of ballots cast in the first few days since polls opened on Monday has surged way ahead of the 2012 election in the state’s biggest counties, including Dallas. +67

FC Dallas
As expected, they claimed the Supporters’ Shield (the best regular-season MLS record) against Los Angeles on Sunday. +20

DFW Airport
The international transportation hub received a $40 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to fund infrastructure upgrades. +3

SMU Football
The team defeated Houston, ranked No. 11 in the country at the time, by a score of 38-16 last weekend. New hope springs eternal for the program once sentenced to death. +22

Freeloader Bibliophiles
The Dallas City Council overwhelmingly voted in favor of not imposing any regulations on Little Free Libraries, opting instead to allow them by right as ornaments, no different than bird baths. +348

Losers

DART
The transit agency’s board overwhelmingly voted to fund both the Cotton Belt Line in Far North Dallas and the subway version of a second downtown line. This might sound like a good thing unless you realize that taking on the debt necessary for both could compromise the ability to secure the federal funds necessary for the subway. -650 million

AT&T
Reaction to its announced $85.4 billion deal to purchase Time Warner has been “chilly” from other corporate executives and the regulators who would need to approve the birth of such a media behemoth as the combined companies would be. -Billions and Billions

AT&T Byron Nelson Championship
It was revealed this week that the PGA Tour event will relocate from the Four Seasons in Irving to Trinity Forest Golf Course in 2018. Fine, but where’s everybody going to park? -5,000

Fort Worth ISD
There’s more lead in more of the district’s water fountains than they originally thought. -127

Dallas County Jail
Nearly 300 people are listed as being incarcerated even though they’ve been released, some of them years or even decades ago. County officials says its due to a problem with internal jail records that they’ve been trying to sort out (slowly). At one time there were about 800 people erroneously listed as locked up. A judge has ordered the problem fixed posthaste. -299

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