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Leading Off (5/22/18)

It'll be cloudy today and get up to a high of about 90.

Lawsuit Challenges the Lower Bois d’Arc Reservoir. If you’re like, “Lower Bois d’What?” then you need to get up to speed on the first reservoir to be built in the state in 30 years. It’s a North Texas Municipal Water District project about 90 miles away, in East Texas. And even though a groundbreaking is planned for Friday, nine people have filed suit against the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the whole thing. If I owned land that had been in my family since 1898, and a bunch of people from Collin County wanted to flood it, I’d feel the same way.

Olivia Solis’ New Heart Is Doing Its Job. Her heart transplant surgery appears to have gone well, and the DISD trustee’s 3-month-old daughter is recovering from surgery. Amazing.

Berkshire Hathaway to Buy Ebby Halliday. Warren Buffett’s company is snapping up the largest residential real estate firm in North Texas. Candy Evans was the only media member at the official announcement to Ebby’s real estate agents!

Comments

  • Happy Bennett

    Is there some reason that the health problems of a child of a former Obama campaign staffer, Rawlings associate and DISD Trustee ( in other words–professional liberal politician) has to get lavish 24/7 coverage from Dallas Morning News, D Magazine and other liberal leaning media outfits such as local TV news? This is becoming cringe worthy–please cut it out. You are embarrassing yourselves. There are lots of kids in DFW who may need health care–you guys are just pushing a poorly fashioned political agenda at their expense, IMO.

    The story you SHOULD be covering (but won’t) is the massive Medicare fraud at NOVUS (hospice) health care by CEO Bradley J Harris, his wife, 5 doctors and 5 nurses, where multiple elderly people were evidently executed for profit with drug overdoses on Mr. Harris’ instructions (according to the indictment) between 2012-2015. NOVUS news was promoted via your magazine prior to the DOJ fireworks. Let me guess was Bradley an Obama supporter? A friend of a friend of yours maybe?

    • MattL1

      Bradley was most definitely NOT an Obama supporter.

      • Happy Bennett

        I will admit, they are kind of hard to find now…

        • MattL1

          Just drop it. You were wrong and WAY off-base with this one.

          • Happy Bennett

            Dig deeper.

    • @zaccrain

      normally, as you know, i would just say ‘ok’ or ‘hm’ or something like that. but in this case i am going to say that griping about us writing about the 3-month-old daughter of a good man having a heart transplant by bringing politics into it is maybe the worst garbage you have posted in the comments of our site, and let me tell you, happy, that particular category has a very, very deep bench. i promise you, if you want to continue, i will set aside all my duties and set up a camp chair in these comments.

      • Happy Bennett

        250 heart transplants were performed at children’s Medical Center in Dallas (alone) by March 2018 according to local business news sources. Not an uncommon or particularly newsworthy event. You invite your own scrutiny re: “bringing politics into it”. Now execution of the elderly by one of your former D Magazine featured corporations is, IMO, newsworthy.

        • @zaccrain

          wtf is a ‘d magazine featured corporation’?

        • Matt Goodman

          The hospital has performed 19 heart transplants in 2018, according to the United Network of Organ Sharing. Of those patients, just two are younger than one year of age. And those are the only two to occur statewide. All of last year, Children’s transplanted 47 hearts, and seven were in patients younger than one year.

          It is not common, and your “local business news sources” are incorrect.

          • Happy Bennett

            Try harder—250 TOTAL heart transplants at a single Dallas children’s hospital ( not counting statewide or regional children’s heart transplants) by March 2018 according to Bizline (3/18)–I thought that you were a health reporter …

          • @zaccrain

            wtf is bizline

          • Matt Goodman

            My guy, what are you talking about? You can poke around here for data by center. https://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/data/view-data-reports/center-data/

    • Matt Goodman

      Strictly about Novus: I wrote about this in 2016, back when I was still covering healthcare: http://healthcare.dmagazine.com/2016/03/31/fbi-investigates-whether-frisco-hospice-director-overdosed-patients-to-up-profits/ Shawn Shinneman, our healthcare editor, is also looking into it.

      About Miguel: He’s a public figure—an elected official—whose three-month-old daughter is fighting for her life. That’s news. We’ve also written, I believe, two blog posts about him. The DMN’s education reporter has written two stories about him. I don’t know how that constitutes “24/7.” Find another place to spew your theories.

      • Happy Bennett

        lots of people are fighting for their lives and their dignity in death (see above)

    • Mavdog

      Happy, believe you have jumped the shark on this rant. Please reconsider how you are expressing your outrage, going off the rails over the stories about a 3 month little girl fighting for her life is unbecoming.

  • Happy Bennett

    Wow–such convenient multifaceted protestation. I’m glad that all you guys proclaim the value of life and were so vociferous in moral indignation about the vicious trashing of the recently deceased 92 year old Mrs. Bush, her elderly husband and let’s not forget the labeling of poor old Dick Cheney as a “war criminal” who “didn’t deserve a heart transplant.”

    • Matt Goodman
    • @zaccrain

      the reason it is obvious you are licked here is that now you are fully talking nonsense. you are without a doubt our worst commenter, and consistently make the conversation, such that is, exponentially worse. but i am somewhat impressed you were able to get from ‘grouchy about a baby getting a heart transplant’ to virtue signaling in just a couple of comments. it’s like watching a possum drive a car.

      • Happy Bennett

        Hmmmm well at least I can spell “I” and I am above criticizing other’s driving skill (whatever that has to do with anything). You folks just cannot take criticism or commentary without falling apart. (translation: I am not one of your cult followers).

        • @zaccrain

          then why are you here every single day?

          • Happy Bennett

            I am?

          • @zaccrain

            ok

  • Why haven’t we banned Happy Bennett yet? I don’t understand.

    • Mavdog

      at the least for accuracy their name must be changed to Unhappy Bennett.

    • JamieT

      Because, if you do, you’ll be left with nothing but a daisy chain of
      sycophancy, which may quickly lead people to confuse you with Mr. Allison’s
      other blog horse, Rod Dreher.

      • @zaccrain

        LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  • @zaccrain

    glad you finally got this up, man