Q: Your March story on dirty restaurants gave the public vital information, h it true that Irving suspended all inspections of area restaurants a year ago?
A: Not at all. The city has simply reassessed the way its 650 food establishments are inspected for health-code violations. “All of our food facilities, whether a convenience store or a full-fledged restaurant, were inspected every month,” says a city spokesperson.
“We conducted a risk assessment and determined that some places don’t need to be inspected as often. ” Under Irving’s new system, for instance, video stores selling pre-packaged food are inspected twice a year; convenience stores, four times a year; sandwich shops, every other month; and full-service restaurants, every month.
Q: Now that he’s no longer on KTCK, 1 miss Skip Bayless. What’s he up to now?
A: Bayless is finishing his Dallas Cowboys trilogy (God’s Coach, The Boys) with Hell Bent: The Crazy Truth About the Dallas Cowboys’ Season of Madness,due out this summer. (Watch for an excerpt in D.) According to Bayless’ agent, Shari Wenk, a few key figures were initially reluctant to talk, but when word got out that the book would deal with controversial matters, Bayless was flooded with calls from Jerry [ones, Barry Switzer, Troy Aikman, and others. Wenk, who calls the book “an incredible character study of these people,” says “a lot of them were very paranoid about how they’re presented in the book. You know, ’Hey, help me out. Don’t write that.’ They all wanted to get their side told.”
Q: I hear that another “bimbo eruption” intended to damage President Clinton will be coming out of Dallas just before the presidential election. True?
-D.G., Fort Worth A: Perhaps so, if Dallas attorney Dolly Kyle can find a publisher for a novel she calls Purposes of the Heart. The book, according to Publishers Weekly, is a thinly veiled account of what Kyle, 48, contends was a decades-long affair with Clinton that began after they met as preteens in Hot Springs, Ark. Kyle, who calls herself a moderate Republican, says she began the book as a “therapeutic journal” during her years of group therapy. She decided to go public after Gennifer Flowers went public with ber accusations, thus shattering Kyle’s belief that she was the only “serious” other woman in Clinton’s life. Names, dates, and places have been changed “to protect the guilty,” Kyle says. But readers shouldn’t have any trouble figuring out who “Mallory Cheatum” is based on.