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Get to Know: Amari Cooper

| 3 hours ago

Well on their way to another banger of an 8 and 8 season, the Cowboys decided to keep trying and traded a (guys, come on) 2019 first round draft pick for now-former Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper, finally replacing Dez Bryant, who is still at home tweeting, so he’s basically me, except even I don’t tweet that much anymore. Who is Amari Cooper? Let’s find out!

• His first name is Amari, which has African-Yoruban origins and means “strength.” It’s similar to Amar’e Stoudemire, who played for the Mavericks for one season and last played for [checks notes] Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Premier League, which exists.

• He was the No. 4 pick in the 2015 draft out of Alabama.

• He went to high school in Florida with Teddy Bridgewater.

• Cooper has fumbled four times in his career and lost one of them.

• He was good for two seasons, then not really at all for one and a half.

• He can run and jump faster than I can. We are even on hands. I’m a little bit better at running routes.

• Amar’e Stoudemire really did play for a team in the Israeli Premier League. It’s a little thing called research. Here is a recent picture of him trying to blow a shofar.

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Politics & Government

More People Voted Early in Dallas County Yesterday Than on Day One of the 2016 Presidential Election

| 3 hours ago

Yesterday was a historic day in Dallas County: The Texas Secretary of State’s office reports that 59,389 people voted in person on day one of early voting. That is more than during the 2016 presidential election, when 58,775 voted here on day one. It is also way more—four and a half times—than the first day turnout during 2014’s midterms.

Turnout was high across the state. In Tarrant County, 40,414 people voted yesterday. In Collin County, 33,350. And in Denton County, 19,045. Harris County paced the state with 63,188 day one voters.

So far in Dallas County, 6.12 percent of registered voters have fulfilled their civic duty either in person or by mail. That compares to 5.47 percent in Tarrant, 7.33 percent in Collin, 4.96 percent in Denton, and 4.94 percent in Harris.

Toni Pippins-Poole, elections administrator for Dallas County, told me that some polling locations were experiencing wait times as high as an hour and a half yesterday. She suggests checking the county’s map to get a sense of the wait before you leave your home or place of work. Seems smart. Here’s the map.

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Local News

Star-Telegram Apologizes For Bad Cartoon Amid Pressure From Alumni

| 6 hours ago

On Thursday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram published a cartoon that is racist and transphobic. Dallas lawyer Lee Merritt called it out on Twitter, and then we posted here. Things took off, and the lack of editorial judgment touched a nerve among the newspaper’s alumni. A group of 54 former employees signed an open letter to the newly installed editor of the paper. That editor, Steve Coffman, has since written a short apology, which was posted online Monday evening and ran in print this morning. Here it is:

The editorial cartoon we ran on Oct. 18 has attracted a lot of criticism.

While we want the Star-Telegram’s editorial page to showcase opinions from divergent points of view, we also strive to maintain a high level of respect and quality of thought.

The cartoon we published on Oct. 18 did not fulfill that aspiration. I take full responsibility and apologize for the decision to publish it.

Moving forward, we will work harder to maintain the highest standards of sensitivity and fairness on our pages that the readers of the Star-Telegram expect.

The open letter was penned by historian and author Michael Phillips, a reporter in Fort Worth in the late 80s. Phillips says a reduced version of it will run in the Star-Telegram on Wednesday. The alumni call out the depiction of the trans woman in the cartoon as well as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (who was drawn wearing a headdress), saying the former “reduced the entire community to a punchline” while the latter “is nothing more than redface minstrelsy.”

Here is the letter in full:

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Technology

These Smartphone Apps Will Help You Live Your Best Dallas Life

| 6 hours ago

Booster

Diego Netto, a member of the Sharks in Plano West Senior High School’s 2007 production of West Side Story, is better known for co-founding Booster, a multimillion-dollar fuel service company that brings the gas to your car. The concept—brought to life with the help
of Ross Perot Jr.’s AllianceTexas incubator—is simple: small tanker trucks deliver fuel directly to your car. There is no charge for the service, and gas rates are comparable to, if not cheaper than, the pump. They will also clean your windshield, inflate your tires, and replace your wiper blades upon request. How it works: Currently the service is limited to corporate parking lots and retail locations—places with a sufficient density of vehicles to make the service cost-effective, such as Frito-Lay, Fossil, and UTD. If your company is signed up, all you need to do is download the app and indicate when you’re ready to fill up. Booster CEO Frank Mycroft says the company hopes to expand to more locations in the area and, eventually, move beyond fuel. “I think the future that we get excited about is things getting delivered to a mobile address, a location that is convenient for you, convenient for the delivery provider, and more secure, more efficient,” he says. “For us, that’s a car. I can deliver things to your trunk almost as easily as
I could to your fuel door.”

Cherry

It took two Dallas businesswomen comparing the sad state of their manicures on a flight to San Francisco for inspiration to strike. Amber Venz Box, co-founder of rewardStyle, and Whitney Wolfe Herd, founder of Bumble, didn’t have the time or inclination to spend hours in the salon every week. But they wanted to look polished and professional. If you can’t bring the CEO to the pedicure chair, they figured, why not take the pedicure to the CEO? Or the stay-at-home dad. Or the mom-to-be. Or anyone, really, who would prefer to have the salon come to them. How it works: Select the services you would like (anything from a basic pedicure to a gel manicure), and enter your service location. A vetted technician (aka Cherry Pro) armed with a selection of Essie polishes will meet you there. All treatments are waterless, but you will need an accessible electrical outlet for gel treatments. Basic services start at $30.

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Sports

Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel to Look at Jordan Edwards Shooting Tonight

| 7 hours ago

In a press release for the season opener of Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, which airs tonight at 9 p.m., HBO says they have exclusive police dash-camera and body-camera footage, as well as crime scene photos, that they have used to re-create the night 15-year-old Jordan Edwards was tragically shot and killed by Roy Oliver, a Balch Springs police officer. You can watch the preview below.

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Business

Slideshow: The Expansion of Klyde Warren Park

| 7 hours ago

The city’s convention and visitor’s bureau is still mulling over office-space options, but its VisitDallas Experience Center is getting a new high-profile venue at Klyde Warren Park. Its move and collaboration with the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation will kickstart a $76 million expansion of KWP, adding 1.2 acres west of St. Paul Street.

Along with additional green space and gathering spots, the expansion includes a 20,000-square-foot pavilion that will house the VisitDallas center, currently located in Dallas’ West End neighborhood. Design and construction is slated to get underway in 2019, with completion coming as early as 2022. 

“This project fulfills the vision we outlined when we began talking about decking over Woodall Rodgers a decade ago, and it is the next step in improving the connectivity of the Park and the Arts District with the West End, Victory Park, and the Perot Museum,” said Jody Grant, chairman of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation.

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Business

The Man Who Tried to Save Dallas’ Cotton Industry

| 8 hours ago

Beginning in the early 1830s, when James Bowie built a cotton mill in what would a few years later become the Republic of Texas, that industry grew into the state’s largest cash crop, annually supplying 25 percent of the country’s cotton needs. By the second decade of the 20th century, there was no doubt that cotton was truly king; Dallas was its palace and the Dallas Cotton Exchange considered its throne. The 17-story building, on the corner of North St. Paul and San Jacinto streets, housed buyers and brokers who daily transacted more business than similar exchanges did in Memphis and New York City.

But in the 1950s and 1960s, the cotton industry and its related textile and apparel manufacturing businesses in Texas were in turmoil, threatened by the increased importation of cheaply made foreign fabrics, mill closings by independent owners, renewed activity by mills in New England and the Southeast, and the rise of synthetic textiles. And then, in the late 1970s, a 56-year-old Englishman with more than 30 years in the cotton business decided to move to the United States. Realizing Texas’ importance in the industry and with encouragement from friends in Dallas, he moved into an office at the Dallas Cotton Exchange. He was optimistic that new ways of doing business, tricks he’d learned in markets around the world, would improve their fortunes.

My introduction to this man came as I entered a store in Highland Park Village some years later. I was met at the door by an employee—nicely dressed and smiling, ruddy complexioned, older—who greeted me in a proper English accent. I got the impression that he was not your typical retail employee. So when he and I left the store at the same time, and he invited me to have a cup of coffee a few doors down because his wife had been held up and wouldn’t be joining him, I accepted.

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Local News

Leading Off (10/23/18)

| 10 hours ago

Another Crooked Public Official Busted. Larry Duncan is a former Dallas city council member. He was the board president of the now defunct busing operation called Dallas County Schools. He took $245,000 in campaign contributions and used most of it on personal expenses. He pleaded guilty to a single count of tax evasion.

We Are Voting Like Crazy. On the first day of early voting, yesterday, 55,384 people voted in Dallas County (including mail-in ballots), compared to 29,217 people from the first day of early voting in 2014 for the last midterm elections. Collin County was banging, too. As of 2:30 p.m., 23,098 residents had voted early, compared with 10,312 in 2014.

Cowboys Land a Receiver. Jerry gave up a first-round pick in the 2019 draft to get Raiders receiver Amari Cooper. Whatever. After that loss to the Redskins, I’m watching basketball.

Mavs Win! As I predicted, the Mavs beat the Bulls last night 115-109 (my guess on the score was a little off). Here are the highlights from the Dude With the Diacritics:

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Politics

High Turnout Has Marked Day One of Early Voting in Dallas County

| 1 day ago

Pamela Nelson lived downtown for 23 years before moving away a year ago, but on Monday, the Dallas artist decided to come back to her old polling place. She was happy to have to wait a little longer than normal, as voters worked through a cramped room at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. “It’s never been this crowded,” she said, after she’d earned her sticker. “There’s never been this much participation.”

That was the consensus on day one of early voting, where 42,241 people had voted as of 4:30 p.m. on Monday, according to Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole. Tarrant County turnout has been similarly strong, with about 38,000 votes cast by then. In 2014, the last mid-term election two years out of a presidential contest, a total of 13,036 people in Dallas County cast votes on day one in person. During the 2016 presidential election, 58,775 voters came out on day one of early voting.

At the library, Soundra McDuff, who is in charge of the location, said people had been lined up outside the door when she opened up at 7 a.m. About 300 people had voted by about noon. One of them was 30-year-old Owen Wilson-Chavez, who said he’d come out in an effort to spur “some sense of reasonableness within our elected officials.”

“I think everyone is trying to make sure their voices are heard,” Tosha Pendleton said, standing in line at the George Allen Courts Building downtown. Pendleton was early voting over her lunch break, as usual, and walked into a much larger turnout than she’d seen in years past.

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Sports & Leisure

Tim Rogers’ Patented Super Awesome Mavs Prediction for Tonight

| 1 day ago

Before the season started, I predicted that the Mavs would win 47.5 games. Then they lost the first game of the season, and I changed that prediction, guessing that they’d go winless. Maybe that was an overreaction, because then the Mavs won their second game of the season, against the Timberwolves. And now I have to tell you, with all sincerity and with a calm head, that I think they will win 84 games this season. Mavs will beat the Bulls tonight by 40. Here are the Luka highlights from game No. 2 to back up my new prediction:

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