Three times she married,
and all three times her husbands died. Her first husband, David Stegall, a young, talented dentist, shot himself to death in 1975. Her second husband, a popular hotelier and investor who conceived the luxurious Mansion Hotel on Turtle Creek, died of cancer in 1982. Her third husband, Alan Rehrig, a former college basketball star in Oklahoma who had come to Dallas to hit it rich in real estate, was found murdered in December 1985. [more inside]
When the Bough Breaks.
"Children often can’t tell detectives what happened to them. But their injuries always tell a story. The essence of a child abuse investigation is determining the plausibility of an adult’s story, given the child’s condition. Could the child have sustained the injuries by falling off a bed, tumbling down stairs, or any number of accidents that parents routinely describe? Or does the story fail to account for the injuries?" A profile of Sergeant Brenda Nichols, the head of the Dallas Police Department’s Child Abuse Squad, and one of her cases. (SFW, but the article contains graphic descriptions of child abuse that some readers may find disturbing.)
The 30th annual Dallas Pride parade
and festival, which will take place this weekend, has come under some controversy since the organizers announced the need for the event to be family-friendly and said nudity and lewd behavior will no longer be tolerated
. [more inside]
Once a Dallas restaurateur, Clyde Biggins
has recently been released after 17 years in prison for drug offences. Unable to obtain a food licence, he has taken to giving away
his legendary barbecued ribs, brisket and sausage
from a truck on his front lawn
, in return for donations
. "No gauges, thermometers or gimmicks" and seasoned with just salt, pepper and chili powder
. Texas BBQ Posse Approved
. Find him if you can
Proving that Dallas is slightly more than concrete, SUVs and bad air quality, the Great Trinity Forest
is home to birds, deer, bobcats, badgers, alligators and even a seven foot nine inch, 200 pound alligator gar named Garzilla
as documented in the excellent blog Dallas Trinity Trails
. [more inside]
In June 2004, Paul Stephens pulled over to the shoulder on The George Bush Tollway/I-75 overpass in Dallas, TX while arguing with his girlfriend, Lorena Godoy Osorio. As the fight escalated Osorio got our of the car to flee and Stephens threw her off the overpass
onto the Interstate. He then jumped to his own death, 85 feet below.
Dallas indie rock band Sorta
wrote and recorded a song about the incident, "85 Feet" [more inside]
So long Mr. Peppermint
Generations of North Texas men and women remember Mr. Peppermint
for his three decades of entertaining children
. He passed away
today. (Entertainment runs in his family
Want to (dis)prove who killed JFK
? Start with the 5 million pages of material in the National Archives' Assassination Records Collection1
. Better review the 26 volumes of hearings and exhibits published by the Warren Commission
. And each frame of the Zapruder film2
. And just to be on the safe side, the operating manual
for his then top-of-the-line Bell & Howell 414PD camera. (1: previously, but with outdated link. 2: related) [more inside]
Man Receives 1st US face transplant.
- Dallas Wiens
, whose face was burnt off after his head hit a power line in 2008, appeared in public
for the first time since the surgery on Monday.
Do you remember who shot J.R
.? Rumored since last year a pilot
is confirmed for a Dallas
sequel series to reunite Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy once again
. [more inside]
It sounded terribly fun and terribly disgusting at the same time
: kayaking the polluted river systems of the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex.
So Raymond Hamilton
never killed anybody. If he can make a jury believe that I8m willing to come in and be tryed my self. Why dont you ask Ray about those two policemen that got killed near Grapevine
? And while you are at it better talk it over with his girl friend. Bonnie
and me were in missouri when that happened but where was Ray? coming back from the West bankjob wasn't he? Redhot too wasn8t he? I got it straight. And ask him about that escape at Eastham
farm where that gard was killed. Giess he claims he doesn't know fire any shots there don8t ge? Well if he wasnt too dum to know how tp put a clip in a automatic he'd hace fired a lot more shots and some of the rest of the gards would got killed too. He wrote his lawyer he was too good for me and didnt go my pace, well it makes a me sick to see a yellow punk like that playing baby ad making a jury cry over him either/ He stuck his fingerprint
on a letter so heres mine too just to let you know thjis
is on the leve;
Despite irrefutable video evidence
of the incident, Erykah Badu pleads not guilty
to indecency charges.
The demolition of the Dallas Cowboys' Texas Stadium [previously]
, in panoramic 360-degree video, from the 50-yard line. That is all.
A Better Block.
For a weekend, local urbanism advocates
in the Oak Cliff
neighborhood of Dallas transformed
a block into a complete street
. Reactions from city officials have been positive
. Also: photos
from the event and associated Art Crawl, and a deeper look
at the event and what it means.
Dallas police were skeptical at first, nicknaming the program "Hug-a-Ho."
Two years later, the STAR Court
("strengthening, transition and recovery") is attracting attention from agencies and researchers nationwide, for its innovative approach to prostitute diversion.
"It's absolutely apparent when you work with these women that they're struggling with incredible issues of domestic violence, substance abuse, sexual violence. We want to help these women change their lives, and if we want to change what's happening, we have to change our approach."
is a photojournalist who has worked for The Dallas Morning News, The Los Angeles Times and now works for The New York Times
. His work on a more sports-focused beat in Dallas
lead to his update on athletes from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics
as part of the 2008 Olympics coverage
. As a photographer with The New York Times, he won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize
for feature photography
, for his first time out on the road, covering campaigns
(narrated slideshow, 3min 19sec). Currently, he is sharing his photos
and writing from Port-au-Prince, Haiti
, which are included in NY Times Lens Blog
(prev. Lens Blog features: 1
). If that's a bit heavy, check his photographers journal
(narrated slide show, 2min 34sec) and his article
on creating double-exposure juxtapositions
from days or weeks of shooting large-form film. [more inside]
The Dallas News has a bold new strategy for "becoming the most comprehensive and trusted partner for local businesses in attracting and retaining customers and continuing to generate important, relevant content for our consumers": Making it's editors report directly to advertising sales managers
What do you get when you mix, unisex bathrooms, drugs, Eurotrash music and thousands of horny yuppies? From 1984 to 1989 in Dallas, TX you got The Starck Club
. [more inside]
10-year-old Dalton Sherman of Dallas, Texas is an impressive young public speaker
of raw footage and news reports concerning the assassination of JFK and the guy most people think that did it, Oswald
A bunch of natural gas canisters blew up near downtown Dallas today. Eyewitness video!
Dallas is just a little less funky now. warning: Poorly edited YouTube, but pertinent - bear with me. Not a surprise
, but one of Dallas's greatest landmarks is no longer
, plenty of
people have documented
the beautiful art
that is no longer
One of the worst and best hockey plays you will ever see - all within fourteen seconds. Former first overall pick
, Patrik Stefan of the NHL's Dallas Stars, gets an open shot at an empty net with fourteen seconds left in the game...and misses. The Edmonton Oilers regain control of the puck, make a long pass down the length of the ice and score to tie the game with two seconds left!
Giant Concrete Caterpillar.
Driving on I35 south out of Dallas to Austin, you pass through Italy, Texas, and on the side of the road is Bruco
, the Texas Italian Caterpillar, and the home of the Monolithic Dome Institute
, makers of fine homes
, and churches
. These domes
and disaster resistant
. (See previous thread
). They also can be visually interesting
. These domes are concrete as opposed
to R. Buckminster Fuller
's Geodesic domes
, such as Epcot Center
or the incredibly interesting Eden Project
The proposed Trinity River Calatrava Bridge in Dallas.
As part of an urban renewal and ecological renewal project called the Trinity River Corridor Project
, the city of Dallas has contracted with famed architect Santiago Calatrava
to design a landmark bridge
. The massive project, in addtion to the three signature bridges
, is supposed to create right downtown two lakes, a forest
, wetlands, outdoor recreation
and overall economic renewal
to Downtown Dallas. Of course, this massive renewal project depends large part on public funding
. Some discussion
exists whether large scale public works projects should be undertaken on the public dime. (Previous discussion of Calatrava
First gay Hispanic woman elected as Dallas sheriff
I thought that this was a joke when I first saw the title. I'm way
verklemmt; talk amongst yerselves.
"We can't be too purist about these things"
Slate: I know there is a conspiracy theory saying that David Atlee Phillips
—the Miami CIA station chief—was involved with the assassination of JFK.
: [Visibly uncomfortable] I have no comment.
Slate: And there were
even conspiracy theories
being in Dallas
the day JFK was killed.
Hunt: No comment.
Laura Hunt: Howard says he wasn't
, and I believe him.
E. Howard Hunt
talks about Guatemala, the Bay of Pigs, Dealey Plaza. And what really happened to Che Guevara
The Girl Who Played Dead
"Her name, like most of her life, is forgotten, but her one defining moment is carved into memory: She is the girl who played dead. That moment came in a South Dallas crack house, where she'd been hanging out with four other teen-agers 'in the game,' dabbling in the margins of the drug trade. Her survival was the closest thing to a miracle at a time when it seemed like we were witnessing a final surge into apocalyptic violence on the streets of Dallas."
Tour the Nasher Sculpture Garden.
Can't make it to Dallas. Big D is now home to the one of the first institutions in the world dedicated exclusively to the exhibition of modern and contemporary sculpture with a collection of global significance as its foundation. The Nasher Sculpture Center is further distinguished by a groundbreaking facility and landscaped garden specifically designed for the indoor and outdoor display of sculpture - not to mention the "designer dirt"
A crackdown in Texas.
America - land of the free. And to guarantee that freedom, everyone has to be constantly watchful. Like the photo store clerk from Eckerd
who dutifully reported a Peruvian-born couple's lewd shots of their infants to the Richardson (Dallas/Texas suburbs) police. The photos showed the parents' two infants bathing naked, lying together in bed with their mother (again naked) and the 1-year-old Rodrigo suckling his mother's (naked) breast. So the couple was arrested -- the maximum prison sentence for the crime in question being 20 years -- and the children taken away. (verbatim k5
It's sad we lost, but the Mayor got what she had coming
This woman is an atrocity to the beautiful city of Dallas - she is grossly uncouth, lacks class, and is not fit for the position of mayor in one of the greatest cities in America. She made a bet on the Cowboys when they started the season with a game against the Houston Texans - and lost. The agreement was that if the 'boys won the game, the Mayor of Houston would wear a 'boys cap and jersey at a city hall meeting. Likewise and reciprocal from the herself. Yeah.
Comic book retailer sentenced to jail for selling a book to an adult
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's
lawyers are filing an appeal in the highest criminal court in Texas in the obscenity conviction of Jesus Castillo, manager of a Dallas
comic book store. Castillo has received six months jail time, a year probation, and a $4000 fine. [more inside]
DALLAS--From the Bart Simpson "I didn't do it" school of how to avoid taking personal responsibility, we have what could be the start of a trend.
Real men, enveloped in scandal and accused of wrongdoing, don't admit mistakes. They don't apologize. They simply express sadness.
In Dallas, it was the DA's office that pursued convictions--and did so for four months after learning that the drugs were fake.
Does the Dallas Cowboy's owner suffer from delusions of adequacy?
When Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys fired Jimmy Johnson he sold his soul to prove that he's in charge. Now his ego has made America's Team an NFL laughingstock.
Hundreds flush with excitement during test of arena's plumbing
"We just drank a lot of tea at El Fenix, and we're ready to do what we can for our Stars," Diana Parker said before marching off to her assigned station.
You have to use a email and password...so use mine. It's worth it. email -
Highway to Hell
billboard depicts Satan giving McVeigh his lethal injection. This is an advertisement for the same Dallas radio station that employs the DJs responsible for the recent Spears/Timberlake car-crash rumor. What's the difference between political propaganda and savvy demographic pandering? Via davezilla.com
Dallas tries to override the First Ammendment
in order to fight a community activism page
CueCats Held Hostage!
A motley mix of left-wingers and computer geeks plans to march on the offices of the Dallas Morning News
this weekend, armed with pet carriers filled with CueCats, in order to protest what they see as pro-GOP slants in the paper's reporting. If the paper doesn't agree to their demands for more left-favorable reporting, the CueCats will be executed! Why CueCats? Because the company that owns the News
has been plugging CueCats like crazy. (second item on the page)
Superfluous and unnecessary.
The :Cue Cat reader
has insinuated itself into the very fabric of the Dallas Morning News
, promising links to "expanded content" and "special promotions" by using this $50 future garage sale item. Is there a real need for bar code scanners in the average household? Or is :Cue Cat merely artificially creating a need for their services?
Dallas NAACP president Lee Alcorn on Joseph Lieberman:
"So I think we need to be very suspicious of any kind of partnerships between the Jews at that kind of level because we know that their interest primarily has to do with, you know, money and these kinds of things." Right on, boy!
Oh this is lovely.
Sydney, Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, and now... Somebody remind me to move outta Dallas within 12 years, before the gone and forgotten Izzy
makes its appearance in my hometown. Sheesh. We need this like we need another DART bus
. Or a pipe bomb, for that matter...
Dallas Area Music
is of personal interest to me, so I'm not sure if this makes a bad post. It's not my homepage but I'm an active member of the organization. With that cautionary warning, I did read the guidelines over and over and 1) most of you probably haven't seen this, 2) there IS interesting content, and 3) I'd like to hear discussion from others.. [more]