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    November 7, 2014

    Presby Nurse Amber Vinson's Engagement Ring Was Incinerated

    Amber Vinson, the second nurse from Thomas Eric Duncan's treatment team to contract the Ebola virus, had her engagement ring incinerated along with many of her other belongings. In an interview with CNN's Don Lemon, Vinson revealed her struggles to figure out how she got the disease despite followi ... More >>

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    April 30, 2014

    Finding Bourdain's Kulcha at Tandoor in Arlington

    Anthony Bourdain's recent culinary tryst to India for his show on CNN, Parts Unknown, left me in a bit of fit. Much in the same way it left Scott Reitz craving for kulcha, I too had dreams of freshly cooked naan (or kulcha) straight out of a tandoor. I also wanted to dance like the waiters, sing lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Dallas City Council Is Fine with Free Speech, as Long as It's Not Close to a Freeway

    For those who think free speech is an absolute right that shouldn't be lightly trifled with, this morning's City Council meeting offered an unpleasant spectacle. It wasn't so much that the council voted 10-4 to pass an ordinance outlawing "conduct that is intended to distract the attention of motor ... More >>

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    November 7, 2013
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    November 5, 2013

    SMU's Student Newspaper Makes CNN for Booze-and-Rape Op-Ed

    It's a touchy subject, booze and rape on college campuses. Emily Yoffe, Slate's advice columnist, caught hell last month for suggesting that parents and universities need to do a better job warning students of the connection between binge drinking and sexual assault. Yoffe offered a measured argumen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    FAA Says You Shouldn't Shoot at Drones (We're Looking at You, Texas)

    The Federal Aviation Administration has unveiled its official stance on Americans shooting at drones: You shouldn't do that. According to the Associated Press, the FAA announced today that anyone discharging a weapon at a drone runs the risk of causing it to crash, thus injuring people or property, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Zimmerman Verdict Shows the Shortcomings of a Trial by Media

    The New York Times has a story on its front page today about the Trayvon Martin verdict reporting not only that Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law was not invoked by the defense but also quoting a legal expert who calls the law's exclusion from defense arguments "a brilliant strategic move." The Ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    The Times' Jill Abramson is Coming to Town. Be Sure to Follow Her Speech on Twitter.

    Jill Abramson, executive editor of my favorite daily newspaper, The New York Times, will speak in town a week from tomorrow, 10 days later than originally planned. Her announced topic will be the same thing that delayed her: "The Boston Marathon Tragedy: 'Quality Journalism's Role in the Hyper Speed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    CNN and CBS Both Off the Hook in Defamation Lawsuit Over That Nonexistent Mass Grave

    A couple weeks back, we gave you an update on the unlucky Liberty County couple still trying to sue the self-proclaimed psychic who wrongly told police they had a huge mass grave filled with tiny dead children on their property. Presley "Rhonda" Gridley, who the couple alleges is the psychic in que ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    The Eight Bands Most in Need of a Senior Citizen Ticket Discount

    So the Rolling Stones have announced their first large tour in 6 years, and their "50 And Counting" jaunt will see them stop in nine cities across North America. This is borderline amazing considering that Keith Richards and Mick Jagger are 69 and CHARLIE WATTS IS 71 FREAKING YEARS OLD. Can you imag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    American Atheists Call Out Robert Jeffress, the Pope, GOP Politicians on New Texas Billboards

    If you're tired of seeing Rev. Robert Jeffress' elfin little face at every turn, it might be best to avoid the highway for awhile. The pastor, along with one of his most charming quotes -- "What they [homosexuals] do is filthy" -- will be appearing on a billboard along a highway in Austin beginning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    Ten Most Anticipated Metal Albums of 2013

    2012 did not end with the bang promised by the Mayans. Fortunately, 2013 is gearing up to be the year of Heavy Metal. Some of the industry's oldest and newest legends are conjuring some tunes to help nurse the no-apocalypse blues. Here are the ten metal albums likely to get the most attention in 201 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Texas Radio Host Alex Jones Visits With Piers Morgan, Threatens Revolution to Combat Gun Control

    Alex Jones, the Austin-based right-wing agitator, conspiracy theorist, radio host, and founder of Infowars, has been among those raising the cry for the U.S. to deport CNN host Piers Morgan. He appeared on CNN last night for a tete-a-tete with Morgan and, as you can see from the video above, kind o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    On CNN, Reddit Troll Michael Brutsch Is "To Some Degree Apologizing For What I Did"

    A few days after Arlington's now-outed Reddit troll Michael Brutsch sat for an interview in a Fort Worth hotel room with CNN reporter Drew Griffin, the rest of us finally got to see it. It's a bit of a trainwreck. CNN's first shot of Brutsch shows him fidgeting nervously as he licks his lips and o ... More >>

  • News

    October 11, 2012

    Do Mexicans Worship Chickens?

    And why do they get along so well with the Irish?

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    A Scene from National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A in Dallas

    Two days ago, on the Mike Huckabee-chosen Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, supporters of the Chicken Sandwich Chain Against Gay Marriage cause flooded locations across the country. Some carried signs; some burst out in choruses of "God Bless America." It was, according a recent CNN piece, a record sal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold Thinks Undocumented Teens "Had A Say" In Coming To U.S. (Video)

    Corpus Christi Congressman Blake Farenthold appeared on CNN yesterday to tell Soledad O'Brien that he disapproves of President Obama's recent executive order, which will keep the Department of Homeland Security from deporting some undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children (for now, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    So, Rick Perry's Quitting After All

    ​So says CNN: "The Texas governor will make the announcement before the CNN debate in South Carolina." And Politico: "Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to end his presidential campaign Thursday and endorse Newt Gingrich." (Ooooh, speaking of.) A press conference has been scheduled for 10ish this m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    The Master List: The Best Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, January 6-8

    Cowboys fans can admit it: We cried a few sports tears when our playoff dream evaporated on Sunday night. But so be it. We know must move past another dismal season of professional football and look forward to the remaining college bowl games. Sure, these guys aren't making big money like Tony Romo, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Before His Improv Sets This Weekend, Prank Legend Tom Green Talks Cancer, New Projects And Why Owling is Complete Horseshit

    Marleah Leslie and Associates​Tom Green is best known for livening up MTV with the weirdness of his Tom Green Show, tormenting his parents, strangers and, by having viewers request his "Lonely Swedish (The Bum Bum Song)" on the secretly-not-really-live Total Request Live, the network itself with p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Whole Foods' Ramadan Promotion Controversy

    ​There's a storm brewing, but sadly for Dallas, this one won't bring rain. CNN jas followed up on a story from our sister blog in Houston, which reported that the food retailer pandered to right-wing pressure and canceled promotions related to the ongoing Ramadan holiday. Eating Our Words br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    So, Wait, Rick Perry May Not Speak at The Response? Well, That Seems a Bit ... Odd.

    ​That's what CNN's reporting, anyhow -- that Rick Perry, who called for that ''day of prayer and fasting" down in Houston on August 6 and has been the face of the franchise, could wind up on the sidelines during The Response at Reliant Stadium. That's according to Eric Bearse, spokesman for the Am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    When the Hunter Becomes the Hunted: Or, How Killing Big Gator Got Dallas Attorney In Trouble

    Via.​It was mighty big news last month when Dallas attorney Levi McCathern shot and killed that 880-pound, 14-foot-long alligator along the Trinity River down in Leon County -- big enough that it made CNN, matter of fact. Said the proud lawyer for the Dallas Cowboys, "We got a lot of the meat and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    CNN Pits Dallas Versus Dallas

    ​Julia Barton, with an assist from Schutze, covered much the same territory earlier this year in her American Icons piece about Dallas for Studio 360. But now that TNT's given the green light to that next-gen Dallas, CNN, as part of its Defining America series, takes a look at how the city stacks ... More >>

  • News

    March 24, 2011

    Wall of Shame

    CNN, USA Today, and other media organizations got fooled

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    March 18, 2011

    Whitt's End: 3.18.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Couple weeks ago I circled tonight's Mavs-Spurs game at American Airlines Center in anticipation. Now? No biggie. After dropping games it should've won to Memphis, New Orleans and Portland, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    The Texas Rangers Are Better, But Who's Gonna Talk About 'Em?

    ​So now that the Texas Rangers have a hitter (Adrian Beltre) and a pitcher (Brandon Webb), they've got one more important hole to fill this off-season: Television play-by-play voice. Remember just before Game 5 of the ALDS, the Rangers announced they weren't bringing back nine-year veter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Jeffress Goes on CNN to Defend "Grinch List"

    ​Speaking of stealing Christmas ...Two days after First Baptist Church of Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress debuted his Grinch Alert website -- because he will "not bow to the strident voices of a minority who object to the holiday" -- he went on CNN's American Morning to discuss the naughty-or-nice l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Anderson Cooper Stops and Smells Tyler Rose Leo Berman, Author of Texas "Birther" Bill

    ​Two weeks ago today, state Rep. Leo Berman of Tyler filed H.B. 295, which says: "The secretary of state may not certify the name of a candidate for president or vice-president unless the candidate has presented the candidate's original birth certificate indicating that the person is a na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    Some Holocaust Denial Facebook Groups Vanish As Brian Cuban's Twitter-Powered Revolution Picks Up Steam

    As we mentioned Friday morning, Brian Cuban's created quite a stir in the last week with his push -- meticulously documented, naturally, at The Cuban Revolution -- to have Facebook to delete its user-created groups supporting Holocaust denial.A day after the Dallas attorney -- and, yes, brother of M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Coming of Age in a Recession

    CNN this morning visits D'gala Bridal Boutique on W. Jefferson Boulevard, which pockets a major chunk of its change outfitting girls for their quinceañeras. Alas, sales at the end of last year were the worst in more than a decade -- one guess why. Which means discounts are to be had, good news for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Whitt's End: 1.16.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *My summation of Thursday's dramatic plane crash/rescue in New York's Hudson River: It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!! *Found it funny that, although the crash happened at 2:30, Larry Kin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Prez Says Freedom Institute Won't Be "George Bush's Wonderful Place"

    Regrets, he's had a few: President Bush has done a lot of navel-gazing in recent days -- on CNN earlier this month, followed by a sit-down with his sister Doro Bush Koch on behalf of StoryCorps, excerpts from which began appearing Friday. Tonight comes the former and future Dallas resident's latest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    Jonas Brothers Predict Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Victory!

    Gather the kiddies 'round the warm glow of the computer monitor: The Jonas Brothers were on CNN this morning! And they were sitting on the field at Texas Stadium, where, tomorrow, they'll perform during halftime of Cowboys-Seahawks to kick off the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Christmas charity campai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    While We Wait For Our Dispatch from Bishop Arts, This Just In ...

    Brian Harkin Barack Obama, speaking at Reunion Arena in February -- nine months before he was elected President of the United States ... Barack Obama is the president-elect, say Fox News and NBC and CNN. And he crushed John McCain in Dallas County. With 654 of 708 precincts reporting, Obama and J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Really? Fainting?

    Daniel and Megan, frustrated by crapped-out WiFi all night, send this brief dispatch from the Democrats' victory bash in Bishop Arts. More from them tomorrow, with plenty of pretty pictures. Leading the crowd in triumphant cheers of "Yes, we can!" and "Yes, we did!," State Sen. Royce West and plent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2008

    Texas Ain't No Toss-Up, Says NBC Producer Following Mix-Up

    From Sunday's Meet the Press, the battlegrounds? This morning, CNN's Roland Martin takes a look at Dallas County and, sorta-kinda Harris County, and comes up with this conclusion: "Democrats may soon make Texas a competitive two-party state." Martin's analysis, I think it's called, comes a mere thre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2008

    Obama v. McCain: Round 2

    I’m thinking about inviting over Michael Buffer and Dr. Ferdie Pacheco to help me score tonight’s Presidential Debate blow-by-blow fight style. But, from where I sit, not even erroneous scoring from the “Let’s Get Ready to Ruuuuummbllllllllllle!” guy and boxing’s most famous corner man c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2008

    CNN Grades DISD's Grading Policy

    After all the brouhaha over the Dallas Independent School District's revised grading policy, the kid's had plenty of honest-to-God homework since starring kindergarten earlier this month -- very surprising and very welcome. Nonetheless, CNN yesterday revisited the controversy. And this morning, Kent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2008

    The Eagles To Soar Through The AAC In September. Or: God, I’m Begging You--Defrost Hell Already

    "This is probably the last Eagles album that we'll ever make," Don Henley told CNN of the band’s 2007 steaming shit platter Long Road Out of Eden. Yeah, but he made similar promises about the chances of an Eagles reunion right up until their 1994 Hell Freezes Over tour, so I’m not breathing a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2008

    Downtown, Things Will Be Great When You're Downtown

    CNN wonders: "Is America's suburban dream collapsing into a nightmare?" By which, one assumes, they mean, oh, Frisclosure? Because mentioned in the piece is downtown Dallas's revitalization, courtesy Schutze's pal and New Urbanism prophet Christopher Leinberger, who says folks no longer want to live ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2008

    After Innocence Proved and Freedom Restored, Then What?

    Dallas County Sheriff's Department/CNN Wiley Fountain, last seen when he posed for this March mug shot On Friday, we pointed your attention to some CNN pieces about James Lee Woodard and how he's adjusting to life after spending 27 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Today, CNN follows up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2008

    After 27 Years in Prison, James Lee Woodard's "Adventure" Continues

    CNN James Lee Woodard, getting a driver's license after 27 years in prison Speaking of local news stories getting national attention this a.m., CNN follows in 60 Minutes' footsteps with a story about James Lee Woodard, who was released from prison on April 29 after serving 27 years for a murder he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2008

    The Race to Do the Wright Thing

    Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who will be honored by TCU March 28 A short while ago, Barack Obama delivered his speech on race and politics -- you can read the entire speech here, where you can also view it in its entirety. During the speech, of course, he addressed at length his relationship with Reverend ... More >>

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    February 22, 2008

    Clinton? Check. Obama? Check. George Lopez? Check. Wait. What?

    CNN Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton during last night's CNN-Univision debate in Austin AUSTIN -- I rolled into the University of Texas' Recreational Sports Center a couple of hours before the Texas Democratic Debate between Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama last night; also with me, severa ... More >>

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    December 20, 2007

    CNN Also Travels the "Highway to Heaven" This Morning; Look Out, Pat Robertson!

    CNN Most people pray while on the freeway; others do their bidding whilst on the side of the road. I'm not going to lie: I can't tell a damned bit of difference between The 700 Club's story about how some God-fearin' folk believe Interstate 35 is the highway to heaven and CNN's story this morning o ... More >>

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    December 13, 2007

    Cuban Still in Running to Play Ball insists today that Dallas Mavs owner Mark Cuban has indeed been given the OK to check out the Chicago Cubs' financials. That means he's still a bidder in bidness to buy (for $1 billion-plus, most likely) the storied franchise -- no matter what New York magazine said in September. Also, ... More >>

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    August 28, 2007

    Tonight's Guests: Ahnuld, Naomi, Eva ... and Lupe!

    Now we know the answer to: "What do Eva Longoria, John Legend and Lupe Valdez have in common?" Carlos Watson has been around your TV dial for the last few years, popping up as a chat-show host on such outlets as CNBC, CNN and BET. Now, it appears he has some syndicated show about to bow in September ... More >>

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    April 6, 2007

    What Would Jesus Watch Tonight?

    T.D. Jakes will join Jerry Falwell on CNN tonight. Lord have mercy. "How would Jesus solve today's problems?" Dunno, let's ask Him. (Or Bible Girl.) But since that's not an option -- sorry, that's not an option for some of us -- CNN tonight at 7 p.m. turns to some familiar faces for Jesus' thoughts ... More >>

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    March 30, 2006

    I Am Sure Ron Kirk Feels the Same Way

    Thought I would share with you this quote from Republican Sen. John Cornyn that's making all the rounds. Seems Cornyn, who beat former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk in the 2002 election, is no fan of...what's the word?...uh...oh, yeah...democracy. Says so right here, see? "Well, you know, that's the probl ... More >>

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