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Fort Worth Councilman Joel Burns Wins Twitter Feud with The Weather Channel

Joel Burns probably isn't the only person in Fort Worth irritated that The Weather Channel's app shows pictures of Dallas when it delivers forecasts for Cowtown. But the soon-to-be-former Fort Worth City Councilman, whose 2010 "It Gets Better" speech went viral, is the only one to merit a bitchy response on Twitter.

Burns fired the first shot this morning, warning his 8,900 followers that he's on the verge of abandoning the app:

Rather than ignore Burns or, better yet, address his concerns, The Weather Channel's soon-to-be-former social media rep opted for the cheap shot:

Burns, who has spent the morning retweeting people making the point that The Weather Channel's reply sure was dickish, also took a moment to challenge the station to donate $100,000 to The Trevor Project, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing suicide among LGBT youth.

The Weather Channel hasn't ponied up the cash, but it has issued an apology.

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