New York Times Can't Help Itself, Strains to Tie Oak Cliff Rejuvenation to JFK Murder

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Deserted out of JFK shame, says the Times.

We get the impulse. The easiest way to dive into a story about Oak Cliff, especially if you've never spent more than a few days there, is to talk about November 1963. Failing that, you can talk about crime, making it seem as if people who cross the Trinity heading south are taking their lives into their hands. Bringing up things like successful organic growth through the promotion of Dallas rarities like density and walkability requires a lot more thought than headlining a travel piece "In Dallas, Turning the Page Marked Nov. 22, 1963," as The New York Times did in an article published yesterday.

Mention that the Texas Theater was the site of Lee Oswald's capture sure, that's interesting enough. Checking out the phone on Top Ten Records counter that J.D. Tippit is said to have made his last phone call from can be a unique experience too, but the NYT fails to even mention that bit of trivia.

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Citizen Journalist Riles DFW Government Agencies and Contractor With "First Amendment Fridays"

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The DEA got this close to Brett Sanders.

Armed with at least his Infowars.com press pass and his smartphone camera, Frisco resident Brett Sanders is staging a one-man crusade for the Bill of Rights.

For each of the last three Fridays, Sanders, who says he is also involved in the Open Carry movement, has filmed a different entity from public sidewalks. July 11 it was federal contractor Raytheon. July 18 it was the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Region VI office. Last week he took to the area outside the Drug Enforcement Administration's Dallas office. In each instance Sanders is told to stop filming and a confrontation of varying level of intensity ensues.

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According to The Dallas Morning News, All of DFW's Best Neighborhoods Are in the Suburbs

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Dean Terry
The Dallas Morning News' peculiar vision of paradise.
Has it really been a year? Have 12 months really passed since The Dallas Morning News trolled us all with its rich, lily-white and generally boring Best Neighborhoods list?

No, it's been 11. But the paper apparently couldn't wait the extra 30 days, so eager it was to roll out the results of its newly rejiggered Best Neighborhoods formula. So without further ado, they are:

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Dallas Morning Show Host Storms Off the Set Over Michael Sam's Kiss

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It's a shame, really, that D Magazine didn't continue its morning show experiment. Not because we derived any pleasure from watching D: The Broadcast (we probably wouldn't have, but never say never) but because it would have been mildly wonderful to watch Wick Allison dance away from yesterday morning's Michael Sam bit.

As it is, D cut ties with the program back in August and the show continued as, simply, The Broadcast, meaning that co-host Amy Kushnir's tantrum over gay NFL draftee Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend will have to stand on its own without further allusions to our glossy media brethren.

That's fine, because Kushnir has no trouble letting us know how she really feels:

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

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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:

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Watch an NBC 5 Reporter Get Stuck in Mud, Listen to His Cameraman Cackle

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Reason 5,312 why reporting for print is better than TV: There's no video camera to catch your journalism fails. That time I knelt in a nice fresh pile of dog turds while I snapped a picture? The evidence was washed away with the next load of laundry. That time NBC 5's Jeff Smith embedded himself crotch-deep in a muddy lake bed in a misguided attempt to demonstrate historically low reservoir levels? That'll be on the Internet forever.

Here's the Trailer for WFAA's Full-length Documentary about the Recovery in West, Texas

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The one-year anniversary of the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people is a couple weeks away, and will no doubt bring with it some thoughtful coverage from various media outlets around town.

Among that coverage, we now know, will be an hour-long documentary from WFAA, which will have a premiere of sorts this weekend in West.

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The IRS Says Daystar, the Bedford-Based Televangelism Empire, Is Actually a Church

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Daystar founders Marcus and Joni Lamb
Daystar is that low-budget religious channel that you flip past when you're searching for something watchable on TV. You might have lingered for a few seconds once or twice, momentarily transfixed by Joel Osteen's hair, but only as long as it takes for your brain to kick back into gear.

Don't be fooled by appearances, though. The sprawling global television network, which is based in Bedford and boasts $233 million in assets, is not actually a television network. It's a church.

Never mind that it has none of the trappings traditionally associated with a place of worship. It has no members, at least none that are physically present on a regular basis. There's no Sunday sermon, unless you count those delivered by the televangelists who pay Daystar for airtime. The closest thing to a sanctuary is the gauche TV studio network founders Marcus and Joni Lamb broadcast from.

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The Ticket's Gordon Keith Is Now the Second Best Newspaper Columnist in the Country

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Stanton Stephens
Non-journalists don't understand how hard it is to be a newspaper columnist. It takes years, sometimes decades, of ink-stained toil in drab newsrooms. One by one, the hacks fall by the wayside. Only a select few have the talent and perseverance to be admitted to the pantheon and allowed the privilege of putting their opinions out in the world.

Or maybe not? According to the American Society of News Editors, the second-best columnist in the entire country is Gordon Keith who, as of 18 months ago, was the house funnyman on an unapologetically sophomoric sports radio show on KTCK-AM 1310 The Ticket, and now is the house funnyman on an unapologetically sophomoric sports radio show on The Ticket and an award-winning columnist for The Dallas Morning News.

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Those North Texas Trail Life Scouts Weren't Saluting Hitler After All

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The Associated Press photo, as it ran in the San Jose Mercury-News.
Trail Life USA, the splinter group that formed when Irving-based Boy Scouts of America decided to admit openly gay members, is many things: openly evangelical, unapologetically homophobic, generally lame. It is not, however, a modern-day incarnation of the Hitler youth.

You'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Over the weekend, The Associated Press ran a big feature on the group, focusing on a newly formed chapter in North Richland Hills. Included in the spread was a photo of maybe 20 kids standing in a circle, their arms extended in an unmistakable sieg heil as they recited the Trail Life USA creed.

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