UPDATE: Taco Bell Corporate Owner's Banh Shop Near SMU Has Won't Have Commie Logo

Hey Yum! Brands: Just slap a sickle and hammer on that star, and maybe you can offend Russians too.

Update, 1:32 p.m.: Yum! Brands said Thursday that it plans to take down the commie-inspired logo from its new "Vietnamese-style" Banh Shop near SMU. A corporate spokeswoman sent us the following email from Yum! Brands Senior Vice President Jonathan Blum to Mr. Thanh Cung, president of the Vietnamese-American Community of Greater Dallas:

Dear Mr. Cung, Thank you very much for taking the time to speak with us this morning.  We appreciate your time.

First, on behalf of all of us at YUM, please accept our sincere apology to you and to the Vietnamese community for unintentionally offending you with the logo of Banh Shop.  We have the greatest respect for the Vietnamese people and culture.  It was never our intent to offend anyone, but we see we have made a mistake and in hindsight, we should have recognized this logo could be offensive.  Therefore, and effective immediately, we are changing the logo and removing the red star from all materials and signage at the restaurant.  That will happen by end of day today.  We will design a new logo, and would greatly appreciate your reviewing it, along with other aspects of this restaurant, before we make a final decision.  We hope that you can let us know if there are any other elements in the new logo or aspects of the restaurant that could be perceived poorly. 

We want you to know we have heard the issues raised by you and others in the community, and we are addressing those right away.  It is important to us that our restaurant is enjoyed by all, and we hope you can let others know of our sincere apology for the mistake we have made and the actions we are taking to address it.

Christophe Poirier, who heads up new concepts for YUM, will contact you to arrange a mutually convenient time for the two of you to meet to review new logo designs within the next 24 hours.  We hope you'll accept our apology on behalf of the Vietnamese community, and that you will feel free to contact either Christophe or me directly with any additional concerns or questions.

Thank you again for your understanding and consideration.

Jonathan Blum
Senior Vice President
YUM Brands, Inc.

Original story: Banh Shop's theme is apparently as red as the tomato slabs on their overpriced sandwiches. The fast food joint, owned by the Taco Bell parent company Yum! Brands, opened three days ago as a pilot restaurant near SMU. But visitors may have noticed more than awkward guacamole and sour cream on their sandwiches. Looking around, the place is rife with underhanded Vietnam War references.

First, visitors are greeted by the shop's red, five-pointed star logo, the symbol for communism. Their motto is "Saigon Street Food" -- which sounds catchier than Ho Chi Minh City Street Food, but gives the creeping impression that the red star, looming overbearingly above the motto, might soon encroach on former Saigon. And there's the overpoweringly red and black website, which lists sandwich choices such as "Grilled Steak," "Grilled Tofu," "Grilled Chicken Breast," "Grilled Pork Meatball," and then, oddly, "The American."

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CBS I-Team Sleuth Mireya Villareal Can Use Facebook, Is No Brett Shipp

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Our apologies to WFAA's Brett Shipp. After a lengthy run as our favorite local investigative TV journalist -- occasionally prone to hyperbole, sure, but a fantastic reporter with the proper evening-news mix of charm and obnoxiousness -- he has been displaced. That coveted spot in our heart now goes to CBS 11's Mireya Villareal.

Villareal is a relative newcomer to the Dallas media market, but she appeared on our radar early in her tenure when her sleuthing revealed that there is sex on the Internet and that Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings enjoys fine wine.

Last night she delivered another hard-charging report, this one revealing that Dallas PD's godawful new computer system was purchased from Unisys, one of the companies that may have paid bribes to John Wiley Price.

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Local Pastors Turn Day-of-the-Week Crime Data into Anti-Domestic Violence Campaign

Anti-Domestic Violence advocates say victims often turn to their faith leaders for support, which is why some pastors have formed the Safe on Sunday campaign.

It's Monday, which means, according to federal data, that you're more likely to be forcibly sodomized today than any other day of the week. Sorry if we just made your Monday blues 10 thousand times worse.

Information gathered by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention from FBI crime data points to a jump in certain crimes on certain days of the week. On Sundays, aggravated and simple assaults, which often indicate domestic violence, go way up.

And Sunday's crimes are getting a lot of attention in Dallas.

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The Dallas Morning News' 9/11-Themed Weather Report

This was the Dallas Morning News' weather report on their Google+ page on September 10.

This is their weather forecast for today:

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America Says Dallas Has the Best Skyline on Earth

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Behind the scenes of the USA Today list that says downtown Dallas has the best skyline on the planet, there is a team of three expert panelists who provided commentary on all of the cities for the winning skylines slide show. Of those three panelists, two of them are architects who live and work in Dallas. Is USA Today's skyline ranking corrupt?

One of the Dallas architects assures us that the experts had no say in the final decision. Choosing the best skyline "was up to the readers," says panelist Preston Kissman. "We just provided descriptions to each."

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The Katy Trail Is Overrun with Feral Cats

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It has begun.
In what is being called (by me) the greatest public-safety threat to strike the popular walking path since a proposed high-rise threatened to blot out Highland Park's view of the sun, the Katy Trail has been overrun with feral cats.

So says a WFAA story from last night, though maybe "overrun" is a bit of an overstatement. Let's say "littered with." Whatever the proper adjective, the danger is very, very real:

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Twitter's Worst Reactions to Michael Sam Signing with the Dallas Cowboys

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Football-wise, it seems obvious by now that the Cowboys defense is destined to be so incredibly bad, they could use all the help they can get. By this point, you and I are viable candidates for the Cowboys defense, let alone Michael Sam, a man who, physical pending, will arrive on the Cowboys' practice squad with more preseason sacks and tackles than any defensive lineman already in Valley Ranch.

Still, if there's one place people with "outspoken" opinions love to gather, it's surely Twitter (or possibly the Morning News' comment section), and so, after the longest browse of Twitter we could stomach, we present you to some really tragic attempts at humor, along with some general confusion at the idea someone might be gay like Sam is. It should be said that these were scattered among a lot of balanced opinions, but still.

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Our Favorite Rick Perry Mugshots


Now, we're not sure if you live on the moon, under a rock, or under a rock on the moon, but you probably noticed Rick Perry handed himself in yesterday to face his indictment on felony charges for abuse of power. If you've ever heard of a thing called "Twitter," you may also have noticed that Rick had a mugshot, or more accurately a smugshot, in which he tried to look as if the charges mean nothing to him. It was, of course, a perfectly Rick Perry thing to do. He then went out for ice cream, which is amazing.

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Former Texas GOP Chair: Homophobia, Not Oil and Low Taxes, Created the Texas Miracle

There are many plausible explanations for the so-called Texas Miracle, the state's decade-plus surge in economic and population growth. Job creators appreciate the low tax burden and light regulation. Workers like the low cost of living and lack of a state income tax. Heretofore unimagined quantities of oil and gas are being pumped out of the ground. Et cetera.

There's some truth in all of those things. But Cathie Adams, the president of the arch-conservative Texas Eagle Forum and one-time chair of the Texas Republican Party, has her own pet theory, which she advanced at an anti-gay marriage press conference last week covered by Right Wing Watch. What's really driving Texas' growth is its steadfast rejection of the "homosexual agenda."

"Texas is the fastest growing state in the nation, and there is a reason for that, and part of that reason is traditional marriage," she explains.

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Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert Calls the "Invasion" of Migrant Rapists an "Existential Threat"

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Texas congressman Louie Gohmert is usually good for a sound byte or two (or three, or four ...), and he gave us another one Tuesday when, with C-SPAN cameras rolling, he said the influx of immigrants at the border amounted to a war on women.

Gohmert said the "criminal aliens" had "committed at least 7,695 sexual assaults" in the past six years. "You want to talk about a war on women? This administrationwill not defend the women of America from criminal aliens! By the thousands, and hundreds of thousands!"

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