"A Fort Worth man is in the Wise County Jail on charges of evading arrest, after leading officers on a high speed chase from Mineral Wells to Bridgeport. 40 year old Brian Keith Edwards sped away from an attempted traffic stop in Mineral Wells about 3:00 a.m. Wednesday. After fleeing from Palo Pinto County, through Jack County and east to Bridgeport on Hwy. 380, he crashed his SUV into a bar ditch where it overturned and caught fire. Wise County Deputies pulled Edwards out of the wreckage and took him to jail. He was not injured in the crash.Authorities say Edwards drove in excess of 100 mph and forced oncoming traffic off 380. Two Wise County patrol cruisers were damaged when Edwards squeezed by them at an attempted road block in a Bridgeport industrial park. He is also being held on a felony DWI warrant from Tarrant County. Charges are pending in Mineral Wells." Source: KTFW
at 4:38 PM
While reviewing a transcript today on an appeal I'm working on, I had a huge question mark form over my head. It was a drug case and the defense lawyer (not me) was asking the jury panel if they would make the State prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt as required by the law. (Pretty much standard stuff). Then one of the potential juror's said: "In my book all people that's on drugs are guilty anyway. That's my thought." Huh?
at 4:04 PM
Texas Tech has already sold more than 40,000 season tickets - the most ever. The prior record was 36,839. Baylor had 18 players miss practice due to strep throat (boys, you need all the practice you can get). Mack Brown, the UT coach, is on the cover Texas Monthly with the byline of "Let's Go Kick Some OU Butt". Southlake Carroll plays Midland Lee in its first game tomorrow at, get this, 2:30 in the afternoon. I hope no one dies.
at 1:26 PM
Some big libraries across the nation are now offering downloadable audio books. It's interesting: They are in a ".wma" format which is Windows version of an MP3 file. That format prevents the downloaded file from being transferred other than what a license file allows. (For example, a music file downloaded from music.msn.com allows it to only be burned to a CD three times and allows a transfer to a different computer only twice). This type of copyright protection prevents you from simply emailing the file to a friend (The friend will get it, but can't play it). And the library even makes you "return" the wma file in that the file simply refuses to play again after three weeks.
at 10:57 AM
The Star Telegram is running a small story about how the air conditioners failed last night and into the early morning hours at Tarrant County's new $53-million Family Law Center. What got my attention was this: "Even with temperatures in the upper 80s outside, however, Flake said the inside temperature didn't rise much beyond 77 degrees. The thermostat is supposed to keep the temperature at 68. "
at 6:22 PM
Sec. 201.606. CRIMINAL PENALTY: PROVIDING CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT OR SERVICES WHILE INTOXICATED (b) A person commits an offense if [a license chiropractor] provides chiropractic treatment or services to a patient while intoxicated, and, by reason of that conduct, places the patient at a substantial and unjustifiable risk of harm. (c) An offense under this section is a state jail felony.
at 6:11 PM
"MASCOT CHANGE — Bridgeport High School girls athletic teams are going back to old ways. All female teams have changed their mascot from Lady Bulls to Sissies. Karen Daugherty, secretary of the Bridgeport Booster Club, said the change was approved and goes into effect immediately." I think the name originally came from being the opposite of "Bullies" which, if memory serves, preceded "Bulls" as the boys mascot.
at 12:56 PM
"BIG ANNOUNCEMENT – The Decatur Economic Development Corporation this afternoon hosts a reception for a new business announcement for the city. The event is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Decatur Civic Center. " - From the Update
at 12:52 PM
Alex Rodriguez has purchased a 5,000 square foot apartment in Manhatten for $7.5 million. He already owns a six bedroom home in Coral Gables, Florida that he bought for $12 million.
at 12:27 PM
LOS ANGELES - Actor Brock Peters, best known for his heartbreaking performance as the black man falsely accused of rape in "To Kill a Mockingbird," died Tuesday at his home after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 78. (And did you know he was a voice in the "Wild Thornberrys" movie?)
at 8:56 PM
Northwest ISD has a big brand new scoreboard and they have begun selling ads to go on the face of it. According to the Star-Telegram, one of the ad buyers is a church. "The Church at Trophy Lakes will pay $17,500 per year for the next three years. Church members bought the ads to show their support for the district, its students and educators, said Rick Cochran, executive pastor and administrator."
at 3:30 PM
"The Celina Quarterback Club gets a scouting report and recap of last week's [high school] game from the coach and a hearty breakfast at 5:30 a.m. each Thursday." - Today's Dallas Morning News, 12C
at 12:57 PM
The Top Ten Party Schools as Ranked By The Princeton Review: 1. University of Wisconsin-Madison (I noted it was 45 degrees in Green Bay this morning) 2. Ohio University-Athens (Couldn't find it if I had to) 3. Lehigh University (Ditto) 4. University of California-Santa Barbara (Liberals can party) 5. State University of New York at Albany (no idea) 6. Indiana University-Bloomington (Bobby Knight drove them to drink) 7. University of Mississippi (It gets boring in the deep South) 8. University of Iowa (It gets boring in the corn fields) 9. University of Massachusetts-Amherst (Liberals party on both coasts) 10. Loyola University New Orleans (get ready for Louisiana to make a big push on this list) 11. Tulane University (See, I told you) 12. University of Georgia (R.E.M. is from Athens - so let's dance) 13. Penn State University (They drink because Joe Paterno won't retire) 14. West Virginia University (I'm drawing a blank) 15. The University of Texas-Austin (Parents, I've been trying to warn you for years) 16. University of Tennessee-Knoxville (Moonshine is the beer of choice) 17. University of New Hampshire (What is up with all the partying in the northeast?) 18. University of Florida (Drinking because Steve Spurrier didn't come back) 19. Louisiana State University (I'm moving to Louisiana). 20. University of Maryland-College Park (I've run out of steam)
at 8:58 AM
Ok, I learn stuff all the time. The AP pre-season football poll came out last weekend. I immediately noticed that Texas was at #2 and Texas Tech was at #21. I didn't know this: This was the highest UT ranking in a preseason poll since 1970. I didn't know this: This was the first time Tech has cracked the preseason poll since 1977.
at 10:11 PM
Remember radio station KEGL? It spent 12 years as hard-rock station "The Eagle" before Clear Channel switched it to "Sunny" in May 2004, with a format focusing on softer hits from the ‘60s through the ‘80s and a heavy emphasis on the ‘70s. All indications are that on Thursday it will change formats to a Hispanic music station.
at 9:13 PM
I bet Texas Ranger's manager Buck Showalter's days are numbered. Can't say that would bother me: I listen to (way too much) sports talk radio and many a Showalter interview. No one comes across as more arrogant and less fan friendly than this guy. (And I noticed that he has his own website: http://www.buckshowalter.com . And it hasn't been updated since 11.10.04).
at 8:52 PM
Ok, two weeks ago I'm half asleep on a Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. - upstairs - door shut. Suddenly I am shockingly awakened my a big booming voice that yelled "[inaudible word], anybody home?!". What woke me up so abruptly was that there was no doubt that the voice was coming from inside the house. (That's odd, because I'm a dead bolt lock kind of guy). So not having my wits about me to realize I should have been as scared as a school girl, I bolted out the doorway, hair going every which way, and in my underwear. Standing below me in the foyer were two uniformed police officers. I see cops all the time, just not uninvited into my home. At that moment, I couldn't say Fourth Amendment much less protest. But quickly one of the officer's said, "Sir, your front door was wide open and one of your neighbors called on us to check on you." I let out a sigh. At that point, one of the officers lets out a belly laugh, walks out the front door, and says (presumably to a neighbor), "Well, he's up now!!!" They excused themselves leaving me alone in the house with my heart still pounding. It then dawned on me that, with my front door open for who knows how long, that there could be someone in the house. (There wasn't. But I'm still trying to figure out how I went about leaving the front door unlocked that - I hope - managed to open itself due to air suction sometime during the night).
at 12:49 PM
A really cool new song is "Gold Digger" by Kanye West and Jamie Foxx (yep, that Jamie Foxx). It's a the oddest combination of Cajun and Hip Hop but it's cool. A link to the clip of it should be here: http://www.musicremedy.com/audio/index.cfm?FuseAction=ShowAudioPlayer&AudioId=3441&Quality=4
at 12:39 PM
It's difficult to follow the drafting of the Iraqi Constitution (the deadline is midnight) but it looks like there are arguments over women's rights and whether Islam will be the official religon (we fought the war for that?). But this looks like a troublesome road: The proposed draft need only be approved by a majority of their National Assembly before it can go to the voters. Simple enough. However, it would then go to the voters on a referendum by October 15. If any three of Iraq's 18 provinces reject the referendum by two-thirds or more, the constitution will be rejected.
at 10:02 AM
The AP initial high school football poll was released this weekend, and Bridgeport came in at #10. And the Texas Rangers just ended a 13 game road trip. They lost 12 of them. During the free agency period in the NFL, there were "only" six players that received signing bounuses of over $8 million. And the Cowboys signed three of them (Anthony Henry, Jason Ferguson, Marco Rivera). From the Morning News: "Frisco Centennial running back Aaron Jones has been eluding defenders all over the practice field. Jones is only 5-4 and 135 pounds but he runs the 40 yard dash in 4.45 seconds."
at 7:30 AM
but.... I noticed that an NFL player from Fort Worth died after an NFL preseason game. I didn't think about tort reform on the big Vioxx verdict (Hey, I'm a criminal defense lawyer): The verdict will likely be reduced from $253 million to $26 million because of a state limit on punitive damages. The Dallas Morning News had a huge story on how prosecutors routinely strike minorities from jury panels. (But also pointed out how defense lawyers tend to strike whites). I would tell you whether this happens in Wise County but who knows: almost every Wise County jury panel I've seen is 99% white (which is very odd in itself).
at 10:22 PM