Looks like we have a huge wreck around 11:00 a.m. this morning at the most dangerous intersection in the county: 287 / 1810. Initial reports are a car and an 18 wheeler getting tangled up. Possible three person fatality. Developing . . . Update. Three confirmed dead. One male. Two females. All appear to be under 20. Wise County residents. Next of kin being notified. Update: The driver was a female with a Decatur address. The two passengers have yet to be identified.
at 1:14 PM
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at 1:03 PM
From the Update: ‘HOAX BOMB’ — A Parks Department employee discovered an object resembling a pipe bomb this morning at Harmon Park in Decatur, Police Chief Rex Hoskins said.The object was taken to the police station, and the Denton Bomb Squad was called in. The squad detonated the explosive and classified it as a “hoax bomb.” “This was either an attempt to make one, or somebody wanting it to look like a pipe bomb,” Hoskins said. Question: You have something that looks like a bomb so you move it to another location and then have the bomb squad take a look at it?
at 8:39 AM
According to the New York Times (no link because subscription required): Joel Osteen . . . the pastor of Houston's Lakewood Church, one of the nation's largest congregations, and the author of Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential. has signed a book deal with Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, that publishing insiders say is potentially one of the richest for a nonfiction book and could bring the author more than $10 million.
at 12:59 PM
"I have never killed a man, but I have read a number of obituaries with a savage satisfaction." - Voltaire
at 12:44 PM
CBS has been promoting that it will broadcast all of the NCAA Tourney games on the Web. Not that I was goofing off, but I tried to log on to check it out. Get this: They put you in line to see the games, assign you a number, and then start a 1:30 second counter. Once it reaches 0, you are repositioned in line. I went from 108,013 to 107,752 to 107,264 in four and half minutes. (There appears to be a way to pay $$$$ to bypass the line, but I don't care that much). Here's a screen shot.
at 11:48 AM
I've been seeing these signs stuck in the ground in north Fort Worth for 0turn.com. I looked it up and it's about some guy selling a mower. This line got my attention on the web site: At 0turn.com we only show equipment we carry in stock. Our prices are way to low for us to list on our site and to give out over the phone. To get our low no haggle price you must come see us. Whateva.
at 7:38 AM
The next two days are oddly weird, fun and depressing. It's Spring Break (which really means nothing to me) and the NCAA basketball tournament is firing up tomorrow. So at around 11:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, it will be the start of 48 NCAA basketball games played in four days. Some of those games are at the AAC in Dallas. I've already checked. It's sold out. So I'll just go to work like a regular guy.
at 8:30 PM
From a story in the Star Telegram: The Tarrant County Commissioners Court approved temporary funding Tuesday to continue operating the county’s drug task force as state officials debate how to spend dwindling federal narcotics grant money. [Editorial Comment: That's a bad use of taxpayer money] The court agreed to spend $465,000 to fund the county’s narcotics team through June 30 — a 90-day stop-gap measure — while it awaits word from the state on its grant applications. [Editorial Comment: That's waaaay too much money] [Editorial Comment: Now the good news about your tax dollars] Federal grants, distributed through the Texas governor’s office to fund narcotics enforcement in Texas, have declined nearly 70 percent to $14 million this fiscal year, compared with $33 million in 2004-05, said Rachael Novier, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry.
Also in the Sunday paper was the story of Denise Day whose mummified body was found in a Dallas home a few weeks ago. I learned this about her: (1) She graduated from SMU in 1976. (2) She was married one time but it lasted only 11 months. (3) He ex-husband said, "My ex-wife was handicapped. She had trouble existing in the world you and I exist in." (4) The medical examiner has no idea what was the cause of death.
at 8:53 PM
(1) Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) on Monday said Chairman and Chief Executive Henry M. Paulson Jr. received total compensation of about $38.8 million in 2005. (2) On March 12, 2004, someone shot and killed four people in eastern McKinney. Police are still looking for who killed Matthew Self, 17; Austin York, 18; Mark Barbosa, 25; and his aunt, Rosa Barbosa, 46. The current reward for tips leading to an indictment is $37,500. I'm not good at math, but I think the reward is 1/1000 of Paulson's salary. But I could be wrong.
at 8:46 PM
It looks like the Feds were after some folks for an Obsenity violation based upon three videos. "The six men and six women [jury] unanimously decided that only one video in the case offended contemporary community standards. It depicted a woman being pierced repeatedly with needles. "During three days of testimony, many jurors were moved to tears while watching that film and the rape video. But they acquitted all three men on counts linked to the rape movie and a third video that featured urination and defecation." Oh, my! (Story)
at 12:46 PM
There was a minor accident of a ride at Six Flags over the weekend. No big deal it seems. But this sentence was in a story in the Dallas Morning News: "Six Flags Over Texas has had one guest fatality since the park opened in 1961. A woman drowned and 10 others were injured in 1999 when a Roaring Rapids raft capsized." Is that right? As a kid, I remember a pretty serious accident with the old Big Bend roller coaster - I could have sworn someone was killed on that ride. And my other fading memory is about the old Sombrero ride - but I think that might have been an employee that was killed or injured.
at 8:47 AM
Well it is time for everyone to become a gambler for at least four weeks. I see that Texas A&M has made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a long time. But I felt old (once again) when I learned it was 19 years ago that they earned an automatic invitation to the tourney by beating Baylor (yep, Baylor) in the SWC Championship Game on a Sunday afternoon at Reunion Arena. And I was there in 1987. (Someone actually gave me tickets at church that morning).
at 2:08 PM
1. Charlotte's Web, E. B. White; illustrated by Garth Williams (1974) 2. The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton (1968) 3. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Judy Blume (1976) 4. Love You Forever, Robert Munsch; illustrated by Sheila McGraw (1986) 5. Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls (1973) 6. Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O'Dell (1971) 7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling (1999) 8. Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret, Judy Blume (1972) 9. Shane, Jack Schaeffer (1972) 10. The Indian in the Cupboard, Lynne Reid Banks (1982)
at 8:53 AM
. . . 12 feet low as we enter a window of three months for rain. (And I've heard some radio ads for North Star Pointe - the development that used to be part of the boy scout ranch on the north side of the lake. I bet it's a little hard to move those expensive lots right now).
at 7:39 AM