The officer is a former Wise County Sheriff's Office deputy. His dad is currently an investigator with the Wise County Attorney's Office. (The news stories should appear here.)
Edit: Dallas Morning News story here. ("He was a good ol' country boy," said Officer David Tilley, a Plano police spokesman. "He had that country accent. You could tell he was from Wise County. Former Wise County patrolman Billy Hamilton, a friend of the younger Hardy, said the news of his death had hit the Decatur-area law enforcement community hard.")
Fox 4 News story here.
After studying the weather charts all morning, I have come to the conclusion that the rain is over. Yeah, we might have a brief shower over the next couple of days, but the Big Stuff is over.
And I wonder if we will remember the weather over the last two months in the same way we remember the Heat Wave of 1980 or the Freeze of 1983-1984?
An email I just received:
Hello Mr. Green,
My dog, Ringo, has been missing since 8 o'clock on July 3rd (old downtown Rhome area). Since so many people see your website, I thought maybe you would post his picture. I've had this dog for 10 years. His name is Ringo. He is a white Shih Tzu with brindle/grey ears. He has NEVER wandered off like this. I am offering a 250 dollar reward for anyone who finds and returns him to me. My cell number is [deleted - email me at my email address]. His photo is attached.
The law had been that you couldn't have a license plate frame that so much as covered one letter of "Texas" or even one of those stars surrounding it.
So the legislature fixed it this session. But how a simple problem needs a simple solution did not happen. Look at this mess of the new law. (
I wish this picture was bigger. That house is going down sooner or later. What a nightmare. The nightmare that is Haltom City.
And did you guys catch the footage of the westbound lanes Loop 820 near Rufe Snow being shut down Tuesday evening due to flooding? Yep. Right by Haltom City.
. . . I have Rush Limbaugh on in the background. Boring.
But I was amused how he didn't think Al Gore's Live Earth concert included any "A List" performers. So I looked to see who was on the bill: Fall Out Boy, Bon Jovi, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Akon, Dave Matthews Band, Kelly Clarkson, Ludacris, Melissa Etheridge, Kanye West, Smashing Pumpkins, Rihanna, AFI and The Police. (And that's just in New Jersey alone.)
Yep, Rush, you're right. But Mel Torme died a few years back. What an idiot.
Getting close. Click to enlarge. (Thanks for the email.)
Edit: You know, the more I look at it, I'm not sure it is the 380 bridge (although that is what was represented to me.) I thought it was taken from a position looking east but that electrical wire support doesn't look familiar. Maybe by the "old damn"? I'm confused.
From the home page of the Dallas Morning News:
Three men were arrested on Monday after the Coppell Police Department’s organized crime unit and SORT team executed a narcotics search warrant at a residence in the 700 block of Fairway Drive.
Police seized more than 179 grams of marijuana packaged for street level distribution as well as packaging and distribution materials and $630 in cash.
I spent at least an hour and half last night dreaming that I was looking for the lyrics to Amarillo By Morning. I looked everywhere. For the sheet music. In hymnals (yep, hymnals). Een on the Internet. Never found them.
I'm losing it.
Edit: Folks, I appreciate all the links to the lyrics but I said I couldn't find them in my dream.
Sheesh. Two financial pains today:
(1) "Yahoo! Bill Pay", which I have used for ten years, has given me notice the service will be discontinued in September. Now I have to re-enter a ton of information on a new bill pay site.
(2) My MasterCard provider, Citibank, sent me a new credit card with a new number because my account "may have been compromised." Huh? So now I have to go to all sorts of places that have been doing an automatic debit every month so that I can update them with a new account number.
At this moment, I hate technology.
President Bush, who is against activist judges, gets active in the criminal justice system by "commuting" the prison term of Scooter Libby. Wow.
Developing. . .
Edit: And anyone remember then Gov. Bush's statement when he declined to even give the now dead Karla Faye Tucker a 30 day stay of her execution?: " "When I was sworn in as the governor of Texas I took an oath of office to uphold the laws of our state, including the death penalty. My responsibility is to ensure our laws are enforced fairly and evenly without preference or special treatment . . . . She was convicted and sentenced by a jury of her peers. The role of the state is to enforce our laws and to make sure all individuals are treated fairly under those laws." (Thanks to a local lawyer for reminding me of that.)
The legendary running back for the Evil Empire isn't doing to well these days:
"With all the computer companies here [in Austin], not one of those companies have said, 'Would you be interested in representing our company?' " Campbell said. He then asked one of the reporters to help him get a car deal with a BMW dealership.
"I need the biggest BMW they got, black and loaded," Campbell said.I saw Campbell in a restaurant in Austin about 15 years ago. He was in good spirits and cutting it up with everyone. During a lull, I told him how funny I thought his old snuff commercials had been. As he was leaving about a half hour later, he looked back at me over his shoulder and said "Skoal, bruther." (If you ever saw the commercial, you'd appreciate that.)