The Day Before the DISD Meeting—LIVE BLOG (update)

October 1, 2008 at 7:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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DISD  school board member Ron Price is holding a teacher/parent meeting at Wilson. A fellow reporter told me and my photog to grab b-roll fast, because Price is going to ask us to leave so teachers/parents can speak freely.

Rough guess? About 3 dozen people are here to listen and ask questions.

Right now, teachers are asking questions about what’s going on with the coming cutbacks, and how did DISD lose 84 million bucks.

Let’s just say, the teachers are not happy with Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and they want Price to lean into him tomorrow.

Some of the questions popping up:

Are you satisfied with Hinojosa’s offer to take a 5% paycut? Answer by Price: I’ll answer that when the camera’s are gone.

Is DISD’s fingerprinting system working and worth the money?

Why aren’t magnate schools on the list of teachers cut? Answer by Price: I don’t know. That’s a good question. i want to know why they aren’t part of the list.

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Price says there are between 11-20 principals floating around without a school. Price says he talked to one, and told him, you’re in bad shape. Price says they should go before any teachers.

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Someone asked if the district is at it’s highest tax rate. Price says, no, it isn’t. But the only way the district can get more money is by asking the voters for more money. He says in light of the current budget crisis, he doesn’t feel good doing that.

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Price is also slinging barbs. He says he wants some stability in the CEO position for DISD. Price says he’s been through several superintedents searches, and says they are ugly, racial and politically driven.

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DISD meeting tomorrow on Ross Ave at 3pm.

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Josh Howard and the Ticket

September 17, 2008 at 7:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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I got a chance to head over to 1310 The Ticket and hear the guys talk about the latest Josh Howard debacle.

If you haven’t heard, apparently Mavs forward Josh Howard said some things on why he doesn’t celebrate the National Anthem. But, he said on camera, and POOF!, it was on YouTube. (fast forward to 1:40, but be warned, it’s got some bad words. Words that, if your speakers are up loud at work, will earn you a trip to HR.)

The guys on BaD Radio, Bob, Dan and Donovan, had a segment on Howard’s latest antics.

The guys were hilarious. Plus, they wear shorts/t-shirts to work, which would make anyone jealous.

But most of all, they put things in perspective that most fans can relate to.

I was a fan of the station and show anyways, but I’d like to thank the crew (Tom and Grubes, too. ) for letting me and Ivory be a fly on the wall. One day, when I grow up, I’ll become a P1.

 

PS–I now know who “Scoops Callahan” really is. Hilarious!

Denver Convention Pics

August 28, 2008 at 1:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I have friends on both sides of the political aisle going to both conventions. A college buddy of mine, Pat, sent these pics from the Dem Convention in Denver. Pat was using his cell phone, but happened to snap a pic of the podium with an image behind it that looks familiar. I believe that’s Tx State Rep and Dallas Pol Rafael Anchia:

Pretty high profile. Texas Monthly articles, now a pic at the convention.

The convention is also crawling with press:

There’s Katie Couric with the CBS crew touching up some spots.

That’s NM Gov Bill Richardson, getting ready to do an interview.

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Rob Riggle with the Daily Show is there with Aasif Mandvi, connected to him…doing something for the Daily Show. Notice how more people crowd around the Daily Show then the politicians!

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Former Presidential candidate and Mass Senator John Kerry, on the set with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and John King.

 

Got any pics from the convention? Send them to omar.villafranca@nbcuni.com

Illinois’ Governor loves him some T.O.

August 22, 2008 at 1:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Here’s the video I promised of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich at the Cowboys open practice this week.

He admits he’s a Cowboys fan, but a Bears fan first. And he’s a Tony Romo fan (East Illinois).

But….he LOVES him some T.O.!

Watch the video here: http://video.nbc5i.com/player/?id=286966

So, what do you think? Leave a comment.

Cowboys Practice + Governor = Mark Cuban Owning the Cubs?

August 20, 2008 at 11:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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The Governor was at the Dallas Cowboys open practice.

Not Texas Governor Rick Perry.

This guy:

The man on the far right is Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (pronounced “Bluh-goy-uh-vich”).

So why is the highest elected official of Illinois and an admitted Chicago Bears fan visiting Dallas Cowboys practice?

Money.

The Governor was in town for a fundraiser in Texas and decided to swing by Texas Stadium.

I chatted the Gov up about his trip. We talked sports and then the Chicago Cubs came up. I mentioned that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was very interested in buying the North Side’s Team…just to see what he’d say. 

Get this….Governor Blag said he met with Cuban Tuesday! What did they have to talk about? Why would the acting Governor of Illinois talk to Cuban? We all know Cuban doesn’t waste his time, so something productive had to have come from that meeting. What? I don’t know.

But the meeting makes people wonder (me) if Cuban is working all the angles to buy the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs current “acting owner” is Sam Zell, who Blagojevich knows. And, after some research, it turns out Blagojevich was a former Congressman, and his Congressional District included….wait for it…. Wrigley Field…where the Chicago Cubs play. It could all be coincidence. Or just smart backroom politics.

It’d be interesting to see, when the filings come out, if Cuban donated to Governor Blag’s campaign. Greasing the wheel for ownership maybe?

Cowboys Open Practice

August 20, 2008 at 10:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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It’s been a good 15+ years since the Dallas Cowboys held an open practice at Texas Stadium.

Wednesday, the Cowboys opened it up for the local fans, free of charge.

Why?  To thank the fans, and say goodbye to Texas Stadium.

The parking lot at Texas Stadium was halfway packed…as was the stadium.

The Cowboy stars took the field….and before I get to the “on the field” stars, let me show the “sideline stars”.

Yup, the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders where there, in full force.

They were there for the autograph session, which turned into a rainy mess (I’ll get to that in another post, with pictures).

The players showed up on the field….offense in light colors, defense in dark colors.

Zach Thomas, below, walked out a little later.

Tony Romo, below, was one of the last to come running out of the big helmet.

Jerry Jones walked to the sidelines….and waved to the cheering crowd. I’ve never seen an owner get such a reaction from the crowd.

Coming up, what do you get when you mix Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and rain?

Plus, what was a certain, high profile, out of state politician doing at Texas stadium?

Answers and pictures to follow.

Want to see the Dallas Cowboys and get autographs?

August 20, 2008 at 11:41 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Need a Dallas Cowboys fix?

Couldn’t make it Oxnard to see the team practice?

Tired of seeing them on TV?

Then go see them LIVE!

The Dallas Cowboys are holding a FREE public practice at Texas Stadium!

You can watch Terrell, Tony, Adam, Flozell and all the Cowboys in person, on the field!

But wait, there’s more!

Fans can get Cowboy Cheerleader autographs and enjoy live entertainment!

Gates open at 430pm, practice starts at 7pm, and run to 9pm.

A bunch of old Cowboy greats will be there to sign autographs, including:

  • John Gesek
  • Walt Garrison
  • Bob Lilly
  • Pettis Norman
  • Raghib Ismail
  • Billy Joe Dupree
  • Russell Maryland
  • Eugene Lockhart
  • Calvin Hill
  • Robert Newhouse
  • Cliff Harris
  • Preston Pearson
  • Jay Saldi
  • Cornell Green
  • Charlie Waters
  • John Niland
  • Tony Dorsett
  • Rayfield Wright
  • Lee Roy Jordan
  • Ed “Too Tall” Jones
  • Mel Renfro
  • Jethro Pugh
  • Randy White
  • Expect a HUGE crowd!

    Plano West + Princeton = Puzzling Post

    August 13, 2008 at 10:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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    Gawker has a story about a Plano West grad/Princeton University freshman. She calls herself Stephany Her RoyalHighness on Facebook.

    Turns out, SHRH (shorter version) either loves satire or will be all of our bosses some day. In a mini-manifesto on the Princeton Class of 2012 Facebook page, she says:

    “…do not let ANYONE tell you that you are not better than them, because you are. We are the elite, we are the 0.0000001% of the world who have spent the last four years of our lives either blackmailing or working our a**es off. There was something that got you here—whether it was daddy’s money or your #1 ranking in the nation, you are here and you are better.”

    Her diatribe was posted on a blog covering everything Ivy League. You can read the rest of it here, but be warned, it uses some cuss words. I’m just warning you.

    Gawker pokes some fun at Plano in the story. The site then proceeds to call her either really into herself, crazy, or a combo of the both (notice the Harvard comma there? ZING! Anyone…anyone?).

    Then, SHRH goes on to say the newest incoming class at Princeton will change the world, like Napolean, Alexander the Great, and Hitler. Yup. She said it. Like Hitler. That’s not a good thing. I don’t know anyone who wants to be mentioned in the same breath as Hitler. Ever.

    Frisco Jewel Heist!

    August 12, 2008 at 5:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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    Frisco PD are trying to find the crooks who robbed the Ben Bridge Jewelers at Stonebriar Mall.

    FPD says four men walked into the store at 10:30ish this morning, smashed the display cases with mallets, then dashed off with the jewels.

    From the police release, here are suspect descriptions:

    B/M husky build, wearing a hat.

    B/M white shirt, black pants.

    B/M white button up shirt, blue jeans, ball cap.

    B/M  in a red hat with bright pink and green on it.

    R.I.P Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes

    August 10, 2008 at 10:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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    Bernie Mac died yesterday at the age of 50. The dude was straight up funny.

    Mac was a talented comedian and actor. He did everything from a voice in “King of the Hill”, to “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Bad Santa”. He also had a great TV show called “The Bernie Mac Show.”

    He’ll be missed.

    Then news comes down that Isaac Hayes, actor and composer of the music for “Shaft”, passed away in Memphis on Sunday.

    Music buffs know him for his tunes. The younger generation know Isaac Hayes as the voice of “Chef” in South Park.

    Hayes got to use his deep, full voice to bring chef to life. He also got to use his musical prowess in songs on South Park. One of his songs is hugely popular, hilarious, and not safe for work, so I’ll not name it. But let’s just say if you “Googled” “Chocolate” and “Salty”, you’d find it.

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