Five stories that have North Texas talking: Mark Cuban on making a lot of money; an update on the Fort Worth doctor with the Ebola virus; a documentary about kolaches is in the works; and more.
Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks owner, said that while it was nice becoming a millionaire, it felt much, much better becoming a billionaire. James Altucher with Yahoo Finance talked with Cuban on his podcast. According to a transcript from Valleywag, Cuban told Altucher about selling Broadcast.com: “I was sitting in front of a computer, naked, hitting the refresh because we were close, waiting until my net worth hit that billion when the stock price got to a certain point, and then I kinda screamed and jumped around and then got dressed."
- Dr. Kent Brantly, the Fort Worth doctor who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, has arrived in Atlanta for treatment. CNN reported that Brantly arrived late Saturday morning at Dobbins Air Force Base in Georgia. He was transported by ambulance to Emory University Hospital. Another American with Ebola, Nancy Writebol, is expected to be evacuated from Liberia soon. Learn more from KERA News. And NPR reports on efforts to treat Ebola with an experimental serum.
- There are rarely any George W. Bush sightings these days in Crawford, the town near Waco that he helped put on the map during his years in the White House. The Killeen Daily Herald reports “’there is no reason to come to Crawford’ for those seeking Bush lore, said Marilyn Judy, a volunteer who answers the phone for the town’s inactive chamber of commerce. ‘He still goes out to the ranch about once a month, but we don’t know when he is there,’ Judy said. ‘He doesn’t have any connection to town.’” Business in Crawford boomed during the Bush presidency thanks to tourists buying items from gift shops. But once Bush left office, those gift shops started to close.
- A rancher near the Texas-Mexico border reflects on immigration. Hugh Fitzsimons, a former Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner, writes about his experiences with immigrants who cross the border illegally in TribTalk, part of The Texas Tribune. Around midnight one night, a man knocked on his door. “I opened the door, leveled my shotgun at him and asked him in Spanish what he wanted,” Fitzsimons said. “He told me he wanted water, food and some pliers so he could pull the tasajillo thorns from his swollen knee. I looked in his eyes and then lowered my shotgun. When I did, he fell to the ground and started sobbing uncontrollably. For it was at that moment that he realized that I was not going to kill him.”
- A documentary about the famous Czech Stop in West is in the works. “Kolache, TX” is a 20-minute documentary that will offer an up-close look at the place that produces so many tasty kolaches. A Kickstarter campaign is underway to raise $2,000. “Utilizing a fly on the wall approach, the viewer will journey through a 24 hour life cycle of one of Texas' most beloved pit stops,” the filmmakers say on their Kickstarter page. “From the trucks unloading supplies to the cashiers ringing up orders, the viewer will get a chance to see just how these sweet treats come to life.” [via D Magazine/Frontburner] Here’s a trailer: