Five stories that have North Texas talking: Arts and Letters Live, earthquake in the Fort, legalizing marijuana in Texas -- or not! -- and more.
January’s approach is starting to seem pretty real, as the 2013 season of Arts and Letters Live was announced this morning. There are some heavy hitters (former Secretary of State Madeline Albright; Pulitzer winner Art Spiegelman), some familiar names (essayist and public radio stalwart David Sedaris; author Cheryl Strayed, who appeared on Think in August to verify an insane 1100-mile Pacific Crest Trail hike) and local standouts, such as Michael Ennis, who penned the historical thriller The Malice of Fortune.
Our friends at Art&Seek have the entire lineup with fleshed-out descriptions of each event planned for the Dallas Museum of Art; no bare-bones lists here.
- People from seven different zip codes in Fort Worth reported feeling an earthquake Wednesday night. They weren’t crazy: Rafael Abreu, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center, deemed it a “microquake,” magnitude 2.6. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
- Dallas Cowboys lineman Joshua Brent’s blood test results are back after he wrecked his Mercedes early Saturday. He was found to have had a blood alcohol level of twice the legal limit at the time of the accident, an unidentified law enforcement source told the DMN. Brent refused a Breathalyzer, but because his teammate and best friend Jerry Brown Jr. died in the crash, authorities were allowed to enforce a blood test. [Dallas Morning News]
- A Richland Hills man admitted to police he carved a pentagram in his 6-year-old son’s back yesterday, saying he did it because “it was a holy day.” The child’s mother was able to take him home from Cook Children’s Hospital. Brent Troy Bartel is in police custody on $500,000 bail; Child Protective Services and a crime victim liaison are investigating. [WFAA]
- Former Texas GOP chair Cathie Adams believes the legalization of marijuana would be no good for this state. The concrete example she gave activists at a Grassroots America We the People “Call to Action” meeting? “Barack Hussein Obama has got to have a teleprompter because he fried his brain on drugs. It doesn’t work.” Adams, who now leads the conservative group Texas Eagle Forum, also said "Barack Obama is implementing his green agenda, which is Marxism." [Salon]