Five stories that have North Texas talking: Falling temps and snowflakes, Festival of Lights, golf as South Dallas’ savior and more.
Commuters and persistent good-timers saw snow falling as early as 5:30 a.m. in Dallas, Jason Dunn with the National Weather Service told the Dallas Morning News. Dunn said temps should dip to 24 tonight. And if it does get that frigid, it’ll be the coldest we’ve felt since February.
To commemorate, take a moment to enjoy Geoffrey Jones’ influential short documentary Snow. In about the same time these eight minutes of scenes from the UK’s Big Freeze of 1963 are up, our tiny portion was gone. But virtual ensconcement has its perks, as these shovelers remind us.
- It’s Day 3 of the Festival of Lights. Some poignant stories of cultural rediscovery and connection curated by NPR’s Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz are in order, obviously. Hannukah Lights 2012 includes short fiction by Gerald Shapiro and Danit Brown. Protagonists range from an uprooted reporter to a high school science camper. [NPR]
- The hype over the Trinity Forest golf course continues to build, as its funders expect the project to draw big money and surrounding development to South Dallas once it opens in 2016. Golfing in general is on the decline nationally according to the National Golf Foundation. Dallas was number one on Golf Digest’s list of the top 20 cities for golf last year, though. [Dallas Morning News]
- For Texas sports fans, it was a weekend of wild emotional swings. The high points: Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel winning the Heisman Trophy and the Cowboys pulling out a dramatic win on a last-second field goal. But those victories couldn't ease the pain of baseball's Rangers trading away the man who defined the franchise for the last 12 years, Michael Young, or worse yet, the death early Saturday of Cowboys practice squad player Jerry Brown Jr. His teammate and friend Josh Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter and released on bond Sunday afternoon. [Rick Holter]
- A Plano man profiled by the Texas Observer this summer has been removed from the public registry of sex offenders. Josh Gravens was put on the list when he was 12 years old, after he molested his younger sister. He’s now 25. [Texas Observer, HT Dallas Observer’s Unfair Park]