Five stories that have North Texas talking: peas in guacamole?; a co-defendant pleads guilty in the John Wiley Price federal corruption case; a roundup of things to do over the July 4 weekend; and more.
The New York Times suggested adding peas to guacamole in a recipe – and Texans are freaking out.
"Adding fresh English peas to what is an otherwise fairly traditional guacamole is one of those radical moves that is also completely obvious after you taste it," the Times says.
Texans are ticked off -- and they're sounding off on Twitter. The Texas GOP proclaimed that the Times “declared war on Texas.” Even non-Texans, including President Obama, have chimed in.
Here’s what the Times said on Twitter:
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 1, 2015
Quickly, reaction flowed in:
— Texas GOP (@TexasGOP) July 1, 2015
— The Texanist (@thetexanist) July 1, 2015
Hi why are people outside of Texas having guacamole opinions? And who in their right mind would put peas in it? #peasaregross
— Wendy Haun (@nomadicwildcat) July 2, 2015
— Heather Leighton (@loveheathernoel) July 1, 2015
— Sue Gibson (@plaidkin) July 2, 2015
respect the nyt, but not buying peas in guac. onions, garlic, hot peppers. classic. https://t.co/MEEI8QHH1V
— President Obama (@POTUS) July 1, 2015
- A co-defendant in the federal corruption case involving Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price pleaded guilty to a bribery charge Wednesday. The guilty plea will help prosecutors as they prepare their corruption case against the commissioner. Christian Lloyd Campbell, a business consultant, pleaded guilty on one bribery count in federal court. In return for the guilty plea, Campbell would get a maximum sentence of three years if he goes to prison. The U.S. Attorney’s office also announced that a second person pleaded guilty Wednesday involving the Price corruption manner. Karen Manning, a Dallas art gallery owner, pleaded guilty to a count of filing a false tax return. She was not listed as a co-defendant in last summer’s indictment. She worked with Price to sell his African art. KERA’s Bill Zeeble has more.
- Prosecutors are developing a criminal case against the Texas attorney general. The Texas Tribune reports: “The potential criminal case against Attorney General Ken Paxton is apparently growing more serious, with the state's top lawyer hiring heavyweight legal counsel of his own as special prosecutors prepare to take felony charges before a Collin County grand jury. Late Wednesday, special prosecutor Kent Schaffer said he and co-counsel Brian Wice plan to start presenting evidence to the grand jury in less than a month that Paxton violated the Texas Securities Act. … Paxton recently hired high-powered attorney Joe Kendall of Dallas, a former federal judge. ” Read more here. [Texas Tribune]
- AAA predicts 3.1 million Texans will hit the road over the July Fourth holiday period. AAA Texas’ projection is up about 1 percent compared to Independence Day weekend last year. The travel period is defined as Wednesday through Sunday. The estimate involves Texans planning to travel 50 miles or more from home, with about 2.6 million likely to opt for auto travel. Association officials say rising income and a strong employment market are spurring more Texans to take a July Fourth holiday trip this year. [Associated Press]
- Wondering what to do over the long July 4 weekend? KERA’s Art&Seek has this nifty roundup. Fireworks, parades, concerts and more. On Friday morning, NPR’s Morning Edition airs their traditional recitation of the Declaration of Independence. Here’s last year’s reading. Weekend Edition will air a recording from StoryCorps' Military Voices project on Saturday.