Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas’ Little Free Libraries will still stand; UT students held a bake sale protesting affirmative action; Having trouble at the polls? Text KERA; and more.
Morgan Brown, a 15-year-old from the Houston area, just needed a late-night chicken fix after setting up a church fundraiser. But it was after 10 p.m. that mid-October night and her go-to Chick-fil-A was closed. In response, the high school sophomore wrote a love ballad to the chicken chain, primarily to see if she could win free food, she admits, according to The Houston Chronicle.
Pounding the piano keys, Brown sings “Maybe I’ll go vegan, but wait, I can’t because I love the taste of your chicken.” She loves Chick-fil-A not only for its “glorious” dipping sauces but also for its shortcomings — being closed on Sundays. And much to the starving artist’s content, the two-minute ode won her 34 free-meal gift cards from Chick-fil-A, the Chronicle reports. [The Houston Chronicle]
- Ahead of Halloween, a group of preschoolers spent the week practicing trick-or-treating. Young children with autism spectrum disorder spent three days practicing trick-or-treating with the help of visual prompts at the University of Texas at Dallas’ Callier Center for Communication Disorders, AP reports. The children ages 2.5 to 5 on Thursday dressed up in costumes and trick-or-treated at the Dallas center. In the center's preschool class, students practice social and other skills to better manage everyday situations. [The Associated Press]
- In a win for the literary community, Dallas won’t regulate its Little Free Libraries. Three complaints came in last November about the communal book boxes, and it was enough to make a line item on several meeting agendas. Last month, the city council’s Quality of Life Committee drew up some size restrictions, which would have ruled out several existing little libraries sprinkled in neighborhoods throughout the city. But on Wednesday city council officially closed the book on the issue. [The Dallas Morning News, KERA News]
- Members of the Young Conservatives of Texas at UT-Austin Wednesday had a bake sale where each item was priced differently based on a person’s race and gender. The group was protesting race-based admissions, a university policy the Supreme Court upheld in June, The Texas Tribune reports. More than 100 counter-protesters showed up at the sale, saying the display was offensive and inappropriate. The campus branch of the statewide group held a similar sale in 2013, and it wasn’t warmly received then, either. [The Texas Tribune]
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