Five stories that have North Texas talking: a blind steer's fate inspired a social media campaign; Texas doesn't have to change for the climate's sake; a Dallas auction house will sell John Lennon's hair; and more.
Today only, the ride-sharing service, is pulling the ultimate pre-Valentine’s Day marketing move by offering puppy delivery to people that need 15 minutes of snuggling. To participate, open the Uber app and enter the promotional code, UberPUPPYLOVE to access the deal. You can request “PUPPYLOVE” on the bottom slider in the app between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
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The delivery will cost you $30, a portion of which Uber will donate to the SPCA of Texas. If 15 minutes isn’t long enough, all of the dogs will be available to adopt through the SPCA.
The company recommends finding an enclosed space for the dog and checking with allergic coworkers before you request playtime at the office. Although, puppies might not be available to you depending on your location. Check out Uber’s blog post for more details.
Here’s a map of where Uber will be delivering, courtesy of GuideLive:
- State Republicans won’t have to take any action on climate change for awhile. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court blocked President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. The Texas Tribune reported: “Texas will not design a statewide plan to speed its shift from coal-fired power to natural gas and renewables, as would have been required by Obama's rule, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Wednesday." To comply with Obama’s plan, Texas would have to cut “an annual average of 51 million tons of carbon emissions, about 21 percent from 2012 levels,” The Tribune reported. “Had the regulations stayed in place, Texas would have had until Sept. 6 to submit a final plan or apply for an extension.” [Texas Tribune]
- A hard goodbye to a blind steer sold at the Fort Worth Stock Show inspired a larger social media campaign to save his life. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram published a feature about a 13-year-old girl, who raised a blind steer named Oatmeal to sell in order to pay for college. The steer was sold for $8,000 to a group of Fort Worth businesswomen last weekend. This was unusually difficult for the Kendyll Williams of Huntsville because she grew close to the disabled animal. The feature inspired people on social media to set up a Facebook page, attempting to rally the community against Oatmeal’s eventual slaughter. Read more. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
- In case you missed it, the Dallas Museum of Art appointed a new curator. Art&Seek reported: “Nicole Myers, formerly with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, is now the Lillian and James H. Clark Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Dallas Museum of Art — more or less replacing Heather MacDonald, who left last year for the Getty Foundation.” Myers will oversee the DMA’s Modern European collection, including paintings from 1800 to 1945, as well as organize special exhibitions, conduct research and recommend new works for acquisition, according to the museum’s press release. [Art&Seek]
- A lock of John Lennon’s hair is expected to sell for $10,000 at a Dallas auction this month. Heritage Auctions will accept bids for the 4-inch lock of the late Beatles member’s hair, which “was collected by a German hairdresser who trimmed Lennon's hair before he started shooting ‘How I Won the War,’” The Associated Press reported. Other Beatles memorabilia, such as a signed photograph of all four members, will be sold at the auction on Feb. 20. Read more. [Associated Press]
A longer description from Heritage Auctions:
The lock is from the private collection of Klaus Baruck, the hairdresser who trimmed Lennon's famous hair in Hamburg, Germany, just before his starring role as in Richard Lester's dark comedy about a fictional British army troop and their misadventures in World War II. The keepsake is accompanied by a newspaper clipping and a photo showing Baruck's hand holding the lock of John's hair and is captioned: "Immediately picked up and tucked away: a clump of hair that had been John Lennon's, cut yesterday.”