KERA News http://keranews.org en We’re Not Joking: Fort Worth Is The Country's Least Funny City http://keranews.org/post/we-re-not-joking-fort-worth-countrys-least-funny-city <p>This is no joke: Fort Worth is the least funny big city in the country.</p><p>Yes, scholars have researched the topic and have even produced a book showcasing their work: <a href="http://humorcode.com"><em>The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny</em></a> by Peter McGraw and Joel Warner.</p><p>They surveyed the 50 biggest cities in the country. They say they discovered that humor has a “local flavor” – what’s funny in Dallas might not be as hilarious in Chicago.</p><p>Fort Worth isn't too funny for words. Cowtown ranked dead last on a list that ranks the funniness of the 50 cities. Arlington, you’re a bit funnier, but not by much. Arlington placed No. 46 on the list.</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:51:48 +0000 Eric Aasen 48427 at http://keranews.org We’re Not Joking: Fort Worth Is The Country's Least Funny City Residents Opposed To White Rock Lake Restaurant Proposal Unload On Developers http://keranews.org/post/residents-opposed-white-rock-lake-restaurant-proposal-unload-developers <p>Residents near Dallas’ White Rock Lake unloaded on developers Tuesday night as they pitched their plan for building a restaurant in the park at a location known as Boy Scout Hill.</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:01:36 +0000 Shelley Kofler 48420 at http://keranews.org Residents Opposed To White Rock Lake Restaurant Proposal Unload On Developers Skylar Tibbits, Young Tech Whiz, Inspires Dallas Students With 'Self-Assembly' And 4-D Printing http://keranews.org/post/skylar-tibbits-young-tech-whiz-inspires-dallas-students-self-assembly-and-4-d-printing <div><p>Tech whiz Skylar Tibbits is an artist, architect and professor at MIT with his own lab. And he just turned 29.</p><p>Tibbits has grabbed global interest with his research into “self-assembly.” That’s where man-made objects build themselves. This stuff is catnip for college STEM students -- and Tibbits was in Dallas recently to talk with some of them.</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:28:23 +0000 Bill Zeeble 48301 at http://keranews.org Skylar Tibbits, Young Tech Whiz, Inspires Dallas Students With 'Self-Assembly' And 4-D Printing As Gov. Rick Perry Visits New York, He's Under Investigation In Texas http://keranews.org/post/gov-rick-perry-visits-new-york-hes-under-investigation-texas <p><em>Five stories that have North Texas talking: the U.S. Chemical Safety Board says the West fertilizer plant could have been prevented; Austin City Limits announces its lineup; Gov. Rick Perry talks up Texas in New York; and more.</em></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:22:41 +0000 Eric Aasen 48410 at http://keranews.org As Gov. Rick Perry Visits New York, He's Under Investigation In Texas Developers Hope To Counter Strong Opposition To White Rock Lake Restaurant Plan http://keranews.org/post/developers-hope-counter-strong-opposition-white-rock-lake-restaurant-plan <p>A standing-room only crowd is expected Tuesday night when developers try to sell East Dallas residents on their plan to build a restaurant in White Rock Lake Park.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">So far, opposition from those living near the lake has been loud and far outweighs any visible community support.</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:23:51 +0000 Shelley Kofler 48369 at http://keranews.org Developers Hope To Counter Strong Opposition To White Rock Lake Restaurant Plan After Campaign Stumbles, Stefani Carter Fights To Keep Her Texas House Seat http://keranews.org/post/after-campaign-stumbles-stefani-carter-fights-keep-her-texas-house-seat <p>State Rep. <a data-tooltip="/directory/stefani-carter/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/stefani-carter/">Stefani Carter</a>, R-Dallas, might have had an easy time seeking re-election to her seat in House District 102. But after she reversed a decision to run a statewide campaign for railroad commissioner last year, she re-entered what had become a crowded contest for her House seat. She ultimately finished second in the GOP primary, with 33 percent of the vote.</p><p>That leaves the two-term incumbent in a tight spot&nbsp;going into her May runoff with <a data-tooltip="/directory/linda-koop/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/linda-koop/">Linda Koop</a>, a former Dallas city councilwoman, who finished with just under 35 percent.</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:08:42 +0000 Edgar Walters Texas Tribune 48357 at http://keranews.org After Campaign Stumbles, Stefani Carter Fights To Keep Her Texas House Seat Stars Hope To Even Playoff Series Against Ducks With A Wednesday Win http://keranews.org/post/stars-hope-even-playoff-series-against-ducks-wednesday-win <p>The Dallas Stars and goalie Kari Lehtonen shut down the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks 3-0 Monday night in the third game of their best of seven playoff series.</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:39:34 +0000 Bill Zeeble 48362 at http://keranews.org Stars Hope To Even Playoff Series Against Ducks With A Wednesday Win In Texas, We Love To Talk And Text And Email (And Check Facebook) While We Drive http://keranews.org/post/texas-we-love-talk-and-text-and-email-and-check-facebook-while-we-drive <p><em>Five stories that have North Texas talking: how many Texans text while driving?; University of Texas at Dallas alums score big on “Shark Tank;” Wichita Falls is short on water; and more.</em></p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:15:00 +0000 Eric Aasen 48354 at http://keranews.org In Texas, We Love To Talk And Text And Email (And Check Facebook) While We Drive Jeff Whittington Says Dallas City Hall Should Be Demolished (Well, Kind Of) http://keranews.org/post/jeff-whittington-says-dallas-city-hall-should-be-demolished-well-kind <p>Are local journalists more in touch with the public's views on Dallas architecture than actual architects?</p><p>On Monday night, architects, local politicians, journalists and others gathered to compete in “Firmily Feud,” an architecture game show based on “Family Feud,” the classic game show. Four teams faced off: developers vs. the press; the city of Dallas vs. non-profits.</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:08:35 +0000 Eric Aasen 48370 at http://keranews.org Jeff Whittington Says Dallas City Hall Should Be Demolished (Well, Kind Of) Study Up For 'Think:' Understanding The Ins And Outs Of Fracking http://keranews.org/post/study-think-understanding-ins-and-outs-fracking <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North Texas is a battleground for pro and anti-fracking camps -- especially Denton, where residents have <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/04/08/what-a-fracking-ban-in-denton-could-mean-for-texas/">signed a petition to ban fracking in the city</a>. Russell</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Gold, author of <em>The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World</em>,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;will speak with&nbsp;</span>KERA's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Krys<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Boyd today at noon on "Think" to talk about the process and future of fracking.</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:14:16 +0000 Caydee Daniel 48358 at http://keranews.org Study Up For 'Think:' Understanding The Ins And Outs Of Fracking