Archive for November 2017

Supermoon To Rise Over Dallas This Weekend

DALLAS, TX — Those looking for free entertainment in Dallas this weekend might be able to find it right in their own back yards. Starting at 5:51 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, the last Supermoon of 2017 will take its place in the sky above the U.S.

The moon will be most visible during moonrise. Weather permitting, the spectacle will last until 8:07 a.m. Monday.

The last Supermoon of the year is sometimes referred to as the "Cold Moon," but Dallasites need not worry about getting too cold. Sunday’s forecast calls for a high of 75 degrees and a low of 63 degrees. The only weather concern North Texans should have is clouds, as the forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and light rain.

It’s called a Supermoon because of its large appearance in the sky. Because the moon circles Earth in an oblong orbit, it gets closer to the blue planet at certain points in the year — sometimes more than 30,000 miles closer than regular. As a result, the moon will appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

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Associated Press file photo — The super moon rises, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in Ascain, south western France. Monday’s supermoon, a phenomenon that happens when the moon makes a close pass at the earth, is the closest to earth since 1948. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

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Terry Glenn dead at 43 after car crash near Dallas

Former NFL wide receiver Terry Glenn died Monday after a one-vehicle rollover accident near Dallas that left his fianc?e slightly injured, officials said. He was 43.

Glenn died shortly before 1 a.m. at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, according to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office. Irving (Texas) police are investigating the cause of the wreck at 12:18 a.m. on eastbound Highway 114, said Chelsey Jones, a police department spokeswoman.

Glenn, a former star at Ohio State who lived in the Dallas area, was driving when the vehicle left the highway, struck a concrete barrier and rolled, authorities said. Glenn was ejected. Jones said his fianc?e was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Her name and further details weren’t released. Jones had no immediate information on whether the couple wore seatbelts.

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Glenn played parts of 12 seasons in the NFL — six with the New England Patriots, five with the Dallas Cowboys and one with the Green Bay Packers. He made the Pro Bowl in 1999 as a member of the Patriots and finished his career with 8,823 yards and 44 touchdowns.

Former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who was Glenn’s teammate with the Patriots and Cowboys, said Glenn turned a corner as he got older.

"He was one of those guys that just grew up in the worst possible environment, and he told me at one point he had a hard time trusting people because everybody he ever trusted either betrayed him or died and so he kept to himself," Bledsoe told ESPN’s Todd Archer. "But as he got older, he really started to open up. When I was with him there at the end of our careers in Dallas, he really started to allow himself to trust people and started to turn a corner and become a happy person. Then with his retirement he was making a big impact on the world.

"The last time I talked to him, he just sounded like he was genuinely happy and in such a good place, and really, finally, totally overcoming those demons from the way he grew up. He was living a long and fulfilled life, and that makes it just such a horrible tragedy seeing what he overcame and then for his life to end too soon."

Glenn was selected by the Patriots with the seventh overall draft pick in 1996 and helped New England reach the Super Bowl later that season. He had four seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards, two with the Patriots and two with the Cowboys.

Patriots coach Robert Kraft said in a statement that the franchise is "shocked and deeply saddened by today’s news."

"Terry was one of the most gifted receivers we have ever had," Kraft said. "For so many Patriots fans, his rookie season will be remembered as one of the most impactful in franchise history. After a disappointing 6-10 finish in 1995, we drafted Terry seventh overall, and in his first year, he helped propel the Patriots to an AFC Championship and Super Bowl appearance. One of my favorite memories came when we hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional playoff game. It was my first home playoff game as an owner and just the second home playoff game in our history. It will always be remembered for the fog that filled Foxboro Stadium that day. Yet, on the first play from scrimmage, Drew Bledsoe threw a deep pass that disappeared in the fog and reappeared 53 yards downfield in Terry Glenn’s hands. We scored on the next play and ended up winning 28-3. Our thoughts and prayers are with Terry’s family, his former teammates and friends who mourn his loss."

"I was pretty close with Terry," Belichick said. "His rookie season was my first year here in ’96, so I had a lot of interaction with him and other people that were involved in his life and his upbringing separate from the Patriots. Terry’s a very smart individual. Had, obviously, a lot of physical skill and talent. Could do a lot of things on the football field very naturally. And I think was, deep down inside a good person with good intentions and a good heart. Obviously, it’s a very unfortunate passing and a sad day."

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement that Glenn "was a gentle and kind hearted young man."

"We are all terribly saddened by this news of his passing," Jones said. Too young and too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his loved ones and all of the people who were touched by his life."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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How SMU’s big brain tackles everything from cancer research to finding what works in Dallas schools

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Scientists looking for ways to improve chemotherapy narrowed millions of drug interactions down to three compounds with the help of a supercomputer at Southern Methodist University.

Meanwhile, a community psychologist in the university’s education school uses it to analyze academic results to identify what programs are having an impact in Dallas ISD students.

Being a data-driven university is key to SMU providing blockbuster research that leads to discoveries and designs impacting the Dallas community and the world at large, SMU president Gerald Turner said Monday.

“Information technology and data science are critical to the future of any 21st-century business and to the future of Dallas,” Turner said. “Data drives our economy.”

Turner spoke to area leaders about the progress SMU has made over its first 100 years. As he talked about what’s next for the university, he said SMU’s major commitment is to grow data-related initiatives in every discipline at the school that will help focus projects and produce more dynamic research.

In the past five years, SMU has invested about $85 million in data curriculum and in a supercomputer now known as ManeFrame II.

A high-speed supercomputer helps researchers study complex issues by processing massive amounts of data. SMU’s computer has tackled issues ranging from cyber security to cancer.

For example, researchers were able to narrow down drug compounds to find out which can overcome resistance to chemotherapy. They then used a Minecraft-like game to simulate treatment to further identify what works.

Turner said SMU’s supercomputing power is among the top 20 of the nation’s universities.

The university already offers 13 graduate degrees related to data science and plans to be one of the first in the nation to offer a bachelor’s when it does so next fall.

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Dallas reporter responds after Facebook user body shames her, and we’re applauding

Beauty standards for women have long informed who gets a platform. It’s why thin, long-legged and predominantly white bodies are all over magazine covers, runways and our TV screens while the many women who don’t pass muster are often rendered culturally invisible.

When someone who doesn’t fit this norm, who doesn’t slide into this pre-determined mold, battles through such barriers to actually become visible, there’s often someone out there who feels the need to attempt to tear them down.

That’s exactly what happened when one viewer posted a body-shaming message on Facebook about a new traffic reporter, Demetria Obilor, working for Dallas’ Channel 8. Jan Shedd wrote the following now-deleted post Wednesday:

Has anyone seen Channel 8’s new morning traffic reporter? Her name is Demetria Obilor & she’s a size 16/18 woman in a size six dress and she looks ridiculous . . . I understand that when I watch Channel 8 I’m going to get biased reporting and political correctness, but clearly they have taken complete leave of their senses. I’m not going to watch Channel 8 anymore.

The post went viral, but not because Twitter users agreed with Shedd’s statement. "Jan is big mad. Don’t be like Jan," wrote one Twitter user in a post that has been retweeted tens of thousands of times.

Jan is big mad. Don’t be like Jan. pic.twitter.com/ytAKJHMXBy

— Mother of Draggings (@fabfreshandfly) November 3, 2017

Even Chance The Rapper joined in the conversation.

BIIIIIIG MAD https://t.co/E9yzWbU9m8

Others addressed the racist undertones of Shedd’s comments.

This is precisely how women of color are treated in the workplace wearing the same exact shit the white girls have on. pic.twitter.com/kAhRs0zX9B — Nik (@HoneyBadger10) November 3, 2017

Shedd posted another message claiming that the "racist mafia" were harassing her and that she didn’t even notice that Obilor is black.

Obilor closed the controversy by posting a video message to Twitter, thanking her many supporters and asserting her agency. "This is the way that I’m built," she with a welcome measure of pride. "This is the way I was born. I’m not going anywhere." She added, "If you don’t like it, you have your options."

Addressing the haters, showing love to my ppl 💗 and thank you @chancetherapper 💯 pic.twitter.com/ks2cTSuLLe

— Demetria Obilor (@DemetriaObilor) November 3, 2017

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